May 13, 2023

Create a Coloring Book in 5 Easy Steps With BlueWIllow AI

Written by
James Ryan


Creating a custom coloring book is a fun, easy way to explore Blue Willow’s image generating capabilities while creating something fun your family can enjoy. To get started, think about something your child enjoys. Let’s say you have a son and he’s really into space travel and loves dogs. So we are going to create a custom coloring book featuring a boy visiting the moon with his pet dog, and let’s say it’s a corgi!   We will want to include these story elements in the text prompt that we will feed the BlueWillow AI engine.  But first we need to figure out how to tell BlueWillow that what we want is a coloring book page and not, say, a painting or photograph of a boy and his dog on the moon. 

Step 1: Choosing the style 

There are a variety of ways you could communicate that you want the look of a coloring book. A few you could try might include line art, black and white, white background or coloring book for children or a combination of these

Step 2: Choosing aspect ratio

You will want to tell BlueWillow that you want a portrait aspect ratio, i.e. a final image that is taller than it is wide to match an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of printer paper. The aspect ratio would be 2:3 and for the prompt you would type is - -ar 2:3. If you don’t specify an aspect ratio, BlueWillow will deliver a square image as the default.

So the final prompt we are going to enter in the prompt box after “/imagine” is: Coloring book for children, a boy and his dog playing on the moon wearing astronaut suit, line art, black and white, white background, - -ar 2:3  

Once you send the  prompt, you will

get four images back that might look something like this:

Your first attempt might generate close to what you want but not exactly what you were looking for.  At that point you have a few options. If one of the four images is closer to what you were imagining, you can select the “V” button for that image (they are numbered clockwise  1 to 4 from the upper left image) and BlueWillow will generate four new images based on the favorite image you selected. If you didn’t really like any of the images, you could hit the return button and BlueWillow will generate four new images from your original prompt. Or you can try tweaking or adjusting the words in the prompt itself. For example, let’s change the action requested to and eating pizza. And we might get something like this.


Then if you liked the fourth image best, you would click U4 and that will give you a higher-resolution or “upscaled” image of the #4 image.

Step 3: Brainstorm more prompts

Once you have created your first images, it's time to brainstorm prompts that will guide the generator in creating additional illustrations for your coloring book. Start by thinking about the boy and his dog on the moon. What else could they be doing? What do you want the coloring book pages to show? Some prompts that you could use include:

  • A boy and his dog exploring the moon's surface
  • A boy and his dog looking up at the Earth from the moon
  • A boy and his dog building a moon base
  • A boy and his dog playing fetch with a moon rock
  • A boy and his dog watching a lunar eclipse

If your children are old enough, you may also want to engage them in the process of imagining different activities for the characters. A project like this is a fun and creative way to engage with children while encouraging their imagination. In this tutorial, we will explore how to use an AI image generator to create unique illustrations for your coloring book. 

Step 4: Generate images

Once you have a list of additional prompts, you can start generating more images using Blue Willow.  Repeat these steps for each prompt on your list until you have a set of unique illustrations for your coloring book with which you are satisfied.

Step 5: Compile the coloring book

Now that you have a set of illustrations, it's time to compile them into a coloring book. You can use software like Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher to create a professional-looking coloring book, or you can simply print out the illustrations and staple them together.  If you wanted a more elaborate illustration for the cover of the coloring book, you could remove some of the prompts related to coloring book style, such as line drawing, black & white, white background and replace it, say, with in the style of Norman Rockwell.  And you might get something like this:

Step 6: Share the coloring book

Finally, it's time to share your coloring book with the world. You can distribute it to family and friends, sell it online, or if you don’t have kids of your own, you can always create something to donate it to a local school,  library or day care center. 

In conclusion, creating a custom coloring book about a boy and his dog on the moon is a fun and engaging activity that can be made even more unique using an AI image generator. By following these steps and using the prompts provided, you can create a one-of-a-kind coloring book that is sure to spark the imagination of children and adults alike.