Creating an ancestor coloring book isn’t just a way to share family history with kids and grandkids. Adults today are increasingly turning to coloring as a way to help ease stress, so this activity is a great way to engage the whole family at your next reunion or holiday gathering. This simple tutorial will teach you how to turn family photographs into black-and-white outlines that you can print out at home and include in your coloring book. You can use images of people, places or objects to create theme books (such as marriages, immigration, military service, or ethnic customs and traditions). Get creative!
Time: 5 to 10 minutes per photo
- scanned or digital images
- image-editing software such as PaintShop Pro, Photoshop Elements or free online apps such as Pixlr or GIMP
- printer and paper
- stapler or three-hole punch and string to create booklet
- crayons, gel pens or coloring markers/highlighters
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