These free printable coloring pages with quotes about mothers and motherhood are beautiful for Mother's Day, baby showers, adoption day celebrations, and more. It's very easy to make them into homemade Mother's Day cards when you follow the simple directions in the post.
Each of these pages includes an image to color with a mom and her child. Some of the duos are human, others are animals, and there is also a fairy mom and a mermaid mom. Quotations include selections from people like Emily Dickinson, Princess Diana, and Dorothy from The Golden Girls. There is also a page with the well-known Oprah quotation "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother" and a child celebrating their adoption day. I hope you enjoy!
If you're looking for inexpensive, DIY Mother's Day gifts, make sure to check out this set of free printables for Mother's Day with bookmarks, teabags, additional card options, and more. You may also enjoy these other Mother's Day themed printables:
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How to print your own Mother's Day cards
Making your own Mother's Day cards is super easy with these coloring pages. You (or your child) can color the card for a sweet handmade gift, or you can give the card with a pack of pencils.
For postcard style cards, print multiple pages on one page (this is called "multi up"). This is easy to do in most programs. The screenshot below is from Acrobat Reader, which is free to download. You can print 2 or 4 pages to a page, depending on how big you want the card to be.
You can also make a larger, fold over style card. Select "booklet" and left binding, as shown. You can trim the card down to size for a smaller white border.
Printer paper for coloring pages
I recommend using 32 lb bright white paper for coloring pages. It's thicker than copy paper, which means it's less likely to experience bleeding and feathering. It's also smoother for a more enjoyable coloring experience. If it's out of stock, the HP 24# paper is the second best choice. It's still thicker and brighter than standard paper, but it cost a couple of dollars less than the 32# paper.
- Made in USA: HP Papers is sourced from renewable forest resources and has achieved production with 0% deforestation in North America.
- Heavyweight premium printing: HP Premium32 is a heavyweight (32 pounds), brighter (100 bright) and whiter (163 whiteness) paper with a super-smooth...
- Certified sustainable: HP Premium32 presentation paper is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and contributes toward satisfying credit MR1...
You will probably want to use a heavy duty, bright white cardstock if you're making Mother's Day. I use Neenah Exact Index 140 lb for postcards and 110 lb for fold-over cards. You can see side-by-side comparisons of the papers I recommend in this post on the best paper for planner printables.
Pencils & markers for adult coloring
I love Copic markers, but they are pricey and can be hard to find. My favorite markers for "everyday" coloring are inexpensive Crayola Supertips. They’re affordable, easy to find, and fun for kids and adults. They have a fine tip for details, but can also be used on the nib’s side for broader areas of coloring.
The caps on Supertips markers don’t always look exactly like the actual ink color, which is a common problem with markers, so you may want to do test swatches. Some of my Supertips markers are shown in the photo below.
Prismacolors are, in my opinion, the best colored pencils for coloring. I enjoy coloring with pencils because they don't feather and bleed like markers can. Even the “student” lines of Prismacolor colored pencils are softer and creamier than brands like Crayola. Prismacolors color easily and are great for blending.
- Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows
- Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
- Lightfast, richly saturated pigments
For some extra sparkle, color these pages with gel pens. Even if you don't want to color the whole sheet with gel pens, you can add accent sparkles. Check out this post for the best gel pens for coloring, including a budget pick that actually colors well. The short version is that the pens shown below are the best overall and best budget pick:
I'm pretty fond of the fairy moms and mer-mom coloring pages. Aren't they cute?
Free printable quotes about motherhood coloring sheets
The coloring sheets are shown in groups to help this page load more quickly, but each sheet has its own page in the printable PDF. Any blurriness is because of image compression. The PDF is high resolution. License and PDF download information are located below the previews. Look for the row of purple arrows pointing the way.
I hope you enjoy these coloring pages for Mother's Day! Make sure to check out these additional free printable coloring sheets here on The Artisan Life: