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Chinese New Year Coloring Page: The Year of the Tiger

Here’s a fun Chinese New Year Coloring Page to help students celebrate The Year of the Tiger. A metallic marker is an easy way to make it look really special!

This Chinese New Year coloring page is designed to imitate the look of paper cutting, which originated in China during the Northern Dynasties (386-581). The art was frequently made from red paper as it is a color associated with festivities and happiness in the Chinese culture.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is just around the corner. The Chinese New Year 2022 will fall on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, starting a Year of the Tiger.

Teachers can use the PDF template to print on white paper, and have students color as they choose, or follow the steps below to get the red and metallic look shown above.

Thanks to one of my readers, Pamela W., who came up with this idea and shared her sample art with me. I’m a long-time fan of metallic markers, especially the kid friendly ones like Crayola makes, but I never tried filling a a coloring page with them before. She started with red paper, and then used metallic markers to fill in all those small shapes, which is a smart way to get this amazing rich look. Thanks so much for sharing your idea Pamela!

Chinese New Year Coloring Page

Chinese New Year Coloring page, available as a free download.

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to make the metallic Chinese New Year coloring page

  1. Print the PDF template on red paper.

  2. Trace all the lines with a thick black marker.

  3. Color in the shapes with a gold metallic marker. Leave the “holes” the red paper color.

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