• colouring book, photography, wildlife

For more than 30 years, I have travelled across this astonishing country capturing images of special people and places. I’ve photographed bison grazing on Saskatchewan’s grasslands, Inuit drum dancing north of the Arctic Circle, the rugged landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador, and just about everything in between.

And now, for the first time, my images of Canada’s wonderfully wild and open places have been greyscaled and transformed into a colouring book. Produced in commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Colouring Canada showcases the great beauty of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories through some of my favourite images that readers can use to create their own masterpieces. Urged on by Karen Read, a friend and voracious colourer, I joined forces with Canadian Geographic to create this 26-image colouring book that’s now available on newsstands and online

As a proud Canadian, I’m honoured to share my adventures with you. Don’t forget to share your work with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @colouringcanada.

Watch this video to see artist Karen Read at work! 

Karen's tips for colouring greyscale images

Let the image do the shading

Using the grey as your guide, use light colours for the lightly shaded areas; medium colours for the moderately shaded areas using; and dark colours for the darkest areas of the image.

Be gentle

One piece of advice, especially if using coloured pencils, is to press lightly on the pencil as you colour. If you find it's not enough, simply layer over the area again with the pencil. 

Be creative – and don’t be afraid to blend colours!

Colouring Canada includes both the original colour photograph and the greyscale version. So, when you’re choosing your colours, you can use the original photograph as your guide to create a realistic interpretation, or you can go wild and choose a kaleidoscope of colours to create something truly original. And don't be afraid to blend colours – this can add depth and dimension to your creation.

The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules when it comes to colouring – just have fun!

Michelle Valberg's greyscale image of a boardwalk at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

Artist Karen Read's colourized interpretation of Michelle Valberg's image. (Photo: Michelle Valberg and Karen Read)