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Carnation Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

Carnation flowers are renowned for their delicate beauty and colors, making them a beloved subject for artists and coloring enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a budding artist looking for a creative outlet or a parent searching for a fun and educational activity for your child, our carnation coloring pages offer a wonderful way to explore both through botanical art. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of carnations, providing you with a delightful selection of printable designs and we share tips on how to bring these elegant blossoms to life with your own unique palette. So, grab your colored pencils, markers, or crayons, and let’s embark on a colorful journey through the beauty-filled world of these floral wonders.

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Carnation Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

You are welcome to choose the design that resonates with you most, then simply download the complimentary PDF template, print it out, and indulge in the joy of coloring to your heart’s content.

These designs can also serve as excellent patterns for embroidery, or serve as a wellspring of inspiration for creating intricate line tattoos.

Carnation facts

If you’re new to my coloring pages, it’s important to mention that I enjoy providing the opportunity for you to delve into the subject matter, allowing you to seamlessly transform your coloring experience into an educational adventure.

Let’s dive right in!

Here are lots of fun and interesting facts about carnation flowers:

  • Scientific Name: Carnations belong to the Dianthus genus and are scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus.
  • Ancient Symbolism: Carnations have been cultivated for over 2,000 years and are often associated with the Greek word “dianthus,” which means “flower of the gods.”
  • Variety of Colors: Carnations come in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, red, yellow, and even green. Each color carries its own symbolism, with white symbolizing purity and luck, red representing love, and pink symbolizing gratitude.
  • Longevity: Carnations are known for their exceptional vase life, often lasting up to three weeks or more with proper care.
  • Fragrance: While some carnations are lightly scented, others are known for their strong, spicy fragrance, making them a popular choice for perfumes and potpourri.
  • Edible Blooms: Carnation petals are edible and are sometimes used to garnish salads, desserts, and beverages.
  • National Flower: The carnation is the national flower of Spain, Monaco, and Slovenia.
  • Birth Flower: Carnations are the birth flower for those born in the month of January.
  • Popular in Corsages: Carnations have been a traditional choice for corsages at weddings and proms due to their lasting beauty (and they’re usually inexpensive too).
  • Medicinal Uses: In traditional medicine, carnations have been used to alleviate stress, anxiety, and inflammation.
  • Cultural Significance: In some cultures, carnations are associated with Mother’s Day, and people often gift them to their mothers as a symbol of love and appreciation.
  • Ancient Greeks and Romans: The ancient Greeks and Romans used carnations in garlands and wreaths for various celebrations and ceremonies.
  • Etymology: The name “carnation” is believed to come from the Latin word “corone,” which means “flower garland” or “coronation,” due to its historical use in garlands.
  • Carnations in Art: Carnations have been featured in art throughout history, including paintings by famous artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
  • Hardy Perennials: Carnations are hardy perennial plants that can thrive in a variety of climates and soil types.
  • Carnation Dyes: The petals of some carnation varieties are used to create natural dyes in shades of yellow and orange.
  • Hybrid Varieties: Over time, numerous hybrid carnation varieties have been developed, each with unique characteristics and colors.
  • Carnation Day: Some countries, like South Korea, have a designated Carnation Day when people exchange carnations as a symbol of love and admiration.

These interesting facts showcase the rich history, cultural significance, and natural diversity of carnation flowers.

We learned a lot, but there is definitely much more to know about carnations.

If you would like to continue reading, here are some other reputable resources to check out:

  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
  • To see an alphabetized index of my coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my botanicals coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my floral coloring pages, go here.

Coloring tips

Coloring pictures of carnations can be a delightful and creative activity.

Here are some of my best tips and tricks to help you make your carnation coloring even more beautiful:

  • Observe Real Carnations: Before you start coloring, take a look at real carnations or reference photos. This will help you understand their natural colors, shapes, and details, making your coloring more realistic.
  • Choose the Right Color Palette: For realistic carnations, select colors that mimic the actual flower varieties. Experiment with different shades of red, pink, white, and yellow for various carnation types. Use soft pastels for a more delicate and ethereal look or bold, vibrant colors for a striking effect.
  • Layer and Blend Colors: Start with a light base color and gradually layer darker shades to create depth and dimension. Use colored pencils or watercolor pencils to blend colors smoothly.
  • Highlight and Shadow: Identify the light source in your coloring page and add highlights to the areas where light hits the petals. Create shadows on the opposite side to add depth and realism.
  • Texture and Details: Carnations have distinctive petals with ruffled edges. Pay attention to these details while coloring. You can use a fine-tip pen or colored pencils to add texture and define the ruffles.
  • Backgrounds: Consider the background of your coloring page. A plain white background can make the carnations stand out, while a soft, complementary color can add depth and contrast.
  • Test Colors: Before applying a color to your coloring page, test it on a separate piece of paper to ensure it matches your vision.
  • Practice Blending: Practice blending colors and techniques on a scrap piece of paper to build your confidence and skill.
  • Be Patient: Coloring intricate details can be time-consuming. Take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t rush.
  • Experiment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different coloring mediums, such as markers, watercolors, colored pencils, or even digital coloring apps, to find the one that suits your style best.
  • Inspiration: Look for inspiration in art books, online tutorials, or even other colored carnation artworks to gather ideas and techniques.
  • Personal Touch: While realism can be fun, don’t hesitate to add your personal touch or creative flair to your carnations. Create unique and whimsical color combinations or patterns to make your artwork special.
  • Practice Regularly: Like any skill, coloring improves with practice. The more you color, the more confident and skilled you’ll become.

Remember, the most important aspect of coloring is to have fun and express yourself.

Whether you aim for realism or want to experiment with abstract colors and patterns, enjoy the process of bringing your carnation artwork to life.

Options For Printing:

Letter C is for carnation writing practice worksheets

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Letter C is for carnation coloring page example
Letter C is for carnation coloring page example
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Letter C is for carnation worksheet example
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Letter C is for carnation word page example

Various carnation designs

Carnation pictures to color example
Carnation pictures to color example
Carnation picture to color example
Carnation picture to color example
Coloring carnations page example
Coloring carnations page example
Carnation flower color page example
Carnation flower color page example


What colors are carnations?

Carnations come in a variety of colors, and different cultivars have been developed over the years, leading to a wide range of color options.

Some of the most common colors of carnations include:

Bi-color and Striped

Additionally, hybridization and selective breeding have led to even more diverse colors and patterns in carnations, allowing for creative and artistic expressions when using them in various contexts.

*I will add more carnation colour / color questions and answers as the questions get sent to me.


In conclusion, exploring these fun flowers with our carnation coloring pages has not only allowed us to revel in the artistic joys of color but has also unveiled the rich symbolism and history embedded within these exquisite flowers.

As we’ve delved into the vibrant hues, delicate details, and endless possibilities for personal expression, we’ve discovered that carnations serve as a canvas for both creativity and learning.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist seeking inspiration or a novice looking for a therapeutic escape, carnation coloring sheets offer a beautiful and educational journey into the fascinating world of botanical art.

So, as you pick up your colored pencils, markers, or crayons to breathe life into these lovely blooms, remember that each stroke not only adds color to the page but also unveils the hidden stories and sentiments carried by these timeless floral treasures.

Happy coloring!

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  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
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