Saturday, September 23, 2017

Halloween Mini Book New Release for October 2017

New release!!!

Halloween Mini Pack -- Get the premium copy before you can get it on Amazon!


18 Single Sided pages to color. Great Halloween images for all coloring skill levels.

Order Premium Copies here!

What does a premium copy mean?

  • Printed on acid free, archival quality paper.
  • Pick your binding.
  • Hey Lefty's I got your back! Just let me know you would prefer the book for left handed coloring!



Friday, September 22, 2017

Come and Color - Sunday

Come and Color Sunday 9/24/2017 at 2pm on Facebook Live with Sara Hickman designs. Sign up to have the coloring page emailed to you.

This says it all LIVE on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SaraHickmanDesigns) on Sunday 9/24/2017 at 2pm. I am going to be coloring this page. 

You can come over and color with me! Virtually that is. Sign up to get your free coloring page (even if you have signed up before.) You will get this page and two bonus pages. Plus a sneak peek at what else is in the Halloween Mini Book.

Then be ready to color at 2pm and be on my Facebook Page to color with me! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Benefits of Adult Coloring

One night last week I was feeling a major anxiety attack set in. These things happen when you are going on 4 weeks of part-time income. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Praise the LORD!

I picked up my iPad to start doodling. This is how many of my coloring books have started actually. I have needed to relax and I start doodling. Two hours later I have 24 coloring pages. Will they all make it to a coloring book? I don't know yet.

Coloring can do the same thing for you. There are some great benefits to coloring. If you are not artistic. or feel you are not artistic this may be the thing you need.

Check out this quick video.



So, what are you waiting for?

Mini Mandalas is a great one for you to pick up if you need a place to get started.  Several of the mandalas have nice open spaces to get some great brush stroke style coloring. Others have intricate details.

Place your order for it before Tuesday at 5am Eastern Time and I will order it from my printer THIS WEEK! (Ordered after 5am Tuesday it will be ordered with NEXT WEEK's order)



Check out some pictures from Mini Mandalas.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

3 Best Practices for Free and Legal Coloring Pages

I hate to say this I am in a love hate relationship. I can't believe it has gotten to this point. I love you for so many reasons ...


You bring me so many beautiful things. Don't forget ...


Or helpful things. I mean my makeup is amazing thanks to you. Pinterest, I really do love you. You bring me so many great things. You are my go to search engine. But I hate you all at the same time.



FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

Cute coloring page from Pinterest! Right Click > Save Image As > then Print. STOP! Just STOP! please STOP!

Here is why you need to stop. You hear it time and time again. Pinterest images are more than likely stolen images. It is true, but they are not the bad guy here. It is the "Free Coloring Page" Warehouse sites that are to blame and the uneducated blogger. Now some of the images are licensed clipart, but it is just too hard to tell the difference.

If you want to share your colored work (which is what all artists want) you want to cite the artist and where you got it. In most cases Facebook groups (where most of you are sharing your work) do not allow Pinterest and Google Search images. YOU MUST KNOW WHO THE ARTIST IS.

Here are the reason I know of for using Pinterest and Google Images ...

1. It is easy to find pages to color and they are there to print, so who am I really hurting?

I won't show you a picture of my adorably cute children here, but let's face it. When you do this you are keeping money out of the pocket of artists. Let me be frank with you here. When you buy a coloring book on Amazon, with needing to compete with other artists and bringing you a fair price and all that jazz that goes into pricing our books ... If you are getting a 30 ish image book that is single sided for around $9. The artist is making between $2 and $3 if they are a US artist.

2. Artists should be happy I am coloring their pages it doesn't matter where I got it.

Yes and No. We are thrilled to see our work colored and shared. HOWEVER, was it a page that WE shared or was it a page that someone else shared -- THIS IS STEALING! When it is stolen 99.9% of the time you can't tell everyone it is us! So where you got it, does matter. This includes group admins sharing pages from our books without our permission in their coloring groups.

3. I just cannot afford coloring books so I just print and color.

I will be careful here, because I understand this completely. My question for you first is .... what are you coloring with? I see it too often where people will drop HUNDREDS on pencils like it is nothing then BITCH about take issue with the price of coloring books. Okay, you really just can't afford them right now - STOP STEALING! Keep reading I will tell you the safe way to get free pages to color.


3 Best Practices to Avoid Stealing Art (coloring pages)


Best Practice: Download from the artist's site ... DO NOT right click save image as and print. Yes, you will more than likely have to give your email address. Would this be such a bad thing since some artists send out free pages in emails to you? LEGAL and FREE

Best Practice: You run a group and love a book you bought. You love it so much you want to share a page with your group. STOP! Don't, this is still stealing.

Reach out to the independent artist and ask for a page to share. The worst thing they can say is no. If they do share a page with you AWESOME. Oh and bonus, you get all the information you need to cite the work properly AND you are not hurting the artist.

Best Practice: CUTE Pinterest page ... DO NOT DO THIS right click >save > print ... DO THIS INSTEAD - Right Click > Search Google for Image and at least try to find the artist. (step by step instructions with an example right here)

Maybe the page you want was stolen from them. If you shoot them an email saying - I found your work through Pinterest and I would love to color this page legally ... You might still get to color it for free.

The All-that-AND-a-bag-of-Doritos (chips just won't cut it here) Practice: If you do get free pages, do not share the uncolored page directly. Share the LINK on how to get the page for themselves.

This is so important I am bringing you a list! You will need to be willing to give your email address to get the freebies, a small price to pay. You are already saving and printing. DO IT LEGITIMATELY.

Artists where you can get free pages (I will add to this list!)

3 Steps to Fight Copyright Infringement

I asked recently ... "What do you want to see ... what I am coloring or what I am drawing?" A friend of mine said, "What are you coloring?"

My answer ... "I am coloring this, but I want to color this ... if I can find the artist first."


I am sure she thought I was crazy. Here is why I answered the way I did.

1. I want to support artists, not just color whatever I find on the Internet. 
2. I wouldn't want someone to rip me off.
3. I dropped a piece of wisdom -- don't rip off artists! (Not that my friend does!)

So Zombie Girls there .. yeah, I love her. She is way more detailed than most things I color. I find her to be a challenge. I find her to be fun. I find her shared in way, way too many free coloring whatnots. 

Pinterest and Google Searching are not the only culprits of hosting stolen art. There are plenty of "Free Coloring Book Sites" full of art that probably shouldn't be there. If you can't find the artist's name there is probably a reason why it is hidden.

Best Practice: Try to find the artist. 



Here is a simple thing you can do to try and find the artist.

Right click the image and go to "Search Google for Image"


You will get a result looking like this:


Scroll through the results and see if you can find something that might lead you to the artist. I found an interview with Deborah Mueller the Chubby Mermaid. In that interview it linked to her Etsy Shop where I found ... 


Here is where you would want to buy the coloring book so that you can color the page. If you wanted to you could reach out to the artist and tell her what you found online and where - maybe even give a link where you found it. I know that I would want to know if you found my art shared illegally somewhere.  

This search took me less than 5 minutes. The interview was on page 3 of the search. Yes, it took longer than Right Click, Save, Print. I can feel good about coloring this page because I did my small part on the war against theft. Plus, when I make a purchase I will be supporting the artist.

I realize there are so many worse things out there in the world but this is just a small thing we could all do to support coloring fans and the artists that keep trying to bring you what you love.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5 reasons you need to join The Coloring Lounge!

It is true, I think the coloring lounge is just amaze-balls. It is different than other membership sites and here is why.

1. You get more than unlimited pdfs. I mean don't get me wrong it's nice to print what you want on the paper you want. 

2. You get up to 20 PRINTED PAGES sent to you. You don't even need to cover the shipping if you live in the US!  -- each month these change, and they are voted on by coloring fans just like you!


3. Those printed pages are on premium paper. I didn't just print them from my studio. Oh no. These are printed on this luxurious archival quality paper!  

4. You get more than just me! I am bringing you visiting independent artists! No clipart pages here!

5. It costs less than a coloring book! 


Monday, August 28, 2017

Free Coloring Page from The Coloring Lounge

Can you tell that I am pretty excited about The Coloring Lounge? It is going to be a great place for your coloring fun. I am up to 3 visiting artists for this first session!

To wet your whistle I have a new sample pack for you!

In this pack you are going to get one page from each coloring book I am offering this session! 

 Click for Free Coloring Pages



Ready to join The Coloring Lounge - hit "Featured Products" and join!

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