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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.


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!)



Ch Ch Changes

If there is one thing that is consistent with Sara Hickman Designs it is that I change with the changes that head my way.

When I started out on this journey it was to make a difference. I wanted to empower teachers to make learning fun again. Academic does not have to equal boring, repetitive, or busy work. Somewhere along the way, I think we as teachers and parents have lost that. We teach them how to take a test. We are worried when they can't write their letters at 3. We tell them at the start of the year you have to have this score on this test to move on at the end of the year.

How does that make learning fun?
Who wants to spend their kid years doing an hour and a half of homework in the 3rd grade?
Who wants to have homework in Kindergarten?

Don't get me wrong not all of life has to be fun and games, but when they are kids -- they need to be able to be kids.

Studies have even shown the more senses you get involved while learning the more active the brain is absorbing the …

Monday Muse Edition 5

So I am totally in love with that is Steampunk right now. The earthy colors, the sumptuous Victorian attire, with the mix of hardness from the antiquated props and the ingenuity of a world that never was ...

I mean really top hats, ruffles, corsets, skeleton keys, gears, and cogs. 

I decided I would pull 3 similar, but different schemes for your weekly inspiration. They are all so beautiful in their own ways.

Seriously, how can I work this into my life without looking like I am wearing a costume?
See you next time! We are getting close to pre-season football ya'll. Fall is right around the corner!

13 Reason Why You WANT to be in the Cool Kid

1. Because being a cool kid is the 'shhpoopy' - as it is said around here.
2. Because being a cool kid gets you cool shhpoopy. (Like Fa La La Friday Graphics)
3. Because being a cool kid gets you free shhpoopy. (Like free coloring pages)
4. Because being a cool kid is something that everyone wanted to be at some point and time.
5. Because being a cool kid puts you in the know.
6. Because being a cool kid gets you attention.
7. Because being a cool kid is special.
8. Because being a cool kid is like being a VIP.
9. Because being a cool kid is way cooler than just being a kid.
10. Because being a cool kid gets you discounts.
11. Because being a cool kid is good for your health. (Coloring may relax you. Relaxing is good.)
12. Because being a cool kid is just way awesome.

and last but not least ...

13. Because being a cool kid is just cool.

So, I ask. Would you like to be a cool kid?

Fill out this form right here. I will hook you up with some free coloring pages!