Colouring page: Dream, Believe, Achieve
Happy New Yeaaaaaar, my love!
I adore this time of year, don’t you? It’s just got this awesome energy and wonder to it, and it brings this wave of excitement for all the possibilities that lie ahead. In fact, I am so excited for my life and business plans in 2018 that I could literally burst!
To kick off 2018 in style, I’ve doodled a positive mantra that you can colour and then frame for your home, or maybe even pop into your scrapbook or planner.
I think it’s perfect for reminding ourselves that dreams are really just goals with a deadline, and if we want to achieve them, it’s a case of combining action with a huge dose of self-belief.
I really hope you enjoy adding your creative touch to this, and don’t forget to share your creations in my private group on Facebook: The Colouring Den. Look forward to seeing you in there!
Please note: I did use to offer this as a free download, but I’m now offering a ‘pay what you want’ model instead, with a minimum donation of £1. You’ll get access to this sample page, plus 18 other colouring pages! Want to know why? Read more below.
WHY I’M NO LONGER OFFERING *JUST* FREEBIES
For a verrrry long time, month after month I would create free colouring pages for my newsletter list in the hope that if someone like my illustration style, they may go ahead and purchase something from my store in the future.
Of course, a few people have supported my journey as an artist from day one and I’m eternally grateful to those people. However, for the most part, people started to expect freebies from me and nothing else. There were a few months I missed due to work / life commitments and I actually had people complain or ask “Where is my freebie?” when I couldn’t find time to draw something and show up in their inbox – it was truly heartbreaking reading those messages!
Just to have my business “alive”, I have to pay website and domain hosting fees, Etsy fees, physical product costs, email list fees etc…as well as use all my free time around my full-time job to create colouring pages or products to actually SELL. Every single Etsy sale goes towards keeping my business running!
Also, I think we are guilty of freebie-hoarding and letting these files stack up on our computers and not actually taking time to appreciate and use them. I really want people to enjoy my work, and equally, experience the benefits that colouring can bring them. Ironically, the magic of colouring doesn’t happen if you just leave them in a folder on your desktop.
So, in order to try and keep the wheels of my business turning and not have to give up my dream of one day being a full-time artist, and equally to encourage you to ENJOY these colouring pages, I have switched to a pay what you want model with a suggested small donation.
This doesn’t mean I will never, ever offer freebies again – that would be silly! It just means that I am trying to shift the focus on my business to turn it into something sustainable, which in turn means I can continue to create beautiful artwork for my fans.