A few days ago, I got a message from a lady in New Zealand who had found my line drawing version of Eostre, Saxon goddess of the dawn, and downloaded it to colour. My first reaction was consternation, that people should be using my images without permission (or payment), but then I thought, “Hey, it’s the internet — if it’s out there, people are going to download it. And she did write me a nice note to tell me!” So the more i thought about it, the more I thought that it was pretty cool that one of my drawings was being enjoyed (and coloured) on the other side of the world! I do sell them as prints (but only face to face), and tell people they can colour it or appreciate it as is, so why not? All you far-away folks are never going to see me at a show to get one in person, so through the miracle of the internet, you can colour my drawings if I post them!
So here’s the deal — Every Thursday, for as long as they hold out, I’m going to post one of a series of drawings I did specifically to colour. They are Celtic-insprired designs, and I’ve been told by friends who have coloured them that they are very meditative to colour. The originals are not large; they take about half an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper (standard size here in North America), so it’s probably best not to try to print them too large or they’ll pixilate (that’s a fancy word for when the pixies have been at something!). All I ask is that you don’t change anything, leave my signature in place, and don’t use them for commercial purposes (that includes using them for your business logo, or selling copies). If you want to do something more for me, you could make me happy by liking my Facebook page, or following me on Twitter or Tumblr (There is a lot of sharing of this blog there, but I post other stuff too)!
I suggest printing them on white card stock (you can even make your own notecards!) and using coloured pencils, markers, or watercolour. This first one will be a test — if anyone does colour this, please leave me some feedback in the comments below as to how the download and printing process went — I’m hoping that they are high enough resolution to make a satisfying colouring experience. If not, I may find another way to post them.
If you do colour it, and want to show it off, please post it on your own blog with a link back here so more people can find it, and then put a comment below with a link to your blog so I (and others that don’t yet follow you) can see what you did with it! Enjoy!