The perfect printables for a more organised colouring experience!

The Colouring Companion is designed to be your perfect set of planner pages to assist your colouring hobby.

If you're anything like myself, you probably dip in and out of multiple colouring books or colouring pages, have endless colouring supplies at your disposal (or on your wishlist), and maybe sometimes forget which colours you've used where on a design.

Rather than scribble notes on bits of paper, or rely on memory, I've made a simple set of printable trackers that you can use to document everything.

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Q&A with an artist: Kelly Horton (The Colouring Collective)

Next up in my #ArtistsSupportingArtists blog series is Kelly Horton AKA The Colouring Collective. She is the multi-disciplined artist behind the popular Little Darlings colouring book series available on Amazon and Etsy, and I was amazed to discover how she juggles her career as an artist around being a super busy Mum – a real life Super Woman!

Kelly has also generously gifted you 10% off everything in her Etsy store (link at the bottom of the post) and has given Creative Happy Life Club members 3 gorgeous Little Darlings to colour in. Enjoy!

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8 reasons why you should try digital colouring

There are many apps available to download – Pigment, Recolor and Procreate to name a few – that can be used to experiment with digital colouring, and they all vary in their level of complexity with the learning curve involved. Some are simply tap and fill with solid colours, and others are much more akin to working with traditional mediums and allow super flexible art creation.

I’d love to try and help you get started with digital adult colouring, so below is my rundown of what I believe are the perks of digital colouring vs. traditional colouring. This isn’t meant to discredit how blimmin’ awesome colouring is with traditional mediums, it’s simply to highlight why I absolutely LOVE digital.

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Procreate tutorial: How to digitally colour flower petals (plus swatch file)

I use the app Procreate to draw adult colouring pages, and more recently, to digitally colour them in. In this video, I take one of my most recent doodles (a colouring page exclusive to my club members – link below for more info) and show you how I achieved a basic flower petal aesthetic using my iPad, Apple Pencil and the Procreate app.

Heads up...I am NOT a trained artist, I literally just love to play around in this app and hope that my little tutorials will help you along on your own Procreate journey.

I am planning to create more videos like this, geared towards people in the adult colouring community that enjoy digital colouring or simply want to learn how to get started.

If you have any video requests, please drop them in the comments below and hit 'subscribe' to stay in the loop when new tutorials for Procreate hit my channel!

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Q&A with an artist: Charlotte Trimm (By Charlie's Hand)

This month I’m fan girling all over the place because I’m interviewing Charlie, the rainbow and tea fuelled beauty behind By Charlie’s Hand.

Charlie may not realise this, but when I first began my Etsy store a few years ago it was her work that inspired me to try my hand at selling paper cut commission pieces. Admittedly, my paper cutting phase didn’t last that long because I realised that enjoyed the drawing part more than the cutting (hence venturing into colouring books instead), but she was certainly someone who made me think “I can do this too!”.

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Digital colouring tutorial: How to colour hair using Procreate app

This digital hair colouring tutorial is something that I recorded on-the-fly a few years ago, but it is my most popular video on my YouTube channel! I’ll admit that I’ve been rather lazy and only just got around to uploading it to my blog.

The tutorial I’ve created is super easy to follow, and for the amount of effort involved, it gives a really stunning result in just a few steps.

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Q&A with an artist: Emily j. Taylor (Ejits)

Emily Taylor, the incredible illustrator behind the utterly cute brand Ejits, is a Bristol-born creative (like myself) that I met at a local Etsy seminar. I recall falling in LOVE with her cute enamel pin characters, and I knowing instantly that I’d be a life-long Instagram stalker of her work!

For Creative Happy Life Club members, Emily has gifted 3 absolutely adorable pages from her newest colouring book (hello, cute critters), and also gives details below on how you can enter a big giveaway to celebrate the launch of her brand spankin’ new website!

Read on to find out more about Emily’s career path, her design process, and how she balances her creative work alongside protecting her energy as an introvert…

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Q&A with an artist: Kelly O'Gorman (KOG Creative)

Kelly O'Gorman is someone that I truly admire as an artist. Her style is one that I wish I could emulate myself, but quite frankly, it's not within my remit at all. I guess we all have our unique talents as artists, and Kelly's illustration work is something I can admire from afar but accept that I'll never be able to draw like her…which is why I’ve been fan-girling all over the place ever since she accepted the offer of an interview!

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Q&A with an artist: Saskja Cook (Sassy Colouring)

Recently, I had a huge brainwave about starting a movement where I bring the artists of the colouring world closer together.

I've decided to call this movement #ArtistsSupportingArtists, and the core premise is that I would reach out to incredible artists and interview them to dig a little deeper into the story behind their art, help colourists get to know them on a more personal level, and promote their online stores or colouring groups.

The first artist I thought to reach out to was Deborah Muller, as she was in fact the very first artist that offered me some generous words of wisdom 2 years ago when I was starting on my own artist journey.

I'm super excited to share her interview with you because she her personality shines through no end! There are a few giggles along the way too ;)

She's also generously gifted you 20% off in her Etsy store (more details at the bottom of the blog post), plus you can grab yourself some colouring goodies by heading to the freebie area on her website. Deborah does an amazing job of capturing childish innocence and happiness in her illustrations.

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Q&A with an artist: Deborah Muller (Chubby Mermaid Art)

Recently, I had a huge brainwave about starting a movement where I bring the artists of the colouring world closer together.

I've decided to call this movement #ArtistsSupportingArtists, and the core premise is that I would reach out to incredible artists and interview them to dig a little deeper into the story behind their art, help colourists get to know them on a more personal level, and promote their online stores or colouring groups.

The first artist I thought to reach out to was Deborah Muller, as she was in fact the very first artist that offered me some generous words of wisdom 2 years ago when I was starting on my own artist journey.

I'm super excited to share her interview with you because she her personality shines through no end! There are a few giggles along the way too ;)

She's also generously gifted you 20% off in her Etsy store (more details at the bottom of the blog post), plus you can grab yourself some colouring goodies by heading to the freebie area on her website. Deborah does an amazing job of capturing childish innocence and happiness in her illustrations.

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Beginners tutorial: How to draw a mandala

Drawing a mandala by hand is super easy if you do a little prep work beforehand with some basic drawing tools.

This tutorial shows the steps I take to draw mandalas, and yes, other people may do it differently but this is what works for me.

Don't forget that you could also take this one step further and colour it in (if colouring is your jam) or maybe even try drawing it in coloured pens or altering the grid a little.

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