Printable: Colour Combination Tracker
Throughout my colouring journey, I’ve realised there’s a need for a few simple printables that I can use to keep track of where I am with my colouring.
Last year, I created the Colour Tracker Printable as I kept finding myself dipping in and out of multiple designs, using different pencil or marker sets, and if I left a WIP page for a few days (or weeks in my case, as I’m usually too busy drawing) I would return to it with no idea of which shades or certain colours I’d used. The Colour Tracker was my solution to that!
Roll on a year, and I’m in the same position again. However, the problem I’m having is keeping track of really gorgeous “on a whim” colour combos I’ve created whilst getting stuck into a page.
So…in order to solve this problem I have created a spin off of my Colour Tracker, and have aptly named it the ‘Colour Combo Tracker’ – the perfect printable to test out fun colour combos, or to keep track of existing ones that you absolutely LOVE.
How to use your colour combination tracker
There’s no right or wrong way to use this – it’s just a great resource to just stick in the back of one or your colouring books, or pop on a clipboard in your colouring area, so you can track or test as many colour combinations as you like!
I spent about half hour with my Prismacolor pencils and decided to try and make some fun, new combinations (see image) which were a little outside of my comfort zone.
I figured these could come in handy for colouring flowers, or patterns, or whatever really. I’ll probably try and do the same with my Polychromos.
If you fill yours up with good colour combos, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram using @creativehappy.life and share the inspiration! I love it when colourists share their knowledge with each other, it’s all part of the fun
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 at the end of this post.
The Colouring Companion: The ultimate set of printables for a more organised colouring experience
If you love being an organised colourist, The Colouring Companion is designed to be your perfect set of planner pages to assist your favourite hobby. This set is something I plan to keep adding to over time, so it turns into a super epic set of planner pages to use along with your colouring! Check it out on Etsy here.
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.