How to Find the Perfect Color Palette Using The Color Catalog

Finding the right color combination can be one of the biggest obstacles to starting a new project.

That’s why I started creating my popular color palettes – to help other creatives and colorists find beautiful color combinations for their craft projects, coloring pages, or creative businesses.

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These color palettes have been shared on social media thousands of times and have been seen by millions on Pinterest, with people using them for adult coloring books, crafts, art projects, graphic design, fashion trends, knitting, scrapbooking, web design, branding and more.

So, I took it a step further and created an incredibly useful resource, The Color Catalog – with 250 color palettes in an interactive format that you can use on your tablet or mobile device for instant access to a library of color inspiration.

Get the Color Catalog - 250 color palettes in an interactive PDF format!


In this video, I want to give you a full walkthrough on how to use The Color Catalog, including:

  • How to order and download The Color Catalog. (00:30)
  • How to save the interactive version on your iPad. (02:00)
  • How to find the perfect color palette by color, keyword or collection. (03:25)
  • How to use the hex, RGB & CMYK codes and the coloring boxes. (05:55)
  • How to match your pencil colors to the colors in your favorite color palette. (07:05)
  • Bonus tips: 2 recommended 3rd party apps to unlock extra features of The Color Catalog. (08:30)

Below the video, I’ve asked customers to share how they are using The Color Catalog, so you can get inspired and see how easy it is to use these color palettes in your own projects.

If you haven’t already purchased The Color Catalog, you can find out more here.

How to Find the Perfect Color Palette Using The Color Catalog
Get the Color Catalog - 250 color palettes in an interactive PDF format!

Let’s watch the video! 👇

How to Use The Color Catalog

How Other Creatives are Using Color Palettes

Even if you can’t afford The Color Catalog right now, you can find my color palettes on my blog, Instagram and Pinterest to help you choose colors that work together.

Here’s a look at how others have been using these color palettes.

Emma Turnbull has been one of my colorists and a good friend since I started making coloring books. She regularly uses color palettes from @dailycolorpalettes on Instagram and The Color Catalog to help her choose colors for her pattern coloring pages.

Using a color palette to choose good color combination for coloring books


Kellie uses my color palettes as inspiration for her handmade polymer clay jewelry that she sells in her Etsy shop. She showcases her process and inspiration on her Instagram page, @studio_1405.

Polymer Clay Jewelry by @Studio_1405


My Facebook group members have worked on some color palette challenges – using a specific color palette to color their next coloring page. Here are some of the results (from top left) by: Kerri Taylor, Chelsea Jacobs, Anna Weaver Hurtt, Christine Dittman, Emma Turnbull and Rachael Dickson.

Using a color palette to choose good color combination for coloring books


Color palettes aren’t just useful for crafts and coloring. Here’s a snapshot of some of the design elements and product images from my website and Instagram. As you can see, I’ve used a color palette to create a consistent theme throughout my branding and photos.

Use color palettes to create consistent branding for your business or website


These are just some ideas to get you started, but there are so many other ways you can use color palettes like those in The Color Catalog. Here are some other ideas and comments from customers:

“This is an extremely helpful tool for finding good color combinations for many different purposes, not only coloring, but also quilting, interior design or web pages. It’s interactive and really very easy to use. It will help me a lot.” – Kerstin

“The Color Catalog is one of the best compilations of Color Charts I’ve come across and its uses go way beyond coloring. It is a good reference for painters, beaders and jewelry makers, fiber artists, paper crafters, mixed media artists and much much more. I was watching a YouTube video of an Acrylic Paint Pouring artist that I follow who found some of Sarah’s color charts on Pinterest and used one particular color combo for one of his acrylic pours. He was amazed at the results using the color combo and has inspired many of his paint pouring followers to search Pinterest for new color combos. Kudos to Sarah for creating such a beautiful reference!” – Pamela C

“Love this. Will be very useful as I chose fabrics for my quilts as well colors for my card making and coloring. So glad to have found this.” – Sandra


You can see other raving reviews from customers who have purchased The Color Catalog in the “Reviews” tab on the product page.

I hope you’ve found this video useful, and I’d love to hear how you use color palettes in the comments!

By |2018-06-27T05:56:37+00:00June 18th, 2018|Color Inspiration|7 Comments


  1. codergirl07 July 13, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I love this. A must to own

  2. Catalina Laires August 13, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I don’t own an iPad. But would enjoy having the catalog to aide my coloring hobby. Could I still download and save the catalog to my PC which runs on Windows 10?

    • Sarah Clark August 14, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Yes, The Color Catalog is a PDF, so it works on any computer that reads PDF files. If you don’t have a PDF program, you can download Adobe Reader online for free.

  3. Kim Cremeans August 17, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Hi, I would like to purchase the color catalog, but it says for personal use only. i want to use it to find color combinations for printing gifts for my store – does that disqualify me from purchasing it?

    • Sarah Clark August 19, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim! That’s totally fine to use it for that. The license applies to the use of the actual photos and palettes together – but you can use the color combinations themselves on any project you’d like. Sorry for the confusion!

      • Kim Cremeans August 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm - Reply

        awesome, I will be purchasing shortly!

  4. Tabatha August 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I’d love to get this but just can’t afford it right now. Just took all my money to pay for my sisters funeral. Hopefully soon I can get it. It looks like a great thing to have

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