Catherine’s Technique of the Week: Watercoloring
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Hello everyone! Catherine here and I’m back for another Friday of crafting fun. Today I want to share my go-to paper-crafting technique with you and how you can achieve beautiful results using easy watercoloring techniques.

I know that not everyone wants or can afford to invest in a nice watercolor palette and fill it with expensive paints, but I’m guessing many of you have water-based brush tip markers. My marker of choice is the Tombow Dual Tip Brush Marker. They have pretty much every color under the sun, are VERY affordable so you can start with the basics and add on as you fall in love, they last forever and you can use them in a lot of different ways.

For this technique you’ll want to have a stamped image that has some nice sized areas to color. I’m using my Elegant Flower Frame stamp from Art Gone Wild!, a permanent stamping ink like Archival ink, water-based markers, a waterbrush filled with water and a clear stamp block. I also have a pencil to add the sentiment, a paintbrush, permanent black marker and a gel pen.

What makes this technique so easy to get started with is all you need to do is scribble a large spot of color on the clear block and add a bit of water with the waterbrush. That’s it. Then pick up the color with the waterbrush and start watercoloring.

For this project, I brushed a wash of watered down red acrylic paint over the surface of my blank watercolor card. The acrylic paint dries permanent and doesn’t interact with the marker color when I paint over the top of it. I also used a stamp positioner to stamp the frame in the center of the card.

One of the best tips I tell students is remember that it is water WITH color so in order to get those lovely washes of color on your paper you need plenty of water to be able to move the color around. Plus, it’s much easier to ADD more color if you want a brighter, darker or shadowed look than it is to take the color away.

For the flower above I painted the entire flower with a light pink wash with the Tombow marker. While the pink was still wet, I picked up the magenta color and dabbed it in the wet puddles of lighter pink. When dry, this technique gives a textured look that is a beautiful surprise every single time.

You can also use the brush tip to color right on the surface of the paper; you can blend it with the waterbrush if you want to have a more blended look. I also like to add highlights and details here and there when the watercoloring is done using gel pens. The colors are very bright and opaque so they tend to stand out when you color on top of lighter washes of color.

When you’ve worked your way around the entire card, let it dry completely and then stamp or write in a sentiment. Since I like to do a lot of hand lettering, I wrote a custom message on this one.

THANK you so much for joining me today; have a wonderful weekend!


Supplies: 140 lb. 5 x 7-inch blank watercolor card from Strathmore Artist Papers; Elegant Flower Frame stamp from Art Gone Wild!; Archival jet black ink pad from Ranger Industries Inc.; Dual Tip Brush Markers from Tombow USA; PITT Artist fine-tip pen from Faber-Castell; Gelly Roll Moonlight orange gel pen from Sakura of America; waterbrush from Kuretake ZIG; MISTI stamp positioning tool from My Sweet Petunia.

3 Responses to Catherine’s Technique of the Week: Watercoloring

  1. Love this! Tombow Dual brush pens are amazing for watercoloring and lettering. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. barb macaskill says:

    Lovely!!! Watercoloring has had me addicted for over a year now! LOL It pulls you in and doesn;t let go!! TFS!

  3. Mayra says:

    I’m gonna use my Aqua Spectrom markers, but will emboss the stamp. 🙂

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