Watercoloring with Markers

by Julie Buhler

Create beautiful watercoloring with water based markers and an Aquapainter™.

Supplies

  • Water based markers

  • Aquapainter™ or watercolor brush

  • Line art stamp

  • Stazon™ or other waterproof ink

  • Watercolor paper (140 lb cold press is best)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Stamp image with Stazon on watercolor paper. We've found that on paper lighter than 140 lb, the colors to not blend properly.

    Start coloring with lightest colored marker first, leaving some lighter areas. It is easier to add more later than to try to take color away.

  2. Step 2

    Blend the ink with an Aquapainter. Make sure to leave some areas with less ink.

  3. Step 3

    Now add a darker color where shadows would naturally be. Pay close attention to lines, creases, and underneath things.

  4. Step 4

    Blend the two shades with the Aquapainter.

  5. Step 5

    Move on to another section of the stamped design and repeat Steps 1 - 4, making sure to put the darker color on the shadow lines.

  6. Step 6

    If during blending, you find there is too much color, it can be removed.

    In this picture, the color under the Aquapainter is being removed.

  7. Step 7

    After lifting color from the image, rub the excess off between your fingers or on a paper towel.

    This is also helpful when there is too much water built up in the bristles of the brush.

  8. Step 8

    Some areas were purposely left white for highlights and dimension. A white gel pen accents her cheeks to draw the eye and create more dimension.

  9. Step 9

    Embellish as desired.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Watercoloring with Markers. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Sarah, I have not tried the blender pens. I want the watercolor look, and I think there would not be enough moisture in a blender pen, but there is no harm in trying smile
reneejul1  |  Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 5:18 PM
COULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME OUT AND SEN ME THE PATTERN FOR A FILE CARD HOLDER.I SEEN ONE BUT CANNOT FIND THE SPOT I FOUND IT IN. THANKS DONNA
Donna SheldrAKE  |  Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 6:10 PM
This is so beautiful! I love the card and the colors. Thanks so much for the wonderful explanation of the technique!
Ann Hill  |  Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 4:53 AM
I am new to stampin up and trying to learn the different techniques. This was very helpful.
Shelby  |  Sun Apr 20, 2008 at 10:13 AM
awesome coloring, thank you
Becky  |  Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 7:48 AM
FANTASTIC TUTORIAL, JULIE !!! You are the reason I started attempting watercolouring a few months back ! I love your blog...visit it everday (fellow CDN) You do incredible work !!! Thanks again for all you do.!!!
Corinne  |  Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 6:20 AM
LOVED the tutorial! It was very interesting and LOVEd the work! I was wondering though, instead of the aquapainter if a blender pen would work? THANKS SO MUCH!
Bobbie  |  Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 9:12 AM
That looks fabulous! I had no idea you could watercolor so well with SU markers! So thanks for sharing!!
kimberlee  |  Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 1:03 PM
oh my goodness, I'm so excited, I've just become a demonstrator, under Stacey Carter, and I can't wait until my kit gets here, look out here i come. Heck, I didn't sleep but two hours last night thinking about all of this and all the new friends i'll make along the way, and I'm heading for convention in Utah. Yippee!! Anyway, this water color is very helpful to me, i've been looking for a blending pen prior to seeing this demonstration. i'll look see if we have them on SU. My name by the way is Sandi, i've two grown children, and i mean grown, 40 and 37, I started young. and I've one granddaughter, Indiannia, whom is 12, and if grandma has her way, she'll love to do stampinup.
Sandi  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 8:35 AM
This is a great tutorial on watercoloring. I hope to practice, practice, practice.

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smallcity  |  Sat Jun 7, 2008 at 2:55 AM
gracias aprendi a utilizar mejor los lapices de agua .este sello es lindo y el proyecto muy bueno . marggie
Marjorie Beckles  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 8:10 PM
Good morning!
Just a note: I recently ordered a stamp from High Hopes, and they sent an EM reading they were going to stop selling to the general public because they are based in the UK, and the orders were too hard to keep up with-
cdjcape521  |  Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 5:50 AM
wonderful tutorial-I haven't tried this yet but now will definitely do! thank you!!!
Angela  |  Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM
HOLA AMIGA
GRACIAS POR LA CLASE DEPINTURA CON PAILOT,LO DISFRUTE SU TRABAJO ES EXCELENTE.
TIA MARGGIE
YO ESCRIBO MAS EN ESPANOL EL IDIOMA DE MI PAIS CHOO
tiamarggie  |  Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 9:11 PM

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