Watercoloring with Watercolor Crayons

by Beate Johns

Use your watercolor crayons directly on paper and blend them with a watercolor brush or Aqua Painter™.


  • Watercolor Paper or thick neutral cardstock

  • Watercolor Crayons

  • Watercolor brush or Aqua Painter

  • Waterproof Ink (such as Stazon®)

  • Paper towel to clean brush

  • Outline Stamp

  • White gel pen (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp your image with waterproof ink.

  2. Step 2

    Take your first watercolor crayon and add some to the image. I added it to spots that I want to look darker later. Often images already have some extra lines, where shading should be darker.

  3. Step 3

    Take your Aqua Painter™ or watercolor brush and go over your crayon in a circular motion, pulling the color over your image.

  4. Step 4

    You can add more color to make the shading more pronounced after blending.

  5. Step 5

    Continue to color your image this way. After you are done, add some shadow on one side of the image with a light color. I used the brocade blue crayon.

  6. Blend again.

  7. Step 6 (Optional)

    You can add some highlights with the white gel pen.

  8. Step 7

    Finish your card.


    Pick It Up
    Take your watercolor brush or aqua painter directly to your crayon (the back end, as not to mess with your crayon tip) and pick your color up this way.

Your Turn

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

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