Welcome! Today I show how to use marker blending to get an easy, controllable watercolor look.
[All the supplies used are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]
Like many of you, I love the look of watercolor. However, sometimes people struggle with it. I know I do – especially with small images like I am using today. By using markers and a blender pen, you can get a watercolor look but in a “controlled” way.
After white heat embossing several Sweet Stamp Shop images (more on that below), I added bits of color with my can’t-get-enough-of Tombow Markers. (I like THIS set and THIS set.) I then used a Dove Blending Pen to blend the color out… giving watercolor-like results. I feel the blender pen is much easier to handle than water and therefore you can control the results more. (I personally love doing watercolor AND the method I showed today. But everyone is different. Folks who struggle with watercolor may find the blender pen to be a good solution.)
I used Tombow Markers but you could use many types of water-based markers. Distress Markers work REALLY well with this technique, but I wanted bright colors today. (Tombow seems to give brighter colors and Distress seems to give more toned-down colors. Together? You have all you need! The Tombow sets do come with a blender-type pen. I just prefer the Dove. By the way — you can get the Dove Blender Pen alone, or in a starter pack with a refill.)
SWEET STAMP SHOP
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