Guest Artist Video: Marker Watercolor with Julia Altermann + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today I have an incredible guest artist – Julia Altermann – with a video sharing some great tips for watercolor with markers.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. Video by Julia Altermann. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I first noticed Julia’s work on Instagram and immediately asked her if I could hire her to do a video for me to share with you here. I am so glad I did! In her video, Julia shares tips and tricks on how to use inexpensive markers and blend them out to get a beautiful watercolor look. I find her tips so helpful and unique.

Julia used theΒ Wplus9 Unforgettable andΒ SSS Sketched Alphabet stamp sets, along with theΒ Stabilo Markers. Inspired by her, I also bought these markers and find they are fun to use. But remember – you can try her techniques with most any water-based markers. No need to buy new ones!


Make sure to check out Julia’s YouTube channel and blog for much more inspiration. I enjoy her clean and simple cards (like THIS one), light coloring (see HERE), and clever designs (oh my cuteness!). I think you will, too.


I hope you enjoy a very occasional guest artist here on my blog.Β  I think it is so very important to encourage and lift other artists in this industry… and I also enjoy sharing talent with you. I hope you will support these designers by leaving kind comments and thumbs up on YouTube. It is a very easy way to spread some kindness in our industry. πŸ™‚


How would you like to win a 20 pack of the Stabilo Markers Julia used in the video? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/17/15 with some kind words for Julia. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products Julia used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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691 thoughts on “Guest Artist Video: Marker Watercolor with Julia Altermann + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I saw some of your other work on you tube. The blending on the flowers is stunning and eye catching. Love, love love it.

  2. My faves are the Sail Away, Ocean Dreams, and Set Sail Dies sets as both my boys are in the Navy and I’m always looking for different cards to make. These would be perfect because they look like I could use them to CASE a wonderful card by Birgit.

  3. Since watercolor has become my go-to, I loved the tips & tricks in Julia’s video. I also enjoyed the outtake πŸ™‚

  4. I really like the design of this card. And there were so many helpful tips in the video! Never thought of sprinkling embossing powder on Glossy Accent. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Love Julia’s card and video and also your intro (you shouldn’t be intimidated by being in front of the camera – you’re great at it), especially your handsome young helper… Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Love the card. Such different and helpful techniques. The elephant is so cute!!!! Thanks for the great giveaways.

  7. What a wonderful video and card!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful artist. I would love to win as the markers (very cheap) that I bought over 10 years ago are nearly dead..:-)

  8. Great video and adorable card! She makes it look so easy – and makes me want to practice my watercoloring!

  9. wow ty u for shareing going find yout utube and add you ty Julia Altermann. i am alwayss trying learn new way to make my cards i send out like 13 card hand made at time to ppl who just need careing kind word

  10. Of course I have these in my craft room, have no idea where they came from or how old they are. Your work is beautiful, I have no doubt when I use them it will not look half as gorgeous as yours.

  11. The project in the video is so pretty! I would love to try making something like that. It looks like a lot of fun.

  12. I LOVE how the elephant turned out I have a elephant stamp that I would love to color the same way! Thanks for the tips and the chance to win the markers.

  13. Loved the video, Julia! Just starting to color my cards with watercolor, and you make it seem so easy! Thanks for sharing. I love getting new ideas from all over!

  14. Thank you so much for the video! I learned some terrific tips on how much water to use (I definitely use too much when I’ve tried before!) and can’t wait to try them out.

  15. Julia I really enjoyed your tutorial. It was easy to follow and very informative. I would love to see more of your tutorials. And thank you Jennifer for giving us the opportunity to see a very unique artist.

  16. Know I’ve missed the entry deadline but had to comment about Julia πŸ™‚ I found her just the other day on you tube and loved her website and card styles. Her videos for some reason reminded me of yours πŸ™‚ when I saw you say A Julia was your guest, I wondered if it was her. And it was. πŸ™‚ love when small worlds collide πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing her with others πŸ™‚

  17. I loved watching Julia work with her markers! So many great ideas and tips that I hope will work with the markers I have here, but the Stabilo markers are really vibrant. Definitely would enjoy trying them out! Have a great day πŸ™‚

  18. thank you Jennifer for sharing Julia with us!!! She is a jewel!! I loved the video and learned a lot! I love her accent. Herzlichen Dank!!!

  19. I really enjoyed this new artist. She did such a wonderful job and gave some really neat tips. Thanks for the chance to win some new goodies.

  20. I love that you’ve been featuring guest artists! Right now I only follow you (the person who knows EVERYTHING about card making), Kristina Werner (the sweetest woman on the planet), and Darlene Devries (the person whose amazing cards got me started in the first place). I love finding new inspiration…especially since I’m pretty clueless!! The card Julia made was super cute and Julia herself seems like a fun person to follow. As usual Jennifer, thanks for being my go-to girl! Oh, and your son is super cute!! I love that you included him!

  21. Loved the video Julia and your card, so fun and clever. I went to SSS to purchase the Sketched Alphabet Stamp Set as soon as I saw your card, but it was out of stock. I have been patiently waiting for it to be back in stock; however, sad to say I emailed SSS today and asked when it might be available and was informed that the set has been discontinued.

  22. Love that Elephant. It would make a perfect card for my grand-daughter who loves elephants.
    Julie, you have such great talent with these pens. I think I learned a lot from just watching the one video. Will be looking out for more from you. Thanks for sharing .

  23. Such a cute card! I love all your detailed steps Julia. I’m heading over to your blog next to check out more of your creations. Thanks Jennifer for sharing Julia with us.

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