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 the Wplus9 Unforgettable and SSS Sketched Alphabet stamp sets, along with the 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.  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. 🙂


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. Thanks for introducing us to Julia… I love have a toolchest full of tricks! Looking forward to guest Colin’s video someday!

  2. Love,love ,love this technique. Julia is right it is so fun and relaxing. I just started crafting cards and watercolor. Great fun watching the tutorial.

  3. I really love how it shades and colors so beautifully , haven’t used markers much yet but hope to soon.

  4. I love to watch Julia! She makes such awesome cards and is such a joy to watch. Keep up the good work Julia! Thanks Jennifer for featuring guest artists. I look forward to seeing who else will be stopping by.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration Jennifer/Julia. I really enjoyed Julia’s video. Julia’s instruction reminded me of Julia Child’s instructions. Also, thanks for the opportunity to win, ladies!!

  6. I love how fine tipped these markers are. Wish I had known about them before I purchased my Zig clean color real brush (whatever they are called…LOL). Loved Julia. I will subscirbe to her blog. Thanks Jennifer for inviting her!

  7. I loved the tip with the elephant! The whole card was precious! Thank you Jennifer for having her as a guest!

  8. Hi Julia! I loved your video! I love details and you have shared them so well in the making of this adorable Hello/Elephant card. I really need this WPlus9 stamp set. LOL Thanks, Jennifer for sharing Julia’s lovely card art!

  9. Thanks for sharing some great tips for watercoloring. I love the card you created and watching you color.

  10. What a darling card – love the stamps and Julia’s technique! Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing Julia’s work and blog with us!!

  11. Thanks Jennifer & Julia. So enjoyed this video; there were so many helpful tips, & the card is adorable.

  12. Thanks so much for all the great tips on this video. Julia makes everything look so easy. The card is just adorable. Love it!!

  13. Very informative video. Loved the way you colored the darling card, Julia. That elephant is so sweet. Thanks for the info and the chance to win a great prize.

  14. Julia, you have an engaging manner and explain your process so beautifully! Loved how you added the brown under the letters and then the blue around the balloon making the whole scene look grounded. This is something I struggle with so will try your technique, thanks!

  15. What a fun surprise to find Julia guesting on your blog and YouTube channel! I love her work and have been watching her videos for a while now. Her card is so fun and whimsical!

  16. It’s so nice to hear an artist that wants to share and give you tips on usage. Thoroughly enjoyed the video.

    thanks for offering.

  17. I see why you liked Julia’s work so much. This card is so nice and I looked at some of her other things and really liked them too. Nice job Julia!

  18. Thank you, Jennifer for introducing us to Julia! I’m enjoying her tips, talents, & videos! Since I too like butterflies, that may have to be my first attempt – just gorgeous, and you made it look so easy! I don’t have your markers, but appreciate the chance to win some. I will try the wonderful tips with what I do have and can’t wait to see the results. Thank you again for sharing you passion with us, so much appreciated!!!

  19. Love the whimsy of Julia’s design and all her watercolor techniques. Adorable. TFS. Yes to guests as you have a knack for finding talebt .

  20. Hi Julia, thank you for sharing this technique. I didn’t know I can do that with these markers. Thanks to Jennifer for highlighting this too. I love all your videos!

  21. That technique is awesome! I never knew you could achieve a watercolour look with those markers! What a cute card, as well 🙂

  22. thank you julia for sharing…i was playing with stabilo markers and giotto kids washable markers and i think that water color paper is most important in this technique, any water soluble marker will do…how long will color last i will see 🙂

  23. wowwww….
    after all this years, now I found another use for the Stabilo markers.
    when in college, I just use this markers for writing in my notebook…
    i love how simple yet fun the card that Julia makes….

    thank you for sharing this tips Julia and Jennifer

    PS: hope I can win this giveaway. hihihihi

  24. It was fabulous meeting Julia. I follow her on you tube now. Love your card with the little elephant. Those pens are so cool. Thanks for introducing her to us.

  25. Julia was extremely informative regarding the usage of water with the pens (I.e. When to saturate and when to just dampen). Thanks for the wonderful video and the cute card.

  26. To ‘encourage’ and ‘love’… that’s what we are commanded to do! Cute, playful, colorful card that is definitely on my wishlist to make!! Love it! Thanks for sharing the talented Julia with us!

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