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. I loved the accent, Jennifer (and Julia). And enjoyed the tips and tricks. Loved the video and enjoyed meeting Julia. I bet she gets lots of new fans after this! Thank you both.

  2. What an exciting idea to have guest crafters. I loved the card and was excited to learn the technique to coloring the elephant. Makes me want to have the stamp set to make a darling card. Love it 🙂

  3. Really helpful tips and explanations on how to get this color effect! I enjoy seeing the work of Guest crafters!

  4. Thanks Julia. You have lovely cards. I really like the colorful letters. And I have to agree with Jennifer, the butterfly card that captured her attention certainly appeals to me as well. I’ll definitely check out your blog! Thanks!

  5. Very cool video! Julia was so clear and and made it look easy enough for a novice to try. I have never tried these pens to water colour before but will definitely look for them to test out!

  6. Guest crafters are definitely a way to see newcomers to the area. This card is so cute. I love that the elephant is holding the ‘O’, what a nice twist to a hello card. I’m not very good at watercolor, so the tips are incredibly useful. Thanks for introducing me to Julia’s blog – will definitely be checking it out. BTW that butterfly card was gorgeous!

  7. I absolutely adore this card. I love the technique and that it can be achieved with affordable products.

  8. Such a cute card, great video and some awesome tips.
    I will definitely be checking out Julia’s blog.
    Thanks for sharing with us. =)

  9. I would LOVE to win a set of these FABULOUS markers! Thank you Julia for the AWESOME tutorial! I’ve been to your YouTube channel and am a subscriber :-). I learn SO much from your videos! Thanks again!

  10. I love the “incomplete” coloring in the letters. It goes beautifully with the sketchy style of them.

  11. Hi Julia, I was inspired to try your techniques after watching your video. I’m really inexperienced at watercolor, but I love the look of it. Your voice and accent just add another layer of interest to the card making lesson. I

  12. Wow Julia, nice job. I never seen these markers before. Thank you for your techniques. You made it look easy to do. Looking forward to more of your videos.

  13. What a cute card. LOVE the coloring! So bright. The lettering is so neat. Definitely gonna check more of her work over at YT. I wanna try her coloring techniques. Thanks for bringing her over!

  14. What a great card-love your light coloring. Can’t wait to try it and will had these markers to my wish list. Thank you

  15. Thanks Jennifer for inviting Julie! Great tips on how to control the color. I can’t wait to try on my next card; I will try with markers I have and water colored pencil as well. Definitely will check out her blog as well! Have a happy day!

  16. I love having new artists to check out and Julia is a great addition! The coloring is so beautiful and the card design is the cutest!

  17. Thanks Julia and Jennifer! Love the card and I picked up so many tips on using my markers and brushes. You make it look so easy Julia. And I love your voice – will definitely follow you on You Tube. Thanks for sharing.

  18. What an adorable card and the coloring was wonderful. Thanks for all the helpful hints. I’ll definitely be checking out more from Julia and these markers as well.

  19. I have followed Julia for about two months and I’m glad you are show casing her on you blog. Her designs are clean and her imagination is stunning.

    I also like her voice it is easy to listen to.

  20. Love this technique!
    I’m having a issue finding markers like these that are not sold out!
    I’ve added my name so when they come in I’ll be notified!
    Can’t wait to try!

  21. I have never tried this technique before, but you have made it look so easy and the results are quite lovely, I shall now have a go!

  22. Great video, Julia! I went to your blog and checked out some more of your cards. I will definitely be going back to visit. Thanks for showing us your great card.

  23. Such a cute card and a great explanation of technique- will definitely check out your YouTube Channel!

  24. Thanks Julia for the coloring tips. Great video! Also great idea to feature guest artists, Jennifer. Looking forward to more. Thanks!

  25. I lust no more for expensive pens but shall be contented with what I have. A refreshing and delightful tutorial by a gifted crafter. Thank you!

  26. Oh my goodness…. Julia’s card is so stinkin’ adorable!!!! I just love all her tips that she gave us!!! I can’t wait to try them all out!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  27. Julia’s color is fantastic! Her tips are very helpful for a beginner like me. After seeing some gorgeous cards using watercolor markers by Jennifer, I bought 4 individual markers to “test” out before making a full investment into these markers. I’m LOVIN’ them!! I need all the help I can get on using these markers. LOL!!! Thank you Julia for sharing your talent.

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