Thursday 19 May 2016

Watercolor Background

Hi everyone!
Branka here and today is my turn to bring you an Inspirational post. I've decided to show you how to create a watercolor background without actually using watercolors.
If you want to achieve an artistic look of your background in an easy way than this technique is for you.
You can use it on your cards, art journal pages, ATCs, tags or anything you like.

Let's get started!

For this technique you would need:
- a piece of watercolor paper or a heavy cardstock (both will work)
- a spray bottle filled with water
- watersoluble markers (Tombow Dual Tip, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Distress markers, Crayola Washable markers or any watersoluble type of markers you have).
- a blending palette or an acetate package (I am using a package)
- paper towel or a rag

First, you'll need to cut the paper but make sure your paper is not bigger than your blending palette or your acetate package.

Next, choose your colors.
Tip: Make sure to choose colors that blend well and won't turned muddy when mixed. If you want to use complementary colors, don't put them directly next to each other on your blending palette.

If you are using Tombow Dual Tip markers, you need to use the brush side of the marker. 

Scribble areas of color on your blending palette or your acetate package.
Tip: If you want to cover the whole paper with colors than apply your colors on area about the size of the paper that you are using. I wanted to have some blank areas on my papers so I applied my colors randomly on my palette.

Spray the palette or an acetate package with a spray bottle filled with water.
Tip: Each portion of color should have beads of water on it.

Take your paper and place it on top of the wet color. Keeping the paper in the same place, use your hand to smooth the paper to spread the water.
Next, lift the paper off the palette and place it on a surface to let it dry.
Here is the result:

You can use your Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to achive a watercolor background.

Scribbled areas of colors on a palette.


Using Distress markers:

Repeat the steps as abowe:


Using Crayola Washable markers (any type of Crayola Washable markers you have):

Scribbled areas of colors:


You can use this technique in creating some scrapbooking accents, as well. 

I hope I have inspired you to play with your watersoluble markers in creating some artistic looking watercolor backgrounds and to join in our Think Pink challenge here at Stamps and Stencils!
Hugs! Branka xx


  1. Oooooo! Gorgeous water colour effects Branka! I'm particularly impressed with the Crayola markers! I'll be seeking some of these out! Thanks for another great inspirational post ! Toni xx

  2. Great post Branka. .wonderful water colour effects x

  3. A wonderful tutorial Branka, thank you for showing so many different products - the end results are very impressive indeed! xx

  4. You're definitely speaking my language, Branka! Love your marker smooshing technique. :)

  5. What a fabulous tutorial, Branka!! The backgrounds look amazing!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Fantastic colors and tutorial!

  7. Fabulous backgrounds and a fab tutorial too - thank you Branka x

  8. These look like fun and seems easy enough to try! Thanks for the tip B! I never knew you had so many markers and such to play with! Awesome sauce tutorial! ~Niki

  9. Great technique and love the colours. Happy crafting, Angela x