Marker Watercolors

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use your markers to color your image with a watercolor effect.
You will need your color coach, StazOn Inkpad, markers, watercolor paper and an aqua painter.

Start by stamping your image on Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper using StazOn ink.
To see more detail, click on the picture.  Click 'back' to return to the tutorial.

Next, I used my Color Coach to help me pick the colors that would be shades of the same color.  By using the "Dynamic Duo" suggestion for Cajun Craze, I was able to choose Tangerine Tango for the lighter shade for the pumpkin.
I outlined areas of the pumpkin that I wanted to be shaded or darker and then filled some of the area in the lighter Tangerine Tango.  Always leave some of the area white.  You can always darken it but you cannot lighten it once the color is there.

The next step is to use your Aqua Painter, which a paint brush that allows you more control and  is less messy then a cup of water and a paintbrush because it has it's own water reservoir.
With the Aqua Painter, you will blend the darker color into the lighter color and the lighter color into the white.  Be careful not to overdo the blending because you want to see shading rather than it all becoming the same color.
For the dress, I used Perfect Plum and only outlined certain areas that I wanted to see shading.  Then I blended into the white area to show a graduation of color.  For example, I used the Perfect Plum marker only on one side of the socks and then blended the color over to the white side.

The hat and cape was touched with the Black marker and filled with Basic Grey. I did not use too much of a Black outline because I did not want the color to be too dark to see shading. I pulled the Black into the Basic Grey with the Aqua Painter.

I filled in the face, arms and legs with Blush Blossom, the hair and broom with So Saffron and the leaves and ground with Old Olive.  For the broom I used the journal end of the Soft Suede marker for the handle and I touched the gathered part of the broom with Soft Suede to add some shading.
On the bottom of the image I blended  the Old Olive for the ground.

Now you can trim and finish your project with coordinating Cardstock and Ribbon!

Thank you  for visiting and you are welcome to leave your questions and comments!

Supplies  (2010/2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog)

101406     StazOn Ink (Black)         $ 7.95             p. 195
103954     Aqua Painter (2)             $16.95            p. 195
105019     Watercolor Paper (20)    $ 6.95             p. 170
119887     Greeting Card Kids
                        Wood Stamp Set     $20.95            p.   36
120633     Greeting Card Kids
                         Clear Stamp Set     $15.95             p.   36
121620     Color Coach English       $14.95             p. 165

Markers are listed in the Color Collections on pages 165-169.  They are sold individually for $3.50 or by Color Family for $28.95 for a set of 10.  They are also offered as a full set of 38 colors on page 194.

Micky Seerveld
Stampin' Up! Walworth, WI