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Tutorial: Watercoloring

Tutorial: Watercoloring

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Doesn’t it seem like the month of January just flew right by? I’m betting that a lot of us are tired of the weather, but there may still be a few “inside” days ahead! Who doesn’t love a great coloring tutorial for days like these? You might remember the cute example card done by Kaylee a few weeks ago with this adorable walrus:

156 Sketch Sample


This walrus was colored using this great watercoloring technique and Kaylee has been kind enough to share with us today! This is a nice alternate technique for using markers other than Copics. The tutorial calls for water-based markers – so feel free to experiment with any brand. Since this is a new technique for me, I might just try with an inexpensive set that I picked up when I bought the kids’ school supplies!  I love that this technique gives the paper a very different, textured look! Please don’t forget to stop by Kaylee’s Blog to say hello. The header for her blog alone is just fantastic. Go see… you’ll love it! And now, on with the show. . .

Watercoloring Tutorial

 This week’s tutorial is watercoloring. Don’t panic-you don’t have to be Monet pull this off. It’s watercoloring with markers. I like this technique because it gives the images a very organic and freestyle look. It’s a bit messy, but that’s part of the fun!

To do this technique, you need: water-based markers (I prefer calligraphy markers because they have a brush-like end), a small paintbrush, scissors, rubber cement or good strong adhesive, and a cute image.

You will need multiple copies of your image because you will be painting different parts of the image and then paper-piecing it together later. If you stamp your image, make sure you use an oil-based dye ink so that the image doesn’t smear when wet. I started with 3 copies of a frog digi stamp printed on white cardstock.


Choose your marker colors – shades of the same color work best.

Wet the area you will be painting with clean water using a paintbrush. Then, starting with the lightest color you are using, dab the marker on the wet paper. Don’t color like you normally would with markers, instead dot the paper and the color will spread across the wet area. This gives the blended, painted look.


After you have added the first color, gradually add a darker tone to the areas that would have shadows. Be careful to only start with a little dark color. You can always add more later. Blend with the 1st marker. If the area dries, you can rewet it and reblend with your markers.

The color will bleed a lot which is why you’re using multiple images.



I colored the frog on one, the leaves, flower center, frog belly on another, and the flower petals on the final image. When the images are dry, fussy cut the pieces and glue together. You need to use glue across the entire image, because the paper dries wrinkled, and the glue will flatten it.

This technique is fun and easy. You can rewet and reblend the colors at anytime (even a day later), and if you add too much ink, blot it away with a tissue. Can’t wait to see what you make!


Here’s another card colored using this technique.

Wasn’t that a lot of fun? Thanks, Kaylee, for sharing with us today! I’ll leave an Inlinkz again so that you can share your creations after you give it a try.


  1. Oh, this is really cool! Although I love watercolors, I’ll admit that part of why I went with Copics when I started stamping was because watercolor intimidated me so much more. I had no idea whether to start with pencils, or brushes, or pens. . .

    (I took one watercolor painting class in my early 20s and it was a huge fail!) But after this, I’m going to have to give your process a try! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a cute frog image! This is an interesting technique. I have watercolor pencils (though I don’t use them much in my card making) but have never tried a watercolor technique with markers. I know I have a set of Marvvy markers hiding somewhere and if I can find them I may give this a try. The alcohol-based markers are everywhere these days it’s nice to see some ‘other’ options for coloring images.

  3. A friend posted some videos on different watercoloring techniques so I gave it a try using one of her methods – I didn’t like my results. 🙁 Mine didn’t look watercolored but looked like it had been poorly colored with markers. I’ll have to give YOUR technique a try – I like that you don’t have to stay inside the lines since you use a paper piecing technique! Thanks for inspiring me to give watercoloring another try!

  4. That is a darling frog image Kaylee. This is one watercolor technique I’ve never seen before and I do have a few markers around here. I’ll admit I’ve never had much success with watercoloring. I will definitely give your technique a try. Thanks Kaylee for the wonderful, easy to follow instructions.

  5. Kaylee your directions are so well done. I can’t wait to try this technique. Unfortunately I am busy tomorrow but hopefully on Sunday. Thank you for supporting OWH.


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