Top 5 Techniques for Using Watercolor Markers!

Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal Crafter.
Today we are going to learn some watercolor marker techniques. I’m going
to show you how to make these two cards with these fun, artistic techniques and
I’m gonna show you five different ways to blend with your water-based markers,
you can use whatever water-based markers you have, as you can see you’re going to
get different results from the different techniques I show you, but I just want
you to practice with what you have, the markers that I’m using today are by
Ohuhu. They sent me this set to review, and I guess you’re kind of gonna
be seeing a review as we go along, but I thought it would be more useful rather
than just another marker review, to actually learn some techniques that you
can use with whatever you have, but it will give you the skinny on these. You
get a set of 60 for about, I think was about twenty-two bucks last time I
checked, and they are dual tipped. I found both tips to be nice, the brush tip is
nice and juicy, and the fine tip writes really well too, would be good for
planners and art journalers, the only downside to these markers as opposed to
the other markers on the market, would be that their caps are a little bit tougher
to remove. These are very small marker so they’re smaller than your Tombows or your
Mementos, and you know if you prefer to have a larger marker in your hand, these are skinny, these are small, so I just wanted to let you
know that. I can show you a kind of like a more of a standard size marker that
you usually get for a dual tip, so you can just kind of see the
difference in size, but quality-wise I find them to be very comparable, and they
are just a heck of a lot cheaper. One more thing, the stamps I’m using today
are from Stampendous and I will have links to everything I’m using, including
watercolor paper and recommendations in the video description, so without further
ado let’s get on to the tutorial. First I want to go over some of the techniques
you can use to blend your markers and some of the tools you’re gonna want to
have handy. One of the first things you’re gonna want is some smooth white
surface that you can kind of blend your colors on, if you don’t want to use them
directly from the markers of course, you’re gonna need markers and these are
from Ohuhu, got a 60 set here that was about 22 or 23 bucks I think, but any
water-based markers you have are fine. You’re also going to want a water brush
or a brush with a bucket of water, and a blending marker, and what this is, it’s
like a marker like this except instead of having color in it it has a mixture
of water and glycerin, and you can find these at stores or this one’s by Stampin Up and it came from my Stampin Up lady, so these
tools will help you, these three tools will help you blend these a lot better,
so here I have some examples and I’m going to work right along with you to
get these different effects, so I’m gonna tell you what each one of these are,
first this one is just coloring directly with markers,
this one is using a water brush to apply, this one is using a blender marker to
apply our ink, this one is applying the markers and
then blending it with a water brush, and this is applying the markers and
then blending it with a blending marker. So let’s set this out of the way and put
our tile there so you can see it, the first thing we’re going to do is a
direct marker, and how I like to do this is I like to work dark to light, so I
have three shades. I have a olive green, I have a kind of lime green, and this kind
of citrus yellow color, kind of like a lemon color, and I like to go into my
darkest color and I’m just gonna try to maybe, just kind of tip this, hopefully
you can see that alright, maybe if I have it at an angle like that and I go in and
just very lightly put my darker color in, and now the paper you work on is really
important and I’ll link up a few different papers I recommend in the
video description, this one is by a company called Arteza. It’s a very very
inexpensive watercolor paper, you can use any inexpensive watercolor paper or a
bristol or anything that just lets your markers glide, so here what I’m doing in
the next color is overlapping that darker green and spreading the color
outward a little bit, now I find that going dark to light I have better
control and I just feel like it blends better and I don’t have to overwork the
paper, because sometimes when you’re working with a less-expensive
watercolor paper or cardstock there’ll be a tendency to pille the paper and
that’s when you get those little balls of paper, kind of like how a sweater gets
all like you know, pilly, gets all those little fuzz balls
on it, that’s kind of what happens to your paper as well, and so now I’m just
going over that edge with that one that had the lime-green, and I’m just pulling
it out with the yellow, this gives us a very nice bright look, and
probably one of my favorite ways to color as long as my paper is like a
watercolor paper or a bristol paper. Now you might notice that the top of your
marker has picked up a little bit of crud, it’s picked up some paper fiber and
it’s also picked up some green, so what you do is just give it a scrap of paper
and just scribble it off until it goes clear again, so that’s all you do for
cleaning those those markers, but it might totally bother you to even think
about getting stuff on your light colored markers, so what you can do
is you can use a tile or something else to blend with, and that’s what we’re
gonna do here, so you’re gonna make yourself a little palette just by
scribbling your marker onto a plate or a tile you can also use an acrylic
stamping block with a piece of white paper underneath it, or any plastic
packaging, the nice thing about tile is that or glass is that your colors don’t
bead up so you get to see exactly what you’re doing there. If I did on the craft
mat, here I’ll do it up here on the craft mat, you can see it just wants to bead
right up and it’s kind of hard to see what you have, so that’s a consideration
so I’m using a water brush and what I’m gonna do is just wet the area, and by
wetting the watercolor paper it’s gonna tell the paint or the marker ink to blend, okay so you got wet paper, you’re gonna have blending. If
you have dry paper, you’re not gonna have blending, And I would pay I’ll just pick
up that dark since I have it right there, get it out of the way, so I don’t set my
cardstock in it, and I’m just gonna go in and paint like I would with watercolors,
or you could even use re-inkers for this, a very you know customary technique
you’re probably used to, and you could actually work light to dark, it doesn’t
really matter with this so much, you’re gonna end up with a lighter look because
the water you’ve put down already and of course you could do that without
pre-wetting the paper, you just may have a more difficult time blending. This
gives you that iconic watercolor look so if that’s what you’re going for, that
very soft blended watercolor look, this is how you get that with your markers. They’re very very versatile and I like
that they have no odor and you know you can let your kids play with them, too. In
fact you could use your kids Crayola markers for this, you don’t have
to go and get dual tip artist markers, so use what you have, give it a try and see
if you like it, so that’s another way to blend, it’s a very pretty look, it’s less
intense than that, but it’s also a little more forgiving I think. So the next thing
you can do you’re gonna use those same piles of color, I’m gonna put a little
bit more down just because I might have gotten some water in there
and I don’t want to, I want to have a really fair example of this technique,
so we’ve got our colors and then you’re gonna get your blending marker and when
these go dry, I simply just refill them with water and glycerin. The next
technique I’m going to show you here is with the blending marker, and it’s
basically a marker but it has a clear solution in it instead of your green ink
or whatever color ink you have, you’re gonna start off by just picking up the
color from your palette just like you would if you were coloring with
a marker, but this helps kind of extend the color a little bit, and you don’t get
such harsh lines and it just gives you a more gradual look when you are coloring,
and you probably would want to go ahead and do your blending all at once. Instead
of putting in all your green you probably go for your you know dark
medium and light altogether, so that way you can get a better blend. This gives
you a softer, more subtle look, and some of that medium green there, because you
don’t want to let that marker sit too dry on your paper for too long, or you might
get a hard edge it’s difficult to remove, and you just keep repeating that process
until you’ve colored your entire leaf, so you can see that some techniques take
longer than others, and it just depends on I think how daring you are, and how
quickly you want to go in with your color and also how dark you want your
colors to be, and how intense. And you can overlap your colors too, this
is a very subtle way of doing your coloring, you can go back in with more
color and keep building up layers until you have it just the way you want this,
does take a little bit longer, this is probably not my favorite way to blend,
but but it does give you a really soft look and if you’re a little unsure with
your marker coloring, this will give you a little bit more time to to think about
it in color. It’s also a good technique for adult coloring books, so
there you’ve got three different looks. The next one I’m going to show you is
applying the marker and then blending it with a water brush, so for this we’re
gonna go in and put our colors in just like we did before, we’re gonna go in
with our darkest one and I’m just going to work really quickly, you could take
more time, so you don’t have to be as careful, this is a very quick way to
do it because you’re gonna be doing all the work with the brush, and the water is
gonna do the work for you, with your highlights and then grab your water
brush and simply spread the ink around, and this is a really quick way to do a
scene especially if you have a large stamped area that you’re trying to cover,
and you just want to get that color in there, the color is pretty and intense,
and that’s another way to use your markers. Aand this last way is you’re
going to apply the ink with the marker just like we did for the water brush, but we’re gonna blend it with the
blending marker, and this does give you a really vivid bright result. It’s not my
favorite though, because I feel like you’re almost better
off just blending with the marker colors, you know, but this is a
quicker way I guess, it could be quicker. It’s another way, it’s another way, you’ll
figure out what works best for you and then you’ll do it that way,
now you grab your blending pen and then I usually just use little circles and I
hit the areas that need to be merged together, just like that. When I got my first watercolor markers, and then it’s really handy to have that tile there because if you can’t blend
the colors together, you can easily pick up some color and fill in the gaps. When
I got my first set of dual tip markers and this was probably close to 20 years
ago, I was very disappointed because there weren’t many choices and the ones
that I got were very expensive and they weren’t doing what I wanted to do,
but it really was just that I didn’t know the right way to use them. So
there’s five different ways right there just in coloring with the markers that
you can get some different looks, and I’ll bring those right there so you can
see them. This next technique gives us a really beautiful artsy watercolor
painted look, and it’s very easy and I love this for anytime I want a really
funky look, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time, but I want it to kind of look
like I did. So we’re gonna take this rubber stamp and color
directly on the rubber, and that’s what’s great about these watercolor markers, is
that you can do that and it’s not gonna hurt your stamp, and if you think of like
a set of sixty markers, that’s like sixty little ink pads you have at your
disposal, so if you’re just getting started in stamping it’s a great way to
save some money, so I’ve got some colors here that I want to use, and I’m going to
start off with my lighter colors first so I’ve got some light gray. I’m gonna
set my my reference over to the side so I can kind of see where I colored what. I
am going to add this here and there, the lighter colors you can almost cover like
an entire are, the key is you want to have some color on everything, it doesn’t
all have to be the same but you want to have everything get some color on it, and
then I’m gonna go in with this light tan color. That we can see really well on
the stamp, and add some more color, maybe a little bit up here on this one. Yeah, we’re gonna add some, we’ll do
some blues, we’ll do this one all light blue since I know I have a lot of light
blue on that, now this is one of those techniques that you kind of need the
felt-tip marker to do. It doesn’t work really well with the real brush markers.
and you’ll find that I the real brush markers have the advantage of
being able to work on to a wet surface, without it you know soaking up the water,
but they don’t do well with inking up your stamps because they want to
bead up, because the ink is really juicy on those. I’m gonna fill
this in too, it’s a nice light color, if you feel like you’ve got you’ve gotten grime on your marker because it’s a really light one, just scribble it off
until it comes clear on any scrap of paper, grab some of this blue and add
that here, and there and as you start adding more colors don’t put quite so
much on there. You want less each time you add because you don’t want
everything to be the same, you don’t want a monotone color, you want lots of
different varieties of your colors, grab this teal, this is a really pretty color. The key is that you want some color on
everything. A little bit of that in there, that’ll be
pretty. So I’m scribbling that off just to make sure it’s clean. I’m gonna
add some browns and you can almost just dab it, not even really think about it
too much, it’s gonna look great. I almost think the more random you
are with these the better they look. with this pretty orangey brown this would be
nice on this one down here, again I’m just trying to make sure I get
something on every part of the rubber, and then last I like to go in
with black, and then I’ll just kind of lightly hit, like I hit the barbs of
the feather, could tap it anyplace, I think it might not have any ink or any
places I think I want a little bit more definition. Okay, so the next part it’s
kind of important, you could get a totally different look if you just
misted this with water, but if you want to have a little bit of a controlled
look, I recommend that you breathe on the rubber just your hot air will moisten
the stamp, so I’m gonna give it a couple of big breaths (heavy breathing) Okay, I think I got some
on my lip there, and then I’m just gonna take a piece of watercolor paper and put
it straight down on top, because I’ve got kind of an uneven table here, so I
know if I do this I’ll make good contact and I’m using a piece of watercolor
paper that is smoother on one side than the other, so I’ve got the smooth side
down, so that’s why a hot press watercolor paper or bristol, which is a
really smooth cardstock-like paper that is designed to work with water,
those are really good choices. So there we have our image which is pretty on its
own, and if you don’t want to do anything else, you just want to leave it like that,
that is absolutely fine, but what I like to do is I will grab my
my water brush or paintbrush dipped in water, and I will go around
and I will drag some of those colors together, because all of that, think of it like a watercolor, these inks are just kind of sitting there on
top of the paper, and they’re very responsive to a wet brush, look how
pretty that is. You don’t need to know how to draw, you don’t need to know how
to paint, if you feel that artist within, it wants to get out, you go ahead
and try this technique. Look at how that one looks so much more
realistic and full than the others. Now the nice thing about the brushes that we’re using today is that they have a brush tip which we’ve
been using so far, they also have a fine tip, and that fine tip is good for, well
if you’re like a planner person, you do the planning you can of course write
using the fine tip, and you could use it for scrapbooking and journaling
and things like that, but it’s really excellent for doing like adding accents
to your your stamped work, and we’re gonna do that in a second. I like to turn
my work around so that I can get in and be comfortable when I’m
coloring, and I wouldn’t fuzz out every single line, but just here and
there gives it a really pretty effect and if you feel like you want some other
colors, maybe didn’t get quite as represented, you just scribble it out on
your tile and you can pick that up and add it in, and you’ll notice that like
you might have a different brand of marker and maybe it’s not as
soluble, maybe it doesn’t blend out quite as well, but that will just give you
you’ll just know that when you use that you’re gonna end up with more stronger
lines from the stamp, and that’s fine. You’ll get to know your supplies and
what one’s work best for what techniques, that’s why I wanted to show you a bunch
of techniques here, because I know just personality-wise and what we have
for supply-wise, you know, a technique that I love might
not be your cup of tea and vice versa, so I want you to have all the information
so you can try it with what you have and see what works best for you.
I was going to just do a review of these Ohuhu watercolor markers, but I’m like,
you know what? I’m gonna do a video that will be helpful to anybody looking to
buy markers or just wanting to try some markers, so I’m gonna take a couple
of these colors, I like this I’m gonna slide those over there, there we go.
I like this kind of duck egg blue, these don’t have names on them, that’s kind of
the tricky thing, so you have to kind of rely on the caps, which are pretty
accurate, and take some of that orangey red and I’m gonna add some bits of color
here and there, and if the paper is still wet, it’s gonna blend, so if
it’s wet from where you added before it’ll blend, if it’s dry you can kind of
glaze over a little bit. I wouldn’t add any colors here it with paint that I
haven’t or with ink that I haven’t already stamped with though, because this
will make sure that everything has a lot of harmony, you know. Just keep working
from the same palette of colors, such a pretty look and they all mix
really well, which is nice. Okay, now I’m gonna dry this and then we
are going to go in with the fine tip ends of our markers, it’s really
important that when you’re working with felt-tip pens, whether it’s a brush tip
marker or a fine liner, that you work on dry paper. If you try to go over a wet
surface, it is going to suck up the water into your pen and it’s not gonna work,
the pen won’t write until it’s kind of dried out a little bit, so that’s
something that’s a problem that I ran into when I was first using these, not these particular markers but markers in general, and just remember to work on
the dry surface and you’re gonna be fine. So I’m just gonna grab the black pen and
I’m just gonna use the fine tip, you can see it’s a really tiny fine liner there,
very very like a pen you would write with kind of, and I’m gonna go in
and what I actually like to do is I will look at the back of my stamp there,
because there’s that illustration it kind of shows me how how everything
should look, and hopefully you can see that through the, well you know what? I’ll
take it off the block, so it’ll be a little easier to see, we’ll set that like
that and then I’m gonna put it on all right. I am discombobulated. Put it that side so I could see it a little better, and I’m gonna look at that and
use that kind of as a guide, as well as using the the marks from my
stamping. I’m just gonna use that as a guide to just figure out where I want to
add more detail, then just go in and add as much or as little as you want or none
at all cuz it’s it’s your art. You can do whatever you want. That’s
great especially for these little fluffy areas here, you can if you felt like
you lost a lot of the design, you can go in and sketch it back in but you’ve got
that safety net of having those guidelines down there, you know, you got
those stamped lines, you don’t have to worry, just hit the lines you really like,
hit the lines that you want to make seem a little bit more pronounced, and this is
something you could do if you had a watercolor painting and you were working
on watercolor painting and you lost a bunch of the detail, you can go in with your marker pens. The next thing I want to
show you is adding some shadow, like a drop shadow around the the leaves.
I always call feathers “leaves”. I don’t know why I do that. I’m sorry about that.
So what I’m gonna do is actually scribble out a couple shades of grey
onto my tile, got a light and a dark, you probably just need one shade of grade
honestly. And I’m gonna grab my water brush again and you want
to pick one side, so I am going to pick, I guess I’ll pick that side, okay so the
right side, so what I’m going to do is wet carefully on the white though the
right side of my image, then I’m gonna pick up my gray and I’m gonna add my
shading, and hopefully it’ll just kind of fade out on me. Remember don’t worry
about being perfect. And so that’s if I just had one color of marker, you can go
in with with a lighter and a darker, this is all lighter gray, seems a little
bit warmer too. If I’m using two shades I would go in first with a lighter one and
then I would just add the darker one just where it would be the darkest, like
kind of near the fullest part of the feather, right up next to it, and let it
kind of fade out, and I’m going to go faster than I normally would because I
don’t want to make this video super long, and I don’t want to
speed it up if I don’t have to, sometimes I like to but I want to
you have a kind of a realistic idea of how long it would take here, if you get
too much just blot it off wet it and blot it off, going with my lighter gray by
wetting the shadow area first it just gives you a little bit more
blending time. I never realize how long it
takes me to color one of these when I’m doing my samples, and then it’s like oh
and the clock is ticking and I am recording. It feels like it takes forever.
And sometimes you have enough ink left in your brush that you barely have to
add anything, and sometimes you just end up picking up a little bit of the the
color from your stamped feathers, and it just wicks out and it looks pretty good
just like that, you don’t really have to do much to it. All right, now
something else that’s really fun is to actually do a little like spattering, and
so to do that I’m gonna put some water there, I’m actually gonna grab a regular
paintbrush for this because I find that a regular paintbrush does work a little
bit better, and I am going to scribble some colors
that I like on my tile and we are gonna spatter those on. Nnow if it lands on the
feather it might make the water color marker run and that’s totally fine it
gives you that pretty artsy look. If you don’t want it to run on the feathers so
much you can just quickly go with your paper towel and blot any place where you
don’t want anything to run. I really think it’s fun to just kind of let it do
its thing and see what happens because that’s when you end up with those really
pretty effects and this is just easier to do with the looser brush so it’s a
little more ink and there’s that. I’m gonna show you the finished card that I
did with the one I made previously. I’m gonna turn it sideways though so you can
see it a little bit better, but you know have fun with it. I think the messier, the
better for this technique. Now we’re gonna combine some of these techniques to make a card. I’ve already colored these two poppies using the blending marker
blending technique that I showed you in our first example today, and I’ve also
colored a leaf and I also practice colored those little buds there, what
we’re going to do though is we are going to work on a solid sheet of watercolor
paper, this is about four and a half by six and a half, so it will layer on a 5×7
card, and I’m going to ink up in a waterproof ink, and the waterproof ink I
like to use is archival ink. It’s pretty easy to find,
most craft stores have it and it’s not too expensive, and what I recommend
whenever you’re buying an ink pad that you plan on using a lot, is to get a
re-inker because that little bottle of re-inker will make your ink pad last
about ten more pads worth, so I’m gonna stamp this down and just
give it a good push just to make sure I have the ink transferring really well,
and I’m working on the smooth side of the paper again, okay so we’ve got a
beautiful image there, and then I am going to stamp one of the bud, I’m gonna stamp one of the flowers, basically I’m going to
make kind of a background and then I’m going to adhere on some of the things I
already die-cut. The stamps I’ve been using today are all by Stampendous by
the way, in case you’re looking to find them, and I’m gonna be covering that up
with something, so I’m not worried about that. I’m going to stamp this poppy here
and I’m gonna do that one over on that side, it’s okay if you want to go off the
paper, a lot of times I’ll work on an old sketch pad or a newsprint pad so that
I don’t get ink all over my table, but I’ve got out of craft mat underneath
there, so that’s not a big deal. I’m gonna stamp that right over there, and why
don’t I stamp the leaf maybe one time over here is because I got plenty of
stuff to overlap. I’m not gonna worry if I’ve got things overlapping on the
background, you could of course mask any of these items if you wanted to, there we
go, and I wanna heat set this really quickly
to make sure that my ink is set. All right I’m going to start off by
using one of these markers here, this is just that teal blue that I used in the
leaves and I am going to go ahead and throw some of that here in the vase but
I’m only putting it where I think I would have ,my darkest my darkest shadows
and then I’m gonna scribble them off on my tile. I’m also going to go in with my
green here, my dark green, and I’m gonna put in those stems I’m just putting in
at the dark and I’m gonna go in with just the kind of lighter, and I’m gonna
blend it, so we’re doing that marker blending, but instead of just leaving it
like that I’m gonna go in with my water brush and I’m gonna wet this whole area
and some of the ink is gonna blend and some of it isn’t. I’m mostly just
softening that blue that I have in there and dragging it around. I’m also
gonna pull some out on the tabletop where the vase is sitting, now I’m gonna
pick up that blue, I’m gonna pull some out onto the tabletop. Somebody had asked
me for a technique where I spattered some paint into some wet paint, and I’m
going to show you that, so here i can really wet that, and then I can pick up
some of this color and I can spatter that on too, and it’s gonna give me the
artistic effect that I like, so what we’re gonna do here is a bunch of
different techniques that I’ve already shown you, and we’re just gonna mix them
together, now if I want to add some of that green in there I can, and if I want
to add some of the red that I’m going to be using for the poppy I can, so when I’m
going to the trouble to do a card like this and it’s gonna have a lot of like
kind of artistic effects, I don’t necessarily do much for the rest of the
card. I might just mount this on a piece of card base and call it good,
alright and I can go in after that dries and add more shading if I want to, but
that’s how I would do that bottom part of my card.
Oh for the flowers here I could do any of the techniques that I’ve
already shown you, but I really like the marker blending, so that’s what I’m going
to do for the leaves and the the poppy stem here, and remember I’ve already
colored and cut out some of these elements, so I’m just kind of showing you
quickly how I colored them so you can make this card at home if you want to, or
do these techniques on something else. Since I know how these are gonna blend
I’m gonna go ahead and do the green on this too. If you’re new I recommend that
you do them one at a time so that you don’t end up with your ink setting too
fast and not having a blend, you can see that’s blending really well, and since
I’ve you know had some experience with this paper and these markers, I kind of
know what I can get away with, and I’m working very quickly so you know,
honestly, experiment with the markers you already have, your kids markers if you
want, these, I’ll have them linked up below, but you probably have
something that will work. I like that there are 60 colors in this set so you
know I could just grab that with me and go to a crop and have everything I
needed, so that would be a nice feature of these, but don’t feel like you
have to have exactly what I used, and going in the tip of that look at that so
easy to blend, okay so now I’m gonna quickly color the flower here, so you can
see how I did that. I’m gonna use two different shades of red and a yellow,
honestly that middle red is not, I probably should have picked a different
color than that neon orange, but it’ll work, it’ll will be fine so what we’re
gonna do is we’re gonna go and, I just stuck my hand in there. I’m gonna
turn this around so I don’t stick my hand in it again, let’s turn it around
like that. I think you can see it alright, and I am going to go in and color I’m
gonna do one pedal at a time cuz reds are more difficult to blend, just nature
of the beast, reds and purples tend to be kind of more difficult colors to
blend, and again I’m going faster than I recommend you go. Mine will be a little sloppier then
I would expect if I was going at my own pace, but I don’t
want to make this like three hours of me coloring with markers, so overlapping the
edges with this orange and spreading it out a little bit, then I’m gonna go in
with my yellow and kind of merge those colors together, so if you feel like
your marker is dragging on the paper and it feels like you might be damaging the
paper, you want to try to get in and get out as quickly as you can, because
because your paper can get peeled, that is a disadvantage of the felt-tip pens
versus the real brush pens, because the real brush pens are very gentle on paper
so you don’t have quite so much of that worry with a real brush pen. Of course
if you really know you want pens that will link up rubber stamps well, the
real brush pens aren’t that great for that, so you just kind of you have to
kind of figure out if you’re trying to decide between what pens to
get, you kind of have to decide what you’re going to use them for, and what
makes the most sense for you, these pens are very slim, and when I first got them I thought the caps were kind of hard to remove. It does seem like it’s easier now, but that’s something to consider, these
pens that they’re so slim that it can be tough
to get the caps off, so I just wanted to warn you of that. Now if you are
coloring rough like I’m coloring really fast and kind of rough, and I am noticing
a little bit of pilling on this paper, if you want to
make it a little bit darker glaze over with that first colo,r and that will give
you a darker look and try to color with the contours of the the stamp or the
shape of the thing your coloring, and I don’t even know if I need to do all of
those petals, I’m gonna be layering up so let me just get this little guy here and then let me see what I have for elements, and see if I
even need to color the rest of those. Okay so the ones that I’ve cut out
already all right, so I can put that there,
I definitely have plenty of of options here, yeah I can do that I think. I do
need to get the center colored in at least because that’s going to stick out
so for that I’m going to use purple and yellow and green, that purple in there,
yellow in the middle, you can see it’s really very easy to get an
artistic pretty effect with these markers, okay maybe a little bit of that
lime green in there, basically I just needed something in there to cover it
we’ve got got this leaf too there, so I think I want to make some of
these a little bit more pronounced so what I’m going to do is grab some foam tape and we’re gonna add that foam tape in there, my famous yellow
squares, so what you want to do is just go through and put some tape, make sure
you kind of like put it around so that your gonna have a nice support under the
edges, and you don’t really see where like any we had any weird
overlapping, so that I think I would just glue that down with some glue. The nice
thing about Zip Dry glue is that if you do make a mistake and it like squeezes
out and gets on your project, after it dries you can just kind of roll it off
like a that glue that they use on the back of your magazines. And there we go,
that would be perfect to layer on a 5×7 card base. I hope this video has given
you some fun ways to use your watercolor markers, and maybe some new ideas that
you haven’t thought of before or maybe it’s just a reminder, it’s a lot of fun
and I do hope you give it a try. Oh like I mentioned before doing shadows on this
is really easy, you grab either that same blue you used or you could grab a light
gray, and you could go ahead and give it a little bit of shadow underneath if you
wanted to, this is also great if you got any smudges and you want to kind of
downplay them a little bit, but you know, keep it artsy, that’s the best thing
about using these markers is that you don’t have to be perfect, you can get
those beautiful artistic watercolor effects, and you don’t have to be an
artist to do it, you can just play and have fun, and I think that’s the best way
to learn about a new material. Again feel free to scroll back to the video if you
want to see any of these techniques again and make sure you try it in
your next project. Thank you so much for watching! Until next time, happy crafting.


  • Kat F

    I really love that feather stamp.  This is one of my favorite stamping techniques as it allows you to look like an artist.  Ok, I really love the poppy stamps too.  gorgeous!!

  • A .Vultink

    can you do a dupe or not series,lindsay? You can make a seperate playlist on that and start with stuff you already have; – that way you don't endanger companies going booh on you,lol. It would save beginners and pple on budget a lot of money since you can go bankrupt on art supplies,lol. I love to check on fuzz with new stuff but it is too expensive for me,so usually i wait till some nifty crafter goes, ahhhh DUPE ? I will compromise on a lot but not on quality, so that leaves me with no choice but to check on alternatives… this ohuhu product is an awesome example of dupe or not.

  • Elizabeth Macchi

    ❤️?LOVE these cards and techniques!! Thanks!!

  • 3horsefan

    Thank you. Love your teaching. the cards are beautiful I especially like the feathers.


    Love the feather stamp and card. Haven't done the technique with the markers in a long time !! Nice tutorial Lindsay !!

  • Azzu Paris

    Great techniques for wc markers. I have a few but rarely use them but now I'll give them a good test. The cards are very beautiful, in particular the fethers. Love it! Thanks, Lindsay for this tutorial ?

  • vanes kaz

    Great review and lesson. Good job.

  • becky shepard

    Wowsy! Thank You for taking the time to make this video because I know you have shown us all these techniques before??? but, putting them all together again is a great refresher course and I needed that! thanks again

  • Recommended Daily Allowance of Crafting

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing all these tips.

  • olderendirt

    I usually watch your videos first thing in the morning and time sure flies by. These are beautiful. Your explanations of the differences between brush and felt tip markers finally clicked in my head. I've never seen the brush ones to use so I'm interested to try those. Would it be possible to scribble on a tile and just use a regular soft paint brush to get a similar effect? And would rubbing some waxed paper around the marker barrels where the cap sits help them come off easier? I think I'll try that with some old Spectrum Noirs that are tricky to uncap. Just thought of it! Lol Thanks for all the great videos.

  • Kendel Darragh

    Thanks for a great technique video with such beautiful examples. It’s amazing to see what kind of painting a stamped image can become. Wow!

  • byulgzr

    Hi Lindsey! Is the brush tip hard or flexible? (More like the distress markers or more like a tombow?) Thank you!

  • ChristineD

    Love love love the feathers! What a great idea .. I have watercolour markers and stamps so guess what I’m doing today! You are such a great inspiration and artist! Thank you

  • Johanne Lacombe

    Those are great techniques. And I love your cards.

  • BaxtersMommaMarci

    Wow! How beautiful! Those feathers are gorgeous and look like real feathers laying on paper!
    I purchased the Ohuhu Markers but I think they are Alcohol ones…they have chisel and bullet tip

  • Patty S

    What is the best method for securing your painting onto your card stock? I have made only a few cards and I noticed that some of the photos and paintings did not want to stay stuck to the card stock. I tried a few different things, but I want to know what works best for you. Thank you!

  • Susan P

    The feathers are beautiful! One of my favorite of yours, the cactus from peg stamps are a fav also.

  • Büşra Döner

    İlk kez güzel bi şey yaptın lindsey

  • Nancy Lynn

    "You don't have to be an artist to do it"….I'm in Lindsay!!! For me, this was an EXCELLENT tutorial and I can't thank you enough! And those feathers….so beautiful! Adding the shadow around them popped them off the page….so cool to watch! Two thumbs up Lindsay!

  • Theresa Velazquez

    That features example is just beautiful !

  • Sierra0209

    les coquelicots sont flamboyants

  • Michele Gourd

    I always learn something from your video's. Thanks so much 🙂

  • Pauline King

    Wow! I really learned something from this video. Enjoyed the vedio.

  • Laurie Trefethen

    Hi Lyndsay,
    Do you teach any classes in Maine?
    I have Touch five markers and would love to take some classes.
    I love all your videos, and you do beautiful work.

  • Auntie Triza

    Thank you for a wonderful video I learnt so much! A Funny….. after you did the initial coloured stamp of the feathers I was like, no don't do anything else leave it as it is it's gorgeous and then you added more colour and I was like, ohhhh so pretty! Then you went to do something else and I'm thinking nooo don't do any more leave it as it is, and then you used the water brush and I'm like Ohhhhhhh. Then you say you are going to add shading and I think pleaaaase Nooo leave it as it is it's gorgeous already! Of course then you add the shading and I'm like… OHHHHH…..and so on and so on….. note to self – sometimes more is better…. off to amazon to get that stamp 😀 <3

  • Violet Verhoog

    Love, love, love that feather stamp! Too bad shipping to Canada is so expensive! Great tutorial too.

  • DeAnne Peterson

    Every video I have watched has said start with lightest then go to darkest. HAVE YOU ALWAYS USED DARKEST TO LIGHTEST OR DID YOU SWITCH AT SOME POINT?

  • Anita Holmes

    A great review showing exactly how markers work. The cards are absolutely beautiful! TFS

  • Lorraine Turner

    Thanks Lindsay, you are so knowledgeable in this area and willing to share that knowledge with us crafters.  It is a pleasure to watch your video tutorials.  I love the technique of stamping with the watercolour markers and then with a watercolour brush moving the ink around.  I will definitely trying this out.  Thank you for this tutorial and for your time in preparing for these video tutorials.  :O)

  • Gwen Simmons

    Thank you, Lindsay! Both lovely cards!❤️??

  • Aimee Cooney

    Will you be putting out a set of floral stamps??

  • Leslie V

    Thanks for the demo.

  • Teri Lynn

    Hi. I got my markers at Amazon. Love love love them. Caps are harder to remove but even better air tight… Love them

  • Diane O

    Lovely as usual. Especially the feather card! Wow! Great techniques.

  • Julie Bishop

    Loved this video. I have water based markers sitting here collecting dust. So happy to know what to do with them! Love the feathers too!

  • Rosy Cheek

    Your feather artwork is absolutely beautiful! Lovely.

  • Catherine Wohlfert

    Wow ~ Thank you Lindsay for the Class! I needed this for confidence.

  • Laura Kenney

    Oh, I love both cards you did & all your tips as always! Thanks!!

  • le chat

    Hi, Lindsay! What a great and informative tutorial. The cards are adorable. All your videos are so professionally made 🙂 Thanks a million times for all your inspiration!! Josi

  • Elizabeth Netzer

    Thanks so much, very helpful. Love your videos.

  • Elizabeth Netzer

    You make it look so easy. Beautiful cards!

  • Jim Flack

    I received these markers yesterday. I was a little concerned that Fed X left them on my porch in 9 degree temp without even a knock on my door, but I brought them in, opened them and let them come up to room temp. Gotta say, I already like them. Did some journaling with the fine tip, and a bit of coloring withe the brush tip. Colors are pretty close to the cap color. You were right about the caps being a little hard to remove, but I think they will get easier the more they are used. Good markers, great value. Thanks for the suggestion. Love the feather card. you make it look so easy.

  • J. C.

    Great techniques!!! Thank you Lindsay…love the cards!

  • Fiona van Buuren

    ?absolutely gorgeous Lindsay TFS

  • shruti goel

    Wowwwwwww so amazing

  • Maria Nyce

    So lovely, thanks for sharing your time and talent with us!

  • Grace Lerch

    This was lovely!! Thank You!

  • Jakkie Lease

    Love all of your tutorials, what is the quick dry glue you’ve used, please

  • Lori McGarrity

    That was great Lindsay. Loved those flowers.

  • judy l.

    Thank you for sharing the techniques. I have watercolor markers and I really did not know how to use them. Both cards are lovely and you have given me techniques to try.

  • Lisa Huther

    Lindsay, I was thinking the feathers were very anticlimactic after you had used all those colors and then stamped them. They looked bland; grey, blue, brown, and black. Then you touched them with the water brush, and they started to flesh out, to bloom the other colors, and come to realism. I was amazed! The card you made was gorgeous, too! The poppies were so beautiful and bright! Gorgeous!

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  • Rhonda Barker

    Lindsay, thank you so much for the great video. I followed the video several times minute by minute and made both beautiful cards! I am a 7 month newbie to all of these crafts but your detailed instructions and tips made this happen…so cool. The flower card is going to mom for Mother's Day; she will be so surprised. Thank you for my new found confidence and eagerness to keep playing. I have my Ohuhu markers, watercolor paper, stamps, and your videos; can't wait for what's next!

  • Carol B

    Phenomenal! I've learned so much from this video…thank you!!!

  • Judy Morgan

    So pretty. Awesome tutorial.

  • Cuisle Mise

    Are they your birdies i can hear?❤❤❤

  • Margaret Middleton Mills

    Excellent video. I am beginning watercolor after doing oils for years and this was one of the best presentations I have seen so far. Love the techniques that you use and how you explained them is very clear and easy to follow. Thank you for the taking the time to do this for those of us who are trying to learn.

  • Cynthia Mostacato

    Love this video and you can take as long as you want to show your techniques. Picked up a lot of tips today. Thank you.

  • idlehands1111111111

    Just tattoo apprentice searching for tips! But when I watch this video I’m a soccer mom who does watercolors! Haha no kids here Betty

  • Laurel Fay

    Excellent video Lindsay, as always, I have watched so many of your videos over the years but I don't think I've ever thanked you enough. I have learned so much from you, from how to make a geli plate to making jewelry, die cutting and your terrific watercoloring skills. I'm not great at watercolorng but have gotten better thanks to you…I never had water color brushes or pens but recently bought some inexpensive Lizart watercolor brushes that come with a plain water brush and paper, they aren't too bad for about 20.00 on Amazon, because I can actually make something decent with them, lol. I also bought some Spectrum Aqua markers after seeing your video and I love them. I like wetting my image, scribbling the marker on my glass mat or tile then going in with the color. I guess because it gives a more real watercolor feel. I let it dry then go back and add more color if it's not bright enough. I do like the brightness though of using the markers to blend like you prefer, I'm still practicing that technique because I can't get the blend I want with that process yet. I think my paper is decent. But it's fun, and I love it. Thanks again, I so enjoy your videos. BTW, I love these stamps and have already added them to my cart for later. Take care and God Bless. Two Lucky people will be getting those gorgeous cards, great job!

  • Lee Kendel

    Started watching this while I ate breakfast. Usually don’t watch your colouring or painting videos, cuz I think I can’t do them. This video changed my mind. So well done and I think I will be able to follow your tips and techniques and expand my horizons. So, thank you. One last thing that I put in when appreciating your videos…please stop apologizing for the time it takes. You are working at warp speed and we can pause it when we are trying your techniques. The longer your videos are the happier I am. You add in little sprinkles of wisdom. Thank you. I appreciate you and all you do for us.

  • Lise Sheeba 41

    So so my taste..will be sure to make both
    Thank you for sharing
    Lise C in Ontario, Canada

  • Heidi Cook

    Hi Lindsay, I've really enjoyed this video thanks for the ideas. I did have a question. most of my stamps are either peg stamps or clear stamps, can I use markers on them the same way Or does ur need to be a rubber stamp? thanks

  • TerrieJ DimestoreDivaTV

    I have 2 sets of Tombow-skin and grayscale. WIN on these for adding a LOT of colors for less. They will be mine. I dont use them a lot, but I want a rounder collection. I likely will use them more! LOVE that poppy stamp set! I keep looking, but never buy…might HAVE to! xo The card turned out lovely. I enjoy most all of your work!

  • Mr Me

    hi i got some of those water colour brush duel markers. i quiet like them. i got the tochnewer ink markers also and they are hit and miss but quiet usable. i will concentrate more on the water based based brush /marker . i tried a cotton canvas using a cartoon Buddha design of mine. just a mix and match of ink markers and water colour . The cotton did pluck but over all it was a fun project. what paper of card are you finding coupes best with the markers . cheers fun video.

  • Jean Migliori

    I just love watching you, those feathers came out beautiful, and the poppies to. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  • Athena Jacob

    Can you use this in an adult coloring book?

  • nancy beal-houle

    Love, love, love this Lindsay! Thank you for showing these techniques. I just ordered the feather stamp. Can't wait to try this with the other stamps I have. 🙂

  • Eleanor Hursley

    Thank you so much for sharing these ideas. I bought the pens but I certainly need technique ideas how to use them to the best advantage.

  • Joshua Jordan

    I wanna know what energy meds your on? ? Thanks for all your tips and tricks! I love your style and learning from you

  • Joy P

    Great tutorial tfs

  • stpf2807

    How do the Ohuhu compare to the Arteza brush markers? I'd like to buy a set of markers but I'm not sure if the Arteza are better than the Ohuhu.

  • Lorica Lass

    Lindsey has a lot of talents but I think her best one may be as a teacher who makes art techniques simple
    and inspires one to feel confident in trying new things.

  • Kementiri

    I am trying to use my Tombow markers on the new Joanna Basford World of Flowers book and am finding they DO NOT blend at all. What a disappointment. I am not a pencil crayon user and other than using the markers as water colour and pulling the colour off of a tile I am not sure what other way I could get to blend on the paper. 🙁

  • nathalie peignieux

    Les pavots sont magnifiques ? et les plumes aussi ? merci pour le partage ?? et les techniques ?

  • Christine Ingram

    Brilliant now I feel more confident to try my pens..Thank You ?

  • Rachel Murphy

    You sound like cookieswirlc

  • A Ketcham

    Why don't you prime the paper with the blender before laying down color? Does it pill the paper more or just sink in or something?

  • Karlee Kakes

    omg I loooove the squeaking noise so satisfying lol

  • mayley myers

    this is so badass i never thought of the stamping! didn’t even know watercolor resistant ink existed! glad i watched your video it deff is going to help me w my water color markers

  • Pam Burke

    Oh! Love this video. Very helpful. I want both stamps!

  • Nina Jenkins

    How many espressos have you had before making this video? Great tutorial but please go slower. It would be a better experience.

  • Bizzy Bee

    These are the same markers I have in my Amazon cart and they are $19.99. I really enjoyed this video, thanks.

  • Maria

    How did you cut the flowers? Beautiful!

  • Miss Mellie

    So excited to create my own greeting cards…needed a new hobby. Loved this video and printed your supply list. Off i go to order a bunch of stuff. I tried colored pencil classes and didn't like the results. This is so much nicer in all respects. Thx

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  • Maria

    Enjoy all your videos! What stamp ink would you use if you want to do the poppies card as "no line". Thank you.

  • Grace yague

    Please make a video about crayola markers

  • Jen Rosenberg

    Lindsay, I LOVE the feather card so much! I would totally hang this on the wall.

  • Pat Weiser

    I wish I had seen this before I ordered 24 Artezas for the same price.

  • Therese Sprinkle

    When I get my water color markers I will try this. Great job.

  • Joann Phillips

    I just bought some water based markers for a first time project, and I found your video. Best teaching video out there to teach just how to do this! Thanks ?

  • Lou Marlow

    Incredibly useful vid! Thanks so much for the upload! X

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  • Jocelyn B

    Okay – you talk very fastttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt……

  • gee massam Art

    This was great! As a longtime user of watercolour markers, I LOVED what you did with the stamp – I never really thought of that ? I’m going to definitely try that, especially with Christmas cards coming up… ?

  • Gale McK

    Terriffic ideas! I have alcohol markers, and I wonder if I can blend them by putting alcohol in my water brush… I'm thinking you could also add some watercolor pencil to these too! Thanks so much for another GREAT video.

  • Sandy Beebe

    So would you say water based markers blend better than and perhaps longer than alcohol markers? Thank you so much for sharing…Those cut outs look3-D ..even with out the special tape…Nice job!!!

  • Jennifer Wong

    Great video! Answered all the questions I had about these techniques!

  • Pokey

    Love this i have seen this before love the flowers and the colors. Did you cut out the pieces with your scan and cut? I like that they don't have white around them .


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