Tutorial Tuesday: Layered Watercolour


Watercolour is so pretty and easy to do.   This week, I will show you how to use Tombow markers.  Other watercolour markers will work such as Stampin’ Up or Le Plume II.

Today’s tutorial will also show you how to combine two colours on each layer for added interest.  By leaving white space, highlights are created naturally.

I would love to see your watercolour, so please tap me on the shoulder by leaving me a link, so I can take a peak of your work.

Have fun!



Watercolour paper

Variety of ink pads

Bella Blossoms (or another stamp that you can layer)

Paint brush (not in photo)

Watercolour markers (I used Tombow)


Stamp out image four times and cut into layers as shown in photo.  If you are using a stamp other than Bella Blossoms, look for line breaks that you can use to create different layers.


With your first colour, randomly colour around the backside of the stamped image.  Do not add colour in a wide band.  Keep the colour as close to the edge as you can.  Blend with a damp paint brush by moving the colour in a circular motion, starting from the edge and working towards the center.


With a darker shade of the same colour you used with the last step, rub colour along the edge of the image as seen in this photo.  Colouring your image along the side of the flower prevents an excessive amount of watercolour.  If there is too much colour, you will not have the nice blended look from dark to light as seen in my example.


Pull the darker colour onto the image by holding your paper in your hand, and with the other hand, drag the paint from the edge of the paper right onto the paper.   The right hand side of the flower shows what the colour looks like when dragged onto the flower.  Once it is dragged onto the front, blend with a damp brush as seen on the left side of the flower above.


In the areas that were not coloured with the pink, I added purple and blended in the manner described above.


When a layer is small, just colour one side of your watercolour paper.


Using a number 0 brush (very, very tiny–almost non existent), move the colour with a dampened brush in a circular motion from the top of the image to almost the bottom.  Then with a clean brush and clean water,  move your brush in a circular motion from the bottom of the image, to the top of the image.  This is the secret to have a nice dark to light look.


If you are using Bella Blossoms, stamp out your image onto a background.  I used the largest oval from the Oval Nestability set.  You can cover your stamp with ink or just in the area you wish to have stamped out.


Adhere the bottom layer to the background.  Add the other layers.  In my example I used pop dots for layer 2 and 3, and used adhesive to layer the top layer.


Image is now ready to use on a card.

Stamps:  Bella Blossom’s by Stampin’ Up

Ink:  Green is Adirondack’s Lettuce; Tombow markers 703,665, 725, 676, 623

Cardstock:  SU Regal Rose and Lovely Liliac

Embellishments:  Cuttlebug template and die cut


More ideas for Bella Blossoms

Mary’s earthone card

Josee’s blue card

Lynn’s card and purse set

Laura’s brown and pink card

Christine’s gift cards

Chris has two different designs

Heather made her blossoms glitter

Tutorials are posted every Tuesday.  For an index of Tutorials, visit the Tutorial page listed at the top of this page.

Posted on : Jul 14 2009
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15 People have left comments on this post

Jul 14, 2009 - 08:07:16
Kim H said:

WOW WOW WOW that is soooooo gorgeous! I never thought of lining the edges like this! You totally rock GF!!!!! Always so inspiring!

Jul 14, 2009 - 08:07:25
Yvonne said:

Holy Moly this is spectacular!! The white next to those vibrant colors makes the flower pop off the page. It truly is beautiful!!

Jul 14, 2009 - 09:07:37
jeanette said:

A wonderful tutorial. I am getting better with my watercoloring but this will be such a big help to me. I’m going to try it for sure. Brushing in circles and lining the edge are all new techniques to me. Thanks!!!


Jul 14, 2009 - 11:07:58


Jul 14, 2009 - 12:07:35
Seleise said:

beautiful! thanks for another wonderful tutorial! I’m going to do a shout-out to the pretty backgrounds you did last week when I post a card on my blog – hopefully tonight.

Jul 14, 2009 - 01:07:28
Danni said:

Wonderful job!! Love the tutorial and your card is gorgeous!

Jul 14, 2009 - 09:07:40
Anita said:

Wow! What a wonderful tutorial!

Jul 14, 2009 - 11:07:57
Ila said:

This card is Gorgeous!!…I love the watercoloring and dimension…Fabulous tutorial Beth…Thanks for sharing!!…Hugs, Ila

Jul 15, 2009 - 11:07:57
leonie said:

cool! I love it!

Jul 15, 2009 - 09:07:35
Sue said:

enjoyed this tutorial & I like this stamp set even better…[thanks for the mail!]

Jul 15, 2009 - 09:07:18
Cheryl M said:

Simply beautiful Beth!

Jul 16, 2009 - 04:07:27
Viv said:

So easy to follow, such a rich result, so impressive! Beth, you’re a diamond!
Thanks for your guidance.
Viv xxx

Jul 17, 2009 - 09:07:19
beth said:

OMG this is such a beautiful example of your technique Beth Love Love Love it. Thanks again for a awesome tut you rock GF


Jul 20, 2009 - 09:07:40
michelle said:

absolutely gorgeous! TFS!

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