How to Watercolour with Gel Pens

Have you ever wondered what you can do with gel pens besides using them in your scrapbook journalling?  Today I will teach you how to watercolour with gel pens. As you can see, watercolouring with the pens leave a very soft effect.   Gel pens can be purchased at your craft supply store or business store (ie. Staples, Office Max).  In my tutorial I am using Peel Offs that I purchased at my local craft store.  They can also be purchased at Frantic Stamper Inc. and in the UK at Liz’s Crafts.  The brush I used is a size 0.

Supplies:  Gel pens, small painting brush, Peel Offs or you can heat emboss in any colour you wish.

Carefully pull apart the Peel-Off and place it onto your paper.

Along the bottom area, colour a small spot, and with a damp brush, work your colour from the bottom to the top.  Remember to press gently on your pen.

To leave areas of white space, clean your brush and work the ink from the top to the bottom where you coloured.  This will work the colour back to the bottom and leave a nice white, or faded colour, area.

In small areas, draw a line along the edge (pretend you don’t see where I went over the line) .  With your brush, run along the line you just drew so the colour won’t bleed to the opposite line.  Remember, you want to leave some white space.

Finished butterfly.

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Posted on : Oct 19 2010
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19 People have left comments on this post

Oct 19, 2010 - 08:10:20
Elaine Allen said:

Beth –

This is beautiful! I love the soft effect you get with this technique. I’ll have to dig out my gel pens and give this a try. Hmm, wonder if it would would with my Sakura glitter gel pens too – now where did I put those things . . .

Thanks for sharing. Hugs to the pups.


Oct 19, 2010 - 09:10:41
Cynthia M said:

Wow. I love your butterfly. Actually I should re-phrase that.
I LOVE it!!
I never thought of colouring/painting with gel pens. What a great idea. I am going to have to try this. I wonder if it even works on those cheap gel pens you get form the dollar store? My kids have a ton of those!
Thanks for all your tutorial tips. I love your blog.
Have a great day! God Bless,

Oct 19, 2010 - 08:10:02
Carole Miller said:

OMG, that is BEAUTIFUL. Can’t wait till I can try this tomorrow. I don’t have any peel off’s, but maybe if I stamp and emboss it will still work. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Carole Miller

Oct 19, 2010 - 08:10:47
Patti J. said:

Beautiful!!! Can’t wait to try it! Don’t have any gel pens, but Office Max does!!! lol…

Oct 19, 2010 - 09:10:48
Viv said:

Wow Beth! This is gorgeous!! I haven’t used a peel-off in AGES, but seeing this work of art has made me re-think!! This card is SO clean and simple!! Now, where did I put my gel pens……….
(Thank you so much for your visits to my blog Beth. I do so appreciate your welcome comments my friend).
Hugs Viv xxx

Oct 19, 2010 - 09:10:05
Cheryl M said:

Beth this is stunning! I think you need to do a tutorial on the best way to get those peel-off placed correctly ;o)

Love the colors used.

Oct 19, 2010 - 10:10:16
K Hutchinson said:

WOW this is so cool! I never thought about watercoloring with gel pens! You so ROCK!

Oct 20, 2010 - 07:10:23
LorraineB said:

Absolutely gorgeous. Gel pens…would have never thought to try this in a million years. Love your Blog!! The butterfly reminds me of stained glass.

Oct 20, 2010 - 08:10:20
Annette said:

Beth – I love this card. Simple and clean looking. My friend from England had sent me some of these types of stickers and I just love them. I had never seen them before nor knew what to do with them. You are is my inspiration! Thanks.

Oct 20, 2010 - 08:10:44
Beth Ullman said:

Hey girlfriend I love this butterfly and your card is so classy looking great job as always on your tutorial.

Oct 20, 2010 - 10:10:38
Audrey said:

Absolutely beautiful.. I do not have peel off’s so I am going to try embossing then coloring withthe gell pens. Hopefully that will work well also.

Oct 20, 2010 - 11:10:36

I have a bazillion of these stick-ons, and I’ve never thought to color them! Duh! Thanks for the push!

Oct 20, 2010 - 04:10:18
Ila said:

Oh Wow Beth..this is Beautiful!!..I have had stickers like this from my daughter and never used them…Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial!!..Hugs, Ila

Oct 21, 2010 - 12:10:28
Teri said:

This is beautiful! I just got a new set of gel pens and I can’t wait to use them.

Oct 22, 2010 - 09:10:37
Lee Tucker said:

Thanks for a totally beautiful tutorial! I have tons of these pens that I bring out occasionally to keep the gel running, so now I can actually use them more often. Your sample is gorgeous!

Oct 22, 2010 - 11:10:51
Linda C. said:

WOW! What a beauty! I’ll have to dig out those gel pens and try this!

Oct 24, 2010 - 09:10:10
pesc said:

This is cool! I never tought of watercoloring with gel pen!! I will have to try this! 🙂
Have a great day!

Oct 28, 2010 - 12:10:20
Lynne Phelps said:

What a lovely technique and a beautiful card! The recipient will be very happy indeed!

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