Watercolour Wash Backgrounds Part 2

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Heres part 2 on watercolour backgrounds, this time I use ordinary water based pens and markers to create the washes with. You can use any brand of pen so long as it isnt permanent, as you can see from the photograph I used different brands all together to make these backgrounds with ranging from: crayola, marvy, adirondack pens, embossing pens and le plumes. Choose nice bright colours for this technique as they will be watered down with the water, so the stronger the colours – the more vibrant the end result.

See the step by step photos below for more details on how to make these backgrounds (click on the pictures if you require more detail)

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

Tip: You can vary the intensity of the backgrounds by using less or more water over the marker pen scribbles, experiment and see!

More Backgrounds Using This Technique:

Water Colour Wash Backgrounds
Water Colour Wash Backgrounds
Water Colour Wash Backgrounds

My Watercolor Crayons

Someone left me a blog post asking me how I keep my watercolour crayons sharp – this post made me smile because Ive never sharpened my crayons yet! To explain I took a quick photo of my tin containing my crayons so you can see for yourself why! You’ll need to click on the photo for a close up shot.

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They do look in a bit of a sorry state dont they 🙂 But they work perfectly! I dont need to sharpen them because I tend to use them for creating washes on backgrounds and scribbling with. Sometimes I use the lid as my palette and scribble directly onto there and use a brush and water to lift the paint up, as you can see from the paint stains on my lid!

Does anyone have a photograph of a shabbier set of crayons to share?