Sunday, March 3, 2013

Easy Watercolor Painting with Crayola Washable Markers

Easy Watercolor painting with crayola washable markers I have been excited to share this fun watercolor painting technique since Valentine's Day.

I don't claim to be a real watercolor artist, but this is just as fun as if I really knew what I was doing! ha!

If you have Crayola Washable Markers handy, you're already half way there. Just find a paint brush, plastic wrap and a little water and you're good to go!

Making Your own Watercolor Paints

use watercolor markers and water to create watercolor paintsSUPPLIES:
-Crayola or other washable markers  (*I've only tried Crayola)
-Plastic wrap
-Containers of water
-Small paint brushes
-Art work to paint

  • The markers have to be WASHABLE so the water-based ink can be diluted in water.
  • The smaller the paint brush, the easier it is to paint small spaces.
  • I searched for "coloring pages" online and printed these images onto blank cards.
  • The more water you add to your paintbrush, the more muted or "water-color-like" your colors will be.
  • Paint may trickle off the plastic wrap, so work on a surface that can easily be wiped off.
  • If you drip paint on your art where it shouldn't be, just paint over it! (***see below)

Step 1:
Lay a piece of plastic wrap down on a hard surface. Have containers of water, brushes, markers and artwork ready.

Step 2:
Color markers directly onto plastic wrap.

color markers on plastic wrap to gather ink

Step 3:
Dip your brush into clean water.

make your own watercolors with small paintbrush, water and washable markers

Step 4:
Dip your wet brush into the marker ink on the plastic wrap. *The more water you add, the more diluted or muted your colors will be. It's fun to try different amounts and even mix colors!

Place wet paintbrush in crayola washable marker in gathered on plastic wrap

Step 5:
Paint on your artwork, re-dipping your brush in water and color as needed.

paint artwork with a wet paintbrush and ink from a washable marker

Here's the finished owl card.

***And see those little hearts to the side? Those used to be red paint smudges that I just turned into hearts. So easy to cover up little mistakes and no one would ever know. Except now they will, but whatever.

owl handmade birthday card created with diy watercolor paint

Handmade umbrella card with handmade watercolor paints

Easy watercolor painting - starbucks mug painting with watercolor paints made from washable markers
DIY watercolor painting handmade cupcake card

I love the vibrancy and variety of paint colors, much brighter and diverse than you can find in regular little watercolor paint sets.

If you'd like watch and learn? I've included video tutorials of me painting the owl and cupcake cards on my youtube channel.

Try it yourself! If I can paint watercolors then anyone can!♥

{Watch} me paint the Owl card

{Watch} me paint the Cupcake card

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  1. That is so cool!

  2. shannon!! this is so cool!! you are so innovative! we loved the cute sailboat card you made for Henry.
    I'll have to try this activity with Pearcie Pie.

    1. Thanks Emily! It really is so easy. Easy enough for Pearcie Pie to try!

  3. What a neat idea! The colors look fantastic too!

    1. Thanks Krystie! I love the vibrancy of the colors too. A little more exciting than the regular old watercolor paints. :)

  4. Really cool idea! Gives me an idea of what to do with the grandchildren.

    1. Thanks Hilary! It's something fun and new to try. I appreciate you stopping by!

  5. How fun! We will need to try this soon. I would love to invite you to link up at our Share It Saturday linky party. We have lots of creative ideas submitted each week and you would fit right in!

    Hope to see you there!

    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

    1. Hi Colleen - thanks so much for stopping by and for the invite! I'll check out your party this weekend!

  6. This is an incredible idea. I think I'm going to try it with markers that the tips have been smashed or are drying out, too. We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at Hope to see you there!!

  7. So, so, so cute! Love this idea!

    Jenna @

  8. awesome! It's true haven't seen you put much painting up here in a while, but really sweet!
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