So simple to use your Tombow dual brush pens to make beautiful watercolor backgrounds! Absolutely no talent at all is required! Hahaha! I promise! Anyone – yes, even you – can make beautiful backgrounds to tangle on or use in your art journals or to make wonderful gift cards. Here is how:
Very few supplies are needed. A plastic – think non-porous – tray or surface, a few Tombows in your favorite colors (any non-alcohol marker should be fine) and a spray bottle of water. Oh! You need some kind of paper, too.
Take a marker and scribble some color on the plastic tray. And that is all the talent you need! Ta-da!
You can add a couple extra colors, if you want. And it doesn’t matter if you scribble back and forth or in circles. It is all good.
Then take your bottle of water and spray the whole blob of color. I really like that you can see the colors blending already in this picture. See where that blue and pink are starting to make purple?
Then, while your color is all wet and smooshy, take a tile and . . .
. . . plop it right down in all that wet mess. Tap it down with your fingertips so the tile makes good contact with the color.
Then lift it up and turn it over. Boom! Awesomeness right there and no talent required! You can either lay it on a paper towel to dry . . .
. . . or you can use a heat tool to dry the tile. I don’t always use a heat tool. Many times I like the patterning of color – like in the next photo – and I just sit it aside to dry naturally.
That splotchy texture would probably get lost if I used the heat tool. The hot air pushes the wet around and those splotches would most likely get pushed into the surrounding color.
Let’s try that again. One color and I left a hole in the middle. I know, rebel. Right?
A little more color and spray water on the whole thing.
Place your tile down face first and tap it into the color.
Flip it over and set it aside to dry. I love that dark purple edge at the top.
But I still have a decent amount of color on my tray. Do I waste it? I could wipe it away with a paper towel, but I decided not to. I don’t like to be wasteful.
So I took a paper I tore out of an old journal and put it down onto the color. I didn’t add any more color – I just went with what was leftover on the tray.
And this was what I got. It still needed more color but I set it aside for the moment.
Next project. Three colors that are close in range. Spray with water.
And place the tile in and tap it down. Notice how there was still color all around on the tray? I had a plan for that.
But first, here is the tile. I held it at an angle and let that yellow/orange color make a few little runs. Awesome! Then I went back and grabbed the rectangular piece of paper from up above and used it to soak up the rest of that orange. No photo here, sorry. But you will be able to see it in a minute.
Four colors this time. No idea why. That’s just what I went with. Hahahaha!
I sprayed the color with water and placed a piece of watercolor paper into the puddles.
And here it is. Isn’t it beautiful? And look at the paper just above it. Lesser quality paper so it is a little warpy-looking but I don’t mind. That is the paper I used to clean up my tray with two different sets of color. Cool. It has since been cut up into ATCs.
Here are a few more I did. Apparently my colors are blue, teal, pink and purple. In case you didn’t already know.
It was a super productive day. I made these tiles awhile back. I have never shown these particular steps in photo form. Some of you will have seen a video that Facebook built for me using these photos. I have no idea how they did that and I do not know how to make it happen again. Hahahah! But I did figure out how to take that video and put it on my YouTube channel. If you missed it, here it is again:
Thank you for reading and watching. If you would like to subscribe to my YouTube channel, here is a link.