I'm sitting here in my craft room looking at a floral art piece that I created with my Tombow brush pens, and I'm amazed. Did you know that you can use the Tombow brush pens for making pretty watercolor paintings? Yes, you can! I've been making floral paintings for many years but it wasn't until I was on the Tombow facebook page that I saw a great video on how to use Tombow dual brush pens and markers to create watercolor effects. You simply just use a bit of water and watch the magic happen.
Tombow brush pens and markers are one of our craft room must-haves. We use them for tutorials and for our planners, and now we are using them to create faux watercolor pieces too! We have a bit of a pen and marker obsession here and anyone in the planner community will know exactly what I mean! We just can't help ourselves when it comes to pens and markers. We need to try them all! See some of our unboxing videos.
After I saw this new way to use Tombows, I was hooked on the technique! I've spent many hours playing with my Tombow collection to make artwork, tags, and book pages for my junk journal. Now that I've practiced for a while, I finally have a tutorial using these brush markers to create a floral art piece that I would like to share with you.
One thing I love about using Tombow brush pens as watercolors is that there's barely any mess. I can even create beautiful art at night while watching tv on my couch, and it's just one of those things that I like to do for relaxation. If you are like me, it's hard just to sit and do nothing when so many thoughts are going around in my mind. Hands up! Thank goodness I love to craft. I don't know what I would do with myself if I wasn't creating!
Ok so here's our tutorial on how to use Tombow brush pens as watercolors. Keep in mind that there are many techniques, not just this one, so we will have even more tutorials coming up! I can't wait to play!
I'm using a vintage page from a book that I got from a local used book store. The shopkeeper has like a last chance pile of books that he lets crafters go through. So I have a ton of books here to use for paper crafting. I have so many books lol. I feel like I’ve saved them from certain doom. There's just so many ways to use vintage books to make beautiful things and extra money. And just re-loving them and keeping them out of the landfills and trash is really a great feeling.
If you have a shop or you like to sell at craft shows these would be perfect to sell. You can make a bunch and put them in a frame or sell them in bundles. People that make junk journals, they love to buy things like this for their inserts. Just be sure to let your customers know that the colors could possibly change over time.
Also, just be aware that if you are reselling something that’s made from an old book that you check to make sure that book is in the public domain so that you don't violate any copyrights. You can just google that.
So what I did first was take the markers and swipe the inks onto a plastic plate. Tombow has blending palettes for this specific purpose too and you can check the prices here on Amazon. Then I dipped my brush into a bit of water and then went ahead and picked up some of the color.
Then I started to layer the colors to create a flowing floral pattern. I was paying attention to the lighter and darker areas and just going over each flower to create depth. As you work with these colors, you will find that the inks kind of stain the paper and soak in. And when you are ready to watch the video below, you will see exactly how I did this! Super easy!
If you're interested in these exact markers I'm using Tombow numbers 847 623 772. Here's the exact set on Amazon that I'm using.
For a luxury look I went over the flowers just by the stems here and there and add some pretty gold leafing with my Krylon gold leafing pen, and that just brings this piece to the next level. And then I added a hint of Wink Of Stella shimmer pen here and there.
For the final step, after it is all dry, I took my fineliner and drew in petals and stems to bring it all together. And this part, you don't have to make it perfect because it’s the imperfections that are going to give this piece a whimsical and flowing look and that’s exactly what I’m going for here.
Sometimes if I'm using a vintage book page that isn't quite vintage looking enough, I’ll coffee stain it and we have a great tutorial for making your own stained paper right here.
Ok here's the full video tutorial! I hope you enjoy it!! If you try this, please tag our Instagram so we can take a look (and for an extra 10 entries into our next giveaway!) And we will be back with more book ideas and how to use Tombow brush pens as watercolors. Till next time, have a beautiful day.
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