Meet Bonnita Moaby

We are very excited to welcome a talented new member to our design team today! Get to know Bonnita Moaby (or Bonnita Doodles, as you may know her in the art world).

Even from a young age Bonnita remembers spending hours colouring in or drawing. This carried on into her school years and beyond. Going on to do Graphic Design at a BA level she achieved her degree and set up her own business which has been running for over 6 years and won the prestigious award from Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den for #SBS (SmallBusiness Sunday).

Running along side this business Bonnita took up doodling once again and after numerous requests for a colouring book she self published her first book, the then got signed by Blue Star Publishing. Since signing with Blue Star she has also been signed with The Art Group and won the #WOW award (women on Wednesday) from Jacqueline Gold.

“I love to doodle just about anything, Zentangles, freeform, graphic and more. I love eclectic vintage and steampunk and I love being around colour”

“I have now fallen in love with with doing photos realistic portraits and Water colour paintings using Spectrum Noir’s amazing Aqua pens & Aqua Tints”

Bonnita has made a name for herself producing colourful water colour paintings, ink illustrations and graphite portraits. Her signature splash helps to set her style apart. With her love of Spectrum Bonnita has developed a technique and style using their products.

Masking with Stencils and Aqua Markers

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Combine Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor markers and a stencil to create the perfect custom background! Learn how in the steps below.

Color the bird image

Before creating the background, create the focal point image.  Stamp a bird on watercolour paper using black dye in.

Cover with clear embossing powder and activate with a heat gun. This will protect the ink from bleeding with water is added.

Color the image using Spectrum Aquas. Scribble Yellow on an Acrylic block, then use the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to blend.

Treat the Sparkle Pen as a waterbrush or a paintbrush would be treated.  This is the blending tool.

Start with a light base of yellow on the body of the image.  Then, start adding in additional colors.

Pick up the colors with the tip of the Sparkle Pen.

Blend in Orange, Marigold, Meadow and Sunflower to create depth.

Use Orange and Marigold to add color to the beak.

Create the stencil background

Trim a piece of watercolour cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches. Place a stencil over it and secure it down with removable tape or adhesive.

This is imperative so the stencil does not move.

Add masking fluid.

Masking fluid comes in pen form or in a bottle (it can be applied with a brush).

Another option would be to add watermark ink over the stencil and then clear emboss it with powder.

However, the end will result be different; the areas that are void of color will be shiny instead of dull.

Once the entire area is filled in, remove the stencil.

Using the same technique as before (acrylic block as a palette), add color.

This time, use a waterbrush instead of a Sparkle Pen.

Use Purple, Yellow and Aquamarine.  Allow the background to fully dry.

Use a rubber adhesive remover or your finger to rub away the masking fluid.

Dip the waterbrush into some Aquamarine and flick it onto the background. This adds more interest.

Finish the card

Stamp a sentiment in black ink at the top of the panel.  Note: if clear embossing powder was used instead of making fluid, this step should be done before the stencil is laid down. The embossed areas will repel ink.

To finish off the card, trim out the bird (or die cut if matching die is accessible) and adhere to panel using foam squares.

Create a card base out of black cardstock (4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 inches).

Assemble card and add sequins to upper right corner.

This is a simple and fast way to create a custom background with that stunning watercolored look! Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Chrissie Tobas

Project Details

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Primary: Aquamarine, Yellow, Orange, And Purple; Floral: Meadow, Sunflower, and Marigold
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Clear Overlay: Crystal Clear
White Sequins
Acrylic Block
Hero Arts Black Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamp Set and Coordinating Die
My Favorite Things Concentric Circle Stencil
Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set
Rubber Square
Molotow Masking Pen

Come Color With Us!

Color Challenge Header

First Challenge of 2017!

Ready for a brand new challenge? Color up ANYTHING you want using your Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sparkle markers, blendable colored pencils, watercolor pencils, Spectrum Aqua markers, or AquaTint inks, put it on any card or project, and you can play along with us! Share your work with us, enter below and you’ll be in with a chance of being chosen for our Card of the Month or Top Three spots!


Want to be in with a chance of winning $30/£30 in Spectrum Noir or Spectrum Aqua products? Color a project using our bonus theme, like our Design Team did, and you’ll be entered to win loads of coloring goodies! Please remember to use only Spectrum Noir products for coloring; you may enter up to five times. Keep reading for details on how to enter!

Card of the Month – December 2016

Ready to see all the wonderful inspiration from challenge colorists from December?

First we’ll start with our Card/Project of the Month. Congratulations to Meriam van Broekhoven! We adore all that bright color on the parrot!

Top Three – December 2016

Second we’ll show you our Top Three honorees (in no particular order)!

We adore these cute tags from Tricia Kennedy! See her work on Instagram here.

How lovely is this work from Julia Povstyana?! Such detailed color on the mug & gingerbread man! See more of her work on Instagram here.

This wonderful framed art from Teresa Merrifield is perfect for any home!

Random Winner

The month’s randomly selected winner of $30/£0 in Spectrum Noir products is Jennifer Irvine!

Congratulations to all of our winners! Please email and let us know which prize you won so we can send you the blinkie and other prize details! Just click the email address to email us!

Play Along with our current challenge

We hope to see everyone playing along in this month’s challenge! Enter here: .

Custom Made Gift Box

Finished Gift Box

Want to create a quick & easy-to-make thank you gift box? Use Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to make a stunning topper for a gift box perfect for not only a thank you gift, but to use throughout the year.

To color the image:

Gift Box step 1

Coloring the petals:

First, stamp or print the image of your choice onto alcohol marker coloring paper.

Then starting with the lightest Spectrum Noir Illustrator shade Daffodil color the petals.

Second, use the blender pen to fade out the Daffodil creating a smooth blend.  If pigment bleeds remove with the blender pen.

Gift Box Step 2

Third, add further color detail to your petals.

Color one flower on the outside of the petal with Flame Red. Blend in the lighter shades Vintage Pink and Pink Lace. The fine nibs create small strokes of color build up.

Extra definition is  given with small dots of True Black where areas of deep shade would exist.

Gift Box Step 3

Fourth, tone and depth detail has been created on the petals with Mango.

Start from the central stem section of each petal and blend with Sunshine.

Gift Box Step 4

Finally, color all the flower petals in the same manner.

Use the markers to create dramatic petal detail.

Color the center of the flower shown with the True Black marker.  Add small highlight details with white gel pen or leave the areas uncolored.

Gift Box Step 5

Coloring the leaves & stem:

The leaves and stem of the tulips are next.  Here the light is coming from the right of the image and the marker color gradient reflects this.

First, start with the darkest marker shade Green Gray.  Lighten the color gradient using Pear Green, Pale Citrus, Moss Green, Olive Green, Khaki.

The lightest shade used is Chartreuse.  Apply using the palette blending method or the Blender pen.

Gift Box Step 6

Second, the rest of the tulip leaves and stems are colored with the same markers.  Add extra color detail with a light flick of Sand to the edges of the Chartreuse and blend.

Third, small strokes of white gel pen added create areas of light and detail.

Gift Box Step 7

Finally, to make the image pop add an outline coat of Gray Green.  Blend to create a light shadow with the Blender Pen.

Gift Box Step 8

Mount the image on gold mirror card.

Gift Box Step 9

To make the gift box:

First, cut a piece of card to form the cover of your box.  Card measures 6.5” wide and 12” long and is double sided Centura Pearl.

Score card at 5.5” and 6.5”.

Gift Box Step 10

Second, make the inside of your box by cutting a piece of card measuring 8” x 7”.   Score round all 4 edges at 1” and create 4 tabs cut on the diagonal.

Gift Box Step 11

Third, apply Collall Tacky Glue to each of the 4 tabs and attach each tab to a scored box side.

Gift Box Step 12

Fourth, attach a strip of double sided tape across the middle of the inside of your box cover and add a length of ribbon.

Leave enough ribbon to tie a large bow at the side of your box construction.

Finish by adding the colored topper to the gift box cover.

Insert the box base into the box cover and glue to secure.  Tie a bow on the side of your box construction and your project is complete.

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Laine Webb


Image – Power Poppy
Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: Daffodil, Blender Pen, Flame Red, Vintage Pink, Pink Lace, True Black, Mango, Sunshine, Grey Green, Pear Green, Pale Citrus, Moss Green, Olive Green, Khaki, Chartreuse, Sand.

Create a Marbled Mug

Create a Marbled Mug

Make a marbled ceramic mug! Looking for a quick and easy handmade gift for a friend (or for yourself)? I spotted a video recently detailing how to create marbled ceramic mugs with alcohol inks and thought I’d give it a try for something new and different!


For this project you will need some Spectrum Noir alcohol ink refills, rubbing alcohol and dishwasher-safe Mod Podge.

I have used IB1, IB2 and BT1 inks.

Marbled Mug Step 1


Here is how I prepared the mug for ink:

First I washed the mug.

Second, I stuck some tape around the lip to protect from the ink. (Tip: use painter’s tape, masking tape, or another low-tack tape)

Third, I painted it with the rubbing alcohol.

Marbled Mug Step 2

To apply the color:

First, I loaded my paintbrush with some of the ink and painted around the bottom of the mug. I held the mug by the handle and moved it around to swirl the ink.

Second, I added another color of ink and repeated the step above to add two more colors of ink.

Marbled Mug Step 3

After, I left the mug to the side to let the ink dry.

Most importantly I  then added a coat of Mod Podge to seal the ink.

I used glitter Mod Podge which actually has given the mug a nice sparkle!

Marbled Mug Step 4

I hope you can give this tutorial a try soon – it’s quite easy to do with just a few supplies. You could create sets of these mugs to give as gifts, or make a few to have on hand for those last-minute presents needed for teachers, hostesses, belated birthdays and other occasions!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir, #spectrumaqua, or #spectrumnoircolorista tag) – we’d love to see what you make with this tutorial or what you’re coloring right now!

Tutorial credit: Fiona Robertson

Coloring Fair Skin


This tutorial will share how to color fair skin with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

For this example the following markers are: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, and TN2.


The first step is to add in the shadow details with the darkest marker in the blend, FS9. The shadows will be around the sides of the face, under the hair, under the chin, on the outer edges of the neck and around her necklace.

At this point you can also draw in a nose if you’d like.

I’m coloring this as if the light source was to the right so the shadows will extend further on her left side since it farther away from the light source.


Next take the FS4 and slightly overlap the previous color to get a smooth blend.

Extend the FS2 a little further out from the shadow areas but be sure to leave some white space for the lighter colors.


Now add the FS2 just slightly overlapping where the FS4 ended and blending even further out from the shadows.

Repeat the step above with TN1, but this time extend the color over the rest of the face.


Add some blush to the cheeks with CR2.

Start at the outer edge of the face and lightly extend it over the cheek area.


Lightly blend the CR2 out with the TN1 until you are happy with the amount of blush on her cheeks.


Repeat the FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1 blend on the rest of the skin areas. You can go back in and deepen any shadow areas that have blended out too much during the first coloring.

To add the freckles I just made tiny dots on the cheeks and around the necklace with TN2.

Stay tuned for part two of this tutorial, all about coloring red hair!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Skin: FS9, FS4, FS2, TN1, CR2, TN2
Hair: TN7, TN6, OR1
Jewelry: GB9, GB7, GB4, Clear Sparkle Pen
Shirt: BT5, BT4, BT2
Eyes: DG2, CG1, LG2
Background: GG2, GG1, Blender Pen

Creating Shimmer Sprays with AquaTint Inks


Stretching your craft supplies is always a great idea… everyone loves ideas to use things in an unexpected way! This video tutorial will share how to create shimmer sprays.

Tip: swap out the Christmas sentiment for a generic winter one and use these throughout the colder months!

Watch the video below showing how I make the sprays and also two cards using two different ways to use them, although there is a lot more different ways in which these can be used, and of course you can mix colors to create your own !

Don’t forget to give the sprays a good shake before using.

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial Credit: Tracy Freeman

Creating a Sunset with Spectrum Noir Markers


Creating a beautiful sunset background is quick and easy with Spectrum Noir markers! This tutorial will show you how to do just that, by hand. You can then use whatever stamps you’d like for creating a scene – no additional colorign needed! This technique is great for making quick scenes, multiple cards, or for highlighting a silhouette image.

The following colors are used in this example: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2


Beginning with the CT4 marker draw the shape of a half sun.

Blend from CT4 at the outside edges to CT2 in the center.


Add CT2 to the outside edge of the sun then extend color out a little further with CT4.


Using GB5, fill in a rectangle shape surrounding the sun just up to the edge of the CT4.

This shape measures approximately 7″ x 3″. You can make yours any size that will suit your project.


Add TN5 over the top of the GB5 at the outer edge on three sides.


Add OR2 over the top of the same 3 sides extending the color past the TN5 as shown above.


Repeat the process using TN3 extending in past the OR2 a little bit.


Next color with OR1 over the whole background up to the point of the CT4 yellow.

Use the OR1 to blend the background colors together, keeping the stroke direction of the coloring horizontal.


Use the CT4 marker to blend the edge of the background into the CT4 around the edge of the sun.


Use GB5 to do a final blend of the background colors all the way up to the edge of the sun, again keeping the coloring strokes to a horizontal direction.


The final piece will look similar to this. Each one will be unique!


On a piece of acetate, stamp some scenery elements using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Use stamps that are reversible so that the stamped acetate can be turned upside down to have the ink on the underside. This will help prevent the stamped image from being scratched after assembling. Trim the acetate and the sunset background to the same size, attach the acetate (stamped side down) over the background using brads.

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Jodi Clark

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir markers: GB5, TN5, OR2, TN3, OR1, CT4, CT2
Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth Premium White Cardstock
Paper punch
Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps used: Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin and Stampscapes Pine Row

Creating an Ombre Sequin Look


This video tutorial will show you how to get a sequin look with an ombre color pattern. Not familiar with the idea of an ombre pattern? It means “the gradual blending of one color to another” and usually moves from light tints to dark.

Check it out in this video:

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers used in this project:

Skin: FS9, FS5, FS2, FS1, CR2, CR1
Hair: EB8, EB6, EB3
Reds: DR6, DR5, DR3
Dress: IG8, IG7, IG6, IG4, IG2, IG1
Balloons: GG4, GG3, GG2, GG1, Blender
Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Mari Kocjancic

Coloring Directly on Stamps with Aqua Markers


This tutorial will share how color directly onto stamps using Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor markers. This is a simple yet stunning technique.


Trim a piece of watercolour card stock to 4 x 5.25.  Align stamp as to where it will be stamped on the card stock.

Use a stamp position-er to stamping tool to align the stamp and cardstock. The same image will be stamped multiple times, so it is important to be able to align the stamp and stamp in the same exact spot for each impression.

Dip a paintbrush in water and lightly brush it over the card stock. This is called a wash.

The paper should be damp, but not soaking wet.

Color directly onto the stamp using Spectrum Aqua Markers Terracotta, Yellow and Orange.


Then, spritz the stamp with water.

Do not add a lot of water; it should only be a light spray, just to spread the colors together and loosen them up so they stamp cleanly.


Stamp it onto the card stock.  Repeat this step 3-4 times, or as needed.


Once it is fully dry, add additional stamping to the panel. Stamp the leaf image in black ink, then the sentiment in VersaMark watercolor ink.

Heat emboss the sentiment in gold.


Use foam squares or cut a panel of foam adhesive for the back. If foam squares are used, make sure to use several, placing them around all edges and the center as watercolour card stock can be heavier than normal stock and it can have the tendency to warp or curl.

To finish off the card, use the same Spectrum Aqua colors as previously used (Terracotta, Yellow and Orange).

Scribble them on an acrylic block, then pick up the color with a waterbrush and flick it on the panel.


Assemble to a card base created from Black Pearl Shimmering card stock (trimmed to 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5).

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Chrissie Tobas

Spectrum Aquas: Terracotta, Yellow, Orange
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Paper
Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock

Other Supplies:
Versamark Watermark Ink
Heat Gun
MISTI Stamping Tool
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Concord & 9th Lace Leaf Stamp Set
Therm O Web Foam Adhesive