Making Plaid Backgrounds with AquaTints

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Design team member Maya has created a fun and easy process to create custom-made backgrounds with Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks! She shared, "I wanted to share a really fun and easy technique for making backgrounds. Plaid patterns are very on trend at the moment and I keep seeing them everywhere."

Making them yourself is easy, and adding the metallics from the Essential sets makes them a bit dressed up. Perfect for the holidays!

If you want to go with another theme it’s easy to change the colours. You can make the plaid pattern with any of the Spectrum Noir pens and markers.

Use the broad tip of your alcohol markers or use the AquaBlend coloured pencils to draw lines and use a wet brush to spread it out.

You can always go in on top with either the metallic AquaTints or the sparkle pens to dress it up. Have fun with it!

Watch the video below to see how Maya creates the backgrounds.

Tutorial credit: Maya Isaksson


Making Plaid Backgrounds with AquaTint Inks