Watercolour Circles Background

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Create a fun and easy watercolour background with this tutorial from design team member Jo McKelvey!

Jo uses her Aqua markers to create a freehand background. You could try this technique with our Aquablend pencils too, we'd love to see the results!

What you will learn:

You will learn how to use watercolour markers to create a custom-coloured background . This technique can be used for scrapbook pages, cards, frameable art, gift tags, gift box toppers, and more.

See how she did it by following the steps below. Try it yourself and be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page, or sharing on Pinterest


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Getting started:

Gather the supplies needed to create this project:

  • Aqua markers
  • watercolour cardstock
  • stamps & sentiments of your choice
  • circle stencil (can be handmade like this one)
  • water bottle for spritzing
  • clean water and paint brush

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Beginning your background

Step 1:
If you don't have a circle stencil, cut or punch some circles on scrap cardstock. Position randomly where you like on the background piece of watercolour cardstock and use your Aqua markers to draw the circles on.

Step 2:
Repeat over with different colour Aqua markers as desired.


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Adding Water

Step 3:
Using a very wet brush drag the colour of each circle towards its centre.


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Step 4:
Spritz each of the circles using a spray bottle filled with clean water.

Step 5:
Pat dry using a clean kitchen towel/paper towel.


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Add more circles (optional)

Step 6:
Add more circles over the top until you are happy, if desired. Follow the same steps used above.


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Create more details

Step 7:
Scribble a little of the marker on to acetate and create a pool of water in it. Pick up the colour with a paintbrush wet with clean water and wash over your card. Add more water to lighten and drag areas out as desired.


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Step 9:
Add any additional circles and splodges to finish the background as desired.


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Add the stamps & sentiments:

Step 9:
Stamp your chosen stamps with Stazon or any ink designed for non-porous surfaces (i.e. a non-water-soluble ink) along one side of your design. Or handletter your own sentiment or doodle using our ArtLiner pens!


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Re-create this colour scheme:

Use the pens shown at left to create the colour scheme Jo used in this tutorial! Be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page, or sharing on Pinterest!