Creating Depth With AquaBlend Pencils

Abour our Aquablend Pencils

Our Aquablend watercolour pencils are highly pigmented and fully water-soluble. They produce strong lines and bold colours that will blend and diffuse effortlessly with no residue or staining.

Create Layers and Shadows

Design team member Heidi has written a wonderful tutorial to demonstrate how you can create layers and shadows using the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils. This project is a Christmas card, perfect for all of your friends and family! Follow Heidi's tutorial below to recreate a card just like this. Try it yourself and be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page or in our colouring community, or sharing on Pinterest.


Step 1:

Stamp the image  onto some paper that can handle water well, using Spectrum Noir Finesse waterproof ink in Noir Black.

Colour the image using the red Spectrum Noir AquaBlend pencils of choice: Strawberry and Cherrywood. Add multiple thin layers of the pencil to the paper, using the darker colour to create shadows.

Tip: Do not push very hard with the pencils. A light touch is perfect.

Step 2:

Wet the paper with water and a brush to create an effect that looks like the picture.

Step 3:

Allow the paper to dry naturally or use a heat tool to dry it. Ensure the paper is dry before adding the next colour. Use the AquaBlend pencil Iris, which is a cool purple, to create more shadows. Use a light hand with this colour.

Again wet the paper when satisfied with the colour laydown. When adding water to your project work from he lighter parts towards the darker parts to not spread the darker colour everywhere,instead keeping the shadows precisely where desired.

Allow to dry betwen layers. When dry add Fig, lighter, warmer purple as well as a bit more of the lighter and darker red pencils previously used. Work in more layers on the image until the desired efect is acheived.

Step 4:

Continue the piece by adding on the green areas, repeating the same procedure: working in thin layers, wetting the paper when the desired effect is acheived.

Dry the paper and add more layers in the same way.

The green colours used here are Pesto Green and Spruce.

Add Iris again to create shadow parts.

Continue to add more layers of the green as desired.

Step 5:

Add some yellow in the mix with Pineapple, first wetting and drying the colour and then adding some Fig and Persimmon to create a more depth in the next layers.

Since this image is relatively small it’s tricky to not lose depth. Add some white highlights using a white gel pen. Tip: It might take some patience to make the gel pen work over the pencil work but when you scribble of every now and then on a piece of scrap paper it will work.

If you feel you lost some of the black stamped lines you can go over them using a black Spectrum Noir Art Liner pen to add them back in.

Step 6:

When the gel pen has dried, fussy cut the image leaving a small border. Die cut a rectangle panel two sizes smaller than the card base and stamp a sentiment onto this panel using the same black ink as before.

Step 7:

Apply Spectrum Noir Midas Ink in Silver over a stencil using a foam applicator tool. Use pouncing and circling motions, putting less pressure on the outside part and more pressure on the inside part, where image will be adhered later on.

Make sure the ink is dry before you move on to the next step.

Step 8:

Finish the card as desired. For this project, die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel from some matching red card stock and adhere both panels together using liquid glue.

Adhere this combination to the white card base using one millimetre thick foam tape and add the image on top, again using one millimetre thick foam tape.

For the perfect touch, add sparkling clear sequins in different sizes using strong glue.

Try It Today

Try it yourself and be sure to share the results with us by tagging #spectrumnoir on Instagram, posting on our Facebook page or in our colouring community, or sharing on Pinterest.