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Underwater Scene Using Spectrum Noir Markers


This tutorial will show you how to create an underwater scene using Spectrum Noir markers.


Above are the markers used in this tutorial. Also used is a a Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen and a white gel pen. The image is from Mo Manning.


First lay down your lightest color, which is BT2.

Just scribble it on using the broad end of the pen. A juicy marker is good for this technique, you have to work fast so the colors can blend (although as this is underwater, it does not have to be perfect).


Next take your BT3 and scribble over the BT2, then scribble a little BT4 over this as well.


Using the BT6, scribble some over the top (again don’t worry about being neat).


Now add some of the darkest color, BT9.


Taking your BT6, go over the whole thing again, not quite covering the lighter colors.

Now it’s time to work backward with the markers.


Take your BT4 and blend over the whole thing.


Add a little BT3, and enhance the BT6 if you require – you can see the paper is very wet from the ink.


Now add a little more BT4.


A little BT3.


And then finish with some BT2.

You can go over any of the steps again until you are happy with the look.

Leave this to thoroughly dry.


Once dry completely, use your blender pen to create little circles of different sizes.

Place them randomly on the background. You may need to go over the circles a few times with the blender pen.


Once you have done that, randomly place little dots using the white gel pen and the Crystal Clear Sparkle pen.

That is your completed background!


When applying this background to an image, take the color right up to the image line, and blend in small circular motions.


I kept my finished card very simple as the image is very detailed and full of color, the embossing folder is from the Texture Elements range and is called Waves, I covered this in inks and then coated with some spray and sparkle

Products Used

Spectrum Noir markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Matt Black Card
Sheena’s Stamping Card
Collall glues

Tutorial credit: Jo McKelvey

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