Watercolor stripes

This is a quick technique for making backgrounds that is super easy and fun.

You can also vary it in so many different ways to make it just the way you want it.

I used the new AquaBlend pencils but you could as well use the Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers.


Start by drawing lines with your pens or markers. I used a ruler with gridlines on to make them evenly spaced.

For different looks try freehanding, draw them on a diagonal, make a plaid, or whatever you can think about.

I used shades of yellow and orange for my background.


Then add water with a brush to spread the pigment. I went over my lines twice, letting them dry in between. That way I got a more intense color by building up the pigment.

On my finished card I also stamped a flower using a Spectrum Aqua, coloring it with AquaBlend pencils and adding sparkle with a clear Sparkle pen and splattered some black AquaTint for added interest.

Colors used:

AquaBlend Pencils: Strawberry, Papaya, Persimmon, Carrot
SpectrumAqua: Begonia
Spectrum Sparkle pen: Clear
AquaTints: 63

Stamps used:Kaisercraft – #Me, Winnie & Walter – In Bloom: Addie’s Garden


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