Video How to: 5 Fun Ways to Use Watercolor Brush Markers

by May Sukyong Park

Hi, Friends!

Today in my video how to, I am going to share 5 fun ways to use Watercolor Brush Markers. Altenew recently launched the Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers Set which is what I will be using on my art journal page. There are many ways to use brush markers, for example: adding color to embossing paste and creating washes and backgrounds.


The techniques that I am highlighting in my tutorial are:

  • brush calligraphy
  • watercolor florals
  • mark making
  • coloring
  • splatters
mixed media art journal page

Step by step instructions:

Green is one of my favorite colors, so as a result, when I saw the Just Green Watercolor Brush Marker, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it as the main color for my project! I made the bright color the focal point for my page and kept to just a few colors for the rest of the elements. As a result, this makes the project look more cohesive. In addition, I was inspired by a card that I had made a few weeks ago which you can see in my video tutorial. The video tutorial shows how you can make loose watercolor style florals and easily do brush lettering with the markers

For more detailed instructions with a voice-over, watch how I made this mixed media art journal page in the video below! Feel free to watch it on Altenew’s YouTube Channel HERE:

I started by adding some rough marks using Just Green on Watercolor Paper that I cut down to 6″ x 8″ size. Set it aside so that it dries completely! Meanwhile, stamp the large flower image from Courageous You Stamp set on watercolor paper as well. Die cut the flower with the matching die set.

mixed media art journal page closeup

To color the flower in, use: Just Green, Mango Smoothie, Yellow Ochre, Orange Cream Watercolor Brush Marker blended with a Medium Watercolor Brush. I went for a softer colour palette on the flower so that balanced out the bold marks of the background.

mixed media art journal page

To finish off the background, apply Embossing Paste through the Mixed Sprinkles Stencil on one half of the page. Before the paste dries completely, sprinkle with Antique Gold Embossing Powder. Heat to set: this gives a beautiful almost foil-like shine and texture! At first, I wasn't sure about how it would turn out. However, as the stencil has such a delicate design, it worked quite well over the brush marks!

art journal metallic embossing powder watercolor brush markers closeup

To finish the art journal page, add splatters with the Tree Bark Watercolor Brush Marker by lightly tapping it over the paper. As a result of the splatters, it brings in some darker elements to the background as well! Stamp the sentiment from the same set, which I thought was appropriate for this art journal page! Glue the die-cut flower to the art journal page to finish! This project is basically and very conclusively declares how much I love the brush markers!

autumn festival watercolor brush markers

Thank you for stopping by!

I hope that you all enjoyed the video tutorial as much as I loved making this mixed media art journal. You can check out more of my mixed media projects and videos by clicking here. If you have any questions, please do leave a comment on the video or on the blog. Take care and have a great day.


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Diana Soling August 6, 2020 - 9:15 am

Loved this video and project. I can’t wait to get my hands on these new markers and add to my collection. Thanks for the great inspiration Tania!!

Patricia Wilson August 7, 2020 - 11:30 am

Great tips on using water brush markers. I bought some and have never used them and now have some guidelines on what to do.

Karen Hale August 8, 2020 - 12:10 pm

Beautiful! I have the Tropical set and just love them.


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