• Nicole Metzel

How To Watercolor With Markers

This is probably one of the biggest things I get asked about, so I wanted to share with you how I create the watercolor look on my canvases. This is so simple that kids and adults can enjoy this activity together to make beautiful pieces of decor.

I am not a painter by any means. In fact, I probably shouldn't be allowed to touch paint mediums with how bad I am at it. But I found this awesome way to create a water color look that ANYONE can do. Keep going for the video and the directions.

Supplies Needed

  • White canvas

  • Washable markers

  • Ziplock bag

  • Spray bottle with water

  • Chalk Transfer

  • Chalk Paste

I like to use spray bottles that have a mist type setting. It seems to work best for me. If you want the same spray bottle I use - you can check it out here.


Step 1: Take your plastic bag and color different color dots on it with your markers. Pick colors that you like together. I choose at least 3 colors and I max out at 5. I don't want it to look too busy. **Pro Tip** Darker colors tend to show up better. Pale yellows and pastels tend to wash out in pigment later on in your work.

Step 2: Once you are happy with your dots, take your spray bottle and mist over the bag. You don't want to drench it, but you want the colors to be nice and wet so they spread around.

Step 3: Put your canvas face down on the bag and spin it around. You can zig zag, spin, whatever you want to do. This is going to create the design on your canvas so get creative. There is no real wrong way to cover the canvas.

Step 4: Lift the canvas and allow the watercolor to dry on there. **Pro Tip** To speed up the process, use a blow dryer on low heat and speed. Be careful because it may make a few spreading changes to your design.

Step 5: Apply you transfer and chalk away! Make your canvas uniquely yours. To check out the selection of transfers and paste click here to shop.

See It In Action

Check out this video I uploaded for you to see the magic in this watercolor technique. Please make sure to like the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you love the video and want to see more fun, easy, DIY tutorials, make sure that you also:

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Did you try this? What did you think? Share your experience with me along with your photos in the comments.

Until next week, happy creating!



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