3 fun ways to use watercolor brushes

Today I am sharing 3 fun ways on how you can use your watercolor brushes. Of course you can stamp and color your images but let’s see 3 other ways you can use them …coloring outside the lines!

Altenew has released a new watercolor brush set that I am showcasing today. It’s called Tropical Fiesta and it comes with 10 colors. The set has a complete range of all the colors of the rainbow so it’s a great set to start with. And if you already have their other two sets then it’s a great addition to the current palette.

We celebrate this release with an inspirational blog hop and lots of giveaways. If you want to start the hop from the beginning please visit Altenew Card Blog.

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For this card I used the Bold Bunch Stamp Set( ALTN | SBC | SSS ) and 4 brushes from the set. For the green leaves I used Lime and Sweet Leaf and for the flowers I used  Fresh Lemon and Sunkissed. I apply the watercolor on the clear stamp, spray with water and then stamp. The result is a water colored looking background with no effort at all.

The sentiment is from the Script Words Die Set( ALTN | SBC | SSS ).I finished off the card with a few nuvo drops at the center of the flowers.

For this card I used Lime and Turquoise on a stamping block, Sprayed with water and stamped with that on watercolor paper. I got an instant water colored background … super easy to do… no watercolor skills  required! Then I used the same technique as in the first card to stamp my flower.

The colors I used for the flower are Purple Wine, Lime and Sweet Leaf. The flower and the sentiment are from the Lavender Bud Stamp Set( ALTN | SBC | SSS ). It’s a little stamp set that is inexpensive but has everything you need to make lovely cards.

Finally for my third card I used again my watercolor brushes on stamps. This time though I sprayed lots of water on top of them and used my Mini MISTI ( SBC | ALTN | SSS ) to do the stamping. If you have lots of water on top of your stamps and force the door of your MISTI to close with speed then you get splashes! I just love the look, so artistic and perfect card for teenagers! Check the video tutorial for the technique.

The circle stamps and the sentiment are from the Trendy Circles Stamp Set ( ALTN | SBC | SSS ). The colors of watercolor brushes that I used here are Lime, Turquoise and Desert Night.

supplies

affiliate links used below at no extra cost to you

Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical…
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Bold Bunch Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Lavender Bud Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Lavender Bud Die
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Trendy Circles Stamp Set
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Script Words Die Set
[ ALTN | SBC | SSS ]
Permanent Black Crisp Ink
[ ALTN | SSS ]
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
[ SBC | SSS ]
Studio Katia APRIL Crystals sk0418
[ SSS ]
Mini MISTI – Most Incredible Stamp…
[ SBC | ALTN | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
[ SBC | SSS ]

giveaways

There are many ways to win prizes:

  • Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, March 28th for a chance to win.
  • They will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each blog on the blog hop list. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 3/31/2019. So leave me a comment below!

next stop

The next stop on the blog hop is Norine Borys

more projects using watercolor brushes

Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers…
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Watercolor Brush Markers + Giveaway |…
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Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 2…
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215 Comments

  1. Rose Mary Smalley said:

    Big thumbs up for these cards. It is so funny, but the tiny little Lavender Bud is my favorite…and the card with the Splats…LOL….I really love these new watercolor marker colors….everyone is making such beautiful cards. Thank you Vicky for always giving us such pretty samples.
    And thank you also for fixing the page so that it would load on an IPad…it is appreciated. Big hugs!

    March 22, 2019
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  2. Eva N said:

    Gorgeous cards that really show off the vibrant new colors. You have shown us a great, easy watercolor technique.

    March 22, 2019
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  3. Judy B said:

    Such pretty cards Vicky! I’ve followed you on another stamp site also. Thanks for sharing these sweet cards with us.

    March 23, 2019
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  4. Megan said:

    Love the striking black and white striped background and the jaunty way you placed the watercolour panel. Love the technique for the circles it was very clever, looks quite achievable but we shall see, must remember to use lots of water. The flowers looked great too especially the lavender sprig. Thanks for the great inspiration.

    March 23, 2019
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  5. Jeanne Beam said:

    Wonderful cards! Love all three of them.
    Great coloring techniques.
    Thanks for sharing …

    March 23, 2019
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  6. Mary McCaslin said:

    These colors are so beautifully rich!

    March 23, 2019
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  7. StampinLouie said:

    Love, love, love the cards. I was at my friends house today stamping and she made a card from your technique. It turned very nice. Really like your videos.

    March 23, 2019
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  8. Linda BL said:

    Love the bright colors you used on your cards!

    March 23, 2019
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  9. Mirka K said:

    I love the easy looking cards. Good tip to use circle stamps to create splashes.

    March 23, 2019
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  10. Melissa Smith said:

    I love all of your cards! I want to thank you for sharing and doing the video. I plan on purchasing the watercolor brushes, but now I also plan on purchasing the “trendy circles” stamp set. I didn’t know I could do splatters that way as well! Thank you for teaching me!

    March 23, 2019
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  11. Sharon Richardson said:

    this post is inspirational. I love the pens and how you have uses them. I hope they will be available in the UK.

    March 23, 2019
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  12. Thank you so much for sharing these great cards . I loved the splatter effect with the circles and the color combination was very fresh. The simple little flower packs a big punch on your card!. Stunning!

    March 23, 2019
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  13. Denise Mlady said:

    These cards are so fun! These markers are so vibrant and thanks for showing us different techniques for using them.

    March 23, 2019
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  14. Bernadette E. said:

    Thanks, Vicky, for sharing the techniques – I love the results. I think I’ll have to try out the circles with the kindergarten children. I am sure they will have huge fun making the cards! The new palette colours are gorgeous. For me, the best thing about watercolours is the range you get from a few colours.

    March 23, 2019
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  15. littlen said:

    The intensity of these colors is amazing.

    March 23, 2019
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  16. Linnea Sundstrom said:

    just luv this look

    March 23, 2019
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  17. Carla Hundley said:

    Wonderful ways to
    use the watercolors!
    Have to try your ideas
    out.
    Carla from Utah

    March 23, 2019
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  18. Dee Earnshaw said:

    Such fantastic cards! I love your color combinations – thanks for sharing!

    March 23, 2019
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  19. Cindi F said:

    Gorgeous cards! Love your designs!

    March 23, 2019
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  20. June Bovenzi said:

    I am so inspired by this blog hop! Your cards are stunning (as usual)!

    March 23, 2019
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  21. Shawn B said:

    I absolutely love all your cards they are so inspiring! I especially love the Thanks card it’s simple but beautiful!

    March 23, 2019
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  22. 3kidmama said:

    Thank you for giving me more ideas on how to use these beautiful markers. Your cards are just so happy looking!

    March 23, 2019
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  23. Connie said:

    Hi Vicky! Your creations are bright, cheery and always showcase the releases sooooooo well! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    March 23, 2019
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  24. Gail Alcorn said:

    Great cards! Really love the splattered circles!

    March 23, 2019
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  25. Marisela Delgado said:

    Awesome cards

    March 23, 2019
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  26. Cyndi Morris said:

    Thanks so much for sharing those fun techniques. I don’t have watercolor markers (but I definitely think I need them), and this new Tropical Fiesta set is wonderful. I love the vivid colors.

    March 23, 2019
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  27. Patt H. said:

    Awesome cards, Vicky! Love the new vibrant colors & the way you made the spattered circles. Thanks for sharing!

    March 23, 2019
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  28. Rebecca said:

    Yet another very helpful video, invested in a small set of similar markers at Christmas and haven’t really known what to do with them. So this was a fantastic source of inspiration especially since mothers day is coming up and its always nice to get new ideas.

    March 24, 2019
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  29. Cindy Winston said:

    You always come up with great ideas! This was very informative,as always!

    March 24, 2019
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  30. Jill Russell said:

    Beautiful use of watercolors…

    March 24, 2019
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  31. Jen said:

    I love the lavender cars. I need to add that set to my next order. Your work is stunning. Thank you for sharing.

    March 24, 2019
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  32. Gayle Bartholomew said:

    Thank you for your video showing different ways to use the watercolor markers. These colors are so bright and pretty. I want to go play right now.

    March 24, 2019
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  33. Cathy Lillie said:

    Fun techniques! I don’t have any of the watercolor markers yet, but I do have the Altenew watercolor paints and I think these techniques would work with those, as well. I really like the splattering technique you did with the circles!

    March 24, 2019
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  34. Carrie Carver said:

    Watching you slam that Misti door made me laugh…I’m definitely going to have to try that technique…I love the splats! The colors in this set are perfect!

    March 24, 2019
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  35. Jan Stroh said:

    Such wonderful ideas! Love your cards💜

    March 24, 2019
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  36. Mary Holshouser said:

    Love the card with the splotches. So many
    times my pens decide to burp (all over my
    page). that hasn’t happened with the
    set of Altenew brushes yet – hopefully
    won’t ever. The orange flowers are
    gorgeous. Great cards.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    March 24, 2019
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  37. Jeannie H said:

    Your cards are gorgeous with such bright and vivid colors. TFS.

    March 24, 2019
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  38. Bonnie Eng said:

    Really nice, bright colours and I love your fun cards. I love the lavender sprig one the most – but I really love how fun and carefree the last card is.

    March 24, 2019
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  39. Yasmine Omar said:

    Amazing techniques and gorgeous cards! I love how you used the small stamp in the second card and I really like the splattering technique you did with the circles stamp! Thanks for the inspiration.

    March 24, 2019
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  40. Renee Drew said:

    Thank you so much for the great ways to use the paint brushes in these wonderful colors! I’m really thinking of getting them!

    March 24, 2019
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  41. Kerry Myers said:

    I love to use that technique of distress ink on stamp then spritz with water… I love the idea of trying it with these watercolor brushes. Great cards!

    March 24, 2019
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  42. Martha R said:

    I really like the contemporary card, Vicky! And I think you are correct that it’s great for teenagers — boys in particular. Thank you for the video.

    March 25, 2019
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  43. Tammy said:

    These techniques are amazing, your cards are beautiful! These watercolor markers are definitely on my wish list.

    March 25, 2019
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  44. Lisascreativeniche said:

    Love the fun backgrounds you’ve created!

    March 25, 2019
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  45. Michelle Marie Fowler said:

    As always, I absolutely kove what you have created here Vikki. Your cards are beautiful, as is all of you artwork. You continue to inspire me!

    March 25, 2019
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  46. Jean Marmo said:

    Simply stunning and vibrant colors!

    March 25, 2019
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  47. Teresa Godines #6857 said:

    These are wonderful techniques. I love the thought of splashing the color using the MISTI. Thanks for inspiring me today

    March 25, 2019
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  48. Annette Reed said:

    These are great! My favorite is the splatter card. I like that technique!

    March 25, 2019
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  49. Pam Nichols said:

    Beautiful cards, Love these markers…

    March 26, 2019
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