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Make gorgeous watercolor prints using markers + water

In today’s post: Learn how to make these beautiful watercolor art prints using just markers and water!

I am completely incompetent when it comes to art. When I was a kid and my family used to play Pictionary, no one wanted me on their team because I couldn’t even draw a recognizable stick figure. Last time I tried hand lettering ended with tears. My most recent attempt at “art” ended just as badly – we were all laughing so hard I cried. I can craft, and I can sew, but drawing or painting is really out of my comfort zone.

So when I discovered that you can “fake” a pretty watercolor background using markers and water, I was immediately intrigued. This technique is easy enough for both kids and complete art incompetents like me! Pair the cheater watercolor technique with some printable quotes, and you have a really simple project that yields really beautiful results.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Watercolor with Markers Technique

This cheater watercolor technique is really easy. You start with a printed quote and some old fashioned Crayola markers:

You’re going to color with the markers on a gallon zip bag, then spray the bag with water. This causes the marker color to run and blend. When you flip the bag over onto your printed quote you end up with a pretty, watercolor-like background:

So cool, right? I know it’s not nearly as nuanced as a real watercolor painting would be, but it also doesn’t take any special supplies, training, or talent. So I’ll take it.

It’s seriously easy enough for a child to do, but there are enough ways to manipulate the end result that it’s fun for adults, too. I’m hooked!

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Watch this video to see the technique in action. Then keep reading to download six free printable quotes and learn all my tips and tricks.

Download my printable quotes by clicking on the links below :

Supples for Watercolor with Markers Technique

Paper. You can use this technique on a variety of surfaces ), but since I wanted to combine it with a printable quote, I used 8.5 x 11 paper. I tried a variety of papers so I could figure out which one worked best:

- Cardstock: Plain white cardstock is easy to find and inexpensive, making it a good choice if you’re doing this as a fun project with kids. However, the water causes it to buckle quite a bit when it dries, so it won’t look great if you’re planning to frame and/or display the finished project.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

- Mixed Media paper or find at Walmart for quite a bit cheaper): This paper is nicer than cardstock because it’s thicker and has some texture, which looks pretty. It buckles less than cardstock but it’s still hard to get it completely flat. If you use this paper, try leaving it under heavy books for a couple of days after it dries to flatten. NOTE: this paper is 9×12, so you’ll need to trim it before printing on it.

- Watercolor paper or find at Walmart for around $5): This paper is quite thick and has a really beautiful texture, making it my top choice for this project. It will buckle just slightly from the water, but if you leave page under heavy books for a day or two after it dries it will end up flat enough to look nice on a clipboard or in a document frame. It definitely gives the most professional looking result, and it’s what you see in the photographs in this post. However, because it is so thick it will jam in some printers. If your printer has a top feeder that allows the paper to go through the printer with a gentle bend, it will probably work fine. But if your printer pulls from the front and rolls the paper 180 degrees to come back out the front, chances are this thick watercolor paper will not work. NOTE: this paper is 9×12, so you’ll need to trim it before printing on it.

Printer. If you want to download one of my printable quotes for this project, you’ll need a printer. I tried this project using pages that had been printed with both an inkjet and a laser printer, and both worked just fine! NOTE: I was able to iron the quotes that I printed on my Inkjet printer, but when I tried ironing the quotes printed on a laser printer they smeared.

Markers. I used regular Crayola Markers. I haven’t tried other brands, although I’m guessing they’d work as well. I also haven’t tried using washable markers.

Plastic. I used a gallon zip bag for my plastic surface because nearly everyone has those on hand, but I’m guessing you could also use a plastic page protector. After each use, you can just wipe the plastic surface clean with a paper towel and use it again!

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Spray bottle. Make sure your spray bottle is on the “mist” setting, and fill it with water.

Paper towels. These are helpful for cleaning up any overspray and for blotting excess color.

How to make a Watercolor Print using Markers

First, print whatever quote you’d like to use on one of the papers I mentioned above. Next, lay a gallon zip bag over the quote. If the zip bag has an opaque area that you can write on, make sure that’s facing down.

Scribble on the bag with markers. I like to use two different colors that I know will blend well together, maybe three. Do not use colors that will make brown when combined together. I start by scribbling with the first color in four or five different spots, then scribbling with the next color. It will take some experimentation to figure out how much marker ink you want to use, but you really don’t need that much. I like to keep the scribbles contained within the area the quote covers.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Next, use your spray bottle to spritz water on the scribbles. You’ll see the marker ink bead up when it gets wet. Again, you’ll want to experiment to see how much water you like to use, but I find that 5 or 6 sprays is generally sufficient.

Pick up the zip bag and quickly flip it over, then place it back down, centering it over your quote. Depending on how much water you used, some of the ink may run off the bag as you flip it. Rub your fingers over the bag, blending the colors beneath it. You can blend a lot or a little to get a look that you like.

When you’re done blending, slowly peel the bag off your print. At this point you may have some pooling colored water. You can either leave it to dry or you can use a paper towel to blot some of it up. If you blot right away, it will pull more color off. If you wait a few minutes to blot it will pull less color off.

If you don’t like how it looks, blot it up right away and pull off lots of the color, then just repeat the process. You can also repeat the process to add more of one color. Please note that you may get color on your fingers during this process unless you are careful.

You can experiment: blot up more color, layer on more color, spray the finished print with water for a speckled look, etc. I actually recommend experimenting with colors and techniques using plain paper to see what you like best before you start working on the actual prints. It’s tons of fun!

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Wow, these look fantastic, and just using kid’s markers! No expensive supplies needed. SThank you for such clear instructions. My video wouldn’t play but your written instructions were so good, I didn’t need it. Well done.

Thank you so much and i am very happy with them, and you gave them al alway so we did not have to just pick one, thank you for you your kindness and schare all of them with us, for people who cannot to buy handletterbooks and you just gave It to them form the kindness of your hart. I will try my hardest to make something beautiful, you made another person verry happy , the world neer more people like you, i triest to help to be making a group for the disabbelt who has to fight and struggle against judgemental people who make oud lives even worse, because by most of us you can,t see that we are sick and they thinks that gives them the right to tell horrific lies instead of seeing the pain behind your smile, they told the worst lies about me that a was a scam, a fraude who ript them of, a non profit oragisasion ends at zero just where you start, but i endid minus 250 euro in red, that much i gave away, does not sound like a fraude but than It hit me, the smear campaing has started because i have a narsichisic mother and sister, and i finaly went after 48 years of beinig the scapegoat child who just came home after a 3 mondhts voluntary stay in a clinics why i stil keept feeling so different, not how i should feel after my fathers passing of a accute hart failiure, which i have to came out recent check up, stress for a long periode of time

These are beautiful, what a great Easter craft.

I love everything you do!!!! Your Mother- in – law, JoLyn and my husband Brian are cousins, JoLyn has been my friend forever. Now they have moved, I can’t find her! Please ask her to call Susan. I have known Scott and his brothers also forever. What a fantastic family. So proud of both you, and Scott and your wonderful accomplishments. I recommend your site to all my friends. Took both the Cake Mix Lemon Cookies, and the

cake mix Carrot Cookies to Relief Society, and now your recipes are in demand. All I could say was: its always autumn.com. for all the ideas they want. Thanks for sharing . I however, cannot seem to print off your quotes . I , but I will keep trying.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

I ran across this and have made several! I had crayola washable markers on hand and they worked fine. I got water color paper and cut it down. It runs through my printer fine. I did find that when i print first and water color second, the printer ink comes off some. It looks ok but isn’t a clean look. I don’t know if letting it ‘set’ longer would help, or if it’s because we have a laser jet, but I tried doing the water color first and then printing and it works perfectly!

Thanks again for your fun idea!

Love this,the kids had fun & the parents loved receiving them.

I can find anything except the crayola washable markers. Can I use them?

Hey Crystal, I just had a reader tell me she used crayola washable markers and they worked great! I haven’t tried them myself, but it sounds like they should work.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Can you do these watercolor prints with paint?

Where did you get the quotes from? With such clarity.

A fantastic simple idea! Thanks for sharing

Hey Autumn! I’ve been trying to get the print to blend well. Every time I flip over the bag with the markers, it just sets and I can’t blend. Suggestions? I really love this idea and want to get it to work! Also, does it make a difference if I free-style write calligraphy vs. a print?

Hi Lindsey. I’d try spraying the bag with more water before you flip it over. It’s the water that help the ink to blend before it sets. As for free-style wrirting calligraphy vs a print, you’ll probably just have to try it and see. It should work just fine, but depending on the pen you use for calligraphy it’s possible the water involved would blur it a bit. I hope you get it worked out!

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Watercolor Prints – Ocean and Sea Life Crafts – Pool Noodle Painting – 4th of July Handprint Art

Plastic Bag Water Color Prints – Loved this idea! Very simple but fun.

Wist u dat? kinderen kunnen prachtige aquarelachtergronden maken met Crayola-markers en een plastic zak? Dit kunstidee is SUPER eenvoudig en heel veel plezier.

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I'm Autumn, a mom of five who loves ice cream, Masterpiece Theatre, and clothes that hide the fact that I eat so much ice cream. When I was 18 I got a job at a craft store and told everyone how much I hated crafts. Well, things change!

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

All posts and pictures are copyrighted by Autumn Baldwin and blog content may not be reposted elsewhere. However, linking back to my content is just fine. You may use one photo as long as you link directly back to the specific post. Thank you!

Also, please note that this blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

creative tutorials for everyday life

Make gorgeous watercolor prints using markers + water

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

In today’s post: Learn how to make these beautiful watercolor art prints using just markers and water!

I am completely incompetent when it comes to art. When I was a kid and my family used to play Pictionary, no one wanted me on their team because I couldn’t even draw a recognizable stick figure. Last time I tried hand lettering ended with tears. My most recent attempt at “art” ended just as badly – we were all laughing so hard I cried. I can craft, and I can sew, but drawing or painting is really out of my comfort zone.

So when I discovered that you can “fake” a pretty watercolor background using markers and water, I was immediately intrigued. This technique is easy enough for both kids and complete art incompetents like me! Pair the cheater watercolor technique with some printable quotes, and you have a really simple project that yields really beautiful results.

Watercolor with Markers Technique

This cheater watercolor technique is really easy. You start with a printed quote and some old fashioned Crayola markers:

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

You’re going to color with the markers on a gallon zip bag, then spray the bag with water. This causes the marker color to run and blend. When you flip the bag over onto your printed quote you end up with a pretty, watercolor-like background:

So cool, right? I know it’s not nearly as nuanced as a real watercolor painting would be, but it also doesn’t take any special supplies, training, or talent. So I’ll take it.

It’s seriously easy enough for a child to do, but there are enough ways to manipulate the end result that it’s fun for adults, too. I’m hooked!

Watch this video to see the technique in action. Then keep reading to download six free printable quotes and learn all my tips and tricks.

Download my printable quotes by clicking on the links below :

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Supples for Watercolor with Markers Technique

Paper. You can use this technique on a variety of surfaces ), but since I wanted to combine it with a printable quote, I used 8.5 x 11 paper. I tried a variety of papers so I could figure out which one worked best:

- Cardstock: Plain white cardstock is easy to find and inexpensive, making it a good choice if you’re doing this as a fun project with kids. However, the water causes it to buckle quite a bit when it dries, so it won’t look great if you’re planning to frame and/or display the finished project.

- Mixed Media paper or find at Walmart for quite a bit cheaper): This paper is nicer than cardstock because it’s thicker and has some texture, which looks pretty. It buckles less than cardstock but it’s still hard to get it completely flat. If you use this paper, try leaving it under heavy books for a couple of days after it dries to flatten. NOTE: this paper is 9×12, so you’ll need to trim it before printing on it.

- Watercolor paper or find at Walmart for around $5): This paper is quite thick and has a really beautiful texture, making it my top choice for this project. It will buckle just slightly from the water, but if you leave page under heavy books for a day or two after it dries it will end up flat enough to look nice on a clipboard or in a document frame. It definitely gives the most professional looking result, and it’s what you see in the photographs in this post. However, because it is so thick it will jam in some printers. If your printer has a top feeder that allows the paper to go through the printer with a gentle bend, it will probably work fine. But if your printer pulls from the front and rolls the paper 180 degrees to come back out the front, chances are this thick watercolor paper will not work. NOTE: this paper is 9×12, so you’ll need to trim it before printing on it.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Printer. If you want to download one of my printable quotes for this project, you’ll need a printer. I tried this project using pages that had been printed with both an inkjet and a laser printer, and both worked just fine! NOTE: I was able to iron the quotes that I printed on my Inkjet printer, but when I tried ironing the quotes printed on a laser printer they smeared.

Markers. I used regular Crayola Markers. I haven’t tried other brands, although I’m guessing they’d work as well. I also haven’t tried using washable markers.

Plastic. I used a gallon zip bag for my plastic surface because nearly everyone has those on hand, but I’m guessing you could also use a plastic page protector. After each use, you can just wipe the plastic surface clean with a paper towel and use it again!

Spray bottle. Make sure your spray bottle is on the “mist” setting, and fill it with water.

Paper towels. These are helpful for cleaning up any overspray and for blotting excess color.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

How to make a Watercolor Print using Markers

First, print whatever quote you’d like to use on one of the papers I mentioned above. Next, lay a gallon zip bag over the quote. If the zip bag has an opaque area that you can write on, make sure that’s facing down.

Scribble on the bag with markers. I like to use two different colors that I know will blend well together, maybe three. Do not use colors that will make brown when combined together. I start by scribbling with the first color in four or five different spots, then scribbling with the next color. It will take some experimentation to figure out how much marker ink you want to use, but you really don’t need that much. I like to keep the scribbles contained within the area the quote covers.

Next, use your spray bottle to spritz water on the scribbles. You’ll see the marker ink bead up when it gets wet. Again, you’ll want to experiment to see how much water you like to use, but I find that 5 or 6 sprays is generally sufficient.

Pick up the zip bag and quickly flip it over, then place it back down, centering it over your quote. Depending on how much water you used, some of the ink may run off the bag as you flip it. Rub your fingers over the bag, blending the colors beneath it. You can blend a lot or a little to get a look that you like.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

When you’re done blending, slowly peel the bag off your print. At this point you may have some pooling colored water. You can either leave it to dry or you can use a paper towel to blot some of it up. If you blot right away, it will pull more color off. If you wait a few minutes to blot it will pull less color off.

If you don’t like how it looks, blot it up right away and pull off lots of the color, then just repeat the process. You can also repeat the process to add more of one color. Please note that you may get color on your fingers during this process unless you are careful.

You can experiment: blot up more color, layer on more color, spray the finished print with water for a speckled look, etc. I actually recommend experimenting with colors and techniques using plain paper to see what you like best before you start working on the actual prints. It’s tons of fun!

Wow, these look fantastic, and just using kid’s markers! No expensive supplies needed. SThank you for such clear instructions. My video wouldn’t play but your written instructions were so good, I didn’t need it. Well done.

Thank you so much and i am very happy with them, and you gave them al alway so we did not have to just pick one, thank you for you your kindness and schare all of them with us, for people who cannot to buy handletterbooks and you just gave It to them form the kindness of your hart. I will try my hardest to make something beautiful, you made another person verry happy , the world neer more people like you, i triest to help to be making a group for the disabbelt who has to fight and struggle against judgemental people who make oud lives even worse, because by most of us you can,t see that we are sick and they thinks that gives them the right to tell horrific lies instead of seeing the pain behind your smile, they told the worst lies about me that a was a scam, a fraude who ript them of, a non profit oragisasion ends at zero just where you start, but i endid minus 250 euro in red, that much i gave away, does not sound like a fraude but than It hit me, the smear campaing has started because i have a narsichisic mother and sister, and i finaly went after 48 years of beinig the scapegoat child who just came home after a 3 mondhts voluntary stay in a clinics why i stil keept feeling so different, not how i should feel after my fathers passing of a accute hart failiure, which i have to came out recent check up, stress for a long periode of time

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

These are beautiful, what a great Easter craft.

I love everything you do!!!! Your Mother- in – law, JoLyn and my husband Brian are cousins, JoLyn has been my friend forever. Now they have moved, I can’t find her! Please ask her to call Susan. I have known Scott and his brothers also forever. What a fantastic family. So proud of both you, and Scott and your wonderful accomplishments. I recommend your site to all my friends. Took both the Cake Mix Lemon Cookies, and the

cake mix Carrot Cookies to Relief Society, and now your recipes are in demand. All I could say was: its always autumn.com. for all the ideas they want. Thanks for sharing . I however, cannot seem to print off your quotes . I , but I will keep trying.

I ran across this and have made several! I had crayola washable markers on hand and they worked fine. I got water color paper and cut it down. It runs through my printer fine. I did find that when i print first and water color second, the printer ink comes off some. It looks ok but isn’t a clean look. I don’t know if letting it ‘set’ longer would help, or if it’s because we have a laser jet, but I tried doing the water color first and then printing and it works perfectly!

Thanks again for your fun idea!

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Love this,the kids had fun & the parents loved receiving them.

I can find anything except the crayola washable markers. Can I use them?

Hey Crystal, I just had a reader tell me she used crayola washable markers and they worked great! I haven’t tried them myself, but it sounds like they should work.

Can you do these watercolor prints with paint?

Where did you get the quotes from? With such clarity.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

A fantastic simple idea! Thanks for sharing

Hey Autumn! I’ve been trying to get the print to blend well. Every time I flip over the bag with the markers, it just sets and I can’t blend. Suggestions? I really love this idea and want to get it to work! Also, does it make a difference if I free-style write calligraphy vs. a print?

Hi Lindsey. I’d try spraying the bag with more water before you flip it over. It’s the water that help the ink to blend before it sets. As for free-style wrirting calligraphy vs a print, you’ll probably just have to try it and see. It should work just fine, but depending on the pen you use for calligraphy it’s possible the water involved would blur it a bit. I hope you get it worked out!

Watercolor Prints – Ocean and Sea Life Crafts – Pool Noodle Painting – 4th of July Handprint Art

Plastic Bag Water Color Prints – Loved this idea! Very simple but fun.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

Wist u dat? kinderen kunnen prachtige aquarelachtergronden maken met Crayola-markers en een plastic zak? Dit kunstidee is SUPER eenvoudig en heel veel plezier.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm Autumn, a mom of five who loves ice cream, Masterpiece Theatre, and clothes that hide the fact that I eat so much ice cream. When I was 18 I got a job at a craft store and told everyone how much I hated crafts. Well, things change!

All posts and pictures are copyrighted by Autumn Baldwin and blog content may not be reposted elsewhere. However, linking back to my content is just fine. You may use one photo as long as you link directly back to the specific post. Thank you!

Also, please note that this blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Make gorgeous (cheater) watercolor prints using markers + water

creative tutorials for everyday life

Make gorgeous watercolor prints using markers + water

In today’s post: Learn how to make these beautiful watercolor art prints using just markers and water!

I am completely incompetent when it comes to art. When I was a kid and my family used to play Pictionary, no one wanted me on their team because I couldn’t even draw a recognizable stick figure. Last time I tried hand lettering ended with tears. My most recent attempt at “art” ended just as badly – we were all laughing so hard I cried. I can craft, and I can sew, but drawing or painting is really out of my comfort zone.

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