Have you been wanting to add some fun artistic flair to your bujo? Well I’m super excited to show you this fabulous and easy technique that I’ve been obsessed with lately! You don’t need to have a fancy pallet or painting skills to get a gorgeous watercolor effect – you can get it with just markers, water, and a paintbrush. This page contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure.
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It’s so versatile and pretty, yet oh so simple and uses inexpensive (and often on-hand) materials! So, without further ado, here’s the step-by-step instructions on how you can achieve this effect:
- Crayola supertips pens
- A paintbrush
- A white gel pen (I use the Sakura gelly roll pen)
- Optional: heat-tool/hairdryer for quick drying!
- Also, I’m using the A5 MUJI dotted notebook, but paper type is completely up to you!
- Establish your color palette (e.g. for my galaxy spreads and this tutorial, I use different shades of blues, pinks, and purples), then apply random blobs of color in the area you want.
- Completely saturate the ‘blob patch’ with water using a paintbrush, let the colors run together, and then brush themtogether until you are satisfied with the appearance and colors.
- Let the blob patch dry completely – I use a heat-tool to hasten the process but this is completely optional and I’m just impatient, but a hair-dryer would also do the trick.
- Once dry, use a white gel pen to add the details/lettering…and TA-DA! You’re done! So easy right?!
Here are a couple of spreads I’ve done using this technique. Honestly, they were so simple to do but turned out so effective – and I think they look great!
This is my galaxy weekly using the colors from this tutorial, and this is probably my favorite weekly so far.
This spread is an example of how you can use this technique but with other color schemes and themes. I love the contrast of the white gel pen over the rich color.
…aaand I loved the orange theme so much that I made a weekly spread using it. The fact that this is marker and not paint is mind blowing!
So there you have it, an easy technique to get a watercolor effect with markets with so much potential! If you use Instagram, make sure you tag me or DM me in your watercolor spreads as I would absolutely LOVE to see your creations.