fun art using $4 markers // DIY

Don’t have watercolor paint? Or just want to try something new? Keep reading ’cause here is a cool hack. πŸ˜‰

I recently bought a $4 package of Crayola markers to try out some marker art. Copic markers are my eventual goal, but man, they’re pretty expensive! So I just picked up these cheap Crayolas to play around with.

When looking up ways to blend markers, I found this super handy hack! It’s a little bit of a different way to use markers, but I totally love it!

Here’s how to use water-based markers in a way that looks JUST LIKE WATERCOLORS!

What you’ll need:

Any sketching pencils you’d normally use & a pen or fineliner.

Crayola super tips.

Paint pallet or plastic lid.

Wet paintbrush or Aquabrush.

Watercolor paper or other paper that can handle water.

use (2)

Select a marker and color on your paint pallet. Use your brush to mix some water with the ink, turning it into a liquid.

Mix colors until they’re just how you want them. I like to test the color on a corner of my paper to make sure.

You can use the paint for hand lettering.

Just write your word in a light color and add the darker complimentary color over areas. Then blend between the colors with the wet brush. (1st pic.)

You can write with a marker directly on the paper, and then use the water brush to smooth the strokes (2nd picture). Beautiful, huh?

(just please ignore my bad lettering xD)

Use the marker paint to smoothly color in a drawing.

Here’s what I did: I sketched the drawing first. Then I inked it in and erased the red pencil.


Time to color my sketch, using the marker paint! Soo much fun! πŸ™‚



No, wait. One more thing…


After adding a few freckles, I finally felt finished with it. πŸ™‚


Tada! I love the look of this paint/ink stuff, but mostly how cheap the supplies were, yikes!

What is an art hack YOU use? Also, what are your favorite ways to get supplies inexpensively?

>>Originally posted on Masterpiece Artists<<


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21 thoughts on “fun art using $4 markers // DIY

  1. This is cool! I’ve colored with markers on flat plastic sheets, sprayed them with water, then pressed them to paper, and it looks like watercolors (after you air- or blow-dry it)! πŸ™‚ I like playing around with that some. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Ooh! What a cool idea!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜„ (also, I’m slightly jealous of your art abilities πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I need to keep practicing. πŸ˜†)

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