Cardmaking, Color All The Things With Sandy

Watercolor With Tombow Markers

Are you wondering about using Tombow Markers to watercolor? Or maybe you are looking for a new watercolor medium? Well we are beyond thrilled to have our talented friend Sandy Allnock here with the scoop on watercoloring with Tombow Markers in her first Color All The Things With Sandy video!!!

Watercolor With Tombow Markers

Hello everyone! It’s Sandy Allnock and oh WOW am I excited to let you know some awesome news: I get to share a coloring video here on Ellen’s blog and YouTube channel each month! SQUEEEE!

I love to color all the things….so that’s what we’re calling it. Maybe not too original, but it’s straightforward! I hope all of you who love to color will enjoy it – and perhaps some who are afraid of coloring might join ini the fun sometime too!

This week on the blog, the topic’s been about using new things in the shop…so not only did I pick some stamps from Doodlebug – a new company brought in a little bit ago – but coloring Flower Girl with the Tombow markers that are now in the store. They’re color choices picked out by Bonnie Krebs from Art Impressions — but just because something’s got AI on the label doesn’t mean we can’t use it for other projects, right??

The two sets of markers are a little different from each other – set 1 has brights in it, and set 2 has neutrals. There’s one brown marker in common between both sets – but you’ll not regret having two of that one color, since it’s a versatile brown. Tombows can’t be refilled – so having a spare of an oft-used color can be a help! These markers are 20 out of the nearly 100 colors fully available, but you can do so much with these that the other colors are just add-ons to these staple colors.

I used Canson XL watercolor paper for my project – I find that works pretty well for folks using markers to paint. The more textured paper provides more watercolor-looking edges, but markers aren’t really going to provide those kinds of edges anyway; the smoother surface of this paper is easier for most folks too work with.

I used my #8 round Silver brush. Haven’t tried them yet? It’s worth giving yourself a treat to help make painting easier! This pic shows the 8 and 12 if you’re wondering which size is better for you – for big backgrounds the 12 is awesome.

Thanks so much for making this first Color All The Things feature special – what would you like me to color with next month? Leave a comment and let me know!


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  • Reply Bonnie April 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Looking forward to your videos each month. Great idea and videos.

  • Reply kirsty vittetoe April 19, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Gorgeous colours! I love that pretty card! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Dania Boise April 19, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I love this technique and this card came out darling. It will be great to see these types of videos each month.

  • Reply Henriëtte April 20, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Great way to stamp and colour, thank you for showing Sandy.

  • Reply Helen April 20, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Enjoyed this video, Sandy, I have several Tombow marker sets so watching you use them in a variety of ways was so helpful for learning some new ways to use them. Any coloring techniques will be appreciated in future videos…since I own a variety of coloring pencils as well, I’d appreciate you sharing your experience with these, also.

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