Crayola® Art: How to Use Crayola® Markers for Brush Lettering, Watercolor Painting and More! | Shelley Hitz | Skillshare

Crayola® Art: How to Use Crayola® Markers for Brush Lettering, Watercolor Painting and More!

Shelley Hitz, Watercolor and Lettering Artist

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15 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:03
    • 2. Supplies

      4:32
    • 3. Faux Calligraphy

      4:01
    • 4. Crayoligraphy

      8:44
    • 5. Blending

      3:02
    • 6. Ombre Effect

      5:32
    • 7. Adding Shadows

      2:45
    • 8. Lettering Embellishments

      5:53
    • 9. Watercolor Backgrounds

      10:46
    • 10. Watercolor Painting

      8:43
    • 11. Watercolor Lettering

      4:47
    • 12. Fun Masking Effect

      4:01
    • 13. Draw a Banner

      1:03
    • 14. Create Your Own Journal

      1:18
    • 15. Next Steps

      1:41

About This Class

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Do you want to explore your creativity without breaking the bank?

Do you have Crayola markers, but you're not really sure what to do with them?

Fun and creative art projects do not have to require expensive materials. You can get started with the supplies you have around your home. I'm sure you have some Crayola markers that you can use and you can start with the paper that you have to create beautiful art pieces. 

It truly is amazing what you can do with your Crayola markers.

I'm going to teach you how to use them for faux calligraphy, for brush lettering (which they often call Crayoligraphy), how to add an ombre effect and blending with your letters, how to add shadows, how to add extra embellishments and much more.

I will also teach you how you can use your Crayola markers like watercolor paint to create finished pieces you display in your home, give away friends as gifts or even make them into cards that you sell.

I'm excited to walk you through this class step-by-step on how you can use your Crayola markers to their fullest.

Are you ready to get started? Click enroll, and let's get started.

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Transcripts

1. Introduction: are you wanting to explore your creativity without breaking the bank? Do you have Crayola markers laying around the house that you're not really sure? Even what to do with, um, my name Micheli heads and I have an artist with a passion to help teach you ways. Explore your creativity and it doesn't have Teoh include expensive materials. You can get started with the supplies you have around home. I'm sure you have some of these markers laying around somewhere that you can use, and you can start with the paper you have and create beautiful art pieces. It truly is amazing what you could do with your Crayola markers. I'm going to teach you how to use them for Foa calligraphy for brush lettering, which they often call Crayola graffiti. I'm going to teach you how to do blending with your letters how to add shadows, how to add extra embellishments. But not only that. I'm going to teach you how you can use your create a list like water color paint how you can create beautiful pictures like flowers and trees with lettering that you'll be proud of . You can use your finished pieces as artwork that you frame and have around your home, you can give them to friends as gifts. You can even make them into cards that you give away. By the end of this class, you'll have finished art pieces like this one or this one, and you'll be able to finish many different projects with just your simple Crayola markers and some paper. So I'm excited to walk you through this class step by step with how you can get the most out of your Crayola markers. Are you ready to get started clicking rule and let's get started? 2. Supplies: All right, let's talk about the supplies you'll need for this class. Really, You can just use whatever you have around the house. But for this class, I'm specifically going to show you my Crayola markers. I have the Crayola broad tip markers, and what I love about thes is it does come in a pack. I bought the pack with 40 different colors, and so you get a wide variety of colors to use all the different techniques I'm going to share with you in this class. But you can also, just by a simple pack of like the primary colors or whatever you use. Whatever you have around the house, you can also use super tips. So I have some super tips here, and the super tips also come in packs of 40 or 100 so you can get a lot of different colors with them. And there's also pip squeaks, these little pip squeaks or so cute they're just smaller. They don't have as long of a barrel to really hold on to. So I prefer the broad tip markers because it just gives me more space to really hold onto the marker. But if you have the pip squeaks these congee used as well. They're very similar, and we'll give you a similar effect. I also bought the metallic markers bike Rayola. I really like thes for different effects, but they're not required. And just enough Why I I bought the Crayola gel markers and my specific pack. This was the only marker that really worked. And so I don't recommend the job markers, but those air out there to there's so many different things out there. But what I'm going to teach you in this class will work with any water based marker so you could use it with the art line sticks. You could use it with the Tom Biomarkers. You can pretty much use it with whatever markers you have around that are water based, and we're going to dive in and be covering a lot of different techniques. But before we do, let me just talk a minute about paper. So for this class, paper isn't really a huge deal. You can use whatever paper you have on hand. You can use just regular copy paper. That's what this is, can use card stock and then, if you're into really having a smooth look to your lettering. These Rhodia pads and the cancer marker pads are really good, Smooth paper. These will actually be really good for marker tips like the Tom bows and the art line sticks that could fray over time. I don't really worry about it with my Crayolas, but sometimes I still want that look that I get from the smoother paper. Now we are gonna be using a couple techniques that are more like watercolor techniques. And so you may want either a mixed media paper, which is, um, I used the cans and mixed media. Or you can get actual watercolor paper and watercolors my favorite. So I just buy these big cans and watercolor pads, and I cut them down into four by six pieces. And these lasts are really long time, and you can often get the paper. At Michaels, Michaels often has 50% off coupons. Hobby lobby often has 40% off coupons, so you can often get the paper at a really inexpensive cost at your local art stores. When we get into the water color section, I do recommend having a brush these air, the watercolor rushes that I use the most. This is a silver black velvet around six, and this is the groom Bucker Golden Edge, Round two. I got the groom walker at Michael's and the silver black velvet on Amazon. I also like thes a quash water pens that has the water in them. And they're really simple, especially if you're using Crayola markers and just want something simple to use. These are great for that would be great for kids because everything's contained. You don't have to have a separate water container, and these are great for travel. You may also want to have some sort of pen for embellishments on. A couple of the projects were doing these air the Penza I use. I use the micron and I my favorite sizes 05 and then the unit ball. Cigna. This is a white pen that will allow you to add different embellishments to your pieces, But you could also just use whatever pens you have right now. I don't want that to stop you, so let's get started into the first project. I cannot wait to see all that you create 3. Faux Calligraphy: in this first video, we're going to cover Focal Agro fie Foe stands for fake And so it's a great way to get a calligraphy look without having to learn the fix and the thins. The basics of calligraphy is that you're gonna have a thick line on the down stroke and a thin line on the upstroke. If you haven't yet. I recommend taking my class all about faux calligraphy. It will teach you the basics. It will teach you how to do folk Allegra fee for every letter, and it will really get you started on the right foot. You'll have practice lettering, sheets and more. So just pick a fun color that you love. Teal is a fun color for me, and what you're going to do is you're just going to write out a word. I'm just gonna put love. Love is a fun word toe letter, and this is just the style. I like you. You're free to copy my style. Or you can use your own the difference with calligraphy or hand lettering and curse stuff as you pick up your pen in between every stroke. And so now we're going to add a thickness to the down stroke, and I just like to kind of make it around there. You want to try to make your thickness similar for each thing that you're doing. If possible, try to make it consistent. Then these, like little twirls, will have a little bit of thickness on them. And then after you've created that thickness, you'll come back in and fill it in, and so you'll just fill in that space. It's kind of like walk lettering, which I have another class on block lettering, which would be really fun. Four. Using your Crayolas with as well, But that's the basics of faux calligraphy. You can do different colors for each letter, like if you wanted to have multiple colors, you could do something fun like that. You can really do whatever you want, and all you're gonna really be thinking about is making sure that the down strokes are thick and the up strokes are thin and you're going back and you're adding in that extra stroke afterwards. So it's not something that you're doing while your lettering in the next video I'm gonna show you exactly how to use the Crayola markers like a brush marker, but this video just getting started, I just want to show you how to use it with the faux calligraphy. I really believe folk Allegra fee is the easiest way to get started with lettering. I got very frustrated when I first started learning lettering, and I almost gave up because it was just hard. And so if you have felt that way, um, and I probably shouldn't have made that l go so far. When you're using the same color, you can you can get away with exit will cover it up when you fill it in. But, um So there you go. There's two different styles of faux calligraphy. Using your Crayola markers, you can use whatever colors you want. You can use whatever word you want. Right now, I would just recommend that you go ahead and letter this phrase love and that you post a picture of it in the project area so that I can see and I'm gonna have you doing a lot of different projects, so you'll be posting different pictures along the way. But I'd love to see how you do with your faux calligraphy 4. Crayoligraphy: in this video, we're going to cover brush lettering with Crayola markers. Yes, you can do rush lettering with Crayola markers. Now, if you've taken my other classes, you'll know I talk about the Tom Bo brush pens. I now have purchased the art lines, sticks, brush pens, and there's Ah lot of different types of markers and pans that you can get to do brush lettering, but the's air pretty expensive. And so I want to show you how you can do a similar effect with your Crayolas. And if you haven't yet, I do recommend taking my brush lettering class for beginners. It will go through every single letter of the alphabet. It will go through a lot of information that you'll need to really get started on the best foot in this particular video. I'm just going to show you specifically with Crayolas, how I use them now. When I first started this, I watched a bunch of YouTube videos, and I really just tried to learn how to use my Crayolas to do rush lettering. But I didn't have the basics yet of brush lettering, so that's what I teach you in my brush lettering class for beginners. I teach you the basics. Strokes. I teach you the ways to practice your fix in your thins. And so until you really have some of those basics down, it's going to be a little bit harder Teoh to do the brush lettering with any marker, including the Crayola. So I really recommend that you pause this video, go back to my brush lettering class for beginners. If you have not taken that class, take that one first and then come back. But let me just show you the technique that I use with my Crayola markers. So with the broad tip, it has, you know, ah, tip that comes to the center. And so basically, you're just gonna hold it at an angle so you can get more of that broad, that broad side. That's why it's called a broad tip to do the down stroke. Now, you can make this really thick. If you get this side now, I just tend to hold it more at an angle in an I push. So your tip may get a little bit deformed over time, and that's okay, but basically you're just going to hold it at an angle, and then you're going to push everything with brush lettering has to do with the pressure. And then for the thin stroke, you're just going to barely touch it with the tip, and you're going to get that thin stroke. So the beauty of brush lettering are the fix and the thins. So let's say I'm going to do the word fun. So there I have my thick, my thin when I lift my pen thick, then thick. And so this is basically just using the same components of brush lettering with each letter to form your word. But you're using your Crayola markers. The basic thing you need to be practicing are your basic strokes, which I teach you in the rush lettering for beginners and really practice the pressure. So I've seen some people, and they actually like roll the Crayola marker. I don't roll it. I just keep it at an angle. It's probably at about a 45 degree angle, and then you press and left press and left. It takes time whether you're using a fancy, expensive pen or you're using Crayola markers to get the feel for brush lettering, so junket discourage. Keep trying. The biggest thing with Cray Ola's is keep it at an angle and with any brush lettering is this low down? Go slow. That way you'll really start to be able to learn the transitions between the fix and the thins. And honestly, it just takes practice. I truly believe brush lettering is a skill that can be learned. If I can learn it, anyone can learn. And I didn't think I had a creative bone in my body. In June 2016 I started my journey with art because I was creating coloring pages for one of my books. Broken Kranz, Still Color have told that story in some of my other classes, and it started me on a journey into art, my very beginning with hand lettering and brush lettering. It was horrible. I couldn't get the feel of it. It looked bad. And you know what? With daily practice, with consistent practice, I continue to get better, and I know even in six months I'll look back at my lettering today and thank you. I have really improved from that. So keep practicing and just practice your basic strokes. Go to my brush lettering class take that class and get my practice sheets. I have practice sheets for you in that class for the basic strokes and then practice it with your Crayola marker just pushing down. So it's all about the pressure. Once you have it at an angle, the only thing you have to do different is the pressure. Now, you can also do this with super tips, so let me show you how this works. This is a similar tub. It goes down into a point, but it's just smaller, so this is just going to get a smaller effect. But you can still get the fix in the Fens with the pressure. I haven't practiced a lot with the Super Tips because I prefer the broad tip markers so you can tell my fix and things are as good. And that just goes to show you whatever tool you are practicing with is the tool that you will get better with every marker. Every tool will require a different skill set. Using Crayola markers for brush lettering is a different skill set, and really, it just takes practice. I know I've said that a lot, but I think a lot of us want Instant results were in a microwave society and we want the instant results. So let me show you with the pip squeak, this is basically the same as the broad chip. It's just you have a smaller barrel. And so for me, I feel like I have more control when I have the longer barrel so that I can hold it better . But for you you might find the pip squeaks work better for you. And if that's all you have around and use your bed squeaks, don't go out and buy something new. Use what you have on hand But I think I could get more leverage. And with my pushing down on the down strokes with the broad step personally, so find what works bus for you, everyone is different. There are a lot of different options, a lot of different things you can dio. The basic thing is to practice and let me get a close up of me doing my brush strokes so that you can see a little bit more how I'm holding it and the exact angle I'm holding it. Okay, I'm holding the camera so that you can see I am at an angle here and you can see when I come down. The tip of this actually does kind of bend a little bit and then coming up, I just really, you know, release the pressure. I don't have as much pressure. Let me show you this again. I'm kind of coming at the side, and I'm pushing, so I'm not really changing the angle. I'm just changing my pressure, But you have to really put pressure. It's going to almost bend the tip of your Crayola marker in order to get this thick and the thin look. Keep practicing and I can't wait to see what you dio. 5. Blending: So in this video as well as the next video, we're gonna talk about blending and how you can blend with the Crayola markers. So what I have here is I have two colors that would go well together, and one way you can look is use a color wheel and look at colors that would blend well together. You can also just test test and see what colors might look good together. You want one color? That's light. It's gonna be the base color and one color that's dark. So blue and purple are great colors to try together. If you're not sure what color to use. Now, I'm just going to put some of the ink into the ceramic bowl. You can also use any sort of palette that you have. If you don't have any palate like this, you can simply uses the flock bag so you can just put your ink on the Ziploc bag and you could do the same thing. And then I'm gonna take this lighter color and I'm gonna swipe it through on the edge. So I swiped it through on the edge, and I'm gonna try to keep that same edge as I do my lettering. Can you see how it's got this blending effect Now it's starting to come off, so I could just swipe it through again, and you might even just want it to gradually come out of your marker and just let it and it come out toe where you almost have, like, the original color at the end. So I did this with brush lettering. You can also do this with any kind of lettering. So let's just say you wanted to do capitals. So whatever lettering you're doing, you can make this lend effect with it. So here I'm just kind of doing capitals. You can see the purple is more prevalent in the beginning, and I could just keep dipping in if I wanted to, to make it even more pronounced. So just a fun way toe. Add some extra style to your lettering. So whether you are doing the brush lettering, you're doing just regular printing. You're doing block lettering. I encourage you to try out this blending technique and post a picture in your class project . Let me know what colors worked well for you and let me see your work 6. Ombre Effect: in this video, I'm going to show you some lending techniques. And so I am using these three colors. If you have the walks of 40 Crayolas, you can use thes same colors. Otherwise, just choose a light, medium and dark. But for the light, I'm choosing pink for the medium raspberry and for the dark primrose. So for this demonstration, I'm just gonna do one letter in two different styles of blending so you can see how it works, What you need to do first, when you blend is just put down the base light color. Just gonna do it with an A, and then you're going to come in with the darkest color. This is the primrose, and you're going to do it. You can do it at the top or the bottom. I tend to like it at the top. I know others like it at the bottom. Just do it. However, you want your ombre effect toe look, and you kind of need to work a little bit quick here. You don't have to be so fast that you're making mistakes, but you want to work while the ink is wet. So just come in here like this and just you small strokes and just kind of come over the darker color with this one. So it kind of starts to blend it a little bit. And if the if the marker is still wet, it will continue to blend, and then you come in again, then with the lighter color. And I like to come from the light up. You may have to get the darker ink off of your lighter marker. Just wipe it on a napkin and just kind of work your way up. I just want to do one section at a time, one letter at a time, because it dries fast and you want to do the blending while it is still what? So this is a really fun way to get an ombre effect. Then you just fill in the rest. I probably could have on this letter done a little bit, um, less of the dark at the top so I'd have more of the light at the bottom. But that is one way to do the ombre effect the next way, Um, again, I'm going to lay down with the light color. The just the regular letter. There gonna come in with the darker color, Then you can do the medium color. Or you could just do two colors. If you just want to do the dark and light. That is completely fine with this technique as well, and we use the water rush. You can also just use the Russian water with a squeeze it make sure there's water coming out, but I don't want too much water. And then you just put the water over there and it will start to blend. Probably have a little bit too much water can just dab it a little bit and have it blend. This takes a little bit of practice, and obviously I had way too much water, so they try again here. I typically like the other method better. It's just seems to be a little bit easier for me. You can even just do this with two tones, two colors and I might test how much water I have on the brush with my finger first. This time let us that away. Too much water, but that shows you what happens when you have too much water and you can wipe the color off the brush you know, Teoh kind of make sure you're not getting too dark down below. And then if you have the right amount of water and you're doing this technique, it turns out pretty cool, so you can see how both of these techniques there they're different. They take a little bit different skill. This was with the water. This is with the three markers. But try it, try it and then post your project with the ombre effect in the project area and let me know how you liked it. 7. Adding Shadows: in this video, I'm gonna show you how to do shadows to your lettering. So what you're gonna do is just right out your letters. So after you've written out your letter, what you can do then is at a shadow, and I like to use the gray marker. This is the gray. If you have the 40 pack, there's another color called dolphin gray, and it looks kind of the same color. But it might be a little lighter. And what you're gonna do is you're gonna think about this word being shifted a little bit to the right and down and the way my brain works, it just works better for me to think about putting a shadow on the right side of all of the pieces of each letter. So let me just show you so you'd put a little bit on this side. So if everything is shifted to the right a little bit, you're going to put everything on the right side. Can I come down here? Put a little bit there, Shadow here, there's gonna continue through. This is kind of comes down and around that one. This takes a little bit of practice and getting used to something that really helped me is watching other people on instagram to letter and do the shading. And so that's something that you might want to do a swell. You can make these lines thicker or thinner, you know, just depends on how you want your shadow toe look, you can see. Basically, I'm just putting it on the right side, then a little bit on the bottom, depending on where it is. So that's a really fun way toe. Add to your lettering. So if we did it to the to the A we created here, I would just put a shadow here and a little bit on the bottom there, here, and then it would just come through on that side, and it just makes But really Pop helps to just add that finishing look to your lettering, and it's really super easy to do with your Corollas. You have your Crayolas, and you can just simply add a shadow to whatever lettering you're doing. So go ahead and letter word at the shadow and the take a picture and post it in the member area 8. Lettering Embellishments: in this video, I'm going to show you how to use a unit ball. Cigna hen toe Add some different embellishments and design to your lettering. So one of the things that you can do very simply, is just to add a line between the shadow and the letter. So you just go between the gray there and it just adds this cool effect, just something really simple. You could dio god, - right ? So you can see I finished all of that. And it just adds this nice effect to your lettering that just makes it pop a little bit more. Another thing you can do is just add designs into the letters. So one thing you'll see a lot of people doing is adding, like a little reflection on the down stroke. So the down stroke would be this this part here And you could just add a little white line there and you would just add it wherever your down stroke is, kind of accentuating that down stroke area, and it just looks like the light is reflecting off of it kind of gives and meat. Look, you can also add little dots like at the end of that, and that kind of is just a neat little effect, too. And it just depends on your piece, too. Sometimes, you know, like this is getting very busy for me. I don't tend to have too many busy I lettering pieces right now, but maybe this is your style. Maybe you really like it. You can also add different designs into your lettering. So maybe you just want to have a simple word, and you add designs into it so you could add like circles. You get out, checkerboard. You could add little flowers you could add. Crisscross could add. Lines coming down could kind of make it come back up again. With checkerboard, you could do little swirlies. You could do diamonds and adding designs, toe letters. That's something that I also teach in my easy coloring book design class. So if you want to take that class toe, learn how to create your own coloring book pages. Instead of adding designs to something that's already filled with marker, it would just be an open space that someone could then color and so you can do all sorts of different designs in here. Minnis circles for some reason right now, these air just open circles instead of being filled in. But just let your imagination go and just see what you would like to dio. But there's so many different ways you can add embellishments. Like I said, the most common are adding the line between the shading and your color or adding the little reflection. But get creative. Don't be afraid to try things and see what you like. The other thing you can do is you can combine the white with ink pen, so this is a micron. And if you wanted, you could then come in here and you could go around the different shapes to make it stand out more. You could actually take the pen, the ink pen and just outline your entire letter and really just make it stand out that way so you can see just a little bit how that really makes it stand out. We got this little piece there was going fast, I think, trying to get it finished. But the between the White Univ. All pen and the Micron Pan Inc Pam, you can add a lot of different involved, relish mints and really add a lot of extra pizazz and just make your lettering stand out. So go ahead and add some embellishments and in either the pen and you can use any income or the white pen, I personally have the unit ball, the signal Univ. All but you can use whatever you have on hand and take a picture and post it in the class project area. 9. Watercolor Backgrounds: in this video, I'm gonna show you how to create two different water color washes. The 1st 1 is going to be this more abstract looking wash that it just turns out really, really cool. And then you can let her on top of the anything you want. So let's get started. The first thing that you're going to need is watercolor paper. You can try the paper you have at home. If you don't have watercolor paper, it will probably work fine. Watercolor people were will just absorb the water better. You also need a Ziploc bag. And what I recommend doing is just putting the bag over the piece of paper so you can see the area that needs to be colored. Now you want to choose colors that are complementary to each other or that would mix well. You may have to try some things to see if it would mix well. Typically colors like blue and pink and purple. These will mix together because blue and red make purple so blue and pink would mix to make some sort of purple color as well. So I'm just going to show you this. I'm using just regular blue, violet and raspberry. These air the colors that I'm using in this video. What you do is you put the ink on the's a block. You just have it over top of the paper so you can kind of see where it will be. And I'm just going to do it kind of in thirds up and down. But you can do all sorts of different splotches if you want. You could have, like, different, different areas that you put the marker so make it look different. I'm just going to do a simple and easy one that's just up and down just so you can kind of see how it works. And there's no there's nothing about this that has to be exactly perfect. It's just a fun way to make a watercolor background with your Crayola markers. You can actually use any water based markers. You just get all the ink on here. All right, so now what you'll do is you can either use your pen, tell a quash pen, or you can use an eye dropper. I got this, I think, from something I had purchased, and I just had it left over, and you're just gonna add little drops in here. One thing I did in the beginning and I tend to do is I add too much water. But I've also gotten to the point where sometimes I don't add enough water, so can either just put water on their through the dropper or you can Oops, You can just squeeze out through your water pen. Just squeeze out water on here so either way will work. And then you're just gonna flip over years a block so that it's on here and you're just going to line it up, how you want it. And then the magic happens, and you're just going to move it around, squeeze it until it kind of gets all over. And you can kind of do it however you want. Sometimes it can get messy, so I have. This is a glass memory keepers underneath here that helps me not get stuff everywhere. You can see I had a little bit too much water, and so I always have napkins handy, and then you can just pick up any extra water there like that. And so it's really super easy. I just recommend letting it dry on its own gonna pick up this extra water here. But, um, what I'm going to do for this class is I'm gonna use my Nicole heat gun and just speed up the process could kind of see it. It bent a little bit, but it's not too bad once it dried completely. Isn't that pretty? It's a pretty Grady int, and you'll get a different result every single time. So definitely try it. Try different mixtures of colors and then with your Crayola markers. If you had the 40 color set, comes a black one. And I just like to use that toe letter over top and you can let her vertical or you can letter horizontal. Whichever works bust for what you're doing is going to do vertical for this prompt. Sometimes on the watercolor paper, you have to kind of go back over because it gets a little bit bumpy, but not a big deal. Oh, - and so there you go. I just let her You are enough. And in order to kind of fill up the space, I could do little dashes around this down here, it's to kind of fill it up. Make this a little bit thicker here. I want to have a little bit of thickness. You can pretty much just do whatever you want with the piece toe until it seems finished for you. And there you go. It's just really simple. It's an easy way to create a really nice background. And, you know, I didn't plan out this layout in advance, which a lot of times I don't. And so that's why I did this little flourish with the age because there was too much space here. And that's why did these lines these lines Normally I'd probably have them all the same, like starting at the same place and stuff. But they started to get uneven, and so I just wanna had when we went with Ian, even look so you know, just go with it. That's the name of the game. Don't worry about it. So that's that one. The next one I'm going to show you is similar to this. It's going to be more of a water color look, and we're going to use a brush and water for this one. Another color theme that I really like is three yellow, orange and red. These are just This is the laser lemon orange circuit and then the red. But you can use just the regular yellow, orange and red that you have. And again, you're just gonna put your ink. But in so putting on this block, you're gonna put it directly on the paper. And these colors work well again together because yellow and red make orange said they'll blend well together. You don't always have to use thes blends. You can use a variety of different colors, and I recommend you really test out your colors and see what blends you like. But these air just easy colors to start with, because I know they're gonna mix well. So if you're using the Pantelic wash brush and just squeeze out, make sure it's nice and wet and you'll just start coming over this, and you could make it look as watercolor as you want. And just by going over it more off more, a little bit more. Look at that really cool effect. That is something you normally only get in watercolor. But because we're using water with these water based markers, you get that same look and it's really fun. And so that, um is how that works. You can also just use a regular brush and ending When I'm taking the things out of it. I just press on the penn, tell water rush a little bit so that it comes out and then rubbing against a napkin. And I have found I can use my napkins a long time. So I'm just using my silver black velvet brush and just using it with some water. And, you know, with that, you're gonna have to dip into the water, and so you'll have to have a bowl of water. I usually have one bull that has the dirty water and then one bowl that has clean water. So I I rinse it off in the dirty water, and then I rinse it in the clean water before I come back to my painting. And again, you can just kind of work with this until you feel like it's kind of blended in. Sometimes it takes a while to get all of the ink really blended in. Well, how pretty is that such a pretty pretty blend from Crayolas? Who knew? Right. I'm gonna speed this up so I can get this dry right so again you can take your block marker or any dark marker that you have, and you can just let her over top of it. Just gonna write shine on this one. It's gonna make it go out a little bit. I could also make this one come in so I could just bring this in a little bit so that it kind of has that flow. That's kind of a fun thing to do. You see, this got a little bit uneven. It's just because it's on the watercolor paper and I'm not sure that it's completely dried , to be honest. So that may be why. But isn't that fun so fun? And this one, I feel like, turned out even better. It just had I had a little bit less yellow, and I just really liked how that one came out. But so fun. And it's an easy, easy way to use your Crayola markers to get a watercolor effect. If you don't right now, have watercolor paints 10. Watercolor Painting: in this video, I'm gonna show you how you can create a watercolor painting with your Crayola markers. So, like we talked about last time, you can just put your ink on here and then using some sort of water and brush you can't. You're gonna come around it. So I'm just going to make some blobs that I'm gonna turn into some of my favorite type of flours to make. Right now, you can use different colors and just really be creative. I love painting flowers. They're just so fun. You can see how it's just really lending out. You can let them touch, and then they'll blend together a little bit, which is kind of a fun thing. You can see those air blending together, and I kind of like that. You can even do like some mixes. So let's say I do some yellow with some red. We know yellow and red make orange, so those will mix well together. But let's just see what the's look like, what ends up looking like so that one's not really turning out. It's not, um, turning out like a wanted. So what you can do, just take a napkin get up the water and then I'm just gonna make this all red. So there are so many ways to correct mistakes or things you think are mistakes and just go forward. You know, you don't have to say, Okay, this is run just kind of move forward and so definitely looks like if you try to work it too much, I'm trying to work this again. Mauritz Kind of giving a weird look to the paper. So the best way it is just to just do that one color, add the water and it just looks so beautiful. You can then add stems and leaves could do it however you want. This is just kind of like my go to flower right now. And so just going to do it this way. Then let's just kind of had some water here. Can I get it a little more water coloring? I think the sooner you do this, like before the marker dries, the better outcome you'll have. So you might want to just do like one flower, one leaf at a time, that kind of thing. So I think it's going to come out better that way. Then I like to do grass as well. One of doing watercolor. And you can just do this with your markers and just add some water in here. Now, I'm not going to lie. I definitely prefer water color paint. But this is just a fun way to use what you may already have around the house and have kind of a water color effect. So these top two turned out the best? I think so. I think the best way to do it is just to put the Crayola down and right away water it. Otherwise, you may get kind of a different look to it, which is fine. I mean, there's all sorts of different ways to do things. You don't have to do things hon away, But as long as you don't mind that look, if you really want the true watercolor look, which these really look like watercolor, You know, if you can see that, um then you'll definitely want Teoh. Just do it more that way. So my go to flower right now, I will show you how to draw this in with ink afterwards. Just do a little oval of some sort. Doesn't have to be perfect, Just noble. And then you're gonna make these pedals Gonna have four or five of these, depending on what your blob looks like. You can see kind of the shape that I'm doing, and then if you have extra space, you can make one that looks like it's kind of hiding behind there. And then I like to have these little accents and you just take your pen and move it really quick along. So it kind of has a little bit of ragged look to it, and this just really adds a lot to it. And then I just usually just kind of scribble around in the middle, is not pretty so pretty. And it's so simple, anyone can do it. So that's what I would like for you to do for this project is to create your flowers, and then you can let her on them if you want, or you can just have it be a painting. Whatever you want to dio, that's art is unique. It's not perfect. That's what I talk about in my embrace, the artist in you class here on skill share and then just kind of finish up the details here can see these flowers are super easy. They're super quick, but they're so pretty, and they add a lot to your lettering when you add these in. So I also will tend to outline the stems and the leaves, so that's what I do. You don't have to do that, but that's kind of the way I typically will do it. And then I'll just put a little line in the middle of the leaf again just quick and like lifting your pen a little bit at the end. You can practice that on a different sheet of paper. If you want to practice that before you put it onto your painting. And then I like to have a little bit of Penn accents in the grass. Here we go. It's not pretty, and you can put your lettering on their can, say Bloom, where you're planted. That'd be a great one toe ad again. You can do any color of lettering. I like toe. Typically do the black with the lettering, but you're black workers. They're gonna were down faster, so you may want to have other colors that you do as well bloom where you are planted. I don't know that it would have fit if I would have done my brush lettering and I could have just put pencil down. But instead, I'm just gonna do these capital letters. Alright? How pretty Is that so pretty? You come in and smooth out any lines if you want. Um, sometimes, like I said, sometimes I mess it up by doing that. But sometimes I just I want to smooth it out a little bit. And you have a really pretty piece that you again you could give this away is a card. You can post this as a painting in your house. And you did this 100% with your Crayola markers. How amazing is that? Go ahead and take a picture of yours and posted in the project area so we can see your watercolor painting. 11. Watercolor Lettering: this video, I'm going to show you how to use your Crayolas for a different kind of watercolor effect. So in the last video, I put the water color directly on the paper and this one I'm gonna put it into a ceramic bowl. Now you can use any kind of plastic wool. You mean if you use your even your Ziploc as it might get a little Bessie, Any glass bowls that you have and depending how dark you want is going to depend on how much I think you put in there. Once you have the ink in their can, either use this or you can use an eyedropper and you're gonna add in some water. Then you're gonna mix this up, and then this is going to be like your water color paint. And the more water you add, the lighter it will be. And so, in this lesson, we're just gonna create some really simple pine trees and you're gonna come down. He's pretty so easy toe create Teoh. You can do him however you want. There's no right or wrong and art use your artistic style and you just kind of be free with it. so pretty. I also have this ceramic palette, which probably is what I should have used so that I could have had multiple colors. But I'm gonna put the brown in here. I'm gonna make the stumps. So basically, you're just adding a little water mixing it up, and then you have your water color paint so fun, and this is kind of spreading into each other, exits the green. This still what? But that is completely fine. I kind of like that look, and that's kind of a big stop. But that's OK, so it's as easy as that. And we have a nice watercolor background now that we can let her on. And you can actually use your Crayola markers with water to create, like a watercolor lettering effect. So if I come and let's just say I'm gonna write, adventure awaits, And since I still have more of this made up, I'm just gonna use that just basically have to have a brush and a little bit of water. There we go, adventure. - All right, so this is not the pet. This is a medium I usually use small for watercolor lettering. So it didn't come out as good as maybe I would have wanted it to. I can add a little flourish in here. There's ah, extra space. And with just Crayola markers and a little bit of water in a brush, we have created watercolor piece in watercolor lettering. So if you've wanted to get into watercolor lettering and you have Crayolas, all you need to do is have some sort of brush. The rush I typically use for my lettering is this Grumbach er, Golden edge. I have this the round one and the round to the round two is a little easier to start with because it's a little bigger. But I'm hoping to do a complete class on water color lettering at another time. But for now, I just want to show you what was possible with your Crayola or water based markers. How cool is this? If you if you create a project with this, go ahead and take a picture and post it in the project area so you can see I just added a little bit of Penn. Afterwards, I added that brown line to kind of break up the green and just with a few little things, you have a beautiful piece. So I hope that you enjoyed this project 12. Fun Masking Effect: something that can be really fun is just to use painter's tape. This is Blue Hawk Painter's tape I got at the hardware store, and you can then add this tape to your watercolor paper and then use the Ziploc bag technique toe. Add a background over it, and the masking tape will. Actually, whatever wherever the masking tape is, it will leave it white. So, really, the sky's the limit and what you can do, I'm going to show you a couple videos that I have done. One was a fun little pendant banner, and I use this with the Crayolas. Another was just a abstract mosaic, and I actually used water colors. But you can use the Crayolas as watercolors like I showed you in the last video. And so these are just a couple more ideas I want to share with you before we closed this class. So enjoy. And if you try the technique with the painter's tape, please take a picture and post it and the project area and I have found that the masking tape does not work as well. You can also try if you have masking tape, but I find the painter's tape works a lot better. It doesn't rip the paper when you bring it up, and it's just a lot better and result. 13. Draw a Banner: So this is my go to banner that I love to draw. And it's amazing how easy it ISS and how much it will add to your lettering pieces and just the art pieces that you create. It is super easy. I This is the one I have memorized. And if I ever want to add avian earth, this is the one that I will add. You can use this with your Crayola markers or any markers rip ends that you use. You can even do this with paint anything that you you I want to do. You pretty much can create this banner and just make it look really sharp. So what I like to do is, once I have the banner created, I just create these little rough edges. It just creates dimension, and it really makes it look even just that next step of professional. I hope you really enjoy adding these banners to your pieces. And if you do this post in the project area 14. Create Your Own Journal: So in this video, I'm gonna show you how you can create your own little journal. Basically, just take a piece of paper. I have already folded the edges just so I could get them really nice. And, Chris, you want to make sure you line up the edges as much as possible, fold it in half, three times so it looks like this. And then you're gonna open it back up again, and you're gonna cut this side right here just halfway. Just gonna cut it a halfway. Then you'll open up the paper and you'll come to these center marks and it's a little bit tricky. Gotta fold it out like this, and then you will fold it again in half. And then now you have a little journal, a little sketch note pod that you can write in and doodle in and just explore something new that you're not going to ever show anyone 15. Next Steps: there you have it. You have finished my entire class all about using your work Crayola markers in multiple ways. I hope you had fun and that you learn something new, and now you should have different art pieces that you can now use as cards as gifts, or to hang them in your home as our pieces that you can be proud of. You also have skills that you can continue to use for years to come. If you enjoy this class, I would really appreciate you simply taking a moment to post your review here on skill share. There should be a pop up at the top of your screen that says, Would you recommend this class to other students? Simply click yes and post a sentence or two about what you learned, what you appreciated or what you've gained from this class, and it would mean the world to me. It also helps to reach more people with this training. And so I appreciate you taking a moment to do that again. My name is Shelly Hits. Thank you so much for joining me in this class where we I just took a deep dive into so many different uses off our Crayola markers. I hope that you use many different colors and that your coloring your world beautiful. Join me on Instagram. My handle is color my world beautiful for continue tips and inspiration as I share artwork and continue to teach you and I hope to see you in my other skill share classes. Please remember to click the follow button here on skill share if you want to know when my next class is published and I'll see you in the next class.