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Painting with Water Based Markers: Essential Techniques to Create Beautiful Watercolor Coloring

Windy Iris, Illustrator and Designer

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10 Videos (53m)
    • Welcome

    • Supplies

    • Applying and Blending Colours

    • Gradients and Layering

    • Prep

    • Girl Colouring Page - Real Time

    • Pattern Colouring Page - Real Time

    • Girl Colouring Page - Time Lapse

    • Pattern Colouring Page - Time Lapse

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class


Learn how to paint with water based markers and use water to unlock beautiful blending techniques. 

In this class I’m going to be walking you through the process of coloring with water based markers, creating watercolor style effects, using water to blend and move the ink, creating a variety of different styles and techniques. This class is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those of you how may have some experience but are looking for some new ideas.

What You Will Learn

I’ll be walking you through every step of the process and you'll learn about: 

  • How to apply water to your coloring to dilute the ink, creating depth and shadows
  • How to blend different colors together
  • How to create different effects using a brush, acrylic block and a marker airbrush
  • How to create gradients and layer up the colors
  • How to create a splatter/mixed media style of coloring on a finished illustration
  • How to apply gradients to a coloring page and create depth and shading with one layer of color

I’ve also included three exclusive printable coloring pages that you can use in this class. The first of these is a practice page, with different shapes so you can get the hang of layering and creating gradients with the markers. The last two coloring pages will be used in the final project. Your final project for this class will be to paint one finished illustration using the techniques taught in the class – you can either draw your own design or use one (or both) of the coloring pages provided. These are the two final illustrations we'll be working on in the class. 


Materials You Will Need

Here's a general list of supplies you'll need to complete this class's assignment and more detail will be gone into in the lessons. I really want to stress that the brand of marker does not matter. The important thing is that they are water based, other than that you can use whatever marker you like, from Crayola to Tombow.

  • Water Based Markers
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water (in two containers)  
  • Paper Towel (useful for dabbing up excess ink and water)
  • Masking Tape
  • Acrylic Block
  • White Paint Pen
  • Print Outs of the two Coloring Pages (girl and pattern)
  • Marker Airbrush (not vital but it’s useful if you enjoy making splatters)

I hope you’ll join me for this class and discover how fun painting with markers is. If you have any questions or comments then feel free to reach out and let me know, I’m here to help and make sure you share your project photos with the rest of the class. I can’t wait to see what you create and now let’s get started.






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Windy Iris

Illustrator and Designer

Hello, I'm known as Windy Iris, an illustrator and designer. I enjoy working in many different medias, markers, pencils, inks, watercolors to name but a few and I love creating with bold and vibrant colors and applying those colors pallets to different projects.  

In my classes, I'll be sharing some of my favourite techniques, tips and tricks for using different supplies and creating lots of fun mixed media projects, from card making to illustration.

I hope you...

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