How to Blend Water Color Markers

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How to Blend Water Color Markers
Achieve pretty, blended colours with watercolour markers. (watercolour flower ladies image by Allyson Ricketts from

Blending watercolour markers is a necessary part of working with them. Without blending, colour streaks will appear and there will be harsh definition between colours. With blending, the colours merge together nicely to create a watercolour effect that is soft and beautiful. There are several ways to blend watercolour markers together, and each method has its benefits and drawbacks. Choose your favourite method after trying a few different blending techniques on a scrap piece of paper.

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Things you need

  • Watercolour markers
  • Blending pen
  • Small container
  • Paint brush
  • Cardstock or glossy paper
  • Small heat gun
  • Plastic lid

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    Blend the colours immediately after applying the colour to the paper. This is most important when working with porous paper. When working on glossy paper the blending is easier because the ink does not absorb into the paper as quickly.

  2. 2

    Take the blending pen and gently rub over the lines between the colours on the paper to blend. The blending pen is essentially a pen filled with water that helps draw two different colours together to eliminate lines. This kind of blending does not blend two different colours together as well, but it does help achieve a soft watercolour look.

  3. 3

    Dip a paint brush in water and brush the paint brush over the colours on the paper. This will help mimic the appearance of real water colours. With enough water, colours should blend easily. The drawback with this method is that the paper can get too wet and tear, or take forever to dry.

  4. 4

    Scribble the markers onto a plastic lid. Scribble enough colour so that the surface of the lid is wet. Take another colour and scribble it on another section of the lid. Take a paint brush and drop a few drops of water onto the surface of the lid.

  5. 5

    Blend the two colours together and use the paintbrush to apply the colour to the paper. This is the most effective way of blending two separate watercolour marker colours together. Take care not to dilute the colours with too much water. The colours should be soft, but not washed out.

  6. 6

    Dry a blended watercolour image quickly by heating the surface with a small heat gun. This will cause the water to evaporate quickly. This is especially important on glossy paper as the colours can easily bleed and smudge before the paper dries.

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