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Secret Watercolor Hack | Alex Syberia Lemon Blossom

Learn this quick and easy secret watercolor hack to make your elements pop off the page. Featuring Alex Syberia’s new Lemon Blossom digital stamp.

Secret Watercolor Hack | Alex Syberia Lemon Blossoms

YouTube Tutorial | Secret Watercolor Hack

When you’re not getting the depth you need with watercolor alone, try this quick & easy hack. Watch here or in HD on YouTube and hit the like button if you enjoy it!

Alex Syberia Lemon Blossom Digital Stamp

Alex Syberia’s new Lemon Blossom digital stamp is so cheerful. It was the perfect image to paint on a rainy day.

Alex Syberia Lemon Blossoms

I used my Letter Sparrow 28 Pocket Palette today. This exceptionally compact palette is filled with handmade watercolor. These watercolors are definitely an investment.

If they’re not in your budget or you already have a collection of tube watercolors and you like the idea of a pocket palette, you can customize your own empty palette at ArtToolkit.com.

For the sake of my wallet, I plan on refilling my pans with tube watercolor when they run out.

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The Colors

I painted the lemons with Mayan Yellow, Citron, and Antica Green. The leaves are achieved with one color, Nitroso Green, which dries back to a beautiful sage color.

For the blossoms, I filled them with clean clear water and dropped in a super diluted mix of Italian Orange. The background is Mayan Royal Blue.

The Secret Hack

I added two coats of blue into the nooks and crannies of the background, but still wanted more contrast and depth of color. A bit of blue was already bleeding into my lovely little blossoms, so I didn’t want to continue with watercolor.

Normally, I would add additional detail and depth with color pencils. However, color pencils are a super slow medium for me and I didn’t want visible pencil strokes.

Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils | Secret Watercolor Hack
Compare the depth of the bottom left background to the rest of the background.

Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils and a paper stump came to the rescue!! These pencils are so easy to use and add extra depth instantly! Just add a bit of the charcoal and softly blend with a paper stump or tortillon.

I used Green Moss on the Lemons, Ocean Deep for the background, and Glowing Embers for the blossoms.

Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils

I love how this turned out and will definitely be using this secret hack, well not so secret now, again! I’d love to see what you create with this technique, please tag me @notableink on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon with more inspiration. For more inspiration using Alex Syberia stamps, check out these posts.

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  1. Christine says:

    This is such beautiful colouring. I wonder if cutting the sentiment, paper piecing it back together with a white sentiment, then putting the painted sentiment on top but offset, would have given you what you wanted?

    1. Thanks, Christine! Yeah, it needed something, but it was to stuck to remove without damage so I embraced it. 🙂