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Surprisingly Easy Watercolor Pencil Technique You Can Master Now

Learn an easy watercolor pencil technique you can master now! Welcome to the Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway.

Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop

Many thanks to my good friend Jenny Colacicco for relaying you over to my blog. I’m certain she delighted you with gorgeous beautifully photographed projects! Head over to the Altenew Card Blog to start at the beginning of the blog hop.

Huge thanks to Kathy Racoosin, @kathyrac, from The Daily Marker for continually inspiring us to color and be creative each day. We’re celebrating Kathy’s 18th Coloring Challenge which is running until 11/22/20.

Head on over to Kathy’s blog and Instagram accounts for more details on her iconic challenge #thedailymarker30day. Color with us and join the challenge!

Surprisingly Easy Watercolor Pencil Technique You Can Master Now

I was surprised by how easy this watercolor pencil technique is to do. All the details are in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with your crafty friends.

Easy Watercolor Pencil Background

Creating a graceful loose watercolor background is so relaxing. And, I was curious if I could achieve that willowy look with Altenew Woodless Watercolor Pencils. To be honest, I didn’t think it was possible.

Easy Watercolor Pencil Technique

As you can see, these delightful blooms from Altenew Kind Reminders look like they’re falling in the water. This watery background was easy to create with three Woodless Watercolor Pencils: Turquoise, Mountain Mist, and Desert Night. Watch the video to learn how.

Next, I colored the blooms with Yellow Ochre, Coral Bliss, Orange Cream, and Oolong Tea watercolor pencils. For the leaves, I used Moss and Shadow Creek.

Easy Woodless Watercolor Pencil Technique

Of course, no card of mine is complete without splatter. Here I used, Desert Night, Moss, and Jet Black watercolor pencils to splatter the slimline card. I chose a sentiment from Altenew + Hero Arts Bloom & Grow Stamp Set and stamped it with Obsidian Pigment Ink.

・・・ Thank You ・・・

Watercolor Comparison: Pans, Brush Markers, & Pencils

Watercolor Comparison

Did you miss my watercolor showdown? I compare Altenew pans, brush markers, and pencils while painting Paint-A-Flower: Poppy.

Learn tips for using each medium and find out which one suits you best in this post/video!

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If you love it, pin it, and share it with your crafty friends! Visit me on Pinterest for more design inspiration, patterns, and color combinations.


Altenew and Kathy from The Daily Maker are giving away over $350 prizes to 17 lucky winners!

Altenew Giveaway - 17 Prizes Valued at $350+

Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below for a chance to win by 11/24/2020. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/30/2020.

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Altenew Butterfly Kisses Stamp Set
Watercolor Stamping with Butterfly Kisses Stamp Set

Next Stop

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Emily Midgett. Be sure to take in all the Watercolor Therapy inspiration provided by our talented artists!

Altenew Card Blog
Kathy Racoosin
Norine Borys
Nicole Watt
Caly Person
Virginia Lu
Tenia Nelson
Maryam Perez
Jenny Colacicco
Amber Rain Davis <<< You Are Here
Emily Midgett
Erum Tasneem
Ashley Tucker
Dana Joy
Kelly Griglione
Jessie Banks
Nenette S. Madero


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  1. Lovely card…I like the looseness of the background..kind of like the flowers are floating on water…

  2. Michelle Pokorny says:

    Ooooh. Such a pretty card!!! I love your work and watching your videos. Thanks for all you do!

  3. Jen Petersen says:

    Your cards are simple gorgeous!

  4. Cyndi+Morris says:

    That card is gorgeous! You always inspire me to try something new (at least new to me) and this time is no exception. While I don’t have these wonderful Altenew watercolor pencils, I have some I bought at the craft store several years ago and I’m definitely going to give this technique a try.

  5. Inkin' Chickie says:

    Great look to the coloring. I like how there are areas of light or no color. Heading over to the video. Also enjoy the ideas for the butterfly. Really looking forward to trying it out.

  6. Boryana Y says:

    So beautiful cards!

  7. Your card is stunning!

  8. Gorgeous card! I love the background technique. The watercolor butterflies are beautiful too.

  9. Lori Lehnen says:

    Very pretty card!
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Phyllis+Miller says:

    I can’t wait to try these pencils. Great to see them in action.

  11. Janet Moore-Lindstrom says:

    Gorgeous card, I love both the flowers and the background!

  12. Sue-Ann Clothier says:

    I love the idea of making the pigments run! A new technique to try! Thank you!!

  13. Deb Potts says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! I always want to get crafting after watching your videos.

  14. Pauline Abeysekera says:

    This is a really beautiful card Amber. I love your colour choices. The flowers do look like they’re falling into water.

  15. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful effect with the coloring on these pretty flowers!


    I just love your cards – they are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent, warts and all 🙂 Just shows your creative side too. Just love the colour combinations.

  17. Beautiful! Really enjoyed watching your video and will definitely try this technique.

  18. Barbara-Jean says:

    Would love to try these pencils! You certainly have produced great results!

  19. Deb Bryson says:

    Well with the darker verticals, and the light at the top it really does look as though they’re falling through the water! You did a great job!

  20. Looks totally freehand…like a real artist!

  21. I will have to try your technique. Really nice outcome

  22. Kelsey Thomas says:

    So pretty! Love the no line coloring. 🙂

  23. Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for your videos. I love watching them!

  24. Elaine Salkil says:

    Can’t wait to try these pencils.

  25. kraftyiam says:

    Howdy, what a lovely card – everything seems to float. Love the message too!

  26. Amazing. Never seen watercolor pencils with such pigmentation. Also love your Daniel Smith color palette.

  27. Pamella Albright says:

    I love the card! I especially liked how you started with the background first! I am definitely going to try this when I next watercolor a flower. It really gave you a starting point. I know what you mean about not being ready to stop. I tend to fuss a bit much when I am watercoloring often. Ah well, it’s good to see that someone with as much talent as you have struggles with the same issue.
    Thanks for sharing 👍

  28. Great video . Thank you.

  29. Great video, as always! I love your commentary as much as the technique! Just so you know, I just ordered these pencils because of your videos – the simplicity of creating black splatters on projects was the tipping point!

  30. Jacqueline says:

    lovely watercoloring. Thanks

  31. Love the artsy watercolored flowers, gorgeous!

  32. Sherri Little says:

    Nice, artsy watercoloring.

  33. Amber, these flowers are absolutely gorgeous. The dreamy look you’ve created using the woodless water color pencils is fantastic. Wonderful card.

  34. Brenda Aplin says:

    You just make water coloring look so easy and beautiful!
    I just love all your work!

  35. I really need to try more watercoloring, it seems so versatile and easy. I know it’s not as easy as you make it seem but your card turned out beautiful. I love both flowers. I’ve ordered the pencils so I will watch all the videos and be ready when they come.

  36. Marisela Delgado says:

    So beautiful! The yellow rose of Texas! 💜 Warm greetings from San Antonio, Texas.

  37. So very pretty. Great video. Thanks for sharing

  38. Beautiful card. It really pops with the blue watercolor background to highlight the flowers.

  39. Julie Greaves says:

    Thanks for sharing Amber. I love your videos as you are so ‘real’ and aren’t afraid to show your mistakes and then how to fix them or live with them. You are an inspiration to me. Love the background technique. I am really new to watercolor and have never tried the pan colors only pencils (cheaper version) so I would love to one day own both the Altenew pencils and watercolor palette as I love the colors and the results. They will be on my wish list til I can afford them – well worth the money.

  40. Sharon Gullikson says:

    Your barely there flowers are so pretty. It looks very artistic. I LOVE yellow flowers, too.

  41. Your card is stunning. I love how you did the background. The color choices for the flower are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  42. barbara lassiter says:

    This is really beautiful. The look you achieved with these pencils is amazing and It looks as though you were able to direct the color easily. For me that’s sometimes a problem with watercolor!

  43. Janice Hixon says:

    I love your background, and so easy to do. The color is a favorite. The slimline card is a beautiful choice. The colors of the flowers are a nice contrast to the watery background. You never disappoint.

  44. Absolutely beautiful card!

  45. Dorothy Ayotte says:

    I enjoyed your video- you always make me smile when you reflect on your process. I always see reasons to improve what I’ve done- the first go takes the longest and I always figure out something better the next time. That said, your card is very pretty. So interesting to see those pencil pigments and water react. Love your background and those splatters. For as much as I love the look I have never splattered! Fear of something new?

  46. Jeanne Beam says:

    Such a beautiful slimline card! Love the soft colors…
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  47. Linda Harper says:

    Lovely card – and you make it look so easy!

  48. Great video. The card looks great. You have given me that KEEP GOING, don’t stop till it’s done attitude. And you are right, not how I intended, but looks good and lessons learned. Loved the paint the background first, and then it drives you to the main event. Always a fun and good visit here, Love your work , great tips and techniques. More great hopping…..

  49. Joan Mastronardi says:

    Gorgeous card! Love the video.

  50. Such an interesting video Amber. I love the dreamy looking background &, like you, am very pleasantly surprised that it could be created with watercolour pencils. I’d best start saving my nickels (no more pennies in Canada). lol I am finding that I tend to overthink things when I am making a card, & as you’ve shown with the roses, sometimes less is more. Lovely card though.

  51. Such a gorgeous card and great video tutorial.

  52. Anne+Sturgeon says:

    Not only do I love this stamp, but, your color choices look so amazing. I think I might even be able to use these pencils. Thanks for sharing this and for the opportunity to win a nice prize.

    1. Thanks so much, Anne. I am totally enjoying the pencils and am looking forward to experimenting further. I hope you get some painting in. Thanks for visiting!

  53. Carolyn Rapking says:

    I love watching you water color. It is always beautiful. I watch with envy because I am terrified to try water coloring. You make it look so easy. I really need to put my big girl panties on and give it a try. Well maybe.

    1. Thank you, Carolyn! You can do it! Remember it’s just paper and we all start at the beginning. I would say the majority of my projects don’t turn out the way I planned or how I initially envisioned them, but I always learn something new in the process. Be kind to yourself. Thanks again for visiting!

  54. Cyndy Rogers says:

    The card is, of course, beautiful as all your work! But I very much appreciate your teaching — it is full of good information as well as transparent about your mistakes or insecurities about it. I learn so much from you!!

    1. Thank you, Cyndy. I love to share the things that don’t turn out because there’s a learning opportunity there. I’m always learning something with each project. I’m so glad to hear it’s helpful.

  55. Maureen Reiss says:

    I love how dreamy this looks!!! Gorgeous!!!!

    1. Thank you, Maureen! I do too and was so pleasantly surprised by how it turned out. I’ll definitely be using this technique again. You can kind of zone out while doing it which is always nice. Thanks for visiting!

  56. Melissa+Friedrich says:

    I LOVE the soft, loose water color look of this card! The yellow roses and blue background (with splatter of course!) are a stunning color combo.

  57. Silvia Hutchinson says:

    Thanks for sharing your easy watercolor pencil technique. Your flowers are beautiful. I also love tour watercolored butterflies

    1. Thank you, Silvia! I must admit the vibrant butterflies were a little jarring compared to this card. But do love bright colors too.

  58. Beautiful card as usual! I always look forward to notifications from your blog posts and this one did not disappoint! Thank you for always inspiring!

  59. Sandhya Iyer says:

    Gorgeous card Amber! Love this technique as well as the colors you used!

  60. Meghan Kennihan says:

    I LOVE these yellow roses and the blue background! STUNNING coloring!