DIY Watercolor Drip Art Journal Background Using the XL Blending Palette


Hey y’all, it’s Katie here sharing how to paint a watercolor drip style page in your art journal! This is such a fun technique to use for a quick and easy background!

The new Tombow XL Blending Palette is sized at 8×10″ to give you room for even bigger and more fun projects! For this technique you can print directly into any journal that is 8×10 or smaller!

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

Supplies:

How to create a watercolor drip background:

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

Step one:

Start by applying Dual Brush Pen ink to the top 1/3rd of the new XL Blending Palette.

I chose to use a rainbow of colors for this example page. I really like that the back of the XL Blending Palette has all 96 colors of Dual Brush Pens listed, so it’s easy to choose color combos. Learn more about choosing color combinations here.

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

Step two:

Spritz the XL Blending Palette with water so that the ink beads up and begin to tilt your blending palette down slightly, so that the ink runs down toward the bottom of the palette, creating drips.

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

Step three:

Next place your art journal face down onto the XL Blending Palette.

You can also use a piece of mixed media paper instead, and then adhere that into your journal later, if you don’t want to transfer the ink directly into your journal.

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

Step four:

Lift up your journal/paper and let it dry!

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

Step five:

Finish your art journal page however you want. I decided to create a Currently list using Currently stamps from the Awesome Ladies Project, a MONO Drawing Pen and added some hand lettering with the Tombow Fudenosuke Twin Tip.

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

I experimented and found that the style of the drips can change depending on the type of paper your use, and the amount of water you mist the ink with. More water: a fatter drips that blend together. Less water: thinner drips that stand out more.

Here’s another example of this technique:

DIY "Watercolor Drip" Art Journal Background Using @tombowusa's NEW XL Blending Palette. Tutorial by @studiokatie

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