How to Watercolor a Mermaid Crown


Hi y’all, it’s Grace from Grace Anne Studio! This week, the Tombow Design Team is ringing in May with all things MerMay! I love fairy tales and have been reading lots of Hans Christian Anderson with my kids lately. To remember this phase, I decided to watercolor a mermaid crown for my kids. I’m so excited to teach you how to also!

Learn to watercolor a mermaid crown with @graceannestudio using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens!

Supplies

 

Step 1: Sketch the Mermaid Crown

First, use your MONO Graph Mechanical Pencil to sketch the crown. I used seashells and pearls to build my crown and added a few chains to make it a little fancier. Use the MONO Zero Eraser to clean up the drawing when you’re done. I also like to lightly eraser my pencil work before adding color. This minimizes any dark pencil marks from showing through the art later. Just make sure you can still see the sketch!

Learn to watercolor a mermaid crown with @graceannestudio using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens!

Step 2: Watercolor the Mermaid Crown

Next, use the Dual Brush Pen Pastel 10 -Pack to add color to the crown one shell at a time. Then, use your Water Brush to add a little water to the color and push the color around to watercolor with the Dual Brush Pens. Repeat adding color and water until all of the shells and pearls have watercolor and then let it dry.

Learn to watercolor a mermaid crown with @graceannestudio using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens!

Learn to watercolor a mermaid crown with @graceannestudio using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens!

Once each shell has a base wash of color, add another layer of watercolor to add depth and dimension to each shell. This will help them feel like they’re overlapping and have more shape. Then, let it dry completely and use the MONO Eraser or MONO Knock Eraser to erase any remaining pencil lines.

Learn to watercolor a mermaid crown with @graceannestudio using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens!

Step 3: Embellish with Colored Pencils

Once the mermaid crown is dry, use the Rainforest Irojiten Colored Pencil Dictionary: Volume 1 to add a little texture and shading to each shell. Then, use the gold 1500 Series Colored Pencils to fill in the chains and band. Use your MONO Knock Eraser to erase any stray colored pencil marks. Next, use a white gel pen or an opaque white ink to add highlights and finish the crown. You could also try a white colored pencil.

Step 4: Add Text

Use your MONO Graph Mechanical Pencil to sketch out a quote below the crown. Then, trace it using a MONO Drawing Pen. I used MONO Drawing Pen 03 for the quote and MONO Drawing Pen 01 for the attribute. Use a MONO Eraser to erase the pencil lines.

Step 5: Display the Mermaid Crown

Finally, all that’s left to do is display the mermaid crown! I hung mine in a frame I had on hand. You could also hang it using a clip board, clothes pins or even just washi tape. Whatever works for your space is great!

Learn to watercolor a mermaid crown with @graceannestudio using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens!

I hope you enjoyed this! If you use this tutorial to watercolor a mermaid crown for your space (or your kids!) be sure to tag @graceannestudio and @tombowusa so we can cheer you on! For more art tutorials check out the posts below:

Happy creating!

Grace

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