Hi, Jessica from BrownPaperBunny here to show you how to paint a watercolor wreath with markers. As the holidays roll around, one of my favorite gifts to give is the Tombow Watercolor Set. There is just so much you can do with it, and I’m going to show you one project to get you started.
- Tombow Watercolor Set
- Watercolor paper
Step 1: Draw a Circle
Use an upside-down bowl or roll of masking tape to draw a circle onto your watercolor paper using the Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil in the set. Make sure to leave plenty of room for flowers and leaves without running off the edge of the paper.
Step 2: Sketch Your Flowers and Leaves
Lightly sketch three poinsettia-style flower shapes on top of your circle.
Next, fill in some of the gaps between the flowers with leaf shapes.
Erase any circle lines or unwanted marks using the Tombow MONO Eraser in the Watercolor Set.
It’s optional, but you can now fill in any extra space with some small sprigs of winter berries.
Step 3: Paint Your Leaves
You’ll need to scribble some ink onto your Blending Palette to use your Tombow Dual Brush Pens as watercolor. Start with your green, and try adding some yellow to get an additional green tone.
Next, fill up the reservoir of your Water Brush. Drip a couple of drops of water onto the Blending Pallet by gently squeezing the end of the Water Brush. Blend the water and ink together.
Use the different shades of green you mixed up to paint your leaf shapes.
Step 4: Paint Your Pointsettia
While your leaves are drying, clean off your Blending Palette with some paper towel or just run it under the tap.
Next, scribble a little of the red, yellow, and some purple onto your clean Blending Palette. Mix each color with a couple of drops of water.
Pick up the red ink with your Water Brush and paint your first poinsettia. While the ink is still wet, pick up a little of the yellow and touch it to the tips of the petals. Then, pick up a little of the purple and touch it into the center.
Repeat the same steps on the remaining poinsettia. Adding the different colors gives you a more interesting painting at the end, and the results look more like traditional watercolor.
Step 5: Paint the Berries
To mix up brown for your berry stems, try mixing different amounts of your red, blue, and yellow Dual Brush Pens until you get a shade you’re happy with. Then, paint the stems that are showing between the berries.
Next, mix up some red on your Blending Palette and paint in all of the berries. If you’d like them to have the appearance of shine, leave a small white circle on each berry.
Step 6: Add Linework
This step is optional, but you could choose to leave your painted wreath as-is or you could use your MONO Twin Permanent Marker to add some line work and details to your watercolor wreath.
You can use the thicker bullet tip for darker lines outside the wreath and the thinner ball-point for details inside the flowers and leaves.
You can find more fun watercolor projects in my book Watercolor with Markers, which pairs perfectly with the Tombow Watercolor Set as a gift for the artist in your life (or just for yourself, we won’t tell).
Here are a couple of sample projects from the book if you’d like to get started right away while you wait for your copy to arrive: Galaxy Butterfly printable project and Leaf Wreath printable project.