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!
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen – Pastel 10 Pack
- Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils – Volume 1 Pale Tones
- Tombow MONO Graph Mechanical Pencil
- Tombow Water Brush – Medium
- Tombow Colored Pencil 1500 Series – Gold
- Tombow MONO Eraser
- Tombow MONO Zero Eraser
- Tombow MONO Knock Eraser
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pens – 01, 03
- White gel pen
- Mixed media or watercolor paper
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
- Three Ways to Draw Rain Boots
- How to Draw a Peony
- Whimsical Moths with the Watercolor Set
- Three Ways to Paint Watercolor Shibori Designs