Playing with Colour

Hello stamping friend! Sorry this post is late today – I’ve been busy playing with colour! Ever since I got my Brusho Crystal Colours, I’ve been having such fun with them. So, I thought – if these are such fun, what about our other ways to colour. This is just a quick post, while I wait for my new backgrounds to dry!

We all know about our new Stampin’ Blends markers, and colouring with those (if you don’t – where have you been hiding!?). But our Stampin’ Write Markers have been hiding their light under a bushel – so I thought I’d bring them out.


Just like our Classic inks, our Stampin’ Write Markers are water based. That means that we should be able to have fun, adding water, right? Let’s try it out!

First, cut 2 panels of Watercolour Paper. On each panel, ‘scribble’ with your markers, to create a background. Do one panel at a time, so the ink remains ‘wet’ for you to manipulate.

I used, from top to bottom, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Old Olive.  After scribbling on the first panel, spray water over the ink with a Stampin’ Spritzer. Allow the water to spread the ink. If it’s spreading too much, or too far, blot it up a bit with paper towel. Next, use an Aqua Painter to splatter drops of water across the panel.  Wait about 10 seconds, then blot the splatters. This will pick up the water, plus a bit of the ink, and leave a unique pattern behind.

On the 2nd panel, again scribble with the markers. This time, use the Aqua Painter to spread the colours. A more wet Aqua Painter will mean lighter colours, and more spreading. A less wet brush will mean more vibrant colours and less spreading. After spreading the colours, use the wet brush to splatter water drops, as you did on the first panel.  After counting to 10 (or shorter or longer, if you want less or more picked up), blot the splatters with the paper towel.

This is how my 2 panels look, after I finished.

Playing with Colour


Obviously, there are some very noticeable variations between the two!

The panel on the left, which was spritzed, produced a much more fluid movement of colour, with more variations of light and dark. It also seemed less influenced by the water drops – they’re much lighter than in the panel on the left. Perhaps because the colour is less opaque?

On the right is the panel where the colour was manipulated with the Aqua Painter. It’s much more opaque, and less fluid. The water drops are much more noticeable -again, I think because the colour is much more opaque than on the spritzed panel.


Creating both of these panels was a lot of fun! I’m waiting until they’re completely dry, then I’ll be using them as backgrounds for cards. If  you want to see what they’ll become – come back later in the week! 🙂


Having fun with your stamping supplies is easy and affordable! You don’t need to invest in a lot of tools – just some different types of papers, and some brushes and spritzers. Click on the product images below to order the supplies I used to create these two panels. You can definitely stretch your creativity, plus the uses of your stamping supplies, with just a few additions to your stash.


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  1. buffycooper says:

    Fun comparison, Deborah! I love coloring on Watercolor Paper with the S&W markers and aqua painters. Love your two panels! (Great color combo!!)

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I thought you might like this, Buffy! I know how much you enjoy different techniques 🙂 It’s great, being paid to play, isn’t it?!


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