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Watercolour Effect with Stabilo Pens:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Lilith Eeckels

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One of my favourite techniques is using watercolours. I know they can be pretty scary for some so today I am going to show you how to create a watercolour effect without using watercolour but Stabilo 68 pens. I have loads of these at home as the kids use them for colouring projects. They can also be used as watercolours. Let me show you.

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Pick a patterned paper, gesso and two or three colours of your choice that match your supplies.

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Apply gesso to the background paper using an old card and leave it to dry. If you are impatient like me, you can use your heat gun. Be careful not to hold it too close to the gesso as it might start to form bubbles.

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Once the gesso is dry, draw a couple of scribbles with the Stabilo pens.

watercolour effect with stabilo pens::  a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Grab a waterbrush or a simple paint brush and dilute the colour. The colours will start to flow and create a watercolour paint effect.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Let the colour dry and add a second if you wish.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Add some detail with a stamp.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Put together the basic design of the layout. Take out an acrylic block (often used for stamping) and the colours used earlier on.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Draw a couple of lines onto the acrylic block.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

Dilute the colour with some water.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eekels @ shimelle.com

Add the colour to some cut out paper embellishments or die cuts.

watercolour effects with stabilo pens:: a scrapbooking tutorial by lilith eeckels @ shimelle.com

The finishing touch is adding any additional embellishments, a title and some journalling. I love how easy these pens are to use and if you want to venture into the world of watercolours this is a great way to start. Have fun colouring and happy scrapping.

Lilith.





Lilith Eeckels lives with her family in the south of Belgium. She is South African by heart and hopes to return to this amazing country where she grew up as child. By day she is an English and Dutch foreign language teacher in a high school as well as mother to 4 mischievous boys who keep her very busy. By night you’ll find her in her scrapbook nook playing with pretty papers and embellishments. Currently she a Design Team member of American Crafts, Esprit Scrapbooking, and Glitz Design. She shares her passion for scrapbooking on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

25 March 2014



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8 Comments for Watercolour Effect with Stabilo Pens:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Lilith Eeckels

  1. Scrappyjen Says:

    Oh my word that is absolute Genius! Lilith you are so crazy talented. Gonna go try that right now.

  2. Maria Says:

    Oh, this looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! ♥
    Maria
    http://www.marygoesround.de

  3. Jane Says:

    Fab tutorial, love this effect!

  4. Sorken Says:

    Nice tip! Thanks! I recently bought a Stabilo mini kit that I have in my handbag. Now I just have to add a waterbrush and I have a nice travelling colouring kit.

  5. Gab Says:

    So pretty! And so clever!

  6. Barb in AK Says:

    VERY impressive! I am not familiar with Stabilo, but I’m going to be on the lookout for them now :-) Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  7. suew Says:

    wow….this is gorgeous. I have a set of these pens and will definitely try it Thanks!

  8. Kim C Says:

    Who knew it was so easy! Thanks for the tutorial! Love your work!

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