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  • Katie Smith

How to: Faux Watercolor Stamping

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Hey guys, I recently did some watercolor stamping in my journal and after being asked about it a couple of times, I thought I’d show y’all how you can achieve a watercolor effect using stamps and water based markers!

For today’s project I’ll be using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a gem stamp set by Life.Love.Paper for Studio Calico.


  1. Dual Brush Pens

  2. Water

  3. Paint Brush

  4. Stamp Set (I have found the a less detailed stamp works best for this look.)

  5. Watercolor Paper

Step one: I am using one of the simple gem stamps, so I stuck it onto an acrylic block and applied the ink from a Dual Brush Pen to it.

Step two: Immediately place your stamp down onto the paper before the ink had a chance to dry. If the ink does start to dry on you before you can stamp it, blow a little hot air onto it.

Step three: Once you’ve stamped your design onto the watercolor paper, take a wet paint brush, and brush over the ink. Because the markers are water based, they will work like watercolors!

Step four: Continue stamping and brushing the ink with water until you’ve filled up your paper.

Step five: To complete the gem look, I decided to doodle on top of the watercolor gems and give them some detail.  Now the stamp set did include a detailed stamp I could have used, but I wanted the more whimsical look of my lines for this project.

I used Tombow’s Fudenosuke Dual Tip Brush Pen.

Step six: I also added highlights to my gems with white acrylic paint and a small paint brush.

Next I used an adhesive runner to glue my paper into my art journal.

So that’s it! Have you used this technique? What other techniques would you like to learn?

#artjournal #stamping #tombow #tutorial

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