How to create a watercolor effect using only felt tip pens and water | Tutorial

Creating watercolor effect with felt tips. Step by step tutorial.

Sometimes being a lazy human being can lead to wonderful discoveries, don't you agree? While ago when I was tired enough to search for my watercolor paints (I have a habit to put stuff somewhere I can't find later) I grabbed my little sisters set of felt tip pens and started experimenting.

It seems that to create that beautifully faded watercolor effect on your drawing doesn't even require to have watercolor paint.

Click to read more and see the process!

Creating watercolor looking illustration with only felt tip pens and water. Tutorial and a few tips!
  • First of all gather your supplies: pens, water, brush and paper
  • Make sure that your felt tip pens are not water resistant, because then you won't get this effect
  • Draw your illustration

As always I started with a simple flower here ant there! Come up with the design. If you are not sure use a pencil first and then trace it. I find that often drawing free hand gives the best results!

  • Wet the brush you have and start applying water on your painting

Try applying different amounts of water to see how it looks. The stronger you rub brush on the paper the more faded effect you will get!

Creating watercolor looking illustration with only felt tip pens and water. Tutorial and a few tips!

Can you see how simple it is? Let yourself experiment a bit on a scrap paper. You will feel the amount of water that needs to be applied. Also make sure that your paper can hold up water without wrinkling! The best would be a watercolor paper, not less than 220 gsm.

Creating watercolor looking illustration with only felt tip pens and water. Tutorial and a few tips!
illustration created using felt tip pens and water. It looks like made with watercolor paints!

I'm planning to use this illustration as a gift card, what do you think?

Let me know if you liked this tutorial, and have fun experimenting!