How to Blend Water Color Markers

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Blending watercolor markers is a necessary part of working with them. Without blending, color streaks will appear and there will be harsh definition between colors. With blending, the colors merge together nicely to create a watercolor effect that is soft and beautiful. There are several ways to blend watercolor markers together, and each method has its benefits and drawbacks. Choose your favorite method after trying a few different blending techniques on a scrap piece of paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Watercolor markers
  • Blending pen
  • Small container
  • Paint brush
  • Cardstock or glossy paper
  • Small heat gun
  • Plastic lid
  • Blend the colors immediately after applying the color to the paper. This is most important when working with porous paper. When working on glossy paper the blending is easier because the ink does not absorb into the paper as quickly.

  • Take the blending pen and gently rub over the lines between the colors on the paper to blend. The blending pen is essentially a pen filled with water that helps draw two different colors together to eliminate lines. This kind of blending does not blend two different colors together as well, but it does help achieve a soft watercolor look.

  • Dip a paint brush in water and brush the paint brush over the colors on the paper. This will help mimic the appearance of real water colors. With enough water, colors should blend easily. The drawback with this method is that the paper can get too wet and tear, or take forever to dry.

  • Scribble the markers onto a plastic lid. Scribble enough color so that the surface of the lid is wet. Take another color and scribble it on another section of the lid. Take a paint brush and drop a few drops of water onto the surface of the lid.

  • Blend the two colors together and use the paintbrush to apply the color to the paper. This is the most effective way of blending two separate watercolor marker colors together. Take care not to dilute the colors with too much water. The colors should be soft, but not washed out.

  • Dry a blended watercolor image quickly by heating the surface with a small heat gun. This will cause the water to evaporate quickly. This is especially important on glossy paper as the colors can easily bleed and smudge before the paper dries.

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