Friday, September 20, 2019

Watercolor Marker Refills Three Ways + Giveaway

I have a giant problem with watercolor mediums. And by that I mean I'm running out of room for all the ones I want. 

I love nothing more than I love a refill for a product I have, and Altenew came out with refills for their watercolor brush markers, so I thought I'd challenge myself to do anything but refill the markers with them. They are so saturated and they match the inks so perfectly, it's fun to mix and mingle them. 

First up - a card just using the refills on my craft mat and a water brush. I used this stamp set with the  Rubellite, Rouge, Ruby Red, Limeade and Lime refills after stamping these in Fadeout Ink. The sentiment is from the same set.

But using exactly the same watercolor refill colors mixed with white acrylic paint, I got a totally different result! I love the range of color I got. The sentiment is again from the same set

The refills are also great for ink smooshing though. I did these to show you how closely they coordinate with their inks! I stamped the bird from this set multiple times in Purple Wine, to darken the layering pieces of the bird, and then stamped the head in Lagoon. I used those same refills in the background to pull it all together. The sentiment is from this set as well. I dropped the refill on my craft mat and then sprayed it with a mix of water and Perfect Pearls before dipping my watercolor paper into it to pick it up - you can see a bit of the shimmer.

 I did the same thing with the leftovers on my craft mat and used this beautiful sort of baroque set for a design element. The sentiment is from here.
 Here are all the new refills they released!



So now for two giveaways! If you leave me a comment, you'll be entered for a $15 gift card to Altenew! They are also giving away a $30 gift card drawn from all commenters! Winners will be announced on their blog on 9/27! Leave your comment by 9/25 to be eligible. I'd love to hear what your favorite water media techniques are!

Altenew Latest Release
[ ALTN ]
Baroque Motifs Stamp Set — Altenew
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Birds of a Feather Stamp & Die Bundle...
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Bamboo Rose Stamp & Die Bundle — Altenew
[ ALTN ]
Ranger PERFECT PEARL Powder PPP17714...
[ SSS ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink — Altenew
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Purple Wine Crisp Dye Ink — Altenew
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Tsukineko VersaFine Clair NOCTURNE...
[ SSS | ELH ]
Liquitex Basics White Acrylic Paint
[ AMZUS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
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CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]


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57 comments:

  1. Brilliant rainbow colors. I "need" these refills.

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  2. Love the bottles of ink for refills.
    Should be an easy job to add more
    ink to your pens. Greet cards.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Very pretty projects! I love the brush markers!

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  4. As always, I am in awe of your use of watercolors!

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  5. Oh the colours! And the technique. You do the best things. Happy sigh <3

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  6. Hi Lydia, Mind blown here!! I never thought of mixing the watercolor refills with white paint...genius! What a different look it gives! Your bird card is amazing, just love the look of the smooshed ink background. Lastly, the fade out ink is new to me so I need to look into that further. Sounds awesome since it won't affect the adjoining colors! Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas!

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  7. These are amazing and so creative. I wouldn't have thought of mixing refills and acrylic paints but now I want to try. I'm so glad Altenew has these refills! Thank you!

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  8. So excited about the ink refills. Makes the markers such a good investment.

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  9. These are gorgeous cards and the techniques look like fun! Of course, one could always just use them as a refill, but I like your ideas. I don't have white acrylic paint, but do have white gouache and think this would work well, too! Thinking out of the box is a good thing and often lots of fun! :)

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  10. Beautiful creations with these lovely watercolors! I love the idea of mixing the watercolors with some white acrylic paint... awesome effect! I'll be trying that!

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  11. I love the effect of your watercoloring on the florals, especially on the first card.

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  12. I think these are great cards and show off some of the versatility of the refills. Thank you!

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  13. So, so pretty!! I LOVE how you used the watercolor on these!!

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  14. I love the water smooshing technique. I've only used traditional water colors... so I'm not very well versed in all the different types. Oh, I like water color pencils, too!

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  15. Very pretty cards ... love those backgrounds

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  16. I love the water color smooshing and the great sequin accents!

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  17. The things I learn from you! I didn't know you could mix watercolor and acrylic together, I love both. My favorite technique would be smooshing, you never know what you'll get.

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  18. I just love to paint! is that a technique?

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  19. Love your cards today!! My fav water color technique is smooshing! No matter what I do it still looks like it is supposed to look!!!😂

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  20. I love all things watercolor but am NOT good at any of it...still playing, practicing and HOPING! :D

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  21. There is just such great color on the smooshed cards - gorgeous!

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  22. Beautiful cards. My favourite is the second card, with the pink flowers. It is so pretty and artsy.

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  23. I’m excited as well...I don’t think any of the other prefilled watercolor brushes offer refills! Love all of your samples! But the smooshing definitely stole my heart!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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  24. I have to get these refills. Love your cards. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Perfect Pearls with watercolor upped the game, for sure :-D Beautiful effect with a die cut mirrored in similar colors.

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  26. Awesome cards!! Love the ink smooshing cards especially!

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  27. Beautiful cards! I love the smooched backgrounds.

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  28. Mixing with acrylic. What a neat idea.

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  29. Beautiful colors, beautiful work you did!

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  30. Love the vibrant colors! I am not so great with watercolors. Usually I resort to just simple smooshing.

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  31. Beautiful cards using refills! I love that you give so many ideas and new techniques with your cards.

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  32. I did not realize these colors could be mixed with acrylic paint. I don't do a lot with paint, but what a great way to add to my color choices. I love your smoothing. The colors are lovely.

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  33. Fun, gorgeous cards. I love the backgrounds on the last two. I'm so excited about these watercolor marker refills -- can't wait to try them.

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  34. Stunning creations, Lydia! Love them all, especially the last two with the smooshing! I think I might be able to do that!

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  35. I like that happy little bird! At least I think he's happy, and not looking back in panic at the shimmer watercolor storm coming his way!

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  36. Such bold and beautiful colors!! Thank you for showing so many of the different colors from different sets and techniques!The use with the acrylic paint was astonishing!

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  37. Amazing creations! I love the smooshing technique. I’m going to have to try that. Thanks for sharing. All the cards were great. I especially enjoyed the I’m here for You card.

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  38. Hi Lydia :) I'm gaining boldness and may step out soon and try your smoothing technique! I think I NEED to lose absolute control for my own benefit!!! Your cards are delightfully dynamic! Thanks for inspiring me :)

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  39. Absolutely brilliant watercoloring...LOVE your cards!

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  40. Fabulous cards. I love that I don't need to use them with the actual markers. Versatile products are my favourite!

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  41. LOVE the examples with the Perfect Pearls and ink smooshing, turned out gorgeous!!!!!!

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  42. I have a desk full of jars of waterbrush markers. I am crazy for them but I love Altenew the best. They are more vibrant and you dont have to use very much. Your cards are gorgeous as always!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  43. Fabulous cards. Love the bird card, so sweet.

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  44. Gorgeous cards. Do love the bird card, simple but beautiful!

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  45. Beautiful cards! Love your ink smooshing backgrounds.

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  46. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, Lydia! I really love the simplicity of those rose cards...so pretty! And that background you created by smooshing is just stunning! Thank you for sharing your awesome creativity with us!

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  47. Beautiful use of watercolors.
    Love the bird.

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  48. Simple and super beautiful! Love these colors! <3

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  49. Pretty and colorful card designs. I like the different looks you achieved on the first two.

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  50. Great cards, can't even decide which one I like that most. Love them all!

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