A is for Aquamarkers

Hello and welcome! Today we kick off The A – Z of Artful Journaling proper with A is for Aquamarkers.

In the previous post, we looked at using watercolour paint to create beautiful backgrounds on which to journal. Letraset Aquamarkers also work really well for this.

The advantages of Letraset Aquamarkers¬†are that they’re water-based, light-fast, acid free and easy to transport. The disadvantage is that Letraset no longer makes them, but there is good news: Winsor & Newton have picked up the baton. Their version is called the Pigment Marker.

So, how do you use them?

Start by scribbling some of the ink onto your palette. (A ceramic palette works well for this, as it stops the ink beading and doesn’t stain.) Use the big brush tip as this will lay down colour better than the smaller bullet tip. Do this with all the colours you’ve chosen. Add some water to each colour. You can use your brush to plop it on, or you can use a spray bottle.

Next, pick up some clean water with your brush and spread it onto your journal page in the places you want the colour to go. You could also spray water on. Now, with a clean brush, pick up your colours one at a time, and dob them about on the page until you’re happy. You can either leave it to dry, or use a hairdryer or heat tool.

To add a bit of texture and interest to the page, you can splatter on colour. Pick up one of your colours with your brush, then tap it sharply against another brush so that the splatters fall onto the paper. You can tap it against your finger, but this can be painful! Go ahead and dry it again.

Another advantage of Aquamarkers is that they have a small bullet nib on one end. You can use this for drawing or making marks. One of the great things about this is that, by default, your doodles and marks will be in the same colour family as your background. If you like, you can then soften or blend your doodles by going over them with a watery brush, as they’ll re-dissolve when they come into contact with water again.

So there you have it: how to use Aquamarkers to create lovely soft backgrounds for your journaling.

In the next post we’ll be looking at another A: Acrylics.

Now it’s over to you. Have you used Aquamarkers before? Have you achieved this look with other markers? Let’s chat in the comments.

Bye for now!

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