23 September 2019

VIDEO | Faux Watercolour Stamping with Arteza TwiMarkers

Hello there, today I have a card and tag to share with you using the faux watercolour stamping technique. Arteza kindly sent me their 48 pack of Sketch Twimarkers and I thought this technique would work really well with them.
The pens themselves are a dual ended water soluble ink pen. One end has a felt brush tip, the other a plastic fine-liner tip. The pens come in a pack of either 48 or 100. The 48 pack retails in the UK for £30.99 or in the US for $33.89. There is a good colour selection in the pack - lots of yellows and oranges, as well as pinks and a few reds. There are some lovely greens, turquoises and blues and a few purples. Although there a couple of greys and browns, this set is lacking in neutral tones, however, the 100 set does make up for this.
The pens are very versatile; they can be used for general writing, bullet journaling, brush lettering/calligraphy and colouring (however, I would say that their Real Brush Pens work better for this) but I wanted to try them in a different way today, and use their water soluble property to my advantage.

I started off my projects by taking the Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints and adding this into my MISTI. Taking three colours of the Arteza Sketch Twimarkers, I drew on the stamp adding the colour randomly across the whole stamp. I used Cerulean, Royal Purple and Burgundy, as I thought these colours would work well together.
I misted the stamp with water and then stamped it down on to Arteza Expert Watercolor Paper. I got a bright, bold impression on the snowflakes. I didn't want to waste the rest of the ink on the stamp, so I misted it again with water and stamped it again on more watercolour paper. This gave me a second generation of stamping and gave a lighter look, but the colours were still nice and vibrant.
Once the pieces were dry, I took the second generation stamping piece and stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts Winter Holiday Messages Stamp Set on top with black ink. I then adhered it flat to an A2 white card base with tape runner. I simply finished off the card with some Lucy's Cards Iridescent Jewels in the centres of the large snowflakes.
For the first generation stamping piece, I die cut the panel using the Hero Arts Tag Fancy Die. I took the sentiment from the Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree Stamp Set and stamped this on to Pitch Black Cardstock with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set, this was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added twine through the top.

Here is the video showing how I used the TwiMarkers for the faux watercolour stamping technique:

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Here are the links to what I have used on the card and tag. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
In conclusion, I really do like the Arteza Sketch TwiMarkers. I think they are great value for money. I like that I can use them for different techniques and the 48 set does have a pretty good colour selection. They do blend with water for colouring (as you can see in my swatch photo above) but I do not think they blend as well as the Arteza Real Brush Pens. If you were looking to use them purely for colouring, I would go with the Real Brush Pens rather than these, but as with all water based ink, the paper that you use does make a difference in the results that you will achieve.
If you like the look of the pens and want to make a purchase, I do have a code for my readers for 10% off any order made on the Arteza US Website or on the Arteza UK/EU Website before 25th November 2019. Use the code: MichelleShort3
Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day!


  1. Fabulous tutorial Michelle for a fabulous couple of great ideas. Thank you for the inspiration xx

  2. Interesting use of the markers & a pretty card! Thanks for the idea!

  3. Loved your video Michelle and I think the markers worked brilliantly for this technique. The second generation stamping still has enough depth to be really pretty and I love the colours you chose. Beautiful projects 💕💕💕


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