Hey friends! Today, I’ve got a different kind of post to share. So far, all of my posts have been bullet journal-related, and the Crafts and DIYs category has remained empty. This post is going to fix that!
In this little tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to use Tombow Dual Brush pens to create a gorgeous, watercolor-style splash that you can use to decorate almost anything. Ready? Let’s get crafting!
I bought my first Tombow about seven months ago, and ever since then I have been researching, experimenting, and practicing nonstop. The “Tombow Watercolor Splash,” as I’ve been calling it, is a trick I picked up a little while ago and absolutely love. The finished product can be used for pretty much anything—bullet journal spreads, snail mail, scrapbooks, notebook or binder covers, posters, etc.—and it’s super easy. Here’s what it will look like once you’ve finished:
I can’t wait to share this little tutorial with you all!
Supplies you’ll need:
- Paper—the thicker the better
- Tombow Dual Brush pens—pick a few colors that go nicely together; in case you were wondering, the mint Tombow I’m using is number 243, the pink one is 772, and the purple is 665
- A plastic surface—I’ll be using the Tombow blending palette, but any plastic surface will do (a flat plastic container, a baggie…)
- A spray bottle with water in it
Note: I bought both the blending palette and spray bottle in the Tombow blending kit.
Alright, now that we have all of our materials, it’s time to get started!
Step 1: Color your palette
The first step is to color little swatches on your palette with your Tombows. The size of the swatches doesn’t really matter, as all of the colors will be blended together in the next steps.
Step 2: Spray your palette
Use a spray bottle to spray the palette from about half a foot away—the more water on the palette, the lighter the colors will be, so try not to spray too much or too little. As you spray, the colors will start to run together.
Step 3: Lightly rub your paper against the palette
Pick up your paper, press it down on the blending palette, and slide it around a bit. You could also press the palette against the paper rather than pressing the paper on the palette—I haven’t seen any noticeable difference. If not enough color rubbed off onto the paper, repeat this step as many times as necessary.
Step 4: Remove and let dry
Remove the paper and let it dry—it should only take about two minutes or so.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Now, all you have to do is use your beautiful new creation! Here are some ideas for how to use it:
- decorate a page in your bullet journal, diary, school notebook, or scrapbook
- spice up your snail mail or birthday cards
- decorate the cover of a notebook or binder
- make your own inspirational poster—simply cover your design with a lettered quote or message and hang it somewhere you’ll see it often
Need more inspiration on how to use your new design? Click on the pictures in the gallery below to see some of the things I’ve come up with.
How did you use your Tombow watercolor splash? Should I do more mini craft tutorials like this one? Let me know in the comments below!