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How to Create Gorgeous Watercolor Florals Using Mildliners

By: Artist Ambassador Courtney Bray
Hello there!  I’m Courtney from @tulippoplarco! I love creating watercolor paintings, but today I want to share a secret with you!  You can get that beautiful watercolor look with your Zebra Mildliners! I’m going to walk you through the process step-by-step on how to create a faux watercolor floral painting!

Materials needed:

*Mildliners
*Zensations Technical Drawing pen

*Zebra pencil and eraser

*Watercolor paper
*Watercolor brush (I used a Princeton round size 8)
*Water and paper towel
**Optional: Sarasa pens for added detail

Step 1

Sketch out your floral using your Zebra pencil. I chose to go with Zinnias since they are fun and easy!  I love doing a grouping in odd numbers (three for this one) and including lots of leaves or foliage!

Step 2

Trace over your pencil with your Technical Drawing pen. These pens are bleed-proof, so they won’t bleed into your Mildliners when water is added!  This is crucial! Also, don’t forget to erase your pencil lines when you are finished.

Step 3

Lay down blocks of various colors using the Mildliner markers. I recommend using a couple (or few) colors to add dimension and depth to your “painting.” Do not worry about filling in all of the white space.  Also, I worked with only one flower (or a few leaves) at a time so all of the colors would not bleed together once I added water.

Step 3

 Add water to the area where you added marker.  Use your brush to move the marker around to fill in all of the white space and allow the colors to blend.

Step 5

Continue adding marker and water to the rest of the painting.  If one area is still wet, I generally try to move to a dry area so that my colors do not bleed too much. Use this method to work your way around the painting. As long as you do not add a ton of water, your painting will dry pretty quickly!

Step 6

Once the painting is completely dry, you can go back and add details (like veins in your leaves or flowers, darken areas of interest, add extra shading, or highlight the center of your flower) with your Mildliners or Sarasa pens!

Step 7

 Admire your work!  You can hang it up or gift it to a friend!  These would make great cards and this method could also be used for journaling!

8 Heartfelt DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

 

While it’s important to show appreciation for our loved ones year-round, Valentine’s Day offers us a special opportunity to treat them to something special. Flowers, jewelry and chocolates are great, but the best gifts come straight from the heart and not from the store. It is incredibly impactful to spend time and effort on something rather than simply buying it. Show your friends, family and loved ones how much you care by creating your own Valentine’s Day gifts. Use these tips for inspiration to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with memorable, cost efficient gifts.

Handmade Cards

Creating handmade cards is a personal, fun and inexpensive way to show someone you care without breaking the bank. Be as creative and personal as you like by designing your own cards from start to finish. Pick high quality stationary, stickers and other finishing touches and use Zebra Zensations brush pens to hand letter your own messages. Use an inside joke, a meaningful quote or a heartfelt message to complete a card they will hold onto forever.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your skin while relaxing and practicing selfcare. While there are many sugar scrubs to choose from, they’re super easy to personalize and make at home. Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar, ½ cup of coconut oil, and essential oils of your choice into a decorative jar. Lavendar, peppermint, chamomile and tea tree all have calming effects and are ideal for unwinding. Decorate the jar with ribbon, twine, or a colorful handmade label using Zensations fineliners. Enjoy for smoother, healthier skin.

Book/Bookmark

There’s nothing quite like the gift of knowledge and enlightenment. Give your significant other a book about a subject or person that interests them, and pair it with a handmade, heartfelt bookmark. Hand letter a phrase, encouraging message, or illustrate a unique design. Laminate the bookmark when you’re done so your partner can use it for years to come.

Candle

Candles can help create a sense of calm, peace and serenity that is invaluable during a busy week. Grab a friend and attend a local candle making workshop for a fun activity that results in the perfect gift for a friend or significant other. They are also easy to make at home, using scents, containers and sizes of your choice.

Soap

Soap is a pleasant, practical and cost-efficient gift that keeps on giving. The color, scent and shape combinations are practically endless, giving you plenty of creative freedom to make soap for significant others, friends, family and coworkers.

Shadow Box

Our lives are made up of tons of tiny defining moments, and the same can be said for our friendships and romantic relationships. Celebrate the little things in a big way by creating a shadow box craft. Purchase a shadow box from a local craft store, and fill it with small, meaningful objects including ticket stubs, photos, and other sentimental things that signify your relationship.

Homemade Sweets

Store bought candies, cookies or other sweets are great when you’re pressed for time, but homemade treats mean even more. Baking gives you an opportunity to create many gifts at once, making it perfect for a large group of friends or an office setting. Package your baked goods in festive bags or boxes and enjoy.

Bath Bombs

In our busy lives, taking the time to relax and reconnect with yourself is invaluable. Bath bombs are a staple of selfcare, which makes them a perfect gift for anyone on your list. Bath bombs can be easily made at home, and can include all natural ingredients and essential oils. Use heart shaped molds to create perfect gifts for a group of friends.

Cards for Kids

Making Holiday Cards with Kids

With the holiday season upon us once again, now is the perfect time to snuggle up inside and get to crafting! Holiday cards are essential for all your loved ones. There is almost no better way to express gratitude and season’s greetings to another person than with a handmade card with your kids. Zebra Pen has made the job of crafting a heartwarming card beyond easy with their colorful products like Sarasa Gel Pens , Sarasa Fineliner Pens , Cadoozles Starters  or the Super Marble Gel Pens.

Use this instructional video as a source of inspiration or follow along to create your own cards with you kids!

Reindeer Greeting Card

• Cut three ovals from tan felt
• Glue felt ovals to card surface
• Use brown Cadoozle Colored Pencil to make antlers
• Adhere purchased eyes to top part of felt ovals
• Glue buttons as nose for reindeer
• Write seasonal message on bottom with Cadoozles Colored Pencils

 


 


Metallic Joy Card

• Start with dark colored paper (this helps the Super Marble Gel pen show metallic colors)
• Find space toward left or right side of paper to start silhouette
• Trace snowflake with Super Marble Gel pens (or any seasonal image) onto paper
• Make small pattern like lines or shapes inside the silhouette
• Start from center and work toward outside edge (like in snowflake example)
• Draw or glue custom holiday phrase on side of page opposite your drawing

 


 


Christmas Carol Card

• Draw music bars on page with black SARASA Gel pen
• Glue buttons for the words with spaces between each
• Glue green and red colored buttons as notes
• Add note bars as in video example (Use black or colored SARASA Gel pens)
• Under each button along bottom with SARASA black pen: “We wish you a Mer-ry Christ-mas”

 


 


Ornament Greetings Card

• Draw circles or shapes on page with SARASA Fineline markers
• Color-in with designs and holiday patterns with Cadoozles colored pencils and SARASA Fineline markers
• Glue one ornament with a button (optional)
• Draw lines from ornament towards top of page with Black SARASA Fineliner marker
• Add small loops at top of ornament with two loops to look like the string is tied
• Write seasonal message on bottom with Cadoozles Colored Pencils