Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hi there and thanks so much for joining me on the Altenew x Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog hop! I’m so glad you’re here.

I think we can all use some watercolor therapy right now — who’s with me? I’ve got a clean and simple card along with a video to share featuring one of my favorite techniques: mark making. Check it out:

Here’s the finished card so you can see it better!

I love those cheery rainbow colors, but you could also do this in a monochrome — blue would be so soothing.

There are no mistakes with this technique — for example, I dropped my brush and messed up one of my panels and then just cut a strip of it to use for the inside of the card: problem solved.

A few tips and tricks:

  • Trim a stack of paper to the size of a card front so you have a bunch ready to go. Once I get in the flow of it I just don’t want to stop.
  • Go for the biggest brushes you own. This will help you quickly cover a card and will also give you juicier blends. I used this large flat brush that’s about a half inch wide.
  • The marks you make will change with the shape of the brush — can’t wait to try it again with a filbert and a round.
  • Try loading your brush with clean water and making a stroke next to a mark you’ve already made — it’s so cool to see watercolors working their magic!
  • Think about the placement of the colors so you don’t get a muddy mix — for example, orange next to blue will give you brown.
  • Put on music or a podcast and color away.

That’s it!


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away a goodie bag(worth $30) to 4 lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 5/6/2020 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on 5/9/2020.

Special Offer

Altenew has two special offers for you!

  • 5/1/2020-5/3/2020: 40% off the Wonderful Watercoloring Class Bundle from 5/1/2020 at 12:01 AM EDT until 5/3/2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. Shop HERE! Not valid on previous purchases. 
  • 5/3/2020-5/4/2020: 20% off *All Alcohol Markers from 5/3/2020 at 12:01 AM ED until 5/4/2020 at 11:59 PM EDT.  Shop HERE! Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes Artist Marker Refills.

Hop On!

Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Isha Gupta — I can’t wait to see what she’s made! Here’s the full list:


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Thanks so much for joining us and hope everyone stays safe out there! If you try this technique I’d love to see what you make — tag me over on instagram (@sideoats) so I can see! xo

92 Replies to “Altenew + The Daily Marker Watercolor Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway”

  1. Lynn Young says:

    I love this, what a great way to relax and play, and the fact that you end up with a really joyful card makes it all the better.

  2. Lisascreativeniche says:

    How very pretty! I love the eclectic background!

  3. Amber Bissonnette says:

    So colourful, I love it- what a fun technique

  4. Jeane Campbell says:

    This would be a great project to do with the kiddos as an intoduction to water coloring. No mistakes made here. Making Mother’s Day cards made easy. Thanks for the idea. Staying home, crafting, reading, blog hopping and staying safe. Take care you all!

  5. So colourful!

  6. Danyelle Dillon says:

    Are these water colors tubs easy to use? You make it look easy. I have never been good at water coloring. I tend to use too much water. I would love to get better at it as I think it is so beautiful on cards. You picked some very lovely and bright colors! Love the card!

  7. Adonya S. says:

    What a fun, fresh idea! Thank you for the inspiration! I just love Altenew products!!!

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