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. 
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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. Kellie Snow says:


  2. Beth Merrill says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try this technique!

  3. Fabulous idea for a simply and effective background! I love that!
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration and for the chance to win!

  4. Such a clever design! Great way to show off your rainbow colours!

  5. So bright. Love this technique

  6. Julie Wexler says:

    Lisa, what a bright, fun, mod design, and so doable! Can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks so much for the therapy inspiration! Be Well

  7. I love the simplicity of this… it’s something I could totally manage and it turned out so beautifully. Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. Patty A Eifert says:

    This card is awesome!! I can’t water color worth a hoot, but I think I could handle this marking technique!! It is super colorful and cheerful and I thank you much for the great idea!!

    1. Love this technique!

  9. Michelle Patricia Anders says:

    Oh Wow!!! I would never have thought this design as a background. Just shows you to have fun and throw nothing away in our cardmaking.

  10. Cyndi Morris says:

    I love that beautiful, colorful card. What a fun technique.

  11. Lisa, this really appeals to me! I love the vibrancy of the Altenew watercolours. Thank you so much for your video. This is maybe something even I can do. I’m certainly going to give it a try. Loose watercolouring of any sort always catches my eye.

  12. Luanne Ford says:

    This is amazingly creative! Just perfect!,

  13. barbara lassiter says:

    This is clever and I want to try it as soon as I finish my current project! Today I’ve been watercoloring with Twinkling H20″s making a birthday card for a friend in my church who will be 100 years old soon. I’m doing a floral design and thought it would be fun if her card were shiny and sparkly. So far, so good! You know how it is with watercolor(well maybe you don’t know), I usually mess up near the end! Lol! Take care of yourself!

  14. Annette Gordon says:

    I really like cards like this! So fun, and you don’t need very much supplies. My kind of card!

  15. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome background with these vivid colors! Beautiful card!

  16. Such a bright and cheery card. Great idea to decorate the inside with a strip of the color. It’s lovely.

  17. Lindsey F says:

    What a fun way to get to know a watercolor palette aNd get a background as well.

  18. Laura Long says:

    Very colorful! You make it look easy and fun and relaxing!

  19. Anushree Vaish says:

    Completely enjoyed your post …I was showing this to my 9 year old daughter who loves crafting,wonderful idea of creating background…Thanks for sharing!!

  20. How unique and colorful! Vibrant!

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