Water colouring with Derwent graphik pens + Video

Hi all! As promised here’s a post & video to show you how I use my new toys, the Derwent Graphik line pens, to watercolour my flower stamps on a dark distress inked background. I also compared these markers with other pigment/dye ink markers I have. AND I just received the whole 20 colour box set so you’ll get to see all the colours they come in too! Here’s a short video of the unboxing.

 I ordered it on Amazon in Germany and it cost me 47€, so about 2,47€ a pen. But today I’ll be showing you how I water coloured with 3 of the first 4 I got, as I made the video the day before I received the whole set. I used Altenew’s Tulip stamp set in today’s card and Wilted Violets Distress Oxide ink for the background, as I wanted to show how the markers showed up against a dark background. I wasn’t really thinking about colour coordination but it somehow came out ok no?

Derwent tulip.jpg I used Paradise, Snow and Fingers (really Fingers?? who’s fingers are green??) pens on the tulips. The sentiment comes from Stamplorations and it was cut from scraps of my try outs with the marker pens! The oval panel was diecut using Sizzix oval dies. Unfortunately I can’t write straight to save my life so the hand scripted “you’re” is all lopsided… I should have used a stamp… but as a dear friend once said: “As least we know its hand made!” LoL!

Derwent tulip cu

Here’s a close up of the card where the water reacted with the distress oxide background when I spritzed it, but left my tulips untouched. You can blend them when they’re wet but once these inks are dry, they don’t react to water!  The ink sprays in the background were made with these markers too.

So here’s the video of the painting of the tulips using these markers. This is not a lesson in water colouring as I’m no expert, having just started just a few months ago. I’ll just be sharing with you another way I found to watercolour with it.

So I hope you liked my card and the video tutorial and please give it a “thumbs up” and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so already.

Thanks for popping by today and I would love to know what you think of this method!


I’m sharing this card over at:

Altenew Altenew inspiration challenge – I love the colours and image Sveta chose this month!

the flower challenge The Flower Challenge – I went with Distress inks, watercolour & diecuts

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Stamp It…which I did!

my creative scoop Color Inspiration Monday – Create anything hand coloured




8 thoughts on “Water colouring with Derwent graphik pens + Video

  1. What a gorgeous work of art you’ve created….again! I really love the colors and how it has all sorts of fabulous splatter details. I like how there are colored spritzes on the white, and then white splotches on the purple. I think it came together beautifully and I had to laugh at your write-up about writing crooked! I thought the “you’re” that you wrote looked whimsical and I liked the position of it. I never would’ve known that you’d written it crooked on accident! And hey- as a former junior high English teacher, I’m just thrilled when anyone uses the right kind of “you’re”! Thank you for sharing such a lovely project and for your continued support of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges!

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  2. Such a great card Gwendolyn, love those bright vivid colours and pretty Tulips. Love your video’s too, well done…and now I want yet more ‘stuff’ lol. Thanks for sharing with us over at ‘The Flower Challenge’ and we hope to see you again soon 😉 Viv DT xx

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