Easy Watercolor Stamping

By  Jennie Black (  for  My Creative Classroom

Here's a quick and easy way to get a watercolor look using five markers and five small stamps.

  • Watering Can Watercolor
  • Closeup View
  • Watering Can Step 1
  • Watering Can Step 2
  • Watering Can Step 3
  • Watering Can Step 4
  • Foliage Step 1
  • Foliage Step 2
  • Pink Flowers
  • Yellow Flowers
  • Variations
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  • Watercolor paper
  • Coordinating card base
  • Marvy Uchida LePlume II Markers Numbers 20 (Magenta), 45 (Sepia), 43 (Brilliant Yellow), 96 (Jungle Green), 17 (Steel Blue)


  • Art Impressions Stamps (wood-mounted or cling): LG Watering Can (G2058), Small Vine (BB206), Leaves (A893), Teeny Tiny Grass (AAA1374), Lillies (B2431)
  • Small acrylic blocks (if using cling stamps)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Plastic paint palette
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • small cup or tub of water, scrap paper or sticky notes for masking, paper towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • Preparation
  • 1. Add ink to palette using brush tip of markers #45, #17, #96.
  • 2. Paint each portion of image as follows:
  • Watering Can
  • 1. Apply #45 Sepia marker onto watering can stamp; color directly onto stamp.

    Watering Can Step 1
  • 2. Stamp image onto watercolor paper.

    Watering Can Step 2
  • 3. Gently pull small amount of color from sides of stamped image towards center.

    Watering Can Step 3
  • 4. Using slightly damp paintbrush, pick up some #17 Steel Blue ink from paint palette and add to image. Start strokes from inside edge of each line.

    Watering Can Step 4
  • 5. If necessary, use slightly damp paintbrush to pick up some #45 Sepia ink from paint palette and add small amount of shading, again pulling from each line towards center. Let dry.
  • 6. Add two stripes using #45 Sepia with less water to provide darker shade of same color.
  • Grass Base
  • 1. Using damp brush, add light layer of #96 Jungle Green over the area where grass will be added. Let dry.
  • 2. After green base has dried, color marker directly onto Teeny Tiny Grass stamp with #96 Jungle Green marker. Randomly stamp onto grass base two times before re-inking. Repeat as desired. Gently touch each grass clump with slightly damp paintbrush to soften grass blades, pulling upward.
  • Foliage
  • 1. Mask watering can using a piece of paper or sticky note. Color #96 Jungle Green marker directly onto Small Vine stamp. Stamp onto watercolor paper as desired. (Note: you do not need to use the entire stamp, you can just ink up portion of stamp for smaller piece of foliage.) Stamp three times or as desired.

    Foliage Step 1
  • 2. Using slightly wet brush, collect tiny amount of #96 Jungle Green from paint palette and fill in any unwanted white areas. Some white space is fine. Gently touch each leaf with slightly damp brush to soften each leaf.

    Foliage Step 2
  • Pink Flowers
  • 1. Move mask up to cover foliage
  • 2. Using Leaves stamp (or other small flower stamp), ink stamp by directly coloring #20 Magenta onto stamp. Depending on amount of ink used, you may be able to stamp twice before re-inking. Stamp pink flower across top of foliage approximately four to six times.
  • 3. Gently touch each flower with slightly damp brush to soften each petal. If image becomes overly diluted, wait for it to dry and stamp image on top of it again. It does not need to align perfectly.

    Pink Flowers
  • Yellow Flowers
  • 1. Move mask to cover part of pink flowers. Leave some pink showing to stamp in the valleys between pink flowers.
  • 2. Ink Lillies stamp (or other tall thin stamp) with #43 Brilliant Yellow on flower portion and #96 Jungle green on stems. Gently touch each flower with slightly damp brush. If flower becomes overly diluted, let dry and re-stamp another image right on top. It does not need to be perfectly aligned.

    Yellow Flowers
  • Sky
  • 1. Using damp brush, collect some #17 steel blue ink from paint palette. Paint background, being careful not to add too much water or wetness near flowers to avoid bleeding into sky.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Sign your image, as it's your artwork!
  • 2. To create card, trim image to slightly smaller than card; mat to card front.
  • Tip
  • 1. Be sure to use just a tiny bit of wetness on your paintbrush to prevent over diluting your images. If you over dilute your image, it's okay. You can stamp your image again right over the previous one. Just let it dry, then re-stamp. That's one awesome thing about watercolor stamping... it's easy and very forgiving. It becomes very addictive and a fun way to make up a lot of card toppers in a short time. Plus, you can use any of your small single image stamps. Have fun!