Creating Backgrounds with Tombow Dual Brush Pens 2.0

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The fun with Tombow Dual Brush Pens is still going strong! We are halfway through the week with more inspiration coming your way. Our contributor team is having a great time creating with these ‘brush lettering pens’ and we still have plenty of tricks up our sleeves.


If you missed the other posts so far, you have some catch up to do:

  1. Coloring on Watercolor paper
  2. Creating Watercolor Backgrounds

Today, Thanh Vo, is going to be showing you how she creates a beautifully blended background to create several cards at a time.

About the markers, Thanh says:

For many years, I’ve been eyeing the Dual Brush pens and saw over and over again how so many different people would create beautiful things with them. I was inspired, but also scared. Being a self declared perfectionist, I normally don’t dabble into things unknown, lol. I’m glad to say that part of the fun was actually experimenting with the markers and seeing just how many different ways I could create backgrounds with all the colours!

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To create the watercolor brush stoke look, Thanh laid down the colors of the rainbow from the Bright Palette set on an clear acetate sheet that is a little larger than an A2 regular card. Thanh continues:

It’s so quick and easy! All you have to do is scribble and overlap the colors so they bleed into each other and blend well on to the cardstock.

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The next step is to use a spray bottle and lightly mist the acetate sheet with all the colors. See that beady look? Yup, that’s what it’s supposed to look like!

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Take your piece of cardstock or watercolor paper and smoosh it up against the acetate sheet. Press firmly. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re doing this on a surface that can easily be washed off or that you won’t mind getting messy.

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Thanh has a confession:

So… I didn’t actually have any watercolor paper on me when I was creating. I ended up using a heavy cardstock instead, but don’t worry – it all works out in the end. The cardstock will curve and will need to dry. You may quicken the drying time by running your cardstock underneath a heat gun. Your cardstock may still be a bit warped, but you will be adhering that down onto your card base and it will straighten out.

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The Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner has been a favorite of Thanh’s for years! It’s light and compact and perfect for taking on the go.Sweet Tombow Dual Brush Tutorial 12 Thanh wm

Here’s another ‘galaxy/starry night’ themed background that Thanh created. Now she has several of these lying around to be made into cards for the future.

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Some final thoughts from Thanh on creating these backgrounds:

I’m bad at this myself, but sometimes you just gotta go with the flow and have fun! Get messy because there is no ‘right way’ of creating these backgrounds using these markers!

What did you think; does it look easy enough? What are some other colorful combinations can you think of and what themes would you create?

Don’t forget – the Tombow team is playing along with us this week, too! Follow @TombowUSA on Instagram for more inspiration and of course, if you don’t follow Sweet already, here’s our Instagram, too.

Make sure you come back tomorrow for more inspiration! Make it a great day.

Supplies Used:
Sweet Stamp Shop
Birthday Sentiments
Life is Sweet
Starry Night
Sticky Paws

Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
Mono Permanent Adhesive Applicator

One Response to Creating Backgrounds with Tombow Dual Brush Pens 2.0

  1. margessw says:

    It looks pretty easy so I’ll try it out. And the result is so amazing, the colors are so bright !

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