Creating Backgrounds with Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Welcome back, readers! This is our second post in our week-long collaboration with Tombow USA. If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check out Mamie’s sweet shaker card.


We’re talking ALL about backgrounds today and  our contributor, Mayra Duran-Hernandez shows you a super easy AND quick technique to create your own marbled watercolor backgrounds using those fabulous Brush Pens.

Even though Mayra had never tried the Tombow markers before, they completely resonated with her:

“Let me be honest: I am in LOVE with these markers!”


Mayra Tombow 1

This is how Mayra created her backgrounds:

  • I added a bit of color to my water color base cardstock 
  • I then sprayed some water from a small spray bottle directly on the paper and the bits of color
  • I let them dry and added a couple more bits of color to deepen the tone
  • You can do this until you achieve the look you are going for. 

Mayra Queen Tombow Card wm

As you can see in the above photo, you can continue adding color to create a unique background for each card! Light or dark – it’s totally up to your creativity!

Mayra Believe Princess Tombow Card wm

As you may have been able to guess, Mayra is a huge fan of the princesses and villains collection and the backgrounds she created for the images are perfect.

Mayra Dragon Tombow Card wm

We think this is a technique that can easily be replicated for multiple cards and different projects. Is this something you’d love to try? Stay tuned next week – we may be doing a giveaway!

To see more of Mayra’s work, check out her Instagram. If you’d like to see more inspiration and see videos, head on over to our Facebook page.

See you tomorrow for more inspiration using Tombow’s products.

Supplies Used:
Sweet Stamp Shop
Believe Princess

Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
Mono Permanent Adhesive Applicator

Tutorial: Create Backgrounds with Water Based Markers

One Response to Creating Backgrounds with Tombow Dual Brush Pens

  1. margessw says:

    This is a great and easy technique. I love these watercolor backgrounds so much so I’m definitely gonna try !!

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