Altenew + The Daily Marker Color Therapy Blog Hop & Giveaway

by - November 18, 2019


Hello beautiful people! Today's blog hop is extra exciting because Altenew has partnered with Kathy Racoosin and The Daily Marker to bring you inspiration from lots of artists and makers, and prizes to boot! I colored up a couple of my favorite images from Altnew today using two different techniques. My favorite medium (at the moment) is watercolor. I've been slowly learning by watching YouTube videos and tons of practice. But, when I went to The Daily Marker road trip at Lawn Fawn in September, Kathy gave some great tips on using (SHARP) colored pencils on top of alcohol ink markers so I knew I wanted to use that technique today, too. 


First up, we've got this daisy from the Flower Garden. I love the movement of the petals and how they radiate from the center. I chose to use Altenew Artists Markers in the Summer Afternoon set of colors. These colors range from a very pale yellow to a medium brown color. When I was learning color combinations with alcohol ink markers I was always afraid to mix color families like yellow and brown, but it really does make all the difference in making a piece look more realistic.


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and Kathy from The Daily Maker is also giving away her 5”x7” original watercolor artwork(including a custom frame). Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by 11/22/2019 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 blogs on 11/24/2019.

After I added the base color and some details with the markers, I used colored pencils to shade in some depth to the petals. This allows a feeling of movement and dimension throughout the image. However, this would not be a Kathy Racoosin coloring event if I didn't mention to MAKE SURE YOUR PENCILS ARE SHARP. And Kathy's version of "sharp" differed from my version until she showed me what she meant, so be sure to check out her blog for more info on that!


My next image also comes from the Flower Garden stamp set. This stamp set is especially great for coloring since there are several outline floral images included. This time I used the Altenew watercolor pan set to create a softer, less detailed image.

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This small rose is my favorite of the entire set. I love that it includes a small leaf coming off of the stem and that the petals in the center are still mostly closed in while the outer petals are fully bloomed. It gives such an interesting shape that I find so beautiful. To begin, I use a watercolor pan with full pigment (meaning almost no water added) to outline the base of one petal. I then dip the brush in clean water, dab it lightly on a paper towel, and drag some of that pigment up petal. I repeat this process 3-4 times for each petal, always ending with mostly water and very little pigment. That's how I create the pretty faded look to the petals.


I hope that you've enjoyed learning a little bit about the techniques I used today. If you haven't yet, be sure to play along with #thedailymarker30day challenge on Instagram! We're on day 18 today. Be sure to leave a comment on each stop along the hop today for your chance to win one of many prizes today. Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Anna Komenda.
You can find the full hop list just below the supply links below. Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

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52 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing the great technique!! Your colored blooms are so beautiful!

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  2. Wow beautiful coloring and shading!

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  3. Beautiful and some very useful techniques.

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  4. These do look beautiful and your tips are great. Thanks!

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  5. Beautiful! I love your heat embossing technique for watercoloring!

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  6. Your coloring is so beautiful! I'm still working on blending techniques.

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  7. Beautiful coloring! I don’t have markers, but I’m eager to get out my watercolors, seeing your wonderful inspiration!!

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  8. Beautiful! I love using colored pencils for the detailed work and markers for the coloring and some shading.

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  9. Love the color!
    I’ve just started to work with watercolors...wish me luck lol
    Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  10. These flowers are fabulous and your coloring so pretty!

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  11. Great tip - I never thought of combining the pencil crayons with the markers for that sharp detail!

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  12. I love seeing coloring with these markers as I have them and need some prodding to use them more.

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  13. Sharp !! Yes i can understand everyone's "sharp" may differ! I loved how you have colored both the flowers with different techniques they look beautiful.

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  14. Those flowers look beautiful. The rose is so soft and pretty.

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  15. I love watercoloring and Altenew’s colors seem so vibrant. Love both of these stamps and your expertise in coloring!

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  16. Your flowers look like stained glass. Gorgeous. I am signing up for Kathy's blog right now! (yours too!)

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  17. I love your colouring of the two flowers using different mediums!! They look so awesome!!

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  18. I love your two flowers. Each one has it’s own different effect, both gorgeous!! I will check out Kathy’s blog about the sharpness of a pencil. I feel like I am always sharpening!!

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  19. Like you, I love that rose. Thank you for explaining how you came to water color the beautiful petals. I hope you show us the final project sometime soon

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  20. Your coloring is so pretty & I appreciate all the coloring tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. The Daisy and the Rose are so pretty and your coloring shows depth. Great tips!

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  22. This hop is just wonderful! So many beautiful pieces of art!

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  23. Love your flowers. Two very different techniques - and both are great. Thank you.

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  24. Thank you for the tips on how to use watercolors.

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  25. I love the yellow! Gorgeous florals, both of them!

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  26. love your coloring esp the alcohol marker color blend

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  27. I haven't tried colored pencils over alcohol markers, but I will now. Very nice effect! Beautiful!

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  28. Your flowers are beautiful, and I love both mediums! Thank you for sharing your tips!

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  29. Love how you colored the flowers. That daisy though. I love daisies. :)

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  30. Both flowers are beautifully colored!

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  31. Your flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your process! I love the different folds you've created in the yellow flower petals. Being able to decide where the folds should go is something I'm working on, myself. :)

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  32. Your artwork is beautiful, thank you for the coloring tips!!

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  33. Beautiful. Loved seeing the different mediums you used to colour your flowers.

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  34. I love the color palette you chose.

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  35. Thanks for demonstrating Altenew's great products. This is so beautiful!

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  36. Marisela Delgado said: such beautiful colors. mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

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  37. Your coloring is lovely. I need to watch more you tube. I tried adding pencil to marker once but it didn't look anywhere near that good.

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  38. Gorgeous colouring, Ashlea! I love the little pink rose! Your work is totally inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing and all the helpful hints!

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  39. Wow, coloured pencils on top of the alcohol markers?! I have to try that, though like you, I seem to like watercolouring more. Both flowers were coloured beautifully but that rose has my heart, it's SOO beautifully watercoloured. Thanks for the tip on using full pigment at the base. I love watercolouring but I am still learning and not quite at the level I would like to be as yet, thanks for the link to Kathy's blog with that tip, I will check it out for sure. Thanks for taking the time to share your beautiful creations with us today Ms. Ashlea.

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  40. Masterful coloring and shading - stunning!

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  41. Beautiful Ashlea! I love the yellow colors, so bright and vibrant!

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  42. I like the second technique, with the watercolored rose embossed in gold the best but the first one is good too. I am just drawn to the rose more. I think because of the sparkly gold! Your hues in the first flower are really nice and I never thought to combine the brown with the yellow so that is a great tip! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work!

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  43. I will have to try pencils on top of markers too. Love your coloring !

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  44. Amazing coloring! I love the rose.

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  45. Beautiful flowers! I just started using colored pencils with my markers. They work really well together. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Wow Ashlea :) Doesn't Altenew do florals best?!? I'm buying into this color therapy...perfect way to spend a wet, gray day!!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  47. Very beautiful and inspiring work. Love the gorgeous coloring.

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  48. Your cards are gorgeous. The Artist Markers have been on my wish list since they were introduced. I'm not a very good "colorist," but you've inspired me.

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