Mermaid Markers & Gouache

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Easy Shading with Mermaid Markers and Gouache

Late night journaling is my passion and I love spending ages on shading and blending while watching a favourite TV-show. I find it to be so relaxing and rewarding! But with gouache adding layer after layer can be a bit difficult… A new layer might activate the layer below and leave you with ugly lines and stains that are hard to fix. So I thought: “If adding layers over gouache is tricky, why not try putting Mermaid Markers underneath?” 🙂

For this page in my small watercolour journal I quickly sketched a cute girl using a purple mechanical pencil (picture-1).

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Then I went in with Jellyfish Mermaid Marker (my favourite!!!) and added some shading around the eyes and the hairline, under the chin and mouth and on the nose. I also added a bit of diluted Starfish on her cheeks, her nose and her shoulders (picture-2).picture-2

Time to add gouache and look how pretty the Mermaid Markers shine through her peachy skin (picture-3). picture-3

Easy peasy shading right? Her eyes, her hair and the flower in it were done in exactly the same way, using gouache, Bluebottle and more Jellyfish (picture-4). picture-4I added some final details with Deep Sea, my purple pencil and a white paint pen (picture-5). All done!picture-5

Bonustip 1: You can mix beautiful soft colours using white gouache and your favourite Mermaid Marker (picture-4)

Bonustip 2: Don’t open a Mermaid Marker over your journal page… Had to give my girl freckles to fix a few tiny Deep Sea-drops… 🙂 (picture-5)

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Mariëlle

 

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  • Penny

    Love the softened colors you got from the mermies. I usually use them when I want supersaturation – because I know they do that. I use watercolors all of the time and know what you mean about activation and “ugly” lines and blow out areas. I don’t really know what gouache is… Will watercolors react similarly. Can you comment for a sec about gouache vs watercolor – for those of us not in the know?

    • mariellestolp@gmail.com

      Hi Penny! Gouache is watercolour too but more or less opaque and the soft tones were made mixing white gouache with mermaid markers. Some watercolours are (semi-)opaque too. That might work but I haven’t tried yet. 🙂

  • katep25@live.com

    Marielle – always love your art thanks for sharing this step by step, might have to give this a try oxoxo

    • mariellestolp@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Kate! I had so much fun and YES, you should try it too 🙂 XOX

  • Zandra

    She’s so pretty and love how you colored her.

    • mariellestolp@gmail.com

      Thank you Zandra! And don’t you just love Jane’s Mermaid Markers! XOX, Mariëlle

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