Check out the ‘NEW SUPPLIES’ page under Art Supplies for our latest, exclusive creative Tools!

Gorgeous Gradients with Aquapastels and Mermaid Markers

It happened by serendipity. I swatched the new Aquapastels on a page opposite the Sunbleached set of Mermaid Markers… and then I closed my journal before the swatches dried. When I went back later, I discovered the Mermaid Marker ink activated the Aquapastels, delivering an extra burst of juicy mingled color.
I’m not one to let serendipity go to waste! I pulled out my large Jane journal to do it again, on purpose this time.
I started with a line drawing of a little paper fox, using a Paint Over Pen in Mermaid. I want the lines to contrast the color inside them, so I went over them with a clear wax crayon. A colorless blender for pencils or Jane’s Power Pastels will also work.
Starting with the Aquapastel areas, I filled in most of the shapes with a Seashell Mermaid Marker, leaving some white space at the chest, side, and tip of the tail. The Aquapastel color spreads in the wet ink, but after a while the Mermaid Marker takes over again, creating a lovely ombre.

Then I came back with a plain waterbrush to blend Seashell a little more softly into the white space.

There are so many dramatic possibilities with different color combinations! I recommend using a Mermaid Marker that’s lighter than your Aquapastel, and keeping your colors analagous (close to each other on the color wheel) so they don’t blend into mud. Serendipity awaits you!
Hannah Sheehan is an artist and educator in Springfield, Missouri. She posts her creations at HannahSheehan.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/HannahSheehanArt, and @HannahMadeIt on Instagram. 
jane-xoxo
Related Posts
Art Time watercolours Set 2!

Art Time watercolours Set 2!

Click here to see the new set: click! A very special JDHQ Exclusive Art Time palette! The 12 hue beautiful ...
Read Now
Fabulous new video to enjoy!

Fabulous new video to enjoy!

Wait 'til you see this FABULOUS video from Vicky Papaioannou of my new stamp sets! Her small stamp journal is ...
Read Now
Swatching Sweetness!

Swatching Sweetness!

This guest Blog post has been prepared for you by the wonderful Kerry Sinigaglia! "My intention was to firstly mix ...
Read Now
Meet Jane

Welcome to my blog Davenpeeps!

If we haven’t met yet, I’m Jane Davenport! I’m a professional artist, art workshop teacher, 5x bestselling author, art supply creator and self-diagnosed art supply addict!

I’m a creativity expert who has guided tens of thousands of women back to their art, defying their self imposed creative gravity and making art with joy and confidence. I share my mixed media art and drawing techniques with everyday artists who feel their creativity calling them to play with colour, texture and their art supplies. I hope my blog can help you embrace the mess, let go of perfectionitis and experience the joy of creativity.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ME >

Get More Jane in Your Life
Watch my free art videos and start using your fabulous art supplies!
Explore the most popular products in my online store!
Explore my best selling art books full of whimsical characters!
Due to the current worldwide situation, shipping may be delayed. Stay healthy, creative and inspired!