I love experimenting with new techniques, especially when they include my favorite Tombow Dual Brush Pens. This Butterfly Watercolor Galaxy with Tombow was from a VIP Club Creativity Kit, but can certainly be completed with just a few Tombow supplies and my tutorial below.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy Tutorial
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Here's what you need to make a Watercolor Butterfly with Tombow:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens – 133, 452, 555, N15
- Water Brush by Tombow – Medium
- Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker
- Fudenosuke Colors Brush Pens by Tombow – Blue
- Tombow MONO Glue Pen
- MONO Drawing Pencil – 4H grade
- Watercolor Paper – I love Strathmore
- Cricut Bright Pad
- BUTTERFLY WATERCOLOR GALAXY PATTERN – download below ⇓
Here's how to create a Butterfly Shaped Galaxy:
My crafty friend Katie Smith @studio.katie was the inspiration and co-creator of this VIP Club Box with Tombow. She is the queen of the watercolor style galaxy, and I am loving the butterfly silhouette version in this creativity kit. To begin the Butterfly Watercolor Galaxy, gather all supplies.
Sketch or trace the shape of a butterfly onto a piece of watercolor paper with the MONO Drawing Pencil 4H grade. I love Strathmore Watercolor Paper Pads. If you would like the same butterfly I used, the free pattern is available below ⇓. I love to use my Cricut Bright Pad for all of my projects including tracing lettering, elements, and images. The Bright Pad from Cricut has several brightness levels that allow you to trace through cardstock, mixed media, and heavy watercolor papers.
Use the MONO Glue Pen to draw dots and stars inside of the silhouette shape. Let dry. You can see in the photo below that the MONO Glue Pen writes and dries clear, but with a definite shine. I always tilt my head, so I can see exactly where the dots and stars are positioned. It is also perfect for attaching small embellishments like sequins and rhinestones.
Apply jagged lines in areas of color inside the silhouette shape using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. For simple color blending, keep the lightest color (133) in the center, followed by the mid-tones (452 and 555). Work your way out, using the darkest color (N15) around the outside edges.
Apply water to the Dual Brush Pen ink with the medium Water Brush. Start with the lightest colors first, move into the medium colors, and then the darkest colors to blend them all together. Be careful to stay inside the lines of the silhouette shape, and let dry. I love that each time you blend the Dual Brush Pen colors the result is totally unique.
Once the Dual Brush Pen ink is dry, use the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to outline around the edges of the silhouette shape and draw on the antennae. Use the Blue Fudenosuke Colors Brush Pen to add details inside the galaxy. To finish the Butterfly Watercolor Galaxy, highlight the edges and color transitions, include a hand-lettered message, or add flourishes.
Quick and Easy Butterfly Watercolor Galaxy
I hope that you will use this Butterfly Watercolor Galaxy tutorial as a jumping-off point to try something new and expand your creative horizons. All types of fun tutorials and workshops are available online and through the Tombow website. Sign up and try one out today!
Y'all know that I love my Tombow tutorials, so here are a few more that I know you will LOVE! How to Watercolor a FREE Cactus Printable with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Watercolor Floral and Butterfly Free Printables with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. FREE Floral Globe Printable to Watercolor with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Too busy to make this right now? Pin it for later! I'd love for you to pin this Butterfly Watercolor Galaxy to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.
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