Bright And Bold Bloom Tag Tutorial

Who fancies something cheerful and bright? ME! ME! ME! Yep, I thought that today would be a good day to share a big, colourful bloom tag tutorial using watercolour and pastel pencils. What do you reckon? Are you up for it too?

It is a project revisit and you may have seen it on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft in 2012 but it is new to my blog so I hope you enjoy it and have a go at it yourself.

You will need:

Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolour pencil (colours: 119, 125) or

Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils*

PITT® Pastel pencils* (colours: 199, 153, 156, 109, 104, 101, 168, 170)

PITT® Artist Pen (black)*

Watercolour Paper*

Daler Rowney Masking Fluid*

Winsor & Newton Fixative*

Kaisercraft Numbers Texture Stamp



Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black

Step 1

Prepare the surface with a layer of gesso then once the gesso is dry lightly draw the outline of a large bloom on the bottom right hand corner. Fill the bloom shape with Masking Fluid* and let that dry. Use the texture stamp and the Ranger Archival ink to stamp in random places.

Then start adding colour using the Watercolour pencils* by picking up the colour with a wet brush from the pencil point and brushing it over the surface.

Step 2

Keep adding colour with the wet brush to get the intensity that you want then run the pencil point along the outer edge of the tag. Use the brush to soften any edges as needed then let the tag dry completely. Load the wet brush with colour then flick the tip to get a colour splatter on the surface. Once the surface is dry peel off the Masking Fluid*.

Step 3

In the space left by the Masking Fluid* draw in the big bloom with a black PITT® Pastel pencils*. You may want to redraw the bloom in lightly with a pencil first to give you some guidelines for the pastel outline.

Step 4 

Start adding colour to the petals by using different tones of your chosen colour of Pastel pencil*; try using the darker tones nearer the centre and bottom of the petal and the lighter tones around the edges.

Add some extra highlights and blending with a white Pastel pencil*.

Step 5

Finish the tag with a hand written sentiment cut out and lined with the black Artist Pen* and some hand drawn Pastel pencil* leaves.

There you have it, a bright, bold, bloom tag!

with lots of lovely layers and textures.

I think these techniques would look lovely on a canvas or a journal page, what do you think?

Thanks for dropping by for my revisited tutorial today.


[*Just so that you know some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links UPDATE _ no longer linked 7th Nov 19.]

Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. massofhair

    How gorgeous Kim, beautiful colours and fab techniques, thanks for sharing:-) xxx

  2. Juls

    Just beautiful 🙂 xx

  3. By Neymes

    Lindo,amei a idéia do pincel molhado no lapis,eu costumo colocar a ponta do lapis na agua,errado em?Bom domingo.Beijo.Valéria.(Brasil).

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Neymes. I'm sure you can do it both ways, I quite like putting the tip in water and then drawing with it for an intense line. There are no wrong ways! Kim

  4. coops

    so stunning kim.i love the big flower and fabulous bright colours ;D

    xx coops xx

  5. misteejay

    That big bold bloom is beautiful Kim – lovely tag.
    Toni xx

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