DIY Watercolour Pattern

Read on for the never before told secret on how to make effortless watercolour paper patterns!


Hello Friends!

I’m back with another fun crafting tutorial! I have always had a love for patterns in textiles. That’s what got me inspired for today’s tutorial – creating a watercolour pattern on paper. I particularly love the quatrefoil and ikat pattern! Keep reading below to see how you can create your own watercolour with your favourite pattern.


  • Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
  • Scrap Paper
  • Tombow Mono Drawing Pencil
  • Tombow Mono Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Pentel Water Brush Pen



  • Select a good grade of watercolour paper. You want to ensure the paper you are using will withstand water.
  • Place a scrap piece of paper along the edges of your page to ensure that the watercolour does not leak onto other pages in your notebook.
  • Experiment with different patterns for a different look!

Step 1: Select a Pattern

There are so many beautiful patterns! Pick a pattern that you love and you could visualize as a print. For this tutorial, I choose a quatrefoil and diamond pattern.

Step 2: Create a Stencil

From the pattern you have picked, create a stencil from scrap pieces of paper. I love the quaterfoil pattern and used this YouTube tutorial from Sealemon to create my pattern. For the diamond pattern, I created my own stencil. The possibilities are endless!


Step 3: Draw The Pattern

Using the stencil you have created, draw your repeating pattern onto a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media paper, using the Tombow Mono drawing pencil. Start at the top left hand corner of the page and work your way across to the right. Once that row is complete, start the pattern again on the row below. I left a bit of white space around my quaterfoil pattern but in the diamond pattern I did not leave any white space. Play around with it and see what you like the most!


Step 4: Watercolour and Outline

After you have drawn the pattern across your paper, it’s time to add some watercolour. I picked two colours to use for the quaterfoil pattern. Have fun and experiment with colours. You may want to use complimentary colours or colours from the same colour group. I filled the top half of each quatrefoil pattern with green (Tombow Dual Brush Pen in 195) and the bottom half with blue (Tombow Dual Brush pen in 373) from the Tombow Dual Brush pen collection.

Next, using the Pentel water brush pen, activate the colour with water. Be sure to actitvate all of the colour and don’t be afraid to blend the two colours together. That’s where all the magic happens! I love the blended look.



Once dry completely, using the bullet tip of the Tombow Dual brush pen, outline each pattern shape. Using the Tombow Mono eraser, erase any pencil lines.



I hope you try this watercolour pattern project. You can use these watercolour patterns for tags, name tags, bookmarks, a page marker, a notebook cover, the background for an inspirational quote or even a greeting card.

If you try this project, I would love to see what you come up with. Tag me in your creations! I am interested to see all the creative ways in which you use your watercolour pattern masterpiece!

Be sure to follow me on the blog and on Instagram (@letteringbyusha) to stay tuned to all of my lettering, crafting and personal adventures!

What is your favourite pattern?


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