Hi everyone! Dani from @popfizzpaper here with a tutorial showing you how to letter food puns using Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Food puns always put a smile on my face so I decided to show you three of my favorites! They also worked perfectly for using with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery. Let’s get started!
- Sketchbook or paper
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens (195,158, 133, 126, 098, 947, N15)
- Tombow MONO Twin Marker
- Tombow MONO Light Eraser
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil (4H)
For all 3 of the phrases I’m showing you today, I first used the ruler and MONO Drawing Pencil to lightly draw straight lines on my paper as a guide for my lettering. I later went back and erased my lines with the MONO Light Eraser.
To begin, I used the thick point of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to write out “OLIVE YOU” in a blocky style.
I then filled in the “O” completely with the 133 Dual Brush Pen. Next, I colored a ring on the outer part of the “O” using the 158 pen, then layered the 195 pen on top. I used the 133 pen to blend from the outside in. You could fill in the center of the “O” with a red Dual Brush Pen if you’re feeling the pimento vibes, but I chose to leave mine open.
I repeated the steps for the second “O”, then filled in the other letters with the N15 black Dual Brush Pen. Phrase one done! Super easy, right?
DILL WITH IT
For the pickles in this quote, I sketched out a couple of jelly-bean shapes with the MONO Drawing Pencil. I then went over them with the fine point of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker, making my lines a little bumpy. I added little curved marks inside the pickles to add a bit of visual texture. The thick point of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker is perfect for creating blocky lettering and the fine point works great for thinner script.
To color in my pickles, I first put down a layer of color using the Dual Brush Pen in 133. I used the 195 pen to make some splotchy looking marks, then blended in those marks just a little bit with the 126. Lastly, I lightly went around the edges of my pickle and over the curvy “bump” marks with the 158 pen to add some depth. To finish off this quote, I again filled in the rest of the letters with the N15 Dual Brush Pen. Woo! One more to go!
AVOCADON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
For this food pun, I again used the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to create a combination of blocky and script lettering. For the first “O” in “avocado,” I made it more of an egg shape. I made sure that the hole would be the right size of an avocado pit. I only did this for one “O” in the phrase so it wouldn’t be overwhelming. There were a lot of “O”s!
To color the avocado, I put down a base layer of Dual Brush Pen 133. Similar to the olive quote earlier, I drew a ring using the 158 pen, but then blended in just a little bit with the 126 pen. I used the 133 again to finish blending to the center for a lighter ombre effect. Lastly, I drew over the darkest area on the inside edge with a Dual Brush Pen in 158 to mimic the avocado skin.
I colored in the pit with Dual Brush Pens in 947 and 098 and blended them together a little bit.
I switched things up and used the 195 Dual Brush Pen to fill in the rest of the block letters. I used the Dual Brush’s fine tip to trace over the scripted words. I then went back and added a little bit of shading detail with the 158 Dual Brush Pen.
One final tip! You may have noticed throughout this post that my initial color layers were always a light and bright shade. When I color, I like using a light and bright base layer because I find it adds some vibrance to the finished piece. Give it a try next time you color! And definitely make sure to tag me on INSTAGRAM or YOUTUBE if you recreate one of these food puns – I would love to see!
Happy lettering and I’ll see you next time, friends!