Blending and Shadowing Techniques for Handlettering


Happy New Year everyone! I’m Mandy, a hand lettering artist, and I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Design Team this year! It’s a dream come true for me! I started lettering in January 2016, and when I decided to buy a Tombow Dual Brush Pen, I instantly fell in love.  I’ve been using all things Tombow since then, their products are my absolute favorite tools for my art.

To start off the new year, the Design Team is sharing their personal style. If you were to ask me to describe mine, I would have to say it’s a modern and pretty style of script and mixed script lettering. I also love adding depth to my lettering with blending, outlines and shadows. So today I’m going to show you how to letter in my favorite way. I’m also going to use my 2 absolute favorite Dual Brush Pen colors, 873-Coral and 803-Pink Punch. After experimenting with blending these 2 colors, and LOVING the end result, I found out that Pantone’s color of the year for 2019 is Living Coral. It’s a gorgeous color, and Coral and Pink Punch together come out similar to it!

So let’s gather our materials and get started!

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa. Learn how from @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

MATERIALS

 

STEP 1

Using Dual Brush Pen Coral (873), letter out your name or any word you want! A little side note: I find mixed media paper to be the best for blending. It’s made to handle multiple layers of color, but it’s also smooth enough to protect your precious Tombow pens!

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa. Learn how from @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

STEP 2

Using Dual Brush Pen Pink Punch (803), color in the top half of your letters covering the Coral.  It’s best to work on one letter at a time. If you fill in all your letters at once with your second color, it will be dry by the time you get to your last letter, making it harder to blend the ink.

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa . Learn how with @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

STEP 3

Using the Colorless Blender Pen (N00), start at the top of your letter (in the Pink Punch area) and use downward strokes to bring the Pink Punch color down to the bottom of the letter.

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa . Learn how with @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

STEP 4

Outline the outside of your letters with the Fudenosuke Hard Tip Pen. I use very light pressure when tracing around the letters.  Next, apply some pressure to the pen and add thicker lines to all the down strokes of your letters.  This will give your letters some depth with a thicker shadow.

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa . Learn how with @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

STEP 5

Lastly, using Dual Brush Pen Cool Gray 3 (N75), add a somewhat thick line to all the down strokes of your letters to add a gray shadow effect. Here’s a tip: pick either the left or right side of your letters to add the shadow, so they all look consistent.

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa . Learn how with @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

Here’s what the end result will look like!

Blending and Shadowing Techniques with @tombowusa . Learn how with @aheartenedcalling #tombow #handlettering

 

I hope you enjoyed learning my favorite way to letter, and creating some amazing lettering effects. I’m looking forward to sharing more projects with you this coming year!

Till next time,

Mandy

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