Hi y’all, it’s Grace from Grace Anne Studio! Have you used Tombow Dual Brush Pens for watercolor yet? One of my favorite ways to use them is for watercolor lettering! Today, I’m sharing three easy ways to create watercolor lettering using the Dual Brush Pens and the Tombow Flat Water Brush. Grab your supplies and let’s get started!
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 755, 803, 905, 025, 126, 476 and 443
- Tombow Flat Water Brush
- Tombow Blending Palette
- Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker
- Watercolor paper
Step 1: Create Watercolors
To create watercolors with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, scribble some color on a Blending Palette and add a drop of water. Next, use the Water Brush to mix the ink and water a bit. This dilutes the ink and creates watercolor! I scribbled each color on the Blending Palette and added water. Organize the colors in the order you’ll apply them. I tend to think of how the colors will blend and order them based on the prettiest combinations. I went with good ole ROYGBIV.
Step 2: Warm Up & Swatch
Before I start any project, I always warm up and test my supplies. For watercolor lettering, I like to test how my colors blend together and how much water to use on the paper to get nice bleeds. First, use the Flat Water Brush to pick up the first color from your Blending Palette. Then, hold the Flat Water Brush perpendicular to the paper and paint a diagonal line. There should be enough water that the ink sits on top of the page for a bit (not so much that it’s a puddle).
Next, rinse your brush and repeat with the next color. This is where warming up and learning to control your bleeds comes into play. In my experience, the color you apply second will bleed into the first color. To avoid it taking over, control the amount of water and the amount the colors touch. This takes practice and play to get it right. At least the practice is fun!
Step 3: Sans Serif Lettering
Sans serif watercolor lettering with the Flat Water Brush is simple. Sans serif letters are letters without serifs. Hold the bristles perpendicular to the page and simply paint a letter. For curved lines, you’ll need to rotate the brush or your hand to make sure the bristles stay the same width across the entire letter. Use a different color for each stroke to create interesting bleeds!
Step 4: Slab Serif Lettering
Slab serif lettering is similar to the sans serif lettering we learned in Step 3. The entire letter is still the same width, however the difference is serifs (or a slight projection of a stroke) are added to the letter. Start by painting a line straight down on the page. Next, begin the second stroke a little to the left of the first stroke. Finish the letter by completing the curve. I used a different color for each stroke again to create more interest.
Step 5: Serif Lettering
Serif lettering typically has varying thickness on the letter. This can easily be attained with the Flat Water Brush also! First, draw a line straight down on the page. It will be the same thickness as the letters in Steps 3 and 4. Next, keep your brush at the same angle you used to draw the first stroke. Start a little to the left of the first stroke and paint the curve to complete the letter. Keep your brush at the same angle for the entire stroke. Do not rotate it or your hand. This will create the thin and thick areas of serif lettering that we know and love!
To complete the serif letter, add a serif to the bottom of the first stroke. Hold your brush at the same angle and start at the very bottom of the first stroke. First, place your brush on the left side of the letter and move the brush in a backwards L motion. You should be pulling the serif down from the bottom of the letter and out to the left side. Next, move to the right side of the letter and move the brush in a L motion again. This time, pull the serif from the bottom of the letter and out to right side. Ensure the bottom of the serif is even throughout. This step can also be completed when initially painting the first stroke.
Step 6: Create
Next, use your new watercolor lettering skills to create a composition! Start with the middle word and use a different color for each stroke. Then letter the other words around it to ensure even spacing and layout. Play with the different styles or come up with your own! Let the lettering dry.
Step 7: Add a Shadow
Once the lettering is dry, use your MONO Twin Permanent Marker to add a drop shadow to the bottom right side of the letter.
Thanks for following along today! I hope you enjoyed these three easy ways to create watercolor lettering. If you use this tutorial, be sure to tag @graceannestudio and @tombowusa on social media so we can cheer you on! For more watercolor tutorials, check out these posts:
- Blended Rainbow Lettering with Dual Brush Pens
- How to Create a Color Mixing Chart with Dual Brush Pens
- Stress-Free Watercolor Florals