Over the last few months I have become a little bit obsessed with hand lettering. I want so badly to be able to write beautifully like Melissa Esplin or Lisa Funk (these are only a few that I follow who have great skills)
And I am seriously mesmerized by these kinds of videos . I can honestly sit and watch people write or draw for hours.
So in my quest for awesome handwriting I started following these talented women, and others. I grabbed me a sketch book and some handwriting practice sheets and bought marker after marker, searching for ones that would give the brush lettering look. I finally found the Tombow markers that are awesome. I am not great still but I have learned a few things.
I was especially excited for Pinners Conference (this past weekend) as there was a few hand lettering classes by the women I mentioned earlier. BUT by the time I got on to register for their classes, everything I really wanted was full!! I was super bummed. I guess there are a lot of people with the same desire as me.
I really kick myself for not getting into the class. I just saw that Melissa Esplin teaches classes all the time but guess how much a brush lettering class is…$135, WHAAAAAT!!!!!!! Next year I am registering the first I hear about it.
Well, as disappointed as I was, I still stopped by for some shopping and while I was there, I grabbed Lisa Funks practice book…
…and I was thrilled to see the Tombow booth where they had make-and-takes.
Here are the ones I did. When I put this picture up on Instagram and Facebook I had a number of people ask about it and want to learn more. So I decided to do a post showing you all this technique I learned.
Here is the kit I bought from them as it has all the things I used for this simple project-except watercolor paper. All of these are found separately on Amazon.
- a blending kit- this kit has a laminated piece of card stock, a mini squirt bottle and a blending marker. If you would rather not buy this kit you can use a zip-lock bag or a laminated piece of paper. Any squirt bottle should work. The blender marker comes in many of the 10pack markers, but is actually not used for this project.
- A glue pen- this repels the marker if you want to have white letters. I haven’t tried this one yet.
- 5 different colors of Tombow dual brush markers. I dare someone to try good old Crayola markers, I wonder if it would work. I may just try it and let you all know.
- 1 Tombow Fude Soft Brush Pen- This does the smaller, more fine lettering like the “Always” on my Make-and-take. I Love This Pen!!
In my video I did not use water color paper. For practice, sketch paper works but I recommend when you make something you are serious about (gifts tags or art for your child’s bedroom), use water color paper.
Here is the video, then below I have written out each step. Now, this is only the second video I have done for the blog so don’t judge. (I have no idea why it is a sideways view. I recorded it with my phone right side up)anyway, it shows you what to do. I decided to put it to music because my house could not be quiet when I was recording. You don’t need to hear all the silly sounds my boys were making in the background.
- Choose 2-3 colors and scribble some splotches on your laminated card stock.
- Spray that with a good amount of water.
- Lay the watercolor paper on laminated card stock.
- Gently pull off, setting card stock aside.
- Blow dry the art you have created on the water color paper
- Before you write directly on your art, you may want to practice writing your word on a scrap piece of paper, with your markers. When brush lettering you typically push hard on down strokes and very light on up strokes, giving it that awesome brush look.
- Then GO FOR IT!! Write the word you have chosen on your paper- You can probably write with a pencil first if you are afraid but I say, just do it:)
Have fun! Get creative!
SEE THE HAPPY!!