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3 Ways to Blend with Brush Pens

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2020? I’m starting off the year with a tutorial on how to blend your brush pens. You can use any water based brush pens for this project. In this example, I’m using Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Materials Used: Canson Mix Media Paper Tombow Dual Brush Pens Tombow Dual Brush Colorless Blender Pentel Water Brush Mini Ceramic Dish A quick note about paper. I find that mix media paper works best for blending colors. If you try these methods (particularly the first two) on HP premium or rhodia paper, you may not get the same results. The fist method is using your colorless blender pen. This pen comes in most sets of Tombow Dual Brush pens. You can also use Kelly Creates or Karin blender pens in the same manner. I like to start out by lettering my word or phrase with a light gray pen. This just acts as a guideline but won’t affect your final project.  Then you’re going to go over your design with your first color. You can see here, I’ve lett

Easy DIY Hand Lettered Pumpkin Tutorial

Create your own spooky Halloween d├ęcor with this fun and easy hand lettered pumpkin tutorial!  Materials Needed:   White Craft Pumpkin, Any Size Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen, Black, Medium Point Pencil & Eraser Paper Instructions: First, lay out your design on a piece of paper with your pencil. This is just to be familiar with the lettering that you will later draw onto the pumpkin. Next, you’re going to lightly letter your design onto the pumpkin in pencil. Be careful not to press too hard with your pencil so you can easily erase later.  Then you’re going to go over your pencil marks with the black Sharpie Paint pen. In this design, I lettered the word “Halloween” first.  Once you’ve written the word Halloween, go back over it to thicken the down strokes. Once that is dried, you can go back in and letter the word “Happy.” Doing it in steps will ensure that you don’t smudge the ink with your hand. Once the piece is completely dry, you can erase any pencil marks

8 Ways to Add Shading to your Hand Lettering

 Need some letter shading inspiration? Here are 8 of my favorite ways to add shading to my hand lettering. Shading is a great way to add character and dimension to your letters. I’ve often been asked “how do you know where to add the shading?” I drew a little diagram that helps explain it below:      You want to imagine a light source. The light can be on the left or the right – but whichever side it’s on, you want to add the shading to the opposite side. So for this example, the sun is on the left so the shading is all on the right side of the letter. I’ve also added white highlights to the left side of the letter, because this is the side that the sun is shining on.  I hope this helps! If you have any questions please comment below.

Tombow Color Blending Inspiration

Tombow makes so many beautiful colors in their Dual Brush Pens - the blending combinations are endless! Here are 12 of my favorite color combinations to blend (with their color codes so you know exactly what I used). Enjoy!  #1 Yellow (055) & Red (656) #2 Light Blue (451) & Dark Blue (555) #3 Purple (636) & Blue (476) #4 Light Purple (620) & Dark Purple (665) #5 Purple (636) & Green (245) #6 Yellow (055) & Pink (755) #7 Light Pink (761) & Dark Pink (803) #8 Yellow (055) & Orange (925) #9 Lime Green (173) & Dark Green (245) #10 Pink (743) & Turquoise (452) #11 Light Turquoise (403) & Dark Turquoise (379) #12 Pink (755) & Purple (665)