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Lettering supplies I can't live without!

I have an art box that is overflowing with lettering supplies. Brush pens of all kinds, sizes and colors. Then I have this little red zippered pouch that I keep my essential can't-live-without supplies that I use on a daily basis. Here are my favorites (in no particular order!): 1)    Water Brush - This little water brush gets a lot of use! I use it for blending, watercolor painting, creating watercolor or galaxy backgrounds, watercolor lettering, etc. I always keep it filled with water and I’m ready to go! 2)    Sakura Micron Pen – This is my go-to pen for botanical line drawing, illustration, create drop shadow in my lettering and more! This pen is permanent and can be colored over with watercolor after it’s dried and it won’t bleed. 3)    Polymer Eraser – this white eraser cleans pencil marks completely and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I always have this with me! 4)    Pencil – just a regular old #2 pencil. I use this for sketching designs and is probably th

How to Blend with a Tombow Dual Brush Pens - Water Brush Technique

This is one of my favorite techniques for blending Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Using a water brush gives a nice smooth transition between the two colors. Materials Needed: Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Light Gray (I used # N95) Tombow Dual Brush Pens in Two Complimentary Colors (I used Red #856 and Yellow #933) Water Brush (Or fine tip paint brush dipped in water) Mix Media Paper Optional: White Gel Pen (I used Uniball Signo), Black Fine Liner Pen (I used Micron Pigma #003) Step One: Write out your word with the Tombow light gray marker. This will be the guideline that you will blend on top of. When using a light gray pen, you don't need to worry about it interfering with the colors you put on top or showing through on your final piece. Step Two: Add your two colors over the gray, alternating red and yellow. Leave a little space in between colors. This will give the ink a place to blend with the second color. Step Three: With your water brush, lightly "pull" th

Welcome to the Letter by Starlight Blog!

Hello! I'm Melissa, the lettering artist behind @LetterByStarlight. I'm a wife, mom of two, coffee addict and hand lettering artist. I first picked up a brush pen in 2017 and haven't looked back! I specialize in colorful modern hand lettering, botanical illustration and watercolor. I love to create pieces that combine all three! My work has been featured by some of the top lettering brands including Tombow, Rhodia and Crayola. My goal is to share some fun tutorials with tricks and techniques to help you on your lettering journey.  I hope this blog inspires you to create your own beautiful works of art!