How to Blend Colors Beautifully with Watercolor Lettering
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Watching two watercolors bleed into each other is perhaps one of the most satisfying things to watch. It is relaxing to behold and leaves a simply stunning effect when dry. It’s no wonder that watercolors are a popular option for hand lettering, but it can be a bit tough to figure out how to blend multiple colors in one watercolor lettering piece. Finally, I’ve gotten around to making a video showing how to make it happen. And guess what? It’s way easier than you’d think!
Materials for Watercolor Lettering
Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors
Rag or Paper Towel
Show and Tell
This is one of those things that is a million times easier to show through video instead of pictures. For one, watercolors dry fast, so stopping to take pictures is just not possible. And two, watching watercolors blend in video is the BEST. So enjoy this quick tutorial to see how it’s done!
The Trick Behind a Clean Blend
Basically, it all comes down to two things: moving fast and using a clean brush.
When you’re trying to get the colors to bleed into each other, you have to be certain that your watercolor lettering stays wet. If it dries, then no blending for you. Of course, if that happens, you can still salvage the blend by going over the dried letter again with the same color, but that’s quite the hassle. So do it right by moving fast and keeping those letters damp!
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Even though you’re moving fast, you need to keep an eye on the colors on your brush. If you forget to clean off your brush in between colors, you could end up with a muddy mix of colors. That means that if you’re trying to blend yellow and blue from letter to letter, you’ll quickly be working entirely in green. But if you clean off your brush every time you pick up a new color, you’ll have yellow and blue showing their distinctive hues.
Struggling with Brush Lettering?
If you want to try this technique but you are still stuck on the basics of brush lettering, then I have just the resource to help you out. My course Brush Lettering 101 is designed just for people like you! I created this course to help total beginners get past those first frustrating steps and onto the fun part of lettering. It’s perfect if you have never touched a brush pen or you have tried lettering to no avail. In Brush Lettering 101, you will learn all the fundamentals so you can get beyond the beginner level. Then this watercolor blending technique will be a piece of cake!
Practice Makes Progress
Once you get the hang of it, you won’t ever want to stop. It is so easy to create stunning pieces of watercolor lettering when you use lots of gorgeous, bold colors together. Just remember to keep practicing and playing with your materials. Watercolor is unpredictable, which can be frustrating, but that’s what makes the final result so fun! So stick with it, keep messing around, and you’ll get this technique down in no time flat.
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Thanks for sharing- you made this look so much more achievable in a matter of minutes 🙂
It definitely takes a bit of trial and error, but it’s a totally achievable skill!
I cannot find how to get into the video….nowhere to click and open it….help!!!!
Sorry about that! It should be fixed now!
Thanks for sharing, Shelby. I’m new to lettering – it’s always something I had a hankering to learn, but no excuse. Now with my bujo – I feel I have a place to play and create. I haven’t watched your video yet, but will for sure. I bought myself a base set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, and I know I’m a beginner, but I’m rather disappointed with the very mediocre results – I might as well have bought a cheap kid’s set of felt markers! I did a little lettering years ago with a calligraphy pen, but it was very basic, so I’m learning about varying the stroke weights now. Again – Tombows – not sure what the fuss was, but I’ll get there!
I learn a lot from your posts, thank you!
Thanks for being here Jane! Keep practicing and you will get there ?
I have what is possibly a silly question– how do I get over the fear of wrecking my watercolour palette? I’ve got one of those little sets with the colours as solid blocks rather than liquid watercolours, and I’m so anxious about mixing the colours in the set for fear of winding up with a complete set of muddy brown blocks!
That isn’t a silly question at all, Evan! In fact, I had the same hesitation. But pretty quickly, you learn that those colors are a lot more robust than they look and they will continue to give true pigments – even yellow! Check out this palette of mine (https://www.instagram.com/p/BX5oUPWgC-S/?taken-by=little_coffee_fox). That’s a super cheap palette, too, but the colors still do well despite the mess. If you’re worried about it, remember that you can always get a wet paper towel and wipe away a lot of the pigment later on. Plus, palettes look so cool when they start to get chaotic! 😀 You got this!
Yay! Thanks so much for the encouragement– I’m going to practise my butt off!
So glad to hear it helped! Have fun!!
LOVED IT! I was trying to create mixing colors on my own… was doing it ALL wrong! Now, I get to practice doing it correctly with hopes that it works and I conquer your fun blending technique! Thanks so much!
Awesome, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Susan! I hope you have a ton of fun creating some gorgeous lettering!