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MY CREATIVE PROCESS: BRUSH LETTERING WITH WATERCOLOURS & TIPS


One of my favourite things to do besides drawing with watercolours is to do brush lettering with watercolours. Over the last few months I've been experimenting and honing in on my brush lettering skills and I'm really starting to like the outcomes. Brush lettering takes practice but by adding you own little twists you can create really cool lettering. What I love about doing it with watercolours is that you can get the lovely gradient and faded effect with the watercolour which you can't get with opaque ink. So as a new series I wanted to show you my creative processes, so here are some of my favourite outcomes and tips to do with watercolour brush lettering!

HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS

The best tool to ever use when creating lettering with watercolours is using a waterbrush pen. It acts like a paintbrush and a pen giving you great flexibility.


SKETCH OUT THE LETTERING FIRST

Finding inspiration from Pinterest and google you can find quotes you like. Then faintly with a pencil write it down. This gives you a guide to where you should paint.

GET A SLOW RHYTHM IN PLACE

I like to do my hand lettering in watercolours using the brush pen as it's a whole lot easier than using a normal ink brush pen. You can also mix colours and create gradients with watercolours, Getting a slow rhythm is key. Going to slow and it will look wobbly. Go to fast and it can look completely messy...well for me anyway.

ADD LOOPS TO LETTERS

Either at the beginning / middle / or end depending on the letter is a great place to add a loop. For example, adding a loop at the start of the letter 'W' as shown below can make it look more elegant and fun. You can also add loops to letters such as 'O' 'R' and 'S'.


ADD FLICKS

Adding flicks to the the start or the end of your letters can make your type look much more flattering and will give it character.


CHANGE THE THICKNESS OF THE LINES

For me this is the most important aspect of lettering. With all the loops and flicks in the world, if you don't change thicknesses of your lines you won't be able to get a perfect type. I do this by pressing down on the water brush pen when the line of the letter goes down. I then press lightly when a line of the letter goes up or does an up curve as shown below.


Here's another of one of my favourite quote designs that I created using watercolours:



I hope you enjoyed this post and learnt some new tips on brush lettering with watercolours. Have you ever tried brush lettering? I would love to know!

2 comments

  1. This was such an interesting post! Thank you for sharing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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