Lettering with a brush is very forgiving. I’m currently editing a book by Jen Wagner titled Happy Hand Lettering (due out this summer). I love her use of watercolor for lettering and I felt inspired to give it a try—albeit with a twist—using a water brush. Water-based markers such as Tombow dual tip brush pens are a perfect and playful companion to water brushes.
Technique 1: Loopy Lettering
This first technique simply requires writing in cursive with large loops to make widening lines easier. Going back over the marker with a small amount of water from a water brush gives the lettering a lovely painterly look.
You may like your word as is, but if you would like to add some color, here’s an easy method.
Technique 2: Brush Pen Script Lettering
For this second technique, try lettering with the brush tip end, then adding water.
Applying color over black yields a subtle result.
Technique 3: Hand-Drawn Letterforms
I’ve recently been inspired by the work of Joanne Sharpe, whose hand-drawn letters I love. You can have a lot of fun by drawing whimsical (or less whimsical) letters from your imagination. And each letter can be different!
Adding Color to Letterforms
Adding Color Outside of Letterforms
Bonus Technique: Water Brush Border
Once you’ve found your favorite way of lettering, it’s fun to create painterly quotes. Here is how I made some borders for the quotes.
Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas for using your water brush in new ways!
Since I touched on pattern play by adding frames to your quotes, if you love doodling patterns or are looking for more ideas to create frames, take a look at the video below.
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