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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Waterbrush Ombre Calligraphy and Lettering!

 Waterbrush Ombre Calligraphy and Lettering!
This is one of my most favorite techniques!
Create gorgeous works of art for display, cards or just to stick on the fridge.
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I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink pack...and I got it from Oriental Trading.
Did you know they carry high quality art supplies?

 You will also need:

Watercolor Paper




Water Brush



Plastic Palette



And you'll need a mantra or something fun to write out.
I generally stick to 3-5 words...it just looks better on the paper and
doesn't take as long to write.
Remember, you can do hard things!
I start, pour a few drops of each ink into the palette.
Fill the water brush with water.
It does not need to be squeezed, but it adds a subtle amount of water to your ink
and makes it write smoothly.  These brushes are a dream for watercoloring!
Just dip tip in the ink, write part of the letter, blot if necessary
and dip in the next color.
When you paint with the next color, let it overlap the last color just a bit.
This will help it blend and create the cool ombre finish!
Here's a video, slightly sped up.
It shows you process and hopefully will give you courage to do your own!
Did you know I started seriously lettering and calligraphy only 1 year ago.
I love to see how much I've improved!
Start your lettering journey today!


Perfect for a framed piece of inspiration!
(if you are framing your work, don't forget to leave a margin around each edge)

This technique also works with pointed pen!
You will need an oblique holder, nib and paintbrush, as well as the palette and ink.
Use the paintbrush to paint some ink on the underside of the nib.
It's easy to put too much ink in there, so turn it over and let
 it drip back in the palette before using.
Same technique as the top.
I wipe off the nib and re-ink because otherwise some colors blend too much...and some
blended colors turn to mud.
Here's a sped up video of this process.
My hand is slightly in the way, and it is hard to see the details.
But this should give you the idea.


Hello Beautiful!
The ink dries pretty true to color...not faded like watercolors do, so that is a benefit!
Experiment with the inks and see what you can create!
I love to see the dramatic difference between the thick
downstrokes and the thin hair line upstrokes.

Here's some more posts on Calligraphy and Watercoloring!



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