Best Lettering Tools On a Budget

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There are so many great lettering tools, and I enjoy trying as many as I can! But art supplies can be expensive, and if you’re on a budget, that shouldn’t stop you from learning hand lettering! There are many great workarounds, as shown in this infographic.

Spend or Save? Lettering Infographic from Ray of Light Design

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.

Happy lettering! 🙂

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I added some new products to my shop on RedBubble!

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2. Bloom Where You are Planted

3. Camera Girl

4. Sisters

5. Poncho Swag

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3. Springtime Print


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1. Happy Birthday

 

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3. Thank You!

 

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5. Happy Holidays

6. God Jul!


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How to Make Watercolors Using Brush Pen Ink

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Make Your Own Watercolors!

I have a very small collection of watercolor paint. However, with this trick, I can create a full set of watercolors, simply by using brush pens.

What you’ll need

  • A paintbrush
  • A container with water
  • Brush pens
  • Ziplock bag or other plastic surface.

Turn Ink into Watercolor

1. Color with your brush pen onto the ziplock bag.
2. Dunk your paintbrush in the water, and mix the wet brush onto the ink on the ziplock bag.
3. You now have watercolor paint, made from the brush pen ink!

Brush Pen Watercolor Effect

1. Dunk a paintbrush in the water. Paint the water onto your ziplock bag.
2. Take your brush pen and color on top of the water on the ziplock.
3. Your brush pen tip now contains water. If you write, it will look like watercolor.

I’ve tried these tricks on Sakura Koi pens and Tombow ABT Dual Brush pens, and both worked great.

Have fun making, and don’t forget to share with me your creations on Instagram and Twitter!

 

Brush Pen Talk — Blending

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Koi-Color-ChartOne of the things that makes brush pens extra special tools is their amazing ability to blend!

Some examples would be:

How to Blend

Brush pens are great for drawing, coloring, and hand lettering. You can use blending techniques to mix colors and create unique gradients. There are two main ways to blend.

1. Mix the colors on a surface.

This is similar to mixing paint colors. On a plastic surface, (I use a ziplock bag, but if you want, Tombow sells a blending palette for their markers) you color with one brush pen. Then, color on top of that ink with a second brush pen (it’s better to use a lighter color). The tip of your second brush pen now has a layer of ink that is a nice mix of the two colors you used.

2. Tip to Tip

Hold your writing pen with the tip pointing up, and a second pen with tip pointing down, and touch their tips together. The pen that is facing down will fill the other one with some of it’s ink.

Mixing the colors on a surface tends to produce a cleaner blend than tip to tip blending, but both are fun to try.


The truth is that you only need a small set of blendable brush pens and you’re ready to go, because you can mix the colors you don’t have. You can purchase brush pens individually if you want a specific color.

Download a Free Brush Pen Blending Guide!

If you print the blending guide, don’t forget that the colors will look different than the marker ink. If you look at the blending guide your screen, it offers much more accurate colors.

Have fun blending!

Brush Lettering Process Tutorial

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Here’s a quick look at an easy way to create a hand lettered piece with marker.

First of all, I suggest you take a look at the “Get Better at Brush Pen Lettering” post if you haven’t yet and learn how to use a brush pen. Once you know that, you’re ready to go!

What you’ll need:

  • At least one colored marker or brush pen
  • One black marker or brush pen
  • Two sheets of printer paper
  • A pencil

1. Create an outline with your pencil.

A lot of hand lettering artists seem like they’re doing everything freehanded, and that’s fine, but I believe that an initial sketch is important. It gives you the opportunity to think of an interesting layout. In these photos, I am using a lead holder by Staedler.

2. Complete the rough draft by tracing with your black marker.

 

Don’t worry about erasing your pencil lines, this is not the final version. Here I used a black Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

3. Place the second sheet of Paper on top of your rough draft.

You should be able to see the faint outline of your text.

4. Trace over the faint outline with your colored markers.

This is the final piece, and it’s completely free of any erasing of Pencil marks. You can add flourishes, illustrations, or more text if you like. If you mess up tracing over your rough draft, you can simply grab another piece of paper and try again (which is exactly what I did: the final one is shown below).

Here I used Sakura Koi Coloring Brushes — pink blended with orange.

Shown here are two more pieces I made using this process.

Have fun trying this out, and don’t forget to share with me what you make on social media!