Brush Lettering Tutorial: How to Create Blended Lettering

Hi y’all! Today I’m going to be showing you one easy way to create blended lettering using Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens.

How to create blended lettering: a step-by-step guide |

Step 1: Grab two contrasting Dual Brush Pens

To get the blended lettering look, you’ll need two contrasting Dual Brush Pens. I used 373 and 606. You’re going to want to look for colors that complement each other or the same color in a very light and very dark shade.

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Play around with different color combinations because you can really get some amazing blended lettering results depending on which colors you choose! Of course, you can also get gross colors, but you can just toss that test page in the trash! And speaking of paper, I like to use Canson XL Marker Pads when I’m practicing because the paper is super smooth, the colors blend really well on the pages and there are a bunch of pages that come in the sketchpad so I don’t feel guilty if I ball up the rejects and throw them in the trashcan. (To see the other papers I recommend for practicing, check out this post.)

Step 2: Lay down the ink

Choose the darker of your two colors and scribble that one on a blending palette, piece of plastic or a sandwich bag.

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Since these pens are water-based, the ink won’t be absorbed by the surface and will instead pool up into tiny little droplets of ink. Once you’ve scribbled the dark color onto your palette, you’ll want to grab the lighter color and run the brush tip through the ink of the darker color. Don’t be afraid of ruining your tips! They self-clean, so as you write the darker ink will come off the tip, which will create the blended look we’re going for!

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Step 3: Draw your letters!

Start drawing your letters! Depending on how much of the ink you pick up on your lighter brush tip, you’ll get a slightly different effect each time.

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You can always scribble more of the darker color onto your palette and pick up more with your lighter color as you go. You can also try this technique with multiple colors to get a really fun look.

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Blended Lettering Video Tutorial

For those of you who would rather see a video, here’s a quick demo of the blended lettering process I just outlined!

I’ll be showing you more ways to create blended lettering with the Dual Brush Pens in future posts! I hope this was helpful! If you want to see more of my lettering, follow me on Instagram or check out my #brittanyletters tag on Instagram!

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