Easy Watercolour Lettering

Watercolour lettering is beautiful, but takes a lot of practice and effort. This “easy way” is just as pretty and is great for beginners!

Check out my video below or keep reading for a step by step tutorial.

What You’ll Need

  1. Your favourite brush pen in a very light colour (I like to use a Tombow N89)

  2. Some water based markers like the Tombow Dual Brush Pens

  3. A piece of plastic or ceramic (Ii like the Tombow Blending Palette)

  4. Watercolour paper

  5. A small water brush or paintbrush

Step 1

Using the light grey brush pen, write your word or phrase. If your phrase is long, you may want to work on one word at a time.

Step 2

Scribble a bit of each marker colour on the blending palette or piece of plastic. You are basically making yourself a watercolour palette, so make sure you put a lot of colour down. If you use regular or liquid watercolours, skip this step.

Step 3

Pick up some colour off the palette with a water brush or wet paintbrush. Fill in the letter to about halfway down. I like a variety of colours in each letter, but feel free to do every letter or word a separate colour.

Step 4

Add another colour, making sure to use plenty of water to blend.

Step 5

Keep adding alternate colours until the entire word is filled up. If your letters are a bit shaky, you can use a thin fineliner to outline and clean up the edges.

You Did It!

This is by far my favourite technique to add fun, beautiful colour to my pieces! I hope it becomes yours, too! 🙂


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