Today, I want to tell you about my obsession with brush lettering. (And, maybe you'll become obsessed too!)
A couple of years ago, I began learning pointed pen calligraphy and fell in love with the freedom and creativity of modern hand lettering. And now, lettering has become even more fun for me with brush markers. The same brush markers I've had in a craft bin for years and used for stamping... (Maybe you already have some of those too?)
JetPens.com recently posted a helpful little brush lettering intro page and video. (I just bought a few new pens from them, so I'll be showing you some of those soon.) I picked up some great tips at Ray of Light Design, too. And, of course, you can spend hours at youtube and blogs watching and learning. I saw the quote in the first photo at Kristina Werner's blog I wrote it with my Tombow brush markers, using a blending technique from one of Kristina's videos. Although, in this picture, you can't really see the different colors all that well.
There are several different brands and sizes of brush markers out there, and when people ask me which one I recommend, I tell them that it depends on what you plan to do with them. They are so much fun.
In the picture below, the Koi Coloring Brush is at the top, the Faber-Castell is in the middle, and the Tombow is on the bottom. All three of these markers have brush tips, and I love each of them for different reasons.
The Faber-Castell brush markers (middle blue one in the picture), have smaller brush tips than the Koi and Tombow markers. The Faber-Castells allow me to write smaller letters, and they are pigmented India ink so are very lightfast and archival. (Be careful when you buy these, because the company also makes markers that are not brush markers, but the barrels look the same. The brush markers have a B on the end.)
The pink one at the top is the Koi Coloring Brush, and the green one on the bottom is the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. These are both dye based markers, so they are wonderful for blending and watercolor techniques. The Koi markers are a little shorter in length than the Tombows, and the Tombows have slightly bigger brush tips than the Koi Coloring Brushes. The Tombows are slightly more difficult to control for beginners, but come in many, many colors and are perfect for bigger lettering.
Tips:Try not to hold the pen too upright (to protect the brush tip), and the key is to put VERY LIGHT pressure on the brush as you do your upstrokes and heavier pressure as you do your downstrokes. That's what gives you the thick/thin line variations. (Even if you just write slowly in your normal handwriting, while using light pressure on the upstrokes and heavier pressure on the downstrokes, you can get the thick/thin line variations.) Practicing upstrokes (thin lines) and downstrokes (thick lines), before you try to actually write letters, will help you get the feel for it.
I'll have more about brush lettering for you soon! Have you tried brush lettering yet? Do you have favorite brush markers/pens?
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