Unique + Gorgeous Lettered Art with the Tombow Advanced Lettering Set

Hey guys! Today, I'm sharing a little motivational print I created for myself using quite a few of the amazing lettering tools found in the Tombow Advanced Lettering Set, as well as some lettering tools I had in my studio. 

This piece of art is totally different than my usual style, but as I've recently discovered how much I love using Kraft Paper in my lettering, I couldn't help myself!

The inspiration for this came from a recent Instagram post I made. I loved the composition of the quote so much, I wanted to recreate it for a 5x7 print to hang in my studio. 

DISCLAIMER: I used my iPhone to photograph today's post (and completed the project on my packaging table) because my big camera battery wasn't charged. Totally my mistake!

Ok, let's dive in!
Here's what you'll need... 

From the Lettering Set: 
3 Colored Dual Brush Pens (in shades 373, 815, and 685)
Mono Pencil for Sketching
Mono Eraser (love that thing)
Mono Twin Permanent Marker
Fudenosuke Hard Nib Brush Pen

(If you don't have the lettering set, all of these items are available for individual sale, and linked above)

From my personal hoard (ahem, collection) of lettering tools: 
White Gel Pen
Kraft Paper, trimmed down to 5x7 size
Water Brush (I use this one)
A blending palette (you can use a plastic sandwich baggie also)

Let's DO IT. 

First, I'll need my blending palette, Dual Brush Pens, and Water Brush. 

I started by simply scribbling some ink onto my blending palette, in three sections, as pictured above. I put my pink shade at the top, furthest away from my teal, because those two colors don't mix too well. Placing the purply-magenta shade in the middle (a shade that mixes well with both colors) is a good "buffer" between the two. 

Next, I squeezed a few water droplets from my water brush onto the ink. No rhyme or reason here! Be wary of adding too much water in the beginning, or your ink will immediately puddle up and turn into a grody purple-brown. You can always add more later!

Here, I'm mixing the top and bottom colors into the middle color with my water brush to create a gorgeous unicorn-esque shade in a league of its own!

After some more mixing (and adding a little more water), I've got a beautiful pinky-purple shade (with a touch of blue) at the top, and a dustier purple-blue shade at the bottom. Now, the magic happens when we apply it to our kraft paper!

I swirled my watercolor mixture onto the Kraft Paper to create an oval shape. I was not careful with it AT ALL. That's the fun of creating a watercolor background. The messier and more 'organic,' the better. 

But what I love about using Kraft Paper for this project is the unique and timeless look it creates. The brown of the kraft paper mutes and dulls the colors in just the perfect amount. It truly transforms how the colors appear on the paper, and I just love the final result. 

Ok, I guess the sun came out at this point because the pictures from here on out are going to be SUPA BRIGHT! Put on your shades. :-D

When I was happy with my watercolor background, I snapped this photo, then blasted my Kraft Paper with a hairdryer so I could move on quickly to the next step. Some minor warping of the paper occurred, so I suggest taping your paper down BEFORE applying the watercolor, and not after....like me ;) 

Here, you can see the finished result once the watercolor has dried. Aren't those colors awesome? I'm ready now to begin sketching my quote.

Be warned: the pencil lead is just BARELY visible on the Kraft Paper. But, then again, that's probably a good thing when it comes time to erase your pencil!

As you can see (or not see), I decided to erase my pencil sketch and freehand my quote with my brush pen. This was an impulse decision on my part, and not something I would recommend. I am not sure why I do the things I do! 

Also, this is me telling you NOT to use your brand new, nice, good, perfect brush pens on rough paper. The reason I'm doing it here is because I've collected about 10 Fude Pens in the past year, and therefore, have a couple of pens that I "reserve" for lettering on surfaces that might damage my delicate brush nibs. However, I've also found that the Fudenosuke Pens are not nearly as delicate as the Dual Brush Pens, so proceed with caution! And don't say I didn't warn you! 

I talk about having some pens 'on reserve' for this type of project a lot, and I highly recommend having a few extra at your disposal. It's worth it to expand your lettering potential and opportunities! 

Here is my finished quote! I could have definitely left it at this, and called it a day, but I wanted to make it pop. Let's add the highlights.

Using a white gel pen, I added highlights to each of my words. I love the effect of this on the Kraft Paper. It totally changes the feel of the piece, and helps the quote to pop off the page!

To finish my piece, I went over any of the 'questionable' areas of my lettering with the larger tip on my permanent marker. I found that it really helped to define the thickness of my downstrokes. The best part is, if I want to correct my thin upstrokes, I could use the fine-tip side of this marker for just that! I love this pen. 

Alright, it's complete! I will so enjoy looking at this little reminder every day when I make a bazillion big and small business decisions (insert forehead sweat emoji).

I'll be back on Friday with the next installment of my 50 Ways to Letter Series! If you've missed A-F, you better catch up! I have some free tracing sheets available, linked at the bottom of my latest post, which you can find here.

Peace out!