I'm so excited to bring y'all this extra colorful lettering tutorial today! Today's blog post is made possible by Cricut and Tombow. As you all know, I am a brand ambassador for Tombow USA, and I received the TwinTone Markers and the brand new Cricut Bright Pad as part of my ambassadorship! HUGE shoutout to these two amazing companies for being so generous with their products.
As you all know, I love brush lettering. It is my go-to form of lettering and what I find easiest. However, that doesn't mean I don't dabble in other styles. To be honest, I don't show much of that here because my perfectionist nature gets in the way!
But today, I'm embracing my messy side, and pushing perfection far, far away. In this tutorial, you are encouraged to scribble, encouraged to make crooked lines, and invited to say YES to the MESS. Here we go!
Here's what I used:
I have always loved the lettering style of Caroline Kelso Zook of Made Vibrant. Today's lettering tutorial is heavily influenced by her colorful, vibrant, messy aesthetic.
However, I found it difficult to simply start from scratch and create something in this particular aesthetic. My lettering is pretty clean and simple, so I needed somewhere to start. I began by choosing a lettering piece I'd created for Instagram, and decided I could 'dress it down' with this technique.
I placed my lettered piece on the BrightPad, and placed another sheet of paper on top. Both papers are a heavy-weight cardstock. I tried using regular copy paper with this tutorial and found it wasn't quite sturdy enough to handle the 'scribbling process.' You'll see what I mean later!
You could begin by using a pencil to trace the outline of each letter like so...
Or you could take your markers straight to the paper and not have to do any erasing! This is what I did for the remainder of the tracing.
Theoretically, I could complete this tutorial with any colored brush pen or even a permanent marker! However, I'm opting to use the new Tombow USA TwinTone Markers because the colors are absolutely like CANDY.
The markers are dual-ended, with one large nib, and one extremely dainty nib.
Here's where the scribbling comes in. I love the look of leaving little white spaces everywhere to give the lettering more character and quirk. Scribbling color onto each letter is the perfect way to achieve this look. Don't worry about getting outside the lines, because it just adds more character!
Next, I pulled out one of my MONO Drawing Pens in 03 nib size. I did a review of these pens here!
I used this pen to outline the letters. This part is also really fun because it doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, I think it should be far from perfect!
And you can tell 'farm from perfect' is what I got here, because I didn't even outline one of my 'g's for some strange reason!!! What was I thinking?
That's it, y'all! That is my tutorial for extra messy, imperfect, BOLD lettering that pops. This little piece is ready for a frame or a corkboard right where I can see it in my office!
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