Create 3 Unique Effects Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Well, my magical moment of the week was delivered right to my inbox! I am so excited to announce that I've taken on a new title: Tombow Brand Ambassador. This is a new program for Tombow, and I will be revealing more about this fun opportunity in future posts. I just wanted to announce this exciting piece of news because it directly relates to this very blog post. Since accepting this role, I've been inspired to take a closer look at my collection of Tombow Dual Brush Pens -- my most used lettering tools -- to see if I can come up with something new and different ways to use them in my hand-lettering. 

Although I didn't reinvent the wheel, I did play around with 3 different textures that are created by blending my Tombows, and can be embellished using other tools.

(A big thanks to my photographer, Mr. Kiley in Kentucky, and advance apologies for the splotchy smudges all over my hands---no one said blending was mess-free. Learn from my mistakes!)

For these three textures, the only tools you will need are: 

  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • A Plastic Baggie or Piece of Aluminum Foil
  • A White Jelly Roll Pen
  • Any other fun pens you want to incorporate!

1. 3-D Script

First, you'll need to do some blending. I chose a vibrant purple and a soft, pastel purple for this two-tone 3-D look.

Following this 4-step process, blend your colors, and begin writing! I use a plastic baggie, but you can blend your Tombows on any plastic surface, or even a piece of aluminum foil. And, always remember: you use the lighter shade of marker to pick up the darker shade of ink!

If your darker color starts to wear off, feel free to go back in and re-ink!

It looks so soft and pretty...you could leave it like this if you want...or you could take it to the next level.

Using the Fine Point end of the darker Tombow Dual Brush Pen, add the 3-dimensional shading.

Voila! You're all done!

2. "The Dang Gurl, that's some good blending," technique

For this one, I chose 2 similar colors (ex: peach and hot pink of varying tones). I lettered my phrase completely using the lightest shade...in this case, peach!

The color looks very washed out (oops, wrong camera settings) but I used a super vibrant pink to color in the bottom portions of each letter. Depending on the angle you want your shading to come from, you can adjust this step.

Now, go in and use the lighter shade to blend that darker color out. I think my colors were so bright they totally threw off the camera settings! You will have to repeat this step with your lightest shade a couple of times, inching higher and higher each time, in order to create the smoothest blend possible. I rushed through mine for the sake of this tutorial, but if you are careful, this looks so amazing!

3. The Galaxy Effect

This is my favorite effect, and it is actually SO easy to achieve! 

To begin, I blended my blue with my black, using the 4-step process in the first example. 

Next, I used the fine point of my blue Tombow to go in and clean up the edges.  This isn't a necessary step, but a personal preference!

Now, using my white jelly roll pen, I begin to add my star detailing! 

*Note: ignore my little blue smudge...I could have edited it right out, but I'd rather you learn from my mistakes once again! ha!

I usually do a couple of layers of stars. The white ink has a tendency to fade as it dries, so it may be necessary to go over some spots again to brighten them up. Once again, it's totally your preference. 

To complete this effect, I added some gold stars using my Pentel XGFH Scientific Pen

And now this look is complete! I bet you never thought it would be that easy, huh? 

Do you have any special textures or effects you like to create with your Tombows? Let me know in the comments below or link to your own tutorials! I always love to look at what other artists create from their own imaginations!