PROCESS VIDEO: Watercolor Galaxy Lettering Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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Y'all, I'm so excited to be bringing you a tutorial in a new form today----video!! It's so exciting, though I am a bit nervous for you to see it since I haven't done a YouTube Video in like 3 years.

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This week, I posted this photo on Instagram, and a lot of people were surprised to know that I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens (The NEW Galaxy Palette) to create this awesome watercolor piece.

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The new galaxy palette is stinkin' AMAZING. All the colors in this 10-piece set combine and blend together to make beautiful unicorn/galaxy hybrid color variations!

Check out my quick swatch picture below. I created this first thing just to have a 'key' when choosing what colors I wanted to pair together.

AND BTW: You can get all Dual Brush Pen 10 Packs 20% off if you use the code 'YAY20' on Tombow's Website. Don't miss out on this offer....it's only good September 22-26!

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Then, I decided...why not film myself re-creating the watercolor piece? In the video I not only use the markers in the galaxy palette to create watercolor lettering, but I use a few extra tools to bring the galaxy theme to life. 

Click play to watch the video, but refer back to this blog post for a full list of recommended materials, and written instructions.

Recommended Materials:
Copy Paper
A pencil
Tracing Pad (I use this one)
Watercolor or Mix Media Paper
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Galaxy Palette
A large round brush (I use size 12)
A small detail brush
A stiff brush for paint splattering
A cup of clean water
Paper towels on hand for blotting and drying brushes
White acrylic Paint
Gold Acrylic Paint
 

0:55 - Grab a piece of paper (any kind of your choosing) to sketch your design. Don't worry about this being perfect...you just need a good sketch to trace from.

0:55 - Grab a piece of paper (any kind of your choosing) to sketch your design. Don't worry about this being perfect...you just need a good sketch to trace from.

1:58: Place your sketch onto a tracing pad and line your watercolor or mix media paper on top of the sketch, where you want it to appear in the final result.

1:58: Place your sketch onto a tracing pad and line your watercolor or mix media paper on top of the sketch, where you want it to appear in the final result.

3:10: Begin scribbling your dual brush pen tips onto your blending surface---I'm using blending palette sheets from Tombow, but you could use alumnium foil, plastic baggies, or any other slick plastic surface. Dual Brush Pens are water-based, so they wipe off easily from a plastic surface with a damp paper towel. I'm using two sheets because I want to get multiple color variations going---I explain this in the video! Set the gray dual brush pen from the kit to the side, because we're going to save that one for later!

3:10: Begin scribbling your dual brush pen tips onto your blending surface---I'm using blending palette sheets from Tombow, but you could use alumnium foil, plastic baggies, or any other slick plastic surface. Dual Brush Pens are water-based, so they wipe off easily from a plastic surface with a damp paper towel. I'm using two sheets because I want to get multiple color variations going---I explain this in the video!

Set the gray dual brush pen from the kit to the side, because we're going to save that one for later!

3:55: To apply my watercolors to the paper, I'm using this Size 12 Round Brush. Have some clean water standing by!

3:55: To apply my watercolors to the paper, I'm using this Size 12 Round Brush. Have some clean water standing by!

4:05: With a lot of water in your brush, start dabbing it onto the palette and mixing two colors together at a time. This is how we will create the super pretty unicorn/galaxy color variations in our piece.

4:05: With a lot of water in your brush, start dabbing it onto the palette and mixing two colors together at a time. This is how we will create the super pretty unicorn/galaxy color variations in our piece.

4:54: Have at it! Start using your brush (filled with color and water) to bring life to your piece! I highly suggest watching this portion of the video to see how I'm dropping more color into the wet paint to bring texture and excitement to my letters.

4:54: Have at it! Start using your brush (filled with color and water) to bring life to your piece! I highly suggest watching this portion of the video to see how I'm dropping more color into the wet paint to bring texture and excitement to my letters.

8:50: Once you're done apatplying the watercolors, wait for them to dry and watch the magic happen as the watercolors start to form really cool textures.

8:50: Once you're done apatplying the watercolors, wait for them to dry and watch the magic happen as the watercolors start to form really cool textures.

9:07: Grab your two acrylic paints (gold and white), as well as two brushes (a small detail brush and a stiff brush of any kind), as well as a surface to put your acrylic paint on. I just used a folded sheet of scrap paper.

9:07: Grab your two acrylic paints (gold and white), as well as two brushes (a small detail brush and a stiff brush of any kind), as well as a surface to put your acrylic paint on. I just used a folded sheet of scrap paper.

9:42: Grab your stiff brush and dip it in a little water and a little of the white acrylic paint. Use your finger to splatter the white paint onto your paper, creating a star pattern.

9:42: Grab your stiff brush and dip it in a little water and a little of the white acrylic paint. Use your finger to splatter the white paint onto your paper, creating a star pattern.

9:49: Use your detail brush to apply larger white stars in areas where you think a beautiful, shining star should go!

9:49: Use your detail brush to apply larger white stars in areas where you think a beautiful, shining star should go!

10:11: Repeat the same process with the gold paint to give it more shine and dimension!

10:11: Repeat the same process with the gold paint to give it more shine and dimension!

10:42: Finally, use your gray pen to add shadows to the letters, finishing it off!

10:42: Finally, use your gray pen to add shadows to the letters, finishing it off!

So, I realize I don't go over the basics of using a brush to letter or doing watercolor lettering, so if that's something you'd like to see, please leave me a comment here in this blog post or on the video, and I will make it happen for you :) 

See ya next week!