Watercolor Lettering Basics: Which Watercolor Should You Use?

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I'm so excited to kick off the first part of my new series: Watercolor Lettering Basics. I've created this 5-part series as an introduction to watercolor lettering. By the end of this series I want you to be more comfortable with the idea of using watercolors and a paintbrush in your lettering practice!

The first thing we have to cover is the 'thing' itself: watercolor. Just one trip to the craft section of even the Dollar Tree could easily get a watercolor lettering newbie overwhelmed. There is more than one 'form' that watercolors can come in---liquids, pots, pencils, tubes... andI'm sure I'm forgetting something!

My goal with this first part of the series is to demonstrate the various forms of watercolors I have used in my watercolor lettering so that you can make the ultimate decision: where to start and what to purchase! Below you will find the video where I demonstrate the various forms of watercolors I used as well as some more details and links for where you can pick these up! 

Press play and dive in!

1. The most affordable option for beginners...

I list this option as the most affordable because of the amount and variety of colors you get! Even though these paints are on the lower end of the quality scale, they are an excellent option for any beginner. This is the palette I used (heck, I still use it) when I first began watercolor lettering, and actually, it's lasted me about 2 years now that I think about it! What do you have to lose? Especially if you're just beginning...

2. Tombow Dual Brush Pens (As Watercolors)

I include this option because a lot of you are probably already familiar with these brush pens. What's better than already having a key ingredient to watercolor lettering in your stash at home?! Nothing! I briefly demonstrate how these pens can be used as watercolors in the video, but for a more detailed demonstration, I suggest this video. 

3. Watercolor Tubes

Watercolor tubes are the watercolor form that intimidated me the most....because of the limited color selection I have in tube form, I don't like using these. BUT, as you can see in the video, they can be incredibly pigmented and have a very smooth feel on the paper. And, a little bit definitely goes a long way with this form of watercolor, so you are bound to get your money's worth out of these babies!

4. Fancy Watercolor Tubes

These are the same principle as the cheaper tubes, but wow, they come in so many beautiful colors...and they had better for the price! I would only recommend these if you're more advanced or are ready to begin creating archival pieces to gift or sell.

5. Liquid Watercolors

Liquid watercolors are probably my favorite form of watercolor! The bottle and dropper can be intimidating, but I actually find they are the easiest and smoothest watercolor to use. Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors are my favorite brand, but there are some awesome homemade brands out there (like this one). If this watercolor looks appealing to you, I think you would have a great experience with it!

6. A traditional watercolor set

I love this little travel set! It's adorable, comes with a brush, and the watercolors inside are very high quality! 

All in all, it doesn't matter which form of watercolor you start with...just that you feel comfortable with it and excited about it!

Come back next Monday for the next installment in this series when I'll cover what brush(es) to pick up, what paper to use, and the other materials you want to have to get started!

Comment below and tell me which watercolors you're going to pick up and play around with before next week...

I'll see you then!