Watercolor Words

By Anne - February 12, 2017

I watched a video on YouTube on how to make a watercolor banner to use in lettering, and since I had the markers needed, I decided to give it a try. 

My first try I just used single colors to create hills to ground my words.

Not great...

Still not great...

I was having fun playing with the watercolors though, so I decided to make a rainbow.

I wanted to make something special for my daughter, who was having a rough week, so I looked for a good quote for her, and came up with this from Winnie the Pooh:

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
― A.A. Milne 

Then I lettered it onto the rainbow, mixing fonts to make the important words stand out.

It's not perfect, but she hung it on her wall, so I'll take that as a win.

Next I used the same watercolor technique, but used all shades of blue and green. It reminded me of water, and one of my closest friends and co-workers has a love of whales and mermaids, so I decided to make something for her. I went with the mermaid theme, because it gave me a reason to use the glitter markers that John got me for Christmas.

This one I'll call "Perfectly Imperfect." I can see my mistakes, but I'm still pretty damn happy with it. Also, the glitter markers really give it a life of its own in person.

She hung it on the wall behind her nail station at the salon, so I call that another win. A lot of her clients have remarked on it, so if nothing else it gives them something to talk about.

For all of these projects, I used my mechanical pencil to mark out guides to space my letters, and used a Sakura Pigma Micron 05 to letter the words. After I had inked it, I used a General's Kneaded Eraser to erase my pencil guides.

Most of the lettering work that I've posted up to this point that has been inked, has been done with either a Pigma Micron 05 or 005. I love those pens, they're awesome; they rarely soak through a page, give a consistent line, don't bleed, and you can blend over them without ruining your lettering. They also come in a bunch of different sizes and colors.

So those are my watercolor words. I think I only have one or two more posts until I'm caught up with what I've done to date, or at least what I've saved from what I've done. Then we can get started with the daily diary.

Hope you enjoyed!

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