Chasity is going to color your world with this awesome rainbow watercolor lettering tutorial!
Kelly Creates Supplies: Deluxe Lettering Kit (pencil, ruler), Watercolor Project Pad, Watercolor Inks Set 1 Warm, Set 2 Cool, Set 3 (White), Black Fineliners, Dream Pens, Moonlight Marker, Lettering Brush set, Palette, Water brush
Hey Lettering Friends! I hope you are doing great and finding time to create! I am here today to share a rainbow watercolor tutorial with you. I hope that you will give it a try. This whimsical project is a little outside my comfort zone, but it was really fun to explore changing up the format of the letters and creating a fun piece that can be used for a card, or layout, or put in a frame! I really love the way the Kelly Creates water brush blends the colors together. (You can also use the Kelly Creates Round Lettering Brushes for this too)
I started with Kelly Creates watercolor paper. It’s thick, smooth watercolor paper that is perfect for this type of project where watercolors and pens are used.
I also think the paper really brings out the vibrant colors so nicely. I chose the phrase “Enjoy Your Day”. This can be used for Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and so much more. And by changing the color palette, it can be whimsical and playful, or more sophisticated.
I started with a light color (yellow) and added water to it so I could lightly use the water brush to letter the word “Enjoy. (You can also use the Kelly Creates lettering brushes with clean water)This gave me a base to blend on, but would easily cover. You could also use a pencil, and erase later.
Next, I put a few drops of each of the Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks I chose to use in the Kelly Creates palette. Using the water brush, I added the watercolor ink to each letter while the ‘clear’ water letters were still wet. If your letters dry, rehydrate them before adding ink. NOTE: Clean your brush when changing colors. You can easily clean a water brush by squeezing it so that the water flows through and ‘washes’ the tip.
Continue adding color to the letters and squeezing the brush slightly to add water and blend. You can also go back and blend some more if you need more blending after it dries.
I started with Kelly Creates Emerald Watercolor Ink and painted the colors in this order: green-yellow- orange- red- pink- violet- blue or cobalt. I didn’t follow the traditional rainbow color order, and I really loved the way it turned out! The Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks are so pigmented and bright. Try out some different color combinations to see what you like.
Continue with each letter and blend the colors until you have painted the entire word. Next, using your Kelly Creates 005 black fineliner, draw shadow lines about 1/8” away from each letter, leaving a little white space between the shadow and your watercolor letters.
The 005 fineliner is my favorite size and is perfect for adding shadows in small spaces. Continue adding your shadow lines to all the letters.
Then, with the small brush end of the Stone Dream Pen, add another shadow next to the black lines. This is just add a little more dimension to the lettering.
OK, let’s move on to the banner. Sketch out the banner with a pencil, and decide where you want to put it. This is all part of the process, move it around until you find where you think it looks best!
I liked the way it flowed under the descender loops of the word “Enjoy”. Next, write the letters inside the banner flags. I chose a serif style of letters.
Using the Kelly Creates 01 Black Fineliner, trace over the banner and letters, and erase your pencil lines.
I wanted to add some fun and flair to the banner, so I picked up the Kelly Creates water brush and watercolor inks and added polka dots with the same colors that I used in the blended word.
Finally, draw some boxes for the last word with your pencil. I sketched in the letters to make sure that the size was suitable. Next I painted the boxes with the watercolor inks to create colourful blended backgrounds..
Let the boxes dry completely. With the Kelly Creates Stone Dream Pen, add a shadow to your banner. Be sure to add it to the same side as the word above to keep it consistent. (I added my shadow lines to the right sides of every stroke and line).
Last step is to use your Kelly Creates Moonlight Marker and draw the letters in the boxes. Make sure your watercolour boxes are completely dry. You might have to use more than one layer of Moonlight Marker to make the white pop. Let dry completely between layers also.
Then using the Black Fineliner again, add a shadow to the letters and the boxes with the Stone Dream Pen. I also used the Kelly Creates White Watercolor Ink (Set 3), and painted highlights on the word “enjoy” as well. You could use the Moonlight Marker for this too. NOTE: The White watercolor ink is very thick (like a gouache) and you can dilute it with a little water. You might need to layer this and let dry between layers to create the highlights.
Click HERE or the image below to download and print your free ‘enjoy’ template.
Here is a video tutorial on Kelly’s YouTube channel that will help you understand this rainbow lettering process.
How did yours turn out? I really like combining different letter styles in a composition to add interest. Please share yours with us; we would love to see what you do! Again, this would be great to use as a card, add a whimsical title to a layout, or frame it as a gift for someone special. Add a few of your own embellishments and finish the piece in no time!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope that you take a few minutes to be creative today.
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