St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and of course Chasity has a fabulous ‘lucky charm’ rainbow card tutorial for you using Kelly Creates Watercolor Inks and lettering supplies!
Kelly Creates Supplies: Watercolor Grid practice pad, Watercolor Lettering Project Pad, Deluxe Lettering Kit, Watercolor Inks Set 1 and Set 2, Watercolor Lettering brush size 2, Daisy Palette, Black Fineliners, Watercolor Paradise Pencils, Dream pen ‘Stone’ Set 2, Multicolor Small Brush ‘Palm’ Set 2, Moonlight Marker
OTHER SUPPLIES: Paper Trimmer, Card Stock (green), Adhesive, Baker’s Twine
Hello lucky lettering friends! Chasity here today to share a new tutorial with you using Kelly’s plethora of amazing products. Now, this tutorial is what I would call a ‘mixed media’ tutorial. Let me explain. For this tutorial, I used some of Kelly’s Pens, some of her Watercolor Inks, and also Watercolor Paradise Pencils! With that said, this can totally be done with just one of these mediums, however, I really wanted to show how well these can be used together to make cards or create a piece of home décor, whatever you are creating! So, keep in mind as you follow along, if you don’t have one of these items, you can 100% use what you have and get a similar result. Let’s get to creating something fun!
March is here, and I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to some warmer Spring weather in Utah. With March also comes St. Patrick’s Day! This day is big in our family because I am part Irish, but even more importantly, it’s my favorite guy’s birthday! And don’t tell him I told you… but this year he turns the big 5…0! I am going to give him this special, handmade birthday card, but not focus on that number (wink wink).
You know me– I always like to start with a practice sheet and figure out what I want to design. I am a firm believer in plan with a pencil first. I sure do envy creative peeps that can just go for it on the first try, but that has never been me. I naturally write uphill and can’t draw a straight line to save my life! So, if you’re like me, grab a piece of Kelly Creates Grid practice paper and your Deluxe Lettering Kit and let’s do this!
I sketched out the word “Lucky” on my grid practice sheet. I made the letters a little more whimsical, drawing the ‘U” smaller than the other letters. Then I tried out the watercolor inks, making each letter a different color. I started with the Emerald Watercolor Ink and then mixed colors to create more variations of the green color.
In the Kelly Creates Daisy Palette, I put a drop of Emerald Watercolor Ink in each of 4 sections and then added a drop of other inks to that and mixed to create new colors. I love creating custom colors by mixing inks in the palette! I added Deep Yellow to Emerald. I added Teal to Emerald, and lastly, I added Black to Emerald. I left one ‘pure’ Emerald and also had a section that is just Teal. Then, using my #2 Kelly Creates Lettering Brush, I lettered the word with each different ink colors.
After that dried, I took the Kelly Creates ‘Stone’ Dream Pen and drew shadows on each letter to make them pop a little off the page.
Next, I used the Black Fineliner 03 Pen to create a second shadow between the green and the Stone. I like the look of the double shadow with varied widths.
Now it’s time to add a little shine. Using the Moonlight marker, add a highlight line on each letter. This marker works nicely layered on top of the watercolor ink!
OK, let’s move on to some Watercolor Paradise Pencils! I wrote the word “charm” with the ‘Island’ Watercolor pencil.
Now, let’s try some faux calligraphy! Fill in the letters to thicken the down strokes.
Next, take the ‘Sea Foam’ Paradise Pencil and start shading from the top of the letters down about halfway. I was creating a gradient look. Shade about 1/3 of the letter from the top. Then switch over to the ‘Turtle’ Watercolor Pencil. Keep shading to blend the greens together!
Now, using the #2 Kelly Creates Lettering brush, pick up clean water and blend all three colors together. Watch the magic as the pencils turn into watercolor!
Blend until you are happy with the results. I love the Watercolor Paradise Pencils because I have a little bit more control but can achieve the same watercolor effect.
Then I wanted to make a rainbow above the words because you can’t find the pot of gold without the rainbow! Watercolor rainbows are really on trend right now, but this rainbow was going to be all shades of green! I painted the rainbow with the same watercolor inks that I used to letter the word “Lucky”.
I used the #2 brush, started with the Emerald /Black mix and painted the arch. Next, I moved on to the dots with the Deep Yellow/Emerald mix.
Keep painting the rainbow arches with different green hues. Then add a heart or Shamrock in the center!
Are you ready to move on to the watercolor paper? I really am in love with Kelly Creates watercolor paper. It’s thick and absorbs water perfectly and warping is minimal with the thicker paper.
Recreate the same design following the same steps on the watercolor paper. I started with the rainbow this time because I wanted my sizing to be a little more intentional. It’s easier to adjust my lettering to the size of the rainbow.
I still used my pencil to sketch “LUCKY,” and then I followed the same steps to paint the lettering.
Keep in mind that you can create this with any of these mediums: Pens, Watercolors or Watercolor Pencils. Or try all three like I did and see how fun mixed media can be!
Using the Kelly Creates Small Brush Pen ‘Palm’, I wrote “you are my” in between the rainbow and the “Lucky Charm” lettering to personalize the piece.
Using green card stock and twine, I turned this design into my hubby’s birthday card. You could also frame this as a piece of home decor, creating a design that is 5×7″ or 8×10″.
Thanks so much for spending some time with me and following along. Wishing each of you an enormous pot of gold at the end of your beautiful rainbow!
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