Blending with Tombows - Part 1!

 Let's learn how to blend from top to bottom!

Let's learn how to blend from top to bottom!

There are different ways to blend those fabulous Tombow Dual Brush Pens, so I am starting a short little series on the ways I blend!  I am by no means an expert in blending, but it is a skill I like to practice A LOT!  And if you are looking for inspiration from some blending masters, here are a couple that are just crazy AMAZING with that skill!: Lindsay Shannon will knock your socks off with her skills, and Alisse Courter has found her own super talented style with blending! These 2 will inspire the heck out of you! You can find both of them on Instagram at @lshannondesigns and @alissecourter.

On to today's tutorial! Remember the Unicorn Frappuccino craze? Today's blending is inspired by those amazing colors!  I'm going to show you how to blend from the top to the bottom of your words. When finished it will look like pink has turned into purple, and purple turned back into pink!  

Step 1: Gather your materials! You'll want extra smooth paper, I am using a sheet of Canson Marker Paper.  Grab the Blending Palette (if you don't have one, you can use a sandwich bag or a clear stamp block!).  For Dual Brush Pens, we'll be using 725 Rhodamine Red, 636 Imperial Purple, 665 Purple, and N00 the Colorless Blender.  

 These pens make blending so much fun!

These pens make blending so much fun!

Step 2: I chose the phrase Coffee Makes Me Awesome (because it really does!). Start with Rhodamine Red (725) and letter out Coffee.  Then take Purple (665) and letter out Makes and Me.  Then go back to Rhodamine Red and letter out Awesome.

 Letter out your phrase!

Letter out your phrase!

Step 3: Now the fun begins! Take your Blending Palette and 636 Imperial Purple. Scribble some ink onto the Palette.  

 Scribble Scribble!

Scribble Scribble!

Step 4: Take your Colorless Blender (N00) and pick up the ink by swiping it across and turning your pen to cover the tip.  The more ink you pick up, the darker your color will be.  So you may have to play around with it to get it just right. If you pick up too much ink, just scribble a little of it off on a scratch piece of paper.  

 The Colorless Blender makes the magic happen! 

The Colorless Blender makes the magic happen! 

Step 5: Add the purple to the BOTTOM half of Coffee.  Here's a tip: start right at the bottom of your letter, this is where you want the most purple to show up.  Use quick upstrokes only with just the tip of the pen to pull the purple ink up halfway. If you do both upstrokes and down strokes to combine the color, you may find the paper can start to wear through. Using just an upstroke and the tip of the pen will help eliminate that.  

 Bring the color up halfway!

Bring the color up halfway!

Step 6: Still using 636 Imperial Purple and the Colorless Blender, add the ink to the BOTTOM half of Me using the same method as above. 

 This is what it looks like!

This is what it looks like!

Step 7: Using Imperial Purple 636 and the Colorless Blender, add the ink to the TOP half of Awesome using the same method as above.  

 Blending is done! 

Blending is done! 

Step 8: To clean your Palette, just take a wet paper towel and wipe the ink off!  And there you have it! Your piece should look similar to above!   If you'd like a more finished look, you can outline your lettering with a Micron 005 Pen. This pen has a very fine tip and makes your letters look even and polished! You can also take a white Gel Pen to add accents to your lettering. I used my favorite here, the Uniball Signo Pen!  Here's the finished look:

 The finished look!

The finished look!

Blending can take time so keep practicing!  Next week I will be showing you some fun color combinations and a different way to blend!  Happy Lettering!!!

Till next time,
Mandy