How can I use the Tombow Blending Kit?

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 Ready for some fun???!!!

Ready for some fun???!!!

Happy Friday and welcome to another lettering tutorial!!! Today I am going to show you one way you can use the Tombow Blending Kit: to make a watercolor background for your lettering!  Ready????  Let's grab your materials!!!! I am using the Tombow Blending Kit, Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, and 3 Tombow Dual Brush Pens (815 Cherry, 723 Pink, and 761 Carnation). You may also want to grab a pencil and eraser (these are my favs!). I will also be using Tombow's Fudenosuke Hard Tip Pen!

STEP 1:

Grab your Blending Palette, and scribble some of the Cherry ink onto it. Since this is the darkest color, I like to not put as much ink onto my background. You'll see I only added it in 2 places.  Just keep in mind the more dark ink you have, the darker your background will be. Next take your Pink and scribble ink in random places but leaving some spots for the last color.  Then take your Carnation and fill in all the empty spots on the Palette.  

 Cover your whole space with 3 different colors!

Cover your whole space with 3 different colors!

STEP 2: 

Grab your misting bottle and fill that up with water.  Then aim it at the Blending Palette and spray the water all over the palette.  You'll want enough water to make the ink sort of bubble up.

 Hold the bottle about 6 inches above your palette!

Hold the bottle about 6 inches above your palette!

 See how the ink is bubbled up? This is perfect!

See how the ink is bubbled up? This is perfect!

STEP 3:

Pick up the Palette, and flip it over onto half of your Mixed Media paper. Mixed Media paper is designed to be used with either wet or dry materials. But you can also use watercolor paper! (I am using a 5.5" x 8.5" sheet, so in this tutorial we will be doing this twice to cover the entire paper.)

 Flip over and apply to your paper!

Flip over and apply to your paper!

STEP 4:

Lift the Palette off your paper.  You'll see some big globs of color, yay!  This is exactly what you want!

 Looks messy, but this is perfect!

Looks messy, but this is perfect!

STEP 5:

Grab a paper towel, and just blot the areas where you feel there is too much ink and water.  This will help smooth it out a little!

 Blot, Blot, Blot, Blot, Blot!

Blot, Blot, Blot, Blot, Blot!

STEP 6:

Now we repeat all the above steps to cover the second half of our paper!  Just use a paper towel to wipe off your Blending Palette so you can start again!

 Repeat! Scribble all 3 colors onto your Palette!

Repeat! Scribble all 3 colors onto your Palette!

 Then spray it with your Mister!

Then spray it with your Mister!

 Flip it over and apply it to your paper!

Flip it over and apply it to your paper!

 Lift it up and blot any areas you see too much water and ink! Wipe off your Blending Palette with a paper towel.

Lift it up and blot any areas you see too much water and ink! Wipe off your Blending Palette with a paper towel.

STEP 7:

Using the Colorless Blender N00 that came in your kit, you can blend in any ink that didn't get enough water (this is easiest to do while the ink is still wet!)  This will help blend in those little dotted areas! Remember to let your paper dry a little before attempting to sketch out your quote in the next step! I usually wait about 10-15 minutes, and it's good to go!

 Blend those dotted areas in! Then let your paper dry!

Blend those dotted areas in! Then let your paper dry!

STEP 8:

Grab your pencil and eraser, and sketch out your quote! If you are anything like me in making mistakes, this is a lifesaver! You can erase anything you don't like! If it weren't for this step, I would probably have made about 10 watercolor backgrounds before I settled on a design I like!  

 Pencil your quote out first!

Pencil your quote out first!

STEP 9:

A black pen would show up best with this background so I am using my absolute favorite pen, Tombow's Fudenosuke Hard Tip! Just trace over your pencil sketch with this pen!  If you don't have it, you can use whatever black lettering pen you have!  

 Ink out your pencil sketch!

Ink out your pencil sketch!

STEP 10:

Use your eraser to erase any pencil lines you see. And now your piece is done! Voila!!!!

 Erase those pesky pencil lines!

Erase those pesky pencil lines!

 Ta-Da! Your masterpiece is done!

Ta-Da! Your masterpiece is done!

And there you have it! A hand lettered piece with a watercolor background the easy way!  I hope you have fun giving this a try! Experiment with different colors too! Try out those blues, greens, yellows and oranges!  If you have all 96 colors, there are SO many options! And if you don't have all 96. but you just absolutely HAVE to HAVE them, you can get them for a spectacular price here!!!

Have a happy Friday and a fantastic weekend! 

Till next time,

Mandy