HOW TO HAND LETTER AND BLEND WITH COLORED PENCILS

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 Let's letter with pencils!

Let's letter with pencils!

 

My youngest son has that "art gene". You know the one where he just wants to do art everything and learn all the things?! And he's really good at it too. A few months ago, we did an art tutorial together and used only colored pencils to "paint".  After that lesson, he fell in love with "painting" with colored pencils, and learning how to blend and shade. But we quickly found out that colored pencils are NOT all created equally. After being disappointed with a few different brands, I let him use my set of Tombow Recycled Colored Pencils, but he really wanted his own set.  So I purchased him the set of Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils in the Vivid palette.  And he absolutely LOVES them!  It's the only kind he wants to ever use now! 

While he was creating his new art, I decided to start creating my own lettering pieces using only colored pencils.  And wouldn't you know it, I fell in love with this technique too!  So today I'm going to show you how to letter using only colored pencils!  

 

STEP 1: gather materials

 Here's your materials....

Here's your materials....

This is an easy step, you will only need a set of Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils, and a piece of brown kraft paper.  I chose brown kraft paper because the vivid colors of these pencils just pop right off the paper, it's such a unique contrast! You can absolutely use white paper if you choose, and of course whatever color pencils you'd like.  I do suggest using pencils that blend really really well, such as the Irojiten Pencils.  It makes a BIG difference!  One of my favorite Dual Brush Pen combos is the Coral and Rhodamine Red, so I'm choosing pencil colors to mimic that combo. I'll be using the coral, yellow and both pink colored pencils in the vivid set.  

 

STEP 2: letter out your word/phrase

 Letter out your word...

Letter out your word...

Using the coral pencil, letter our your word. Then using Faux Calligraphy, thicken your downstrokes.  You'll find with colored pencils you'll need to add a few more layers of color for it to stand out against the brown paper.  

 Use faux calligraphy...

Use faux calligraphy...

 

STEP 3: add the layers of color

 Add the light pink first...

Add the light pink first...

Using the lightest pink color, add color to the top part of all letters. Next, use the darker pink color to add a layer of color over the light pink. Then using the yellow pencil, blend where the pink and coral meet, and continue to color over all the coral parts.  If you've blended with Tombow's Dual Brush Pens, you are essentially doing the same thing here with the pencils.  

 Then add the dark pink...

Then add the dark pink...

 Use yellow to blend....

Use yellow to blend....

 

STEP 4: add outline and shadow

 Outline your lettering with black...

Outline your lettering with black...

Using the black colored pencil, outline all your letters. Then add thicker lines to all your down strokes, and to the right side of every letter.  

 Then add shadow...

Then add shadow...

 

And that's it! It's pretty easy!  Here's another example of colored pencil lettering. I used  Tombow Recycled Color Pencils here:

hand lettering, lettering blog
 

You can also take it one step further and use your pencils to add doodles to your lettering. Here's a cactus pun I did using an exclusive colored pencil set from their Tokyo Collection. These pencils were included in their new VIP Subscription box! (which by the way, is AMAZING!!) 

 Have fun creating!

Have fun creating!

So give this technique a try! Let me know how it turns out, and if you have any questions, just ask!

Happy Lettering! 

Till next time, 
Mandy