Blending with Tombows - Part 2!!!

My own personal blending chart!!!

My own personal blending chart!!!

Happy Friday and welcome to Blending with Tombows Part 2! Today I am going to show you how to blend using 2 different Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  There are lots of possibilities with blending all 96 of these pens! I love sitting down and trying out different combinations to see what I can come up with! I even started my own little chart (above!) to keep track of the combinations that are my favorite!  And yes, I even named them! (I named them the first thing that came to mind!)  

As you can see above I have listed quite a few combinations, but for today I am going to show you a few of absolute favorites!  The first up is what I call Baby Girl.  This one is a personal favorite really.  I LOVE  the contrast between the gray and pink. It's not really a combination of 2 colors to make a new color, but more of letting each color stand out on it's own!  It reminds me of a modern chic little girl!  

You'll need 761 Carnation and N25 Lamp Black for this one!

You'll need 761 Carnation and N25 Lamp Black for this one!

Step 1: Grab your Blending Palette (if you don't have one, you can use a sandwich bag or a clear stamp block!) Take N25 Lamp Black and scribble some ink on the palette.

Scribble some ink on there!

Scribble some ink on there!

Step 2: Take 761 Carnation and pick up the Lamp Black ink by scribbling over it. Turning the pen will help cover the entire tip.  The more ink you pick up the darker your lettering will be. 

Pink and Black will be turning to gray!

Pink and Black will be turning to gray!

Step 3: Letter out your word. You'll see as you letter the darker ink will start to fade. If you prefer to have it darker, just stop and pick up more ink.  The more you letter out the word, the more the Carnation color will return back to normal. As you can see in the b and g, there is more Lamp Black ink showing. I stopped after the a and picked up more Black ink to show the difference.  I did not pick up any ink at all when lettering out girl.  It really is a preference thing!

There you have it!

There you have it!

My second favorite combo is called Candy.  It is made with Persimmon 835 and Carnation 761. Use the same method as above!  When blending 2 colors together, always put the DARKER pen ink on to your palette, and use the LIGHTER pen to pick it up.  For these 2, you'll scribble the Persimmon on to your palette and use Carnation to pick it up. This combo is especially fun to outline in black and then use a white gel pen to make bubble accents!  I used the new Tombow Mono Drawing Pen to outline and a Uniball Signo white gel pen to accent. (OH! If you haven't heard of Tombow's new Mono Drawing Pens, you NEED to go check them out here! They are fantastic!!!)

The finished look!

The finished look!

My third favorite combo is called Mint. It is a combo of Mint 243 and Violet 606.  You'll scribble  Violet on to your palette and use Mint to pick it up.  

This is a fun one!

This is a fun one!

And last but not least is called Fire.  This is a combo of Warm Red 885 and Light Ochre 991. These 2 make a very bright and pretty orange! Scribble the Warm Red on to your palette and use Light Ochre to pick it up.

I love this one!!!

I love this one!!!

And that's this week's tutorial! I encourage you to try to come up with your own color combinations! Keep track of them as you go so you can have something to refer back to.  And if you try any of my combinations, I would love to see it so give me a tag on Instagram!  Happy Lettering and until next time,

Mandy

  

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