Calligraphy Week: Watercolor Brush Calligraphy
How are you enjoying Calligraphy Week? I have been enjoying geeking out with all things calligraphy with you. Earlier this week I taught you how to fake calligraphy with a marker or pen, I shared the tools I enjoy using, and I showed you how I tried chalkboard calligraphy. Today I'm giving another medium a shot: watercolor paint!
Regardless of your relationship status with watercolor lettering, I think we can agree that it's pretty beautiful. So I decided to give it a try, especially after my friend Alicia shared some cards she made with watercolor lettering.
Taking a few cues from Melissa Esplin of I Still Heart Calligraphy and a plethora of YouTube tutorials, I got to work.
Let me tell you guys: it was hard. But with any new skill you want to learn, it will take practice. Just as how calligraphy was frustrating when I first tried it, working with watercolor was no different. Watercolor painting in general can be frustrating for a newbie; throw in trying to write neatly with a brush and you might want to throw all your tools out the window.
In the photo above, you can see how in the first line I didn't use enough water, and in "y'all" I used too much. So I kept practicing.
I couldn't quite control the brush the way I wanted. I started off well with the first "t" but the letters quickly turned to blobs. I kept thinking that my issue was that I was using cheap tools, but Alicia assured me it's all in control, since she used cheap brushes as well. She advised me to keep at it!
Here you can see that I was a little afraid to apply pressure on the downstroke, as you would in traditional calligraphy, because I was afraid that I would end up with more blobby letters. I also didn't have enough water by the time I got to "e."
I decided to give up for the night and see if I could improve the next day with a clear mind and fresh take on things.
I decided to hold the pen closer to the tip in order to have better control of the stroke. It seemed to help! I also filled in all the blank space with color (tried to make it look like the beach) and it helped make the phrase look more complete. I think I improved overnight but I know I still have a long way to go. I must keep practicing!
Will you try hand lettering with watercolors? Have you used watercolor paint before? It is pretty frustrating if you're a newbie like me!
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