6 ways to blend your lettering | blend brush lettering | brush pen blending | blend hand lettering

Emma Witte, Chief Pen Wizard at Black Chalk Collective

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8 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction & Supplies

    • Technique 1: Blending palette

    • Technique 2: Tip to tip pen blending

    • Technique 3: Blending pen

    • Technique 4: Aqua brush

    • Technique 5: Ecoline Pen and Pot

    • Technique 6: Pen blending

    • Outro


About This Class

Got the basics of brush lettering down and wanna UP your game?

YES? Read on.

NO? Check out 'The ABCs of Brush Pen Lettering' - my intro class to get you up to speed, then come back!

One of the first intermediate techniques pen wizards want to learn after getting their letters down-pat is blending and adding colour to their lettering.

There are a bunch of different ways you can do this, depending on the supplies you have available, and I'm here to teach you 6 of them!

Here's an overview of each technique including supplies you'll need:

Technique 1: Blending palette

  • 2 x colours of brush pen (recommended: Tombow Dual Brush Pens in a light and dark of the same colour)
  • A blending palette (or my hack: a sandwich bag. You can also use a plastic lid)
  • Paper (recommended: Rhodia)

Technique 2: Tip to tip pen blending

  • 2 x colours of brush pen (recommended: Tombow Dual Brush Pens in a light and dark of the same colour. For a more dramatic effect, use a really light colour and really dark colour. Tombows are MADE to be blended like this, so they are perfect. This technique will not suit all brush pen brands)
  • Paper (recommended: Rhodia)

Technique 3: Blender pen

  • Blender pen (made by Tombow, Ecoline or Koi)
  • 2 x colours of brush pen (recommended: the same brand as the blender pen you decide to use, in a light and dark of the same colour)
  • Paper (recommended: Rhodia)

Technique 4: Aqua brush

  • 2 x colours of brush pen (doesn't matter the brand with this technique)
  • Aqua brush (recommended: Pentel Aquash)
  • Paper (recommended: watercolour paper. Use hotpress if you're worried about fraying your pens)

Technique 5: Ecoline pots and pens

  • Ecoline brush pen (in either pink or blue)
  • Ecoline pot of ink (in either pink or blue, but different to the brush pen colour you go with)
  • Paper (recommended: bristol paper or something a bit thicker than Rhodia, but still smooth)

Technique 6: Pen blending

  • 2 x colours of brush pen (recommended: Tombow Dual Brush Pens in a light and dark of the same colour)
  • Paper (recommended: Rhodia)

The intro video will talk you through the above supplies, and each technique has its own little lesson.

Along the way I also give you plenty of tips and tricks to get the best results as well as look after your supplies. Nobody likes a frayed pen.

So come join the fun and add some colour to your lettering!

14 of 14 students recommendSee All

Well explained, very easy to follow.
Nice class! very clear instructions, perfect for brush lettering lovers who want to add some nice blending effects to their letters.
Alicia M.

I love Books, Handicrafts and Nature

Yes, yes and yes! Emma has a soft, smooth voice and transitions from one idea to another so smoothly. Highly recommend this class.





Emma Witte

Chief Pen Wizard at Black Chalk Collective

Hey, party pen peeps! I'm Emma, and I'm an artist from Melbourne, Australia. My love affair with art was reignited in late 2015 when I discovered brush pen lettering. Brush pens are still main bae, but I now get my hands dirty with pointed pen calligraphy, illustration and watercolour. I had an enjoyable career in corporate administration but left that world behind in mid-2017 to run my own show, make art all day run a creative publication called Penultimate Magazine and an online waterc...

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