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Brush Lettering Effects: Blending, Outlines, Shadows, & Doodles

teacher avatar Peggy Dean, Top Teacher | The Pigeon Letters

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:32
    • 2. Class Project

      1:53
    • 3. Materials

      3:25
    • 4. Blending Colors

      9:49
    • 5. Outlines & Shadows

      6:39
    • 6. Mark Making

      6:07
    • 7. Color Splash

      2:58
    • 8. Banners

      5:54
    • 9. Doodles

      5:44
    • 10. Project Time!

      1:08
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About This Class

Brush lettering is so fun, especially when it's done with design in mind. In this class, you'll discover ideas to add onto the calligraphy work you've created. We'll be going over 6 of my favorite ways add special effects that breathe more life into modern calligraphy including:

  • Ombré blending
  • Enhancing letters with outlines & shadows
  • Mark making for POP
  • Color washes for backgrounds
  • Banners
  • Line drawing doodles

Who is this class for? You'll hopefully already feel comfortable with the foundations of brush lettering. You understand how to form a cohesive alphabet with proper spacing and downstroke placement. If you're not quite there yet, I encourage you to jump into my digestible lessons on the fundamentals inside my course: Modern Calligraphy: 4 Easy Steps to Go From Beginner to Brush Lettering Pro!

Class Project

Your project in this brush lettering class is to create a one word reminder that makes you feel inspired or relaxed or motivated. You know what you need most, so let's turn that into something beautiful. More details inside! I'll see you in the class.

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Peggy Dean

Top Teacher | The Pigeon Letters

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Hey hey! I'm Peggy.

I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700). I'm thrilled to be sharing them with you!

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I'm an author of the best selling books - Nature Drawing & Watercolor, The Ultimate Brush Lettering Gui... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to a quick and actionable class on enhancing your brush lettering. In this class, we will be covering six of my favorite ways to breathe more life into modern calligraphy, including ombre lettering, enhancing letters, the outlines of the shadows, mark-making for pop, color washes for backgrounds, banners, and even some line doodles. This class is for you if you feel comfortable with the foundations of brush lettering. So you understand how to form a cohesive alphabet with proper spacing, with down-stroke placement. If you want to jump into some digestible lessons on the fundamentals, I recommend the course that I have created and eventually formulated into a bestselling book class is called modern calligraphy. Four easy steps to go from beginner to brush lettering pro. I'm Peggy Dean. I'm a best-selling author, award-winning educator, and world-renowned artists. And I'm here to teach you in the easiest, most bite-sized way so that you can immediately implement what you learn. It's my favorite thing to do in this class. After you learn all of the fun effects that you can apply to your lettering, your project to create a one word reminder that makes you feel inspired or relaxed or motivated. You know what you need most. So let's turn that into something beautiful. I'll see you in the class. 2. Class Project: Welcome to the class. I'm so happy to have you here. I want to dive into your class project as you learn all of these techniques so that you can plant this idea in the back of your mind. When I say that, we're going to be creating a word that really resonates with us. This could be something motivating, it could be something inspiring. It could be a reminder that we all need. Whatever it is. It's something that should be personal to you. That means writing out a list first and thinking, Okay, well, I need to have accountability for motivation. So maybe that those words could be begin or start or the word. Now, that was a word that I resonated with for a long time, is just like now is the time now is what I have. I don't necessarily know what's going to happen tomorrow. I don't know what interruptions I'm going to have. So seeing that in my subconscious reminds me of things like that. Maybe yours will be something that relaxes you. So it could be rest, it could be relax. It might be the word breathe. Take a moment to maybe make a little mind map. So think about what you need the most. Write that word down and then maybe visit the Thesaurus. Sometimes that's all we need to really identify exactly what word is going to stand out to us. And maybe you already have what that is. Oftentimes we have a word of the year and something that we're really striving for. So that part is very personal and it's up to you. So make some time to really think that through so that this project is something that you can revisit over and over again. In the next video, we're gonna be talking about the supplies that you might need. You're likely going to have most of what we need. So I'll see you in the next video. 3. Materials: Alright, I'm not going to overwhelm you with supplies. I am just going to suggest a couple of colors of brush pens. I'm going to be using a larger brush tip just so that I can get a nice flow with words and different blending effects. This is the Tombow dual brush pen. It has this other tip on the other end, which we're not going to use. I mean, you could, but we're primarily going to just focus on the brush tip. Another one that I really love is the brush marker PRO by Karen markers. So I'll just quickly sample both of these so that you can see how they look. They're both going to give you a about the same size. You can see it's nice and bold, so these are ideal for making your words larger. But that's what we want to do in this class in particular. So these are the Tombow then the Karen marker. Okay. I have to say I had I did not I swear I did not look at these colors before. I pulled them out and I didn't think they would match, but I was my nails where that color so I just wanted to try but look at how similar these colors are. I am so proud of myself. It's like a happy accident, I'm very pleased about. But anyway, both of these brush pens are my favorite. There's obviously a ton of supplies out there. Just grab what you have, grab a couple of colors. So I might do a monochromatic where I have a lighter version and a darker version. Same with these two colors. And if you do multiple colors, you have almost like a I usually call it a sunset because they usually go from like a pink too yellow or orange to yellow or something, but that's the kind of effect that you can get from it. So then I would suggest having a light color. It could be a light gray. Anything that you can do a drop shadow with. The other thing I'm going to be using is just a monoline pen. I use the Pigeon Letters, Monoline pens. They'd been formatted specifically for drawing, so they have a slightly rounded tip so that they're not like draft pens like most micro liners are. So you're able to draw, which is ideal. But any felt-tip pen will do just great. Just note that if you use one that is not permanent ink, that it will bleed because these markers are water-based. So if you use a permanent one, it will not bleed. So I can lay this down and have no problem. Assuming it's dry. It's not going to bleed. Whereas some pens would, you know, you know how it goes. Okay, So from their paper, I recommend having at least mixed media paper. So this is mixed media paper. It's pretty thin. This is just one of my scrap books, but you'll see how that performs as we get going. But I would suggest at least £90 paper, if not watercolor paper. But don't go crazy, we're practicing and you don't want to destroy much during practice. So other than that, grab a few of your brush pen colors and let's get started. 4. Blending Colors: Welcome back. Now, we're gonna get into all those special effects that are just eye candy. The first thing that I want to share with you is how to blend colors. And this is a little bit tricky for a lot of folks because of a number of reasons. The first is, you can't really use typical paper that you would use for lettering, otherwise won't really hold up. And the reason why is because most brush pens are water-based. And when you go over the same area over and over and over again, it's adding more moisture to that area. And then the paper will start to peel up and it won't give you the effect that you want. So that's where we move over to mixed media paper. And this is just a heavier weight paper, not quite watercolor paper, but it's going to be able to withstand that blending effect that we're going for. So I'm going to show you the way that I like to do this. And then I'll show you a couple of other ways that are just as effective. The first way is taking my lighter color that I'm using like so and laying it down. Taking the darker and more saturated color and just coloring over that more like a third of the way or even a fourth of the way. And then I actually liked to use water and a paintbrush. And so I'll come in and get this wet. And then I will pull that color down and I don't want it to be too too wet. So if you see it start to pool, make sure to rinse or swipe your brush on the side so that it doesn't get too out of control. And that is my blend. So it's very, very simple and easy to do, and it essentially works like watercolor. So you could create a full piece with the same effect and then blend them together like that. This way right here is pulling the color down, putting that new color on top and actually using a blender pen, which is just clear ink. And then you'll pull that color down. The reason why this one is not it used to be my favorite. The reason why it's not so much anymore is because the felt tip is, no matter how moist the pen is, it still can create a little bit of pilling because you're just pushing and pulling that paper fiber. Whereas with the brush, it's a much softer effect, more water on it and whatnot. Now the third way is by putting your color down, your next color and then going back in with that same color and pulling that down. The problem with this is that you don't have a super seamless blend unless you go over it again, which darkens that initial color, which is fine, but that's the third way. So those are the three ways to blend. So for this exercise, what I want you to do is we're going to letter or a word, and I will just choose the word blend. I'm gonna do this with a paintbrush so I can show you how seamless and easy it can be. Note if you do it a different way, I recommend not finishing all of your strokes before you start blending because if it dries too much, your brush tips will not like to try to reactivate that. Whereas with the paintbrush and the water, it'll be a lot easier. So do the word blend. It will actually allow me do the whole word and go back in and set this all where I want it. So basically I'm just choosing the tops of where my downstrokes go. You can do it wherever you want to. Then I can take my paintbrush, make sure that most of the waters off but it's just wet enough. Start to activate that color and then pull it down. Like so. Come over to this side. I'm using a large paint brush for this. I mean, it's doable for sure, but I should have grabbed a two. This is a six. Yeah. That then I would have had sharper edges. I'll actually grab that now. Okay, and then I'll continue picking up some of this color, just blending it in. And then if there's any harsh areas like right here, I'll just grab water and soften it. You don't want to too much water because you're gonna, it's gonna make hotspots. So that's one of the reasons why I didn't do this method for awhile when I was learning. But it also made me Sharad a lot of paper because I was really going crazy with the The felt tips of the blender pen. So I go with either and figure out what works best for you. They both blends. That's the idea of what we're doing. And then if you see that the color is pulling down too much, just rinse your brush again. And then you'll be able to just blend that down instead of pulling color and pulling color and pulling color. And you'll notice that I also start to push up into it rather than pull it down. That's because as I push into it, I'm picking up some of that blue, but not like a ton of it. Whereas see if I pull down, it's really grabbing a lot of that blue. So that's just a little trick so that you don't, you can say basically so you can maintain the blend. Then if you see too much is getting on there, same thing, just syringe and then pull down to Blend. And I like to sometimes pull it into the hairline stroke just if it looks like there's a disconnect because I do want that to be, you know, like a seamless blend. And I'm looking back and finding any hotspots and before they're all the way dry, just smoothing those out. It's bound to happen. I mean, you could be brand new at this or seasoned data and you're going to see him start to happen and that is just fine. Don't sweat. You can just smooth them out with more water. But the whole point is there's two. The reason why they're happening is because there was too much water on our brush. So the other thing to keep in mind too, is to try to really stay inside of the lines that you of your letters. Because otherwise it's going to start looking really shaky and choppy. But you can always clean up later after you blend it, but it's gonna be harder. Okay? So that is a really lovely blend, right? That's how to blend in that way. Let's look at two additional ways to do this blend effect. The first is to take a non porous surface like this blending palette. And this is essentially just a laminated piece of paper. So you can do this with a Tupperware lid, even whatever you have lying around. And what I will do is just color with to put the ink down. And then I'll take this brush, which is the lighter one. And I'll pick that color up and you're like, Okay, you're mixing color. What's the deal? These are self-cleaning. So when I have that blue ink on the tip, but as I go, It's going to gradually disappear. And so what this does is it's a method to make it so that you have the shakiness, so that you have that blend that starts from the beginning and then goes something you'll probably notice is that your lettering longer words are bigger or anything like that, then you'll start to lose it sooner. So you might want to depend for the first two and then let it disappear. But that's another option. Some people also will. You'll see letters that will pick up a little bit. Letter there, first letter, and then go back in to start that blend again. This is just another way of effortlessly doing what we did. It just presents a little bit differently. Those are different styles of blends and three different ways to blend. So I can't wait to see you, which is your favorite. 5. Outlines & Shadows: Now, while this is a cool effect, sometimes we want our words to pop even more. I'm going to show you a few ways that you can do that. The first is by adding outlines. Two different things I like to do. One of them is to add an outline only to one side, and then the other is to outline the full word. So I'm going to start with one side and show you how that builds up because it really adds a lot of interest. One thing to note, the size of the tip of your pen matters. So for example, if I'm using the Pigeon Letters Monoline, one, one, it's going to be a really fine line. If I use an O3, That's bolder, but it's still really fine. If I use an O5, I've got a much bolder line. You can always use a marker to, or if you grab the other end of a brush pen. If you want a major, major outline. The first thing that I like to do is I pick a side and I typically put my shadows on the right side. And the bottom though, they're either they're like offset to the right and down or just to the right. So I'm gonna do just to the right and show you what that's gonna look like. So basically I find the right of every stroke. And I just start to add a line that will follow. So everywhere that there's a right side. And this is just like a subtle way to bring these letters to life. But it also makes it so that it looks like almost like a pinpoint type of a shadow. So that's what that looks like. Now, if I wanted to outline the entire thing, I would just continue. I'm doing this a little bit fast because I don't want you to have to sit there and watch me. So it might be a little imperfect, but I'm a okay with it for now. I'm just finishing all the areas that I did not get to yet. But this is what that looks like. And then you have It's almost like the color inside was the fill. And then a quick tip. Don't do this right after you had a ton of caffeine. But this is what your outline looks like and that already makes it pop. And it's so, so very much fun. So I'll do a bold outline on this one just so you can see what that looks like. But I decided that instead of doing three different ones to show you what it looks like, I'm going to show you a different technique to add a shadow instead of an outline on the bottom one. Okay. Now, I'm pretty shaky right now. That is okay. Just again, caffeine, be nice to yourself. But you can see the point is, this makes it pop way more. This is just like that subtle little addition. Now, this is this width, this one's this sign. So imagine it getting even smaller to go here. That's going to be, I'll just do this side of this line. It's like really pinpointed. It's just so subtle and almost kinda elegant. So if you do decide to go smaller, That's going to be the difference it will make. Now, I'm going to show you another way to do this though. And you can do this with any lighter color. You can do with a darker color. You just have to be more careful and you won't be able to go over to other strokes, but this is a really light color and I'm just going to go to the right the same way that I did with that black pen before. This is just going to create a subtle shadow on one side and it looks really, really cool. It's against something dark. So for example, if I was to have something in a darker color and then I come through, my ink is not quite dry, so it's pulling some of that black. But the point is, it's going to add a bit of a shadow, which is going to look really cool too. And that's a way to kinda make it lift off the page depending on what you wanna do. And it makes it super fun. And our next video, we're going to bring it even more to life. So I'll see you shortly. 6. Mark Making: If you are working along with me, then you have blended and you have outlined and maybe you've done an additional shadow. But we're not stopping there. We're going to keep going. And I'm going to show you how to add some mark making to give even more to your letter. And I'm going to do it with my boldest point just so you can see it. And then we don't have to say, but let's say you can have or not have an outline to do this. But what I started to do is just create little dots and you can do this all over. But I like to do it to one side just because I think that it adds more character. You'll notice that my dots for the most part are pretty evenly spaced. And that's to start out with. So what we're doing is a technique called stippling. And it's going to create noise and depth. But until we start to overlap, it's going to look just like dots. And that's okay. I would typically pull this a little further down. But you'll get the idea. I'm just doing it toward the bottom. These are all about the same separation, but this is where the party starts. Once that's done. Now, I like to go in and do the same thing, only don't pull it down as far. So I'm overlapping the dots to about maybe just the bottom where the bounce happens. But same same spacing as I was doing before. It just looks smaller because I'm doing it in the same spot. All right. Once I do that, I'm gonna do the same thing again, only this time, make it even less of a distance that it comes down. So I'll probably go to the baseline and some letters. That means not really going beneath it at all. Then we'll do that one more time just toward the very top where it gets nice and dense. And I'm gonna do my dots really close to the bottom of the letters, to the edges of them, almost to where it looks like it's connecting into it. Okay. So I'm gonna pull some of this out, this direction, just so it kinda scatters off and it's not concentrated on the edges. But then you can kinda see what's happening. And as it gets further out, the dashes get further and further away. And I'd probably end up adding more right here just to balance that out. So I'll do that really quick or it's going to bother me. But the best way to build it up is to do a first layer and then a second layer, and then a third layer, because it's easier to keep track of the density that way. But you can also go in and fill and just know the areas that you want to overlap. That's better. Okay, so that's a fun technique to do. You can also go in and create a second outline where it hovers next to it and you can do this the whole way down. But because I stippled, I'm not going to to where it just creates a little more interests. So that's another option. And you can do that again and again and again. Whole thing outlined, maybe just the sides, whatever you decide to do. And then as far as like the stippling goes, you can do that with any technique. So maybe I want to come in and add some lines. And that could look like something like this where I have three main lines and then a break, and then a longer one and then a smaller and then those can go through the back. I'm doing this fast, so it's not going to look too perfect. But I don't want you to have to sit here and watch me do it. And then I have some little break inside of there. So you can see how the more interests that you add, the more it's going to make your word pop even more. So my suggestion would be to get creative with this because there's not like a method, there's not like one thing that you can do. It's really completely up to you what you end up with doing to make it pop. But these are just some of my favorite ways to do that and continue to play. 7. Color Splash: Okay, Now that we have played with the letters themselves, I want to show you a fun way to add a little more interest with a background. So you can use brush pens like we mentioned as watercolor. So for example, I can just lay a color down like this and then take a brush, get it wet with water, then come through and just move that around so that it becomes like a swash, if you will. It does take a little bit to work, work it out. But that's where you can kind of play and make these like wash effects. So this is also really pretty to do behind. Like let's say that you have a place card and you want to have like a splash of color coming from the side. You can do this to that side or you can use a non porous surface, lay that down, and then use a brush like a water color brush and paint with paint with the pigment as if that's the paint palette. So then I can line up and create that wash. And I just want it to be like edging the side of it. And then I might want to add a little more pigment so you can go directly onto it or go back into that palette and just drop some pigment in. Then I'll let that dry and then I can right somebody's name over it. Once it dries, this is not fully dry, so do not do as I am doing because it will bleed. But you're gonna get the idea. It's going to bleed a little bit, but I'm fine. So it just makes for a fun background. This one is also not fully dry, but let's do it anyway. And so naughty. I'm just going to use my own name. There we go. It just makes for a pretty place cards. If you had something like foldover and maybe even add a little more pigment to that. Overall is just a fun splash of color. And in our next lesson we're going to be going over something a little bit similar but with more shape by creating different types of banners. So I'll see you shortly. 8. Banners: Alright, now that we've done blending so much blending and different types of special effects. We're going to move into integrating different types of easy, simple illustrations that will bring your lettering to life even more. Because yes, it is possible to, in this case, the leaving the Laura's more. So the first thing I love to, I just love always is to incorporate a banner. And I'll show you the easiest banner that you'll ever draw. And that's basically this shape right here. So just like a rectangle. And I'm using the Pigeon Letters Monoline 05. And the reason why is because I do like that it has this slightly rounded tip for drawing and also has archival ink, which means that if I color over it, it's not going to bleed. So that's a that's a big one for me because if I want to add any sort of wet media at all, I don't want this to budge. Once we have this down, I basically eyeball the measurement from the top to the bottom. And I'll draw a line here about. And then from this measurement, I'll eyeball it, but I'll basically make another line about the same height. And this is probably a little wider, but it's not that not a big deal. I'll do the same thing to the other side. Then from here, I'm going to actually going to bring this in a little bit more. So these ones will go underneath and then they'll connect upwards like this. And then these can just be little v's. And then last thing to make this a true banner is to connect the corners. So this will connect here, this will connect here. And then you have a banner. You can do this in an arch arc, an arc where it comes up like this. And then you have basically a mirrored point. This is uneven but you're gonna get the idea. They connect, then the exact same thing, I'm just going the same direction, bring this down same direction. So it's about the same height as this is. Then I'm going to bring this down, drop about the same width here, my v. And then bring these corners to touch. This is a wonky one, but that's okay. And then the other one that I love a lot, a lot, a lot that I do a lot is a wavy line like this. And then a wavy line underneath that connect the edges. And then instead of drawing the lines to start because I know those are going to connect. I'm going to do one on the top and one on the bottom and I do them in the dips because that's where if you think about it, that's where you're going to see it waving. So all you need to know is to just make a line and the dip and a line in the dip. From there. I'm going to follow this curve like this, then find the same height, width, whatever. So it's about here in-between these lines and follow it, basically mirror it. Then I'll do the same thing here. So I'm following this curve. And then same width. And then I'll bring my Vn. And last thing connecting these corners together to make it look like it's all one piece. And then I have a really cute banner. Bring this up a notch, do another one underneath it. So I wouldn't have added this part. So let me show you. I'm just going to show you real quick what that would look like if I don't do the core, the flags yet, and I just do this part. And then I treat the top of the top one on bottom of the bottom one the same as I did this one. We me. And then I connect those, connect those. The only thing I have to do that's left is because this is on the top right. I should have one on the bottom left there because it's not going to go out and it's going to connect. I'm going to take this corner and tuck it somewhere here and then find the same amount of spacing so about here. And just tuck that here. So it looks like Oh, I did not mean to do that. I'm going to do is grab and bring it to the corner here. So pretend this is not here. What's going to be hard to do? I know that right here. Okay. So I'll just color this and a little bit so you can see that that would be the background. It is okay if you mess up and it's okay if I mess up. So basically if this was colored all the way in, that would be the part in the back. This right here would be the part in the back. This right here would be the part in the back. So you can see how it'd be flowy and you can stack those as many as you want. So that is very fun. Then from here, you can add any sort of lettering inside of that space. So if you wanna do a real long banner, you could do a quote or a few words, or just have a banner. And then have it say one word that's important to you. Like that. And then it brings it to life. In the next video, I'm going to show you a fun little way to bring that a step further. Because why not? 9. Doodles: Alright, so banners. What else can we do with them? Lots. One of the things I really like to do is add florals, lots of florals. You'll find them all over my work. One of the main things that I like to do with them though, is just plain leaves and leaves make it so easy. You can do this with ink or you can do it with a color. But if you do like a vine, so I'm just going from the back and I'm just creating a main flowy line. I can do this with shapes like this where they're like upside down teardrops and those are going to act like leaves along this line. And I'm just going to fill that up until I get to the end. And then I'll do the other side, which of course is going to run into this all just tuck them behind the banner as if they're being tucked behind. Had I drawn this first, I could have also had an overlap the banner and then talk to the banner behind. But doing that and then maybe one right here will also add so much more character to my banners with these greenery elements. And then maybe I have a peekaboo coming here as long as my leaves themselves don't overlap. You can also have it come in because it's like the stem is not, It's just a line. So instead they can't talk. That's fine. That's one way to do it. You can also do leaves at a point like this. So instead of going around, it's like, you know, the point at the end, they're a little more elegant, maybe like this. So they might look like that. And then maybe you have a peekaboo one here. You can also, you don't have to dry it coming all the way out. You can just draw some peekaboo leaves to give the illusion that it's behind there too. You can also put them in the folds so that might look like a longer stem. And obviously you can't do a leaf that's overlapping the lines, but if you can keep them inside there, it looks like it is coming out sprouting up. Like I can't put one right here because that line is there, but I could tuck one in the fold right here. Created choices. Okay? Now, let's say you wanna do florals. This is something where if you wanted to do a banner and pencil first so that you can erase some of the lines to overlap. You could. But if you don't have or want to overlap anything, you can also just have your flour. Your flowers have little peekaboo is. So I'll just have a couple of sprouts here. And just like these imperfect little circles and some will be oblong like this. And then I'll just add some little stippling marks to the center. And then I can add little leaves coming off of those, like mark making leaves. And then maybe some longer leaves like this. Maybe even some vines peekaboo doing in the back. Just a little bit. So things like this. And if you filled out that entire space, It's really cute, but really, these are just imperfect shapes, like they don't have to be intricate because the whole idea is that they're just Accents to the main point, which is your lettering inside the banner. You can also do this where they have more form, of course, but that's a different class. But there's always a time to get more into botanicals, of course. But for now, we can create, see how this one I just did like an oval or a semicircle with some imperfect spots toward the top to make it look like the flowers upward. Then some random leaves here, upward, sideways. And that's just a curve, a choppy line, and that's all. And then I have a little bit of stippling toward the top of that. Add some leaves, call it a day. Maybe a couple of little lines up here. And then maybe you have one coming from the side. You can make this as wild as you want to. Then add whatever you want on the inside. You can even do faux calligraphy so that your pens all match. Of course, you can do the banners and drawings with the color pens or the brush pens to, but this is just another way to bring it to life. And remember that you don't always have to fill in faux calligraphy. You can keep that little space in there which also adds interests. And it just makes it fun. So very fun. Create a banner, any kind. And let's see what you end up choosing. You can choose one word, you can make it longer and choose a few, but very excited about this part. 10. Project Time!: Congratulations, you have made it to the end of the class, which means that you've learned all about blending letters without lines and shadows, and mark-making, and even banners and those little line drawings that are so adorable. And that part can become a favorite addiction. I've actually got a whole book featuring 200 line drawings of flowers and greenery, cacti, other items found in nature. You can snag it and draw to your heart's content. Can even go to my botanical line drawing class while you wait to get it. I can't wait to see your projects from this class. As a reminder, it's now time to create a one word reminder that makes you feel inspired or relaxed or motivated. Something that you can really resonate with. It's time for you to turn that into something beautiful. Please be sure to share your project. And if you enjoyed this class, I would be so grateful for a quick review and then visit me over at the pigeon letters.com for freebies of so many kinds. I'll see you in our next class together.