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Hand Lettering & Watercolor Blending: Letters, Words & Phrases

teacher avatar Riana Samaroo, Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Introduction: What you will learn

    • 2. Supplies: What you will need

    • 3. Learn your color blends

    • 4. Part 1: Blending with Single Letters

    • 5. Part 2: Blending Words

    • 6. Break Out Session: Processing what you've learned so far

    • 7. Part 3: Blending Phrases

    • 8. Class Project & Closing Remarks

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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to take your brush lettering to another level by learning to blend colors to make beautiful hand lettered art pieces?

If you answered YES, then this class is for YOU!

This class is specifically crafted for anyone who already has a knowledge in the art of hand lettering, and would like to learn color theory for blending their letters, words and phrases. I will take you through simple step-by-step instructions in using liquid watercolors to create beautiful blends within your lettering journey.

Grab you favorite round brush, and your liquid watercolors...let's get blending!

Please note: In general, my teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose and free-style in nature. If you have specific questions upon completion of this course, please message me for details with anything you may find helpful or troublesome in your learning, instead of leaving reviews that I cannot respond to or correct. I will gladly try to help you get as much information possible to guide you in your creative journey. I do appreciate the opportunity to teach and learn with you!

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Riana Samaroo

Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator


I'm Riana, the creative behind RiCreation!

  I believe that anyone can create!

My hope is to stir up your creative juices and encourage you to grow in it!  

I have always loved creating, illustrating and crafting since I can remember. I enjoy using various mediums to express myself in art, and my current favorite is mixed media. I have presented mixed media in various forms, canvas art work, cards, and even sculpture for different causes that I am passionate about. I have also had the opportunity to illustrate for children books. My teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: What you will learn: Hi, guys. Welcome to this class watercolor blending specifically using letters and lettering. My name is Rianna, and I'm so excited that you were here to join me on this journey. Today. In this class, you will be learning how to blend using liquid watercolors, and you'll be able to create a couple of pieces like this. You might have noticed that hand lettering of lettering is very much a trend these days, and there's two different ways to really do lettering. Ah, lot of people use the brush lettering method with pens or markers on. Then the other hand of that is using fresh two letter. So today we're focusing on using a brush, using some liquid watercolors and learning blends and creating really cool pieces of art. My goal in this class is to just teach you a couple of simple concepts on blending and allowing you to be free and experiencing those things and not feeling too wound up about it . Art is a journey. It's a learning process. We all go through our creative process in a different way, but I want you to embrace this class as a experiment. Don't so don't think too hard about it. I really hope you join me in this learning adventure on blending, so let's get started 2. Supplies: What you will need: So let's start with the paper here. I have a bunch of cut sheets of, ah, larger watercolor paper. This is a 4.5 by six inches. The paper I chose to use in this Cade's is the Excel, the cancer in Excel watercolor paper. This is cold press the reason why I chose his papers. Because when you put water onto this in water color, um, it absorbs pretty well, and the blending effect looks really pretty. And, um, the smoothness of it, too. It's not too grainy, but it's relatively smooth as well. So it works really nicely with, um, watercolor lettering blending. So that's the paper I have here, so you can choose to use your whole you know, watercolor pad. I have chosen to cut it up because I find when I cut them up, its smaller to work with, and it's more manageable, and I feel comfortable working with smaller pieces in order to teach you guys how to do this as well. So teaching myself, it works, so I hope it works for you guys as well. On the water color that we will be using are the Doctor Ph. Martin. Hi Idris watercolors. These are water, very liquidy based watercolors. And they work really well for blending letters when you're doing your lettering. So this is really fun. If you did not have liquid watercolors like I have here, you could consider trying to use a pans up. This is a praying student grade watercolor side. What you could do is take your color and transferred to another container or dishes, and I'll get really a lot of water in there to just dilute it and create, in a sense, your own liquid watercolor. The process is more time consuming. So, uh, that's your only downfall with that, but it definitely can work. So if you wanted to give it a try, I will go ahead again. It is your option for the brushes that I have here. I have to particular brushes thes are round brushes there. The Lowell Cornell, the soft comfort. This one is the size six and the size for So this is what it looks like. I chose these slightly larger brushes because I'm OK was using of these sizes, and it works well for the lettering and the funding. In this case, if you didn't want to use this size and you wanted to go smaller. That's perfectly fine as well, I would say, Just make sure it is a brown brush because watercolor lettering, uh, just does really well with or brush lettering, I should say, does really well with a round brush. Lastly, just aside, you are gonna need, though a little water color palette a little dirty. I'm sorry, but this is where I put down some color. This is a ceramic palette. I got really inexpensive a store. It's probably supposed to be a cheese plate or something, but, hey, it works. So any type of palette honestly will do, whether it's ceramic or plastic. Whatever you have, just be yourself. Be comfortable and use what you have on hand, and you're definitely going to need water. So to water containers, I would recommend one for just cleaning out the brush. And then the 2nd 1 is like a extra clean, which helps as well in general, for water coloring. So get those out, and once you're done with that, we can begin. So I'll see you in the next video, and let's start blending 3. Learn your color blends: Okay, let's talk about the colors that you can use in order to create effective and pretty blends . At this point, really, it's an experiment. You can take whatever watercolors you have available and start blending the colors to see what combination of colors that you like I have here gonna bring it up so you can see, um, all these colors here lined up kind of in the spectrum of the rainbow we go. And when you line up the rainbow colors in this way, you kind of get a better feel for what colors next to each other will blend nicely. So let's just say these air the true colors. Although we know for the doctor Ph. Martin's, they're not necessarily the true true red or the true orange or yellow. Let's say they're slightly different. But, um, the concept will still work. So I have here the red This one's called the Red Rose. Brilliant cad Red, which to me looks orangey. This is called What is this one called? This is a yellow, but they call it GAM booze with which I think is very interesting. This is agreeing the follow green. This is a fellow blue on ultra ultra Marine, which has to me a deeper hue of blue and maybe a touch of purple. And then you're cobalt violet. So you got that range Rainbow Spectrum, the R o. Why g b I the kind of deal happening there. Okay, line up your colors that way, and then place them on your palate and start blending and seeing which combinations you like best. So I have my wallet here, and I'm not gonna have too much water to more of these colors as they put them down, But I'll leave him as concentrated as I can. I'm just going to swirl these around a little bit fan. And when I take a couple drops of each and place them along here and that, we can take us closer. Look, So we have this spectrum of color. Um, you're gonna get your brush. You're gonna get your watercolor container ready. Let's begin. Okay. So, being my brush into my water to make it nice and ready to load, and we're going to see, so I'm going to take a dab of this, and when you swipe it down and you have more water to it, you kind of see how it loosens the pigment. You can see the pigment on the actual color. How pretty that is. Okay. And I'm gonna take the orange down so you can see that. Just gonna continue that process. Now, let's blend. Let's see how they look together. So if you kind of went like that, see, these two colors create this pinky color almost, which is pretty. So if that were to blend together and that would look nice if I took once Stood on this sign this yellow So the orange becomes a little softer and it creates like a little brighter orange. So I like that And you can see how pretty these air blending again It's because they're kind of a line in the spectrum of the rainbow If you think of a rainbow the blend of a rainbow so beautiful because of the colors in it they match so well. So when you go to blend just think of a rainbow And think of that concept and that idea So we're gonna take this yellow gonna take this green and you can see this pretty green that it creates Let's to the green up here And this blue, this is always might one of my favorite combos because it looks like a teal. It's very pretty. I love the teal. We're gonna dio this darker blue here, this ultra Marine, Ultra Marine. I think it's called the Follow Blue in the Ultra Marine. So they're very similar kind of in this game, and this is, truthfully, not a true indigo color. Um, indigo is the blue, but a very purple, too. So I'm gonna try to add a daughter that in there. Here we go. I'm gonna take this. I'm gonna have the purple. That's a very more indigo ish as well, so that's also very pretty. Now, I'm gonna take some of this purple. I'm gonna on some of this, read to it and you can see that beautiful kind off brighter purple you get. If you have more red, it'll be more fuchsia looking. And then this is the way you can kind of play with all your colors and blend them and see what you like versus what you don't like. If you were to add a green and a red together, you would get like a brown color because they're technically opposite on the in the spectrum. So you I don't think you'll necessarily want to do that. So let's just try it a little. Take a little green. Let's see what color we come up with up. OK, so it's not brown as much as it is this darker blue. And that's probably because this green had, um, and no true yellow inside of it to start making that look more mucky. So that actually turned out to be the stormy looking blue. It was kind of pretty. Now, if we were yellow, let's see how that would look. Take a little yellow and add that to that. Let's see, it starts to get room like a monkey looking swampy green, which starts to get ugly. So I wouldn't really yellow, for example, toe that unless, of course, you like that kind of color. It's not really as you can see. The point of this is just showing you the lens of the colors in the in the rainbow and how well they look together versus opposite colors so you can play around with this first before you figure out which color is you want to blend. I would say for going into the next video. Now choose three colors that you want to start working on your blends with the lettering. So I really like actually this red with the violet and the orange. And I also like this spectrum right in here. So I think what I'm going to do is to some of it here, like three or four colors here and the rest here and we'll get started from there. So stay tuned for the next video and will continue on our journey in blending. 4. Part 1: Blending with Single Letters: Welcome back, guys. So let's talk about the, um, lettering freezes that we're going to use in order to get effective blends. We're going to start by trying, um, letters first, and then we'll venture off into words and maybe phrases. So at this point, start thinking about phrases and words that you might want Teoh get better with with the blending as we progress for now, we're going to start with letters so and blending letters itself. So my brushes clean and I have my nice paper year, and I'm going to start dipping into my fun color is here. So I'm going to start with this purple that we kind of mixed up here, and I'm going to start with the letter. He added a touch of water to them. Can I add a little bit more red to it? I'm going to start with the letter A and I'm going to dio kind of block letters. Um, so it's clear for you. Okay, I'm gonna take my brush and drag that down, and I want more water color, and I'm trying to few comptel make sure that my brush has enough water color and I'm focusing the watercolor on the ends. I'm focusing, having a more watery or more color towards the ends because that's where you're gonna blend . So with this purple, I'm gonna take the red, gonna get more water, and I'm gonna drag that down, and then I'm gonna take that orangey color here. Just drag that across and you can kind of see the letters blend there. Going to take some of this color to that nice PCI kind of fuller putting some color down on the end. Then I wanted to go into my yellow Think. Sure, really? Get the color on there and come down and you can start to see the orange tone come out of that and transfer itself into the yellow. So this is your A Let's try that, but with hand lettering more fancy and flowing and see how that looks. So I'm gonna do the blue and the green up here. That nice Teeley Kohler. Okay, so we're gonna take this, uh, kind of go like that and I'm just making sure the letter itself is wet because that's how you blend when you keep the letters wet. It's just kind of flows really nicely and I'm gonna take some of us purple e pink. Now we're gonna just go across like that, okay? And you can see that pinkish color Reddish pinkish color is now blending with the teal and it's becoming purple e, which I love. I'm gonna take some of this blue. I'm gonna take some of this green listen here. And so we went up. Now we're gonna go down and that blue transferred right into that cream so you can see blending with letters. Just I used to colors. You can probably use mawr, but I just was trying to keep it a little simple so you can see how you can get some really pretty blends with a couple of colors. So I like these, and I like the color combinations. So this I would practice, um, to a couple of letters to ABC and get a feel for your letters and get a feel for the colors and how they blend. In that way, when you get to doing your words and your phrases, you could work a little faster because you know your colors and you know what works best for you and your preference. So this waas blending letter. A letter is just blending individual letters. The next video. We're going to start taking this to the next step. We will learn blending with, um, a word and then from there will go into a phrase. So let's continue on our blending journey. 5. Part 2: Blending Words: Okay, So for this portion of the class, we're going to let her a word and using our blending methods here and all of this is experiment. So please don't get nervous or freaked out about trying this because this is how you learn . You have to play what things? An experiment in order to achieve something. And that's how you know what you like and what you don't like. So I just encourage you to just take advantage and feel free in all of this. Okay, So I'm gonna choose the word and you guys can do the same word to, um just to make it easier for yourself. I'm going to choose the word love, and I'm just going to start lettering it onto my paper. In this case, I'll do it two versions. I'll do a love with script and then all do love with, like, block letters or something. My version of block lettering in water color. And I'm going to use a couple of different blends. And you can follow my, um, color choices or not. You can do your own, but let's start, and then you can get on idea of the flow and how it can be done and what I'm doing. So you can try to replicate it and then go from there. I really love the green and the blues and the Teeley colors. I'm going to stick with that tone right now. I'm gonna add to my palette a little more of the colors and its purest form because they don't wanna blend the two. So what I did is I put a drop of mine green on its own, the fellow green and then a drop of the fallow blue on its own. And then I did one drop of each together mixing to make that Teeley color. And then you could have more green to make it more greeny teal or blue to make it more Bluey Teal If that big sentence So let's get started. I'm going to start with the mix the Teeley ish kind of color for my first letter. So what I'm doing is I'm mixing over here. You probably I hope you can see. All right, so here we go. I'm going to start with the script, so my l is going to start right here. Okay, so I want it a little bit more up. Dip it in there and what I'm doing is I'm just going back and I'm making sure some areas are more wet. So, for example, here it's going to be wet. Really? Because this is where I'm going to be blending. So I added more color right in here and basically rents your brush off that and it myself into the green here, and I'm gonna go right into there with my own. So the teal kind of transferred itself into the green. So my blues kind about mixed here, which is fine. All these tones go together. So I'm going to just have fun here, taking the bloom, drugging the V down dry, get there. And every so often I'm going back in my water container. And I'm just making sure I rents to get my new color down. And then right here, I think I'm gonna actually add a reddish tone because or Pinky tone, because what's love without a little red? Right? So we're gonna get that color here, and you can kind of see, I'm kind of blending all these colors, but it's working. It's perfectly fine. And I'm gonna take my e down and go like that. Gonna go back in with a very and and work that out. Here we go. So I don't really manipulate the paints too much. I mean, I add what you can go in and then just with your brush and blend out a little bit more and play with it, which is fine. But I actually like just doing the one swoop kind of deal and seeing what happens so you can see the blending effect here that you get with these colors. So the green went right into the blue, which is great. I love how this blue blended with that pinkish reddish tone of color. This is one of the color combinations that I really like, and when this dries, it looks so pretty. It's a little dark right now, but as colors tend to dry, they get a little lighter. I am. Just keep that in mind as well for yourself. So this was the word love and a script type of, you know, lettering. Okay, now we're going to try the block letters and see how that works. And I'm gonna put down my owl kind of clear going into a there's my Oh, and you're probably thinking, Well, how do you blend block letters? There's no like, um, swirls or flourish ings to make the letters connect. You just basically overlap the letters. Um, so you'll see what I mean. In a moment here, I'm going to take that Teeley color. I had a little bit more water to it, and I'm just going to blend it out right here. So I'm gonna put my, oh, the color appear upset dipped into the wrong retainer. That's okay. And you see how beautiful that looks There. So now I want maybe the green, which kind of all mixed into the blue right on the side, someone to take that. Want to start it right here. I'm gonna go down on the side here in town, and I'm gonna wipe a little bit of this off here because I think I want to use the yellow. But I want a little bit of water there. More green just re blended that a little bit. No, I'm going to take my yellow pretty yellow. And I like the way it blended with the green when we did it. Um, when we were looking at the colors. Someone to dio e. And I'm gonna, in this case blended out. I'll drop more. Here we go. And just because I have yellow there, I think on the end of the yellow, I want to add a drop of the orange orangey color blended out a little bit to just give a little extra something there on the side. Why not? And what we're doing that I'm gonna just re went this area a little bit. It's already a little wet. I'm gonna just take us some of the purple and drop it into the Syria, and we'll end it out. Because just because I'm just going back in with the magenta and I'm lending it out. So here is a very nice rainbow wish. Like I love you. Just wanted Teoh. This terms, we can see the two blends of lettering. I hope that, um, you're blending. Turns out, uh, the way you want it. But again, it's just experimentation. So continue experimenting with words. You can do simple words like joy. Hope, um, faith do one word and practice that way. And as you get better and better than you were going to take it into the phrases. So let's, um, start on the freezes part on the next video. So stay tuned, and basically the phrase is just, you know, a couple of words put together and it's just on one paper, so it's a little drop different, but you'll soon see, so let's get started. 6. Break Out Session: Processing what you've learned so far: Welcome back, guys. Uh, this little paws break serves as an intermission for you. Just take some time right now to reflect what you we've learned so far. So we've talked about blending with just one simple letter at a time a B C and so on and so forth. The next thing we've done so far is we've talked about and we've learned how to blend a word like the word love that we did. So I just want you to stop and take a break. Think about your process. Think about your blends. Consider your phrase. Now, at this time, as we go into that portion of lettering a phrase because I don't want you to rush through this. If you have any questions, please leave them in the discussion section right now. If I can help you in any way, I would love to. So just take some time to process right now and gather your thoughts and what you're learning here. So I just wanted to be a little bit of encouragement to you right now. Remember, Don't give up. Don't take yourself too seriously. This is simply experimenting. Art is fun and I want you to enjoy that. So I will see you in the next video. Bye, guys. 7. Part 3: Blending Phrases: So we're gonna drop the blue down also gonna drop the green down and I'm gonna drop a little bit extra in the middle a beach to get whatever type of blend I won't. I like I've said before, I don't like using them straight because I think they're a little too dark and because thes air very concentrated. So I'll always drop a few extra drops of water into these areas to really get them blending and going, and you can use a spray bottle. But I don't have my spray bottle right now on me or buy me. So I'm just gonna drip a couple of drops of clean water. I'm going to really mix my teal out this color and it doesn't spread too much there. And I'm gonna blend it out into its a lighter form so I can see the lightest color here, and I like that and you can see my blue is creeping into the deal. That always happens. Um, my pilot year. Just brush it back this way and kind of blend that one out. So goes that winning. And I'll do the same with my green Perfect. So you can see your colors pretty clearly there. We're gonna do a combination of fonts, or you can do one fun. It really is up to you, but I'm gonna just do a bunch. Look, kind of like the one I did, because I like it. And I'm going Teoh, get that teal on my brush. So we're going to start with the word never. And I'm just going to go through this how I would naturally do, and you're gonna see how my flow is. Okay, so let's begin. At this point, I am just simply going through a process of how I would letter to just give you the process and one step. However coming up, I will go through each step by step process using a couple different colors. So just stay too. Okay, so you can see here that they changed up front a little bit because I think I didn't have space. So that's why it kind of became more like this. But you can see how the letters are for lending really nicely into each other. Okay, This time around, I'm going to take it a little slower. And shall we show you exactly how I blend the letters together. I have a longer sheet of paper, as you can see here, and I went ahead and I put out a couple of different other color choices to blend. Have that yellow. The GAM bows, a little cad red mixed in with a deep red rose. I believe those there, the colors. So let's start with the deeper pinky red color. They call this deep red rose, but it looks a little more pink in tone to me, but when it goes down on paper, it changes as well. You basically load your brush enough again. I've mixed the paints, but I've diluted a little bit with my water. So you're loading your paint here, and as we've been seeing, when you create your letter on you, create your other letter and it goes on and on and on. The letters are pretty saturated and went with color. So that way, when you bring the other color into it, that's how you get your beautiful blends. This is one way of blending, but, um, it works pretty well, I'd say so the phrase I'm going to choose, I think, would be something like born to create because I think, uh, we'll have creativity inside of us, so why not? So I'm just gonna write, born to create and let's see how this turns out as we go through the blends. Now I'm gonna put down Might be so wanna dio block lettering again Whatever color you want to use and whatever font type you want to use, issue your let's your option is your preference. So do what you feel good to do There have rinsed off my brush So you should see that this is pre watery, which is good. I'm gonna take I want to go into the yellow because this will blend Nice link. Add a little bit more water and I'm going to my own. I'm gonna go right into the bottom of this Be where there's a nice color loaded right there and that will spread right into the O. So I'm gonna leave off there with that yellow. I couldn't see the blending going to go into this cad red mix here. A little more water. Here we go. Water is your friend. Guys, don't be afraid of it. I'm going to know Do my are So my swirls gonna come around this way and down because I'm mixing clock letters and script, apparently someone who just touch it and see how common goes into and when I bring it around and to wrap it. And the nice thing is to remembers again keep those letters. What if you load the end where you're coming in with the other color? That's where you'll get your blue beautiful blends gonna come and again with this and I'm gonna bring the end down this way. Uh, like a less script E way someone to bring this end up a little bit Bring this too and connect those levels a little bit more so we can see So we have born we're gonna do to So I'm going to it to create That's what. So my tea is gonna be down, up, across I'm gonna load the end of that t where I'm gonna put the Oh, you see that? What a mix of color there, huh? And that I'm gonna come back here and I'm going to do I think, blocks. Maybe here. So I hope you're seeing that every time I put a letter down, I'm making sure the letter itself is nice and what this really hopes with one and all I do is just tap it because there's color on this brush that wants to go somewhere when you top it, it will put itself onto that paper. Now, if you got bored with all these colors, you could change it up. Maybe a little bit of purple blue, um, into the you know, the pinkish parts. Maybe not necessarily the yellow, because it would turn a little green unless you liked that look. Each one of the prongs of the has a tunnel color loaded there, so that's good. That's what I want. And every time I change my color, I do rinse because I don't want this mixing too much and getting strange coloring. I want the colors to be separate so they blend. Well, let's do something this sending out a little color here. I'm gonna connect this part. Just want to add a little bit more color just on that edge, and once this tries, it gets a little lighter. But you can see the process in which this Waas done, and it's very beautiful. Uh, let's talk about the project in the next video. I'll see you guys there 8. Class Project & Closing Remarks: for this class project. I would like for you guys to letter a phrase, a word, a letter, whichever level you are at in your blending, um, letter that we're using the blending techniques as you've learned in this class. Oh, definitely. Share your work under your project section. I'd love to see your work and how your blends turnout even share with me Some of the things that went wrong and tell me why you think they went wrong again. Art is a learning process, so we're gonna go through these things together. But I'd love to share my thoughts with you, help you out if you have any questions on. And I'd love to see your work. So really, I stress sharing work together as we are a online community, and I think it's a important to encourage one another and support each other in our growth . So I hope you do share your work. Uh, if you can follow me on instagram, I post a lot of my lettering work there and my artwork there as well. So it would be great to see you there. Um, a lot of times, if you tag me and you tag your work. I'll feature you on one of my instagram stories. Why? To hope you take advantage of that. I would love to do that for you as well to get you and your work out there. So I hope you guys enjoyed this journey. I love doing this with you guys, so I'll talk to you soon. I know.