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Make Your First Waterbrush Art: Watercolor Lettering With Floral Elements

Sheila B, Letterer + Maker

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7 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      1:27
    • 2. Tools And Supplies

      5:56
    • 3. Understanding How To Use Waterbrushes

      7:23
    • 4. How To Paint Floral Elements

      9:29
    • 5. Waterbrush Art: Doing Hand Lettering

      7:12
    • 6. Waterbrush Art: Decoration & Final Touches

      5:37
    • 7. Final Thoughts

      2:50

About This Class

Say hello to my new class "Make Your First Waterbrush Art: Watercolor Lettering With Floral Elements".

When I started sharing my techniques and skills here in this lovely community, my first session was on waterbrush lettering. You can check-it out here "Lettering With Waterbrush: The Easy Way". It got over 400 great students. And that being the reason I wanted to take you creative beings to a new level. This class does not actually follows that class. But it will be really helpful for you if you take that one too.

I love doing lettering with different tools. And waterbrushes are one of such tools which have no limitations. I mean whatever you can imagine, you can design using these tools. It has the usability of a brushpen and flexibility of watercolors. It's a very convenient tool for us and your don't need to carry a separate water supply every time, as you can have it's water chamber filled for later usage.

I do lots of client projects and I might not be wrong if I say, it is gaining popularity right now. Especially for those cases, where you have to gain beautiful colorful effects in your lettering designs.

Using water brushpens can be a little daunting if you have never tried watercolors. As you have to face the challenges of using the waterbrush controlling the water-flow.

That's why I am here to share how these stuffs work and how you can have fun with this amazing tool.

In this class you will learn about different waterbrushes, different type of tips and bristles, how to use these for better results, how to practice different letter-forms, how to draw minimal graphic elements with watercolors.

You will also get two PDFs for practicing different letter-forms and floral elements.You can download them from the project section of this class. You can refer to these while doing your projects too. Just try to practice more and more using your waterbrushes. Graphic elements in any lettering art adds more meaning and charm to it. With waterbrushes it gets even easier and seamless. You will learn how you can draw some common floral and wreath elements. But you can apply these learnings to any type of graphic illustrations and elements.

If you are completely new to hand lettering process, then make sure to checkout these classes too:

You can enroll to start learning these tools and techniques. I would absolutely love to see you in!

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Transcripts

1. Class Introduction: say hello to my new class, making your first water brush pen art lettering with floral elements. I love doing lettering with different tools and water. Brush Men is one such tool, which has no limitations, and it has the usability of a brush and flexibility of watercolors, and you don't need to carry a separate water supply every time. Using water brush pens can be a little daunting if you've never tried watercolors, and that's why I'm here to share how this stuff works and how you can have fun with this amazing tool. In this class, you learn about different water brushes, a different type of tips and bristles, and how to use for better results. How to practice different letter forms. How to draw minimal graphic elements with watercolors. You also get to PFP's for practicing different letter forms and floral elements. Graphic elements in any lettering. Art adds more meeting and charm to it. With water brushes, it gets even easier and seamless. Finally, you have to design your first water brush arts, which will be a letter message with graphical elements, and you might have a lot of ideas, but just pick one and work along with me to complete your first water brush art. It'll be a fun process, and you can enroll to start learning these tools and techniques. 2. Tools And Supplies: this session is all about water brush pens, so let's start by knowing the tools and how to use them. There is a difference between water brush pens and regular brushes. Water brush pens have a barrel for filling water in it, and that makes it portable and pointillist IQ tool. In contrast, regular watercolor brushes require water supply separately. The first important tool is a paper. You have to use watercolor paper for this purpose. As it is, water brush been lettering, and the best quality is around 300 g. S. M. I use something called Kansan, which is quite good and not so expensive. You can use the other brands to as long as it is 300 GSM and watercolor compatible. It will give the best result in comparison to other usual print papers, and you could also use textured watercolor paper. Just explore the art stores around you and experiment with different kinds of paper. You should try to keep a pad of such papers, too, in case you travel a lot. Then you'll need water colors, which you can buy in pans or in a box of pans. This is my favorite form of watercolor, So I recommend to use thes pans. They add flexibility to my coloring process. They're easy to handle and give good watercolor effect. You can use premium ones, too, but they are not preferred while practicing. Another form is watercolor tubes. They're really good, too, and you just have to use a little from them. You could use these colors in different ways. You'll need something to blend it onto. Our main focus will be on water brush pens, so I'll introduce a few of them with different bristle sizes. Water brush pens are best used on smaller pieces of work, and if you need bigger washes, then it's better to keep some regular brushes, too. These are my set of water brush pens. You can keep couple of each sizes. They're sold his large, medium and small, which is nothing but the size of brush tip. There are different barrel volumes to so keep in mind while buying different variety of water brush pens. You should use brush pens with synthetic bristles. It's better to control and easy to maintain, and it lasts longer, too, if it's not synthetic than that will be animal hair or mixture of two, which keeps on falling out. I have some secura and few pen tells Penn. Tell a quash water brushes are great for detailed work. All normally use one of the thicker ones for lettering, works and floral painting. You could purchase these watercolor brush pens from an art store near you or online from Amazon. You'll need a watercolor palette for mixing the beautiful watercolors you could use. Either these kind of color palettes or any plate will also work than a handkerchief or tissue for sponging it up. This is really important to keep your artwork clean. Watering color process is really difficult to handle, and it could be easily end up with untidy work. Lastly, will need water for the painting process. So basically these were the few tools that you need to follow this class and for further creative projects. Now I'm going to show you how to fill your water brush pens in. The point of using a brush pen like this is that you can fill water inside the pen and easily dissolve your watercolor while you're using them. You can wind off the name of your pen and dip inside the water. Push the side of the pen and fill it with water. Then just sponge up the unwanted water and wind up the bristle of your brush pen. This is where the tissue paper is important. Soak the unwanted moisture with tissue paper and close the water brush. Been properly, so that is how you can fill your watercolor brush. Ben. It works similarly as a simple brush so you can just dip the neb into the water and then into your pans so you can start painting. Now be careful not to squeeze the water brush been too hard or the water will drip at unexpected places. Affecting your artwork practices process so that you can feel water color. Brush Ben without getting your hand or artwork dirty. Here, I showed you different sizes of brush been and how it'll look in riel when you paint with them. These different brushes will give different results, and you will have to decide when you should use which of them finer ones are good for detailed work. But medium is what I prefer to use. You can try your hands at a few of them and see what works best for you 3. Understanding How To Use Waterbrushes: Once you have the tool, get ahead and practice water. Brush pens can be handled same as any brush pens. If you know the basics of brush pen lettering, then it's quite easy for you to start. But if you're not aware of such skills than try to follow these lessons closely, though, I suggest you to check out my brush pin lettering classes and an introductory class on water brush pens. Now let's continue with the basic steps. I'm going to show you how to write different letters with water brush pen after you filled your pen with water. Like the way I showed earlier. We can start practicing, and I suggest you do this with me and feel free to go back when you have an issue and try to get an idea of how the brush pen tip works and feels in the first few strokes or letter forms. Try to differentiate the upstroke and down strokes carefully, so first dip the neve into the water and then into your watercolor pen. We'll use a palette to mix and easily paint with colors and keep tissue with you always while you work with watercolor brush pen. I picked another color. So first I have to clean my nib to separate the water colors, make sure it's all clear. Sponge up the unwanted wet and then you repeat these steps again. If there's any color left in the brush pin, it will reflect on your artwork. You can see if there are any watercolors left on your tissue or not. If you're not satisfied, repeat the cleaning process again. First, I'm going to show you how to write some basic letters just to get warmed up, and it's important to hold your brush pin tilted at a 45 degree angle. Start pushing the brush pen gently and you'll see it's really easy to use and not just for writing. It's perfect to paint some simple landscape images. Hold your pen like the other brush pens I showed you earlier, and you could start writing. I will start with an A and repeated again. Push your niv a bit harder at the down strokes and gently at your up strokes. If you're a beginner than try to press hard downwards for down stroke and four up strokes barely touched the paper. This stranger motor skill and it gets easier to draw. Different letter forms. Practice each letter form a couple of times before moving on. You could use the practice sheets to while practicing usual lightbox or tracing paper to understand different strokes and each letter forms. Now I'm going to continue with a simple be with my darker blue color, and here I will show you this pushing method. So that's the main thing about water brush pens. The water inside the pen makes easier the painting process. This method is important when brush pen nib is drying out. Let's continue with an E and repeated again. I highly recommend to repeat it three times, at least to get used to your pen. Now I will show you a type of blending technique with the second E. If you write your letters with what tip and there's not enough color, just dip the pen into your watercolor and dribble some extra color onto your wet parts. It will take exact form of the letter. This is a best thing about working with water brush pens. There is no end for creativity. This is always a way to find a solution. You may try many variations and still your artwork will look beautiful. You could try some other effects, too, like hombre or faded effects here, as you can see how to blend two letters with different colors After you wrote your first letter, clean your pen properly and dip it into your next color. Then, by pushing enough water from the barrel, try to gradually fade one color to the other. You just have to write your other letter and the Web parts will converge. And this is helpful when you want Teoh depict a theme using color. As I did hear, I depicted fog with different shades of blue, and it's looking pretty beautiful. You can create different Grady INTs with this technique, and here's another technique for blending. Use more water and leave your bristles wet so you can easily blend different colors. When you wrote the first letter, leave the ending line wet and start your next letter with a lot of water color with your other color, and they'll give the faded effect. Repeat the process every other letters, and you can see how different results can be achieved. With just a little changes in procedure. You can also find another way to blend your letters or design, try it yourself and experiment with it. It is fun to dio now. I show a little blending here to show you how you can easily blend two colors. If you'd like to add some background to your lettering pictures, for example, this is how you can create some wash textures. Use the body of your brush and push it to make the tip more wet and blend the colors. Blooding makes any artwork beautiful and as you can see here, if these were playing color work, then this would never look so beautiful. If you come across any error like this age letter, this is how you can correct the mistakes. Try to draw them slowly, and if there's some lines or missing parts and get back to that part and easily draw our paint it with a bit more water, push the barrel of your pen to get the water flowing. If it is dry, then you could correct the slowly by repeating it a few times with less amount of water. In this way, you can let her custom phrases and words. You can follow the practice sheet to completely understand how to draw every letter form 4. How To Paint Floral Elements: watercolor is a very flexible medium for any artist. If you gain confidence and want to do a little more with your water brush funds, then adding illustrative graphic elements to your designs is a very good option to consider . I want to show you some of the most elegant elements that you can try with your hands on while doing various projects. You might have come across lots of floral elements in various lettering projects, and that's because of the harmony between these letter forms and styles. You can also refer the floral elements Reference. Pdf file. If you want to practice some Moors elements, keep practicing all the things I show you and follow the class with me. When you paint something, it's better for you to fix your watercolor paper. Masking tape will keep it stable, and it will be easy for you to use watercolor on it. I recommend using masking tape rather than a simple packing tape, because it'll fix your paper better, and it gets off easily from your paper, too. First, fix the two sides and finally, the opposite sides. Hold your hand and smooth and it gently don't push it too hard just tape it with the simple , gentle hands. It's because after finishing the artwork, we will have to remove the tapes to now before starting any project or practice. Do check your watercolor brush pen. It should be clean and in working condition. The method will be the same as I showed in the previous section. Dip the tip into the water than into your watercolor and start painting. If you are aware of using watercolor than that's great, and if not, it might seem strange and difficult. But as I said, you will get it with practice. The thing that makes watercolor different from other mediums. Watercolor is a transparent medium. If you add more water, it gets diluted. The process for successful watercolor painting is to avoid the areas to be left white and apply the lightest washes first, gradually working your way towards darker washes. Try to cover the large areas fairly loosely in the early stages of painting, applying tighter detail towards the end and always make sure your pen is clear enough in less. The colors will mix, and the result won't be as you expect and use your handkerchief or tissue for sponging up the unwanted wet surface. Now I will start creating a small flower. I'm going to pick a lovely red tone for the flowers and a simple like green for the leaves and other accessories and wreaths. You should apply few thumb rules of designs related to color combinations and themes, but you can always experiment with your choices. Whenever you have to change a color, clear the nib and choose your next color, then clear it again to start the same process. Next, I will pick color green and mix it on color palette. Do you wash your brush man every time you mix any color, Otherwise, it will end up in a dirty artwork, lots of tissue paper with you, and always make sure that any color that you use is not very dull. In a sense, it should be warm or cool. And don't try to use too many colors at a time. After mixing the color, let's create a flower. The first flower is going to be a rose or something similar to that. Start painting with little lines and make sure the Nibs is what with watercolor, so the center will be the most colorful parts then dissolve the colors on your brush and continue the lines with mostly water. You have to be quick because the watercolor is going to dry really fast and you can't dissolve it beautifully. Work on creating beautiful blending effect. You can also introduce new color to this flower, and it may give you different effect. It's practice creating these kind of flowers, and it gives you the opportunity to explore different blending effects. You could try multiple designs and color blends before you finalize anything. This makes it easy for you to come up with multiple designs. You could scan and place it as you need Teoh, in case she planned to reason. After the rose, the next flower will be similar. Just a classical one. Just paint it with one color and use a bit more water from the body of your pen and blended beautifully. While it's still wet, dribble some water color on the bottom part. Using this technique can easily hide any mistake. You did work on as much details as you can achieve, but for a lettering work, the focus needs to be on your letter forms. That's why you should avoid too much of pressure or details, You should try to keep it as relaxed as possible. After that, I painted another simple floral head. Just try to use your imagination. It doesn't need to be a perfect flower while it's wet. Dribble some other color, and it'll be beautifully blundered. You can plan the design with pencil first, then move on to the brush pen. Make sure that the pencil marks should not be visible in. Use your pencil very lightly here. I'm using a bit more of my watercolor, and you could see that it's really saturated. I use lesser amount of water here and more of thicker lines. I'm just showing you some of the many techniques of blending colors, and every experiment will give you a new effect, and you will learn new technique. So don't be afraid to experiment. When it's dried, add some lovely leaves and branch dear floral heads while using watercolor brush fun. You should start with a light of shades and then move up with the darker one. In this way, you can add more details to your artwork. Lastly, I'm going to show you how to paint lovely accessories, little branches and leafs and these elements give you flexibility to paint it as per your layout. And that's great for your lettering. Art working with nature and flowers are fun. You have many opportunities to explore nature. You can refer to the pdf reference I've attached with this class to try more of such arts. Use your imagination in paint, nature elements and the simplest way you you could apply these techniques for other illustrative elements to, and you can actually paint anything that relates to your message of your lettering art and make sure that it's not too detailed and is in sync with your overall style. For the wreath, you can decorate it with cute little Berries. I painted a few. These are just simple circles, and it looks like doodles. It's pretty easy if you understand how watercolor works and try this with other floral elements, and you can obviously try other elements to. I just painted a few flowers, but there are plenty of options and forms so you can use your imagination and start painting them. Just how you'd like it before moving to the next segment do practice creating different flowers and leaves. This will add up to your confidence. And now you have understood how to use water brush pens and how to practice different letter forms and how to paint multiple graphic elements. If you want to try these before moving on, don't be afraid if it turns out to be average, but try it once at least before moving on. And when you return, pick one message or quotes and try to do your class project with May, we can wrap up the class project together. You could just brainstorm some ideas, and we can together finish your first water brush. Been lettered art. 5. Waterbrush Art: Doing Hand Lettering: for designing and painting your own water brush lettered art. You need to plan a few things first. Some of them are a quote or message theme that you want to work on layoff plan and some idea about the overall design. I prepared my watercolor paper and fixed it with my masking tape earlier. The tools I need at first for working on my art are eraser and pencil. Any regular eraser and pencil will work after you have selected a theme and a quote toe work with first thing is for you to decide on the area where you will design your artwork. Try drawing some rough thumbnails or miniature layout plans. Try to apply General Rules of design. One of the most basic and still a versatile layout for working on lettering projects is center aligned artwork. So first I'm going to sketch my phrase using a pencil, which is it's kind of fun to do the impossible. A quotes by Walt Disney While sketching, Just try to position the phrase at the center. You can use the rulers, but if the layout of your lettering is somewhat irregular, rollers can't help, so you have to use your eyes here. I want to paint breathe around the overall designs, so I need to keep my quote within a certain area. You can actually refer to your miniature rough sketches, or you can lightly sketched your art here, too. I can, with the phrase approximately in the center and put just a few words in a row. It can be done to arm or in a row. It depends on the length of the quote here. Important thing is to maintain the balance it should not look like to Dent's at one end and light on the other end. You can follow hierarchy rules, too, which is nothing. We're putting more emphasis on certain words than the others. You may experiment with the size, angle and thickness of words. Here I am, enlarging a few words that reduced the sizes or enlarged just some lettering during writing . You can refer to my brush friend lettering classes, too, in case you want to learn more about lettering and different letter forms. The design of each word will depend on the role plays in the quote. If the word is important, so it will get more space in composition and lesser important words will get less space in the same way, if a word to pick some character like soft, cold or anything else, it should be shown in that way only. I try to write my phrases by highlighting the main words so you can enlarge just the important part of your sentence. When you're at the end, you can give credit to the author by writing the name in the final row. After following these rules, you should have your sketch ready. Make sure that you have sketched everything lightly, or you can also use another paper for painting. In that case, use a light box. I skipped this because I need to make it visible to you. Now we can start painting. I picked darker shade of blue for the phrase. You could plan each of the colors for different elements before painting. You could refer to various color mood tools available online and then use similar watercolors to If you don't have exact watercolor shade than try mixing some of them to come up with different color. And you'll be surprised how much water colors are flexible. Make sure you hold the pen right and try to draw the letters slowly. You don't have to hurry. Otherwise it will be too wavy. Usually my sketches air lighter, but as I need to film this one, so I have to make it dark. It should come out in the camera Clearly. Don't let the pen too much and use the tip of your water brush pens such that the up strokes are beautiful and graceful. When the typist right up, push the water chamber of your pen gently and use the water from inside. Follow the basics of using watercolors and trying to focus on getting better with results. As you progress, it might feel different than another medium, but keep on practicing and you will love it. The possibilities with water brush pens is endless. You can use this tool in any projects that you want. Whether it's branding projects, lettering or surface pattern design, the tool is useful everywhere. I use it for different clients and their projects, and I love it every time. While working with tools like watercolor brush Been goes slow with the process in any time you stroke downward at pressure for a wider line and while going upward release the pressure, so only top of the brush pin touches the page. Practice this way, and you will learn achieving new variations. And don't worry if it gets messy As an artist, you should try multiple times. Sometimes. Just give a project a couple of days break and again after that break. Review it in practice, controlling brush pen. You can also check my other classes where I have discussed different type of lettering. Things. Working on these letter forms is not easy. If you don't feel how the bristles of your water rush been, moves with your hand. Try to differentiate the width of the strokes and try to vary the amount of pressure you apply on the tip as well as a water chamber and try different angles. These will all help you understand more about your working style and tool. I will finish up the letter forms. You can take your time and work on every minute details closely. I will keep it this way and move on to the finishing steps 6. Waterbrush Art: Decoration & Final Touches: Once you have your letters painted, the next thing you can do is add some form of decoration, which makes it overall art fuller. Imbalanced. You can use either flourishes or ornamentation, or you can add multiple illustrative elements to your artwork. How you arrange your place them is up to you. I will be painting a lovely floral wreath around the overall quote. Let me show you how to do this. First, I'm going to paint the main flower heads around the phrase, and then the wreath with leaves all use the same red tone for the flower heads like earlier and paint little roses hair. I'm paintings and pedals slowly so that I don't make any mistakes as pedals should look like petals, but keep it minimal. One small mistake can ruin your artwork, so be careful while doing it. Remember to keep the white spaces wherever it is necessary. It keeps your illustration much more visible. When you use too much of your watercolor, keep herself with the handkerchief or tissue and sponge up the unwanted witness. It's easy to correct it before it dries up. In this artwork. I'm using all the techniques discussed in earlier lessons. We're combining everything to create this composition. You can work on a similar composition if you want to practice with different quotes. But it'd be really great if you could come up with something different and inspiring. And don't forget to share it with all of us. You can upload your progress, too. The first floor is the biggest one, and I'd like to use some kind of triangle form here. So a paint three main points around my phrase. In every composition, there's a primary element, and there are elements that will support primary element here. Also, I would will create a few small flowers to support these large flowers. I will draw you small flowers and maybe few large ones to balance the composition Now after flowers next, I'm going to continue the leaves around the flower heads. I paid them with quick moves. They're just simple forms. Once you have practiced, you can also do it quickly to practice. You have to find various artwork on Internet. Try to illustrate different objects and elements. Now, after completing flowers and leaves, the next move is to paint three and framed the quote. You can use any other ornaments that you'd like. But here I feel wreath will look good with this composition and with the elements I have used. It will be simple as the leaves dry with quick moves and complete with tiny leaves and branches. You should work on visible detail ing. I think there's a missing part here, so I thought I'd like to complete this gap with another flower head. So I continued the wreath and paint to little pieces. I used that blending technique I showed earlier, so I dribble some blue water color into the Web ports of my flowers. It gives it a cool, bland, and it'll be beautiful when dried. Always be creative in your approach and find a way to create your design better. Always be keen to learn new skills and use them in your artwork. That's how you grow as a professional. When I'm ready with the main parts, I can assess an add some complimentary accessories and decorations. You can use different colors to make it more beautiful. I'm using the blue color to do it. I painted little Berries, branches and points around the wreath for adding finishing touch to it. You can observe how they're mixing and supporting each other. It's not a problem if the colors are mixed. If you accidentally use any outsider color by mistake, there's an easy fix. Try to use that color at different places in your artwork. You have to be careful and try not to add too much decoration. Try to see the composition with a designer's perspective, and lastly, I will do the finishing work. I'm trying to add details to the artwork and fill the space to balance the overall design. If there's any emptiness, try to fill it in with drops of light color. So when you're happy with the design and overall composition, wait until it's going to dry and you're ready with your own water brush. Pen lettered artwork. You can also use a blow dryer if you wanna let it dry quickly. But don't use a maximum heat or air flow. Keep it at a lower level. Not say it 7. Final Thoughts: So you made watercolor brush Pen lettered art with watercolors. Now, what are you going to do with, um Actually, there are lots of things you could do with this art that you've created. You can send it to your friends. You could give it to your family. You can give it to your local home to core or art store to just keep it there and see if anybody is interested. You could sell it online to on Etc. And other stores. You can eventually start your own online store, which is just too easy to set up these days. And you can also work on commissions projects no matter what you dio. But it's important to share the expertise and skills that you gain with time and practice. You can keep on working on your skills in detail. I hope you had fun with the class, and you have learned the techniques of water, brush, pen lettering and how to use them for creating different illustrative pieces. We started the class with the fundamentals of water brushing lettering. We explored different ways to use watercolor brush been and how to blend different colors. And then, with all these things. We learned how to create a beautiful artwork in the process. I shared few tips and techniques that will help you in creating your art work more efficiently, and you can mix and match your skills to lay out. Better work flows to It's your time to upload your project, select any quota message that you like and create with beautiful artwork easing the techniques taught in this class. You should try using ornamental details with your quote, making more illustrative. If you want to learn about hand lettering, you should enroll to my other classes where I covered different areas of lettering. And I prefer practical application of lettering rather than mere knowledge. And that's why you can follow a practice routine and try to be much more focused in these areas. If you enjoy this class, please share your testimonials and give this class eight thumbs up, and this helps in reaching this class. Two more students and they will get great benefits of this class, and I will try to do some advanced classes on these two. If you have any suggestions, then you could share them with me. So that's all for now. And don't be afraid to apply Whatever you have learned. Just keep on doing what you love and see you in my next session. Thank you.