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Rainbow Lettering - Fun & Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Calligraphy

Lyssas Letters, Hand Lettering Artist

Rainbow Lettering - Fun & Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Calligraphy

Lyssas Letters, Hand Lettering Artist

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10 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction to Rainbow Lettering!

    • 2. Basic Horizontal Rainbow

    • 3. Technique 1: Blending with Water

    • 4. Technique 2: Blending with Water

    • 5. Technique 3: Rainbow Letters with Shading

    • 6. 3 Brush Pens on Marker Paper

    • 7. Technique 4: Repeating Rainbow

    • 8. Designing a Unique Rainbow

    • 9. Technique 5: Vertical Rainbow

    • 10. Create Your Own Rules

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About This Class


Using rainbow color palettes is the perfect way to make your artwork stand out! It’s time to level up your lettering in this colorful course led by Alyssa (known on Instagram and YouTube as Lyssa’s Letters). You’ll be introduced to several simple and fun techniques using water-based brush pens to add a whole lot of color to your hand lettering artwork! 


Perfect for lettering-lovers at any level, this course will empower you to boldly add rainbow blends of all types to your letters. Each lesson is jam-packed with demonstrations and examples to help guide you as you learn the essentials of blending and how to add gorgeous rainbows inside and outside of your letters. 


Lessons will include the following topics:

-Making a basic horizontal rainbow

-Blending with water

-Blending with the brush pens on marker paper

-Creating unique rainbow color palettes

-Designing and executing a vertical rainbow in your letters

-Fun ways to add rainbow illustrations to your lettering

Students are encouraged to post all of their practice and finished pieces of artwork that incorporate the blending techniques taught in this class under the projects tab.  

For your daily dose of colorful inspirational art, check out Alyssa’s Instagram Page


Alyssa (known on Social Media as Lyssa’s Letters) began brush lettering in August 2018. Through her artwork and videos, she hopes to share a message of self-empowerment and to inspire others to create from their hearts! She currently teaches two classes on Skillshare.com and is in the process of designing more classes. 

You can check out her Youtube channel: Lyssa's Letters on Youtube

Royalty-free music from BenSound.com, InShot app (@iksonofficial), and Incompetech.filmmusic.io (by Kevin MacLeod).

*********Recommendations for brush pens and paper:

1. Tombow Dual Brush Pens: best when used on Canson marker paper, Strathmore marker paper, or any brand of bristol board. Use cautiously on mix media paper and VERY rarely on watercolor paper, as the brush nibs fray easily. I also use Tombows on hp premium paper; however, they do not blend on this paper because the ink dries immediately on it. You can layer colors on hp premium paper, though (similar to how one would blend with alcohol markers).

2. Ecoline Brush Pens: best when used on watercolor paper or mix media paper. I prefer Arteza 100% cotton expert watercolor paper and arches cold press watercolor paper. I use Canson mix media paper.

3. Tombow Fudenosuke colors: Best when used on hp premium paper, marker paper, or mix media paper. They tend to look dry and uneven on watercolor paper.

4. Pentel Sign Touch Brush Pens: Can be used on any type of paper!

5. Arteza TwiMarkers: Not great for creating letter shapes but awesome for blending with water. I use them exclusively on mix media paper and watercolor paper.

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Lyssas Letters

Hand Lettering Artist


Alyssa (known on Social Media as Lyssa’s Letters) began brush lettering in August 2018. Through her artwork and videos, she hopes to share a message of self-empowerment and to inspire others to create from their hearts!

Her artwork and tutorials have been featured in two international lettering magazines, and she has contributed as a guest blogger for The Pigeon Letters, Surely Simple, and Arteza. She currently teaches several classes on Skillshare.com and is in the process of designing more. 

For more colorful inspiration, check out her Instagram page!

Check out Lyssa's Letters on Pinterest

Youtube channel: Lyssa's Letters on Youtube

Some fun ongoing projects that Alyssa is working on include creating col... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Rainbow Lettering!: Creating artwork with a rainbow color palette is the perfect way to get a little boost in your day. And what better way to level up your hands lettering and blending skills than by using all the colors. That's why I created this super fun course on rainbow lettering. My name is Alyssa, and I am the lettering enthusiast and artist behind Liz's letters. I have a passion for colorful brush calligraphy and watercolor paintings. And I get excited about sharing what I've learned about art and creativity with others through my Skillshare classes and my YouTube and Instagram videos. In this colorful course on rainbow lettering, I'll introduce you to five simple and fun techniques using water-based brush pens to add a whole lot of color and cheer to your hands. Lettering artwork will begin with the basics of making a horizontal rainbow from left to right in a word or phrase. Then in each of the following lessons in the class, we'll dive into a different way to blend and shade with rainbow colors to create seamless transitions between the colors. You'll learn how to make repeating rainbow patterns. How to blend your colors using water, and how to make vertical rainbows within your letters. This class is perfect for anybody who is ready to get their rainbow on. Whether you're a beginner or you already have experience with lettering. And you want to make a colorful projects. If you're completely new to the art of hands lettering or RDS, super confident with your letter shapes, I have provided you with tracing sheets that you can easily print out from your desktop computer and then trace onto the special paper you'll be using for your rainbow letters. I'm super excited to go on this rainbow adventure with you. I'll see you in class. 2. Basic Horizontal Rainbow: we'll start off by creating a basic horizontal rainbow. Feel free to use any brand or size of brush, pen and any type of paper you like for the basic technique, since we want to be focusing on blending for my recommendations on which type of paper to use with each fresh pen, check out the course description, which you can access from a desktop. In this lesson, I'm going to be using seven colors of equal lined brush pens on cancer in mixed media paper , since people typically break up the rainbow into seven colors. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Thes air the colors all the using, but you can choose whichever rainbow colors and shades feel right for you. For example, I substituted pink for red, and you can choose to leave out one or two colors. The simplest way to incorporate a rainbow radiant into a word is to make each letter its own color in the order that they appear in the rainbow. Coincidentally, the word rainbow has seven letters, so it matches up perfectly with the number of colors. But what happens if you choose a word that has fewer than seven letters, and you still want to incorporate all seven colors. The word color has only five letters, so I've split up several of the letters, such that they each have more than one color. For example, the down stroke of each O is a different color than the upstroke. I'm going back over the area where the two Hughes meets with the brush pens to smooth out the transition. It's easy to do this with equal line brush pens because the ink is so wet it's almost like painting with watercolors. We will be diving more deeply into different blending techniques in future lessons. But first, let's talk about how to create a rainbow radiant in a word that has mawr letters than the number of colors you're going to be using. The word shimmering, which I've written here, has 10 letters. So I'm splitting up the word into seven different sections and assigning each section its own color. Notice how I've assigned to letters toe orange, blue and indigo, but the colors still look somewhat evenly distributed across the word. Another option is to incorporate more colors while maintaining the overall rainbow radiant . Here I'm using 15 different brush pens, and I'm splitting up the colors among the strokes within the letters somewhat randomly, based on what I think would look good Overall, the result gives greater visual interest because of the variety of Hughes and lights and darks. Of course, you can choose to repeat colors of the rainbow within one line. Here, I'm writing the phrase Count your rain bows, not your thunderstorms, and I'm using one color per letter. Once I get to purple, I start again with reddish pink and then orange, etcetera. Each new row begins with pink, but you could just as easily start each new row with the next color of the rainbow from the preceding row. There are so many ways to incorporate a rainbow color pattern into a phrase, and one of my favorite ways is to draw parallel diagonal lines on a piece of paper using a pencil and make each letter or part of a letter that fits between two of the parallel lines the same color. You may find it helpful to label each diagonal band with the appropriate color. This creates the illusion of a diagonal rainbow. Ah, simpler option would be to make each word of the phrase a different color of the rainbow like I've done here. Now that we've talked about the basics of creating a horizontal rainbow in a word or phrase , let's head into the next lesson. Where will discuss creating a rainbow Grady int by blending with water. I'll see you there. 3. Technique 1: Blending with Water: In order to blend our colors with water, we're going to need to use paper that is thick and absorbent enough, such as watercolor paper. My two favorites to use for lettering are are Tessa 100% cotton expert, watercolor paper and arches cold press. Another option is to use mixed media paper. In this lesson, I'll be using cancer in mixed media paper, which is less thick than watercolor paper in which has less of a coarse texture than cold. Press watercolor paper. You'll also want to make sure you have some kind of paintbrush handy for this lesson. I'm going to be using a size six round brush by the pigeon letters, but you could just as easily use a water brush, which holds water inside of its plastic barrel. It is entirely up to you what brand of brush pens you decide to use as long as they are water based. Right now, I'm going to be using our Tessa twee markers, which have very vibrant colors. The colors I'm using our fuchsia, orange, lemon, yellow, green, turquoise, arctic blue and royal purple Justus. We did in the first lesson I'm going to be creating ah horizontal rainbow, radiant. And because pink and turquoise are my two favorite colors, I'm going to be using a little bit more of those two colors than any of the other colors. Keep in mind that your letter shapes don't need to be perfect at this stage, because we'll get the chance to clean them up when we go back over them with water. So now it's time to start blending. Go ahead and dip the bristles of your paintbrush into a cup of clean water. You'll know you have the right amount of water on your paintbrush if the bristles are saturated, but you don't have any extra droplets coming off of it. And the next part is pretty simple, although it can be a bit time consuming. Very carefully run the paint brush over the entire area of colorful ink. Make sure you don't miss any areas so that you don't get a need any unusual textures Once the water has dried, this is where you get to clean up the shapes of your letters. Feel free to thicken any areas so that you can make the down strokes of your letters nice and even notice that I'm mixing the colors ever so slightly so that a little bit of the orange goes into the sea and a little bit of the pink goes into the O. I do something similar here with the letter L. I bring some of the orange into the top of the letter and blend it down. You may find it helpful to have a hand towel next to you or on your lap so you can wipe off the paintbrush if the paper gets too wet. When the bristles of the paintbrush are dry, you can use it to soak up some of the excess moisture from the paper. I then continue with the same process throughout the rest of the word, blending the colors together to create seamless transitions. Any time that I feel the brush has too much of one color on its I go ahead and clean off the paintbrush in the water. This way, I have more control over how much of each color is represented in my rainbow notice here. How I again wipe up some of the excess water with my paintbrush after I dried it off on my hand towel. Now here you can see how I use the water on the paintbrush to refine the shape of the L, which initially looked a little bit messy, and I create a smooth radiant between the pink and the purple. I also pick up a little bit of the pink on my paintbrush and push it into the U. Once I'm done blending and smoothing out all of my letters, I allow the word to dry. Don't forget to post your practice with this blending technique under the Projects tab when you're using a desktop so we can all admire your hard work. Now let's head into the next lesson to experiment with another Superfund way to create rainbow lettering by blending with water. Let's go. 4. Technique 2: Blending with Water: This next method of blending rainbow colors is one of my favorites because of the amount of freedom it gives in terms of where you can place your colors. The supplies you'll need for this lesson are essentially the same as the ones you needed for the last lesson, including a cup of water, a paintbrush, watercolor or mixed media paper, a small towel and colorful brush pens. We'll also need something to create the base layer for our letters. I'm going to be using Tom Bo dual brush pen N 95 which is a very light gray. If you're using mixed media paper like I am here, you can pencil in your letters first, and then once you've gone over the graphite with your base color, you can easily erase the graphite. Using a regular eraser. I find it more difficult to erase graphite on watercolor paper once I put ink over it. So keep that in mind. If you're using watercolor paper, make sure your graphite lines are very, very light before you put down the gray. For this piece, which will eventually say creativity takes courage, I switched back to my ego line brush puns. I begin adding colors over the gray base. Notice how I leave a little bit of space between the colors. This isn't necessary, but I like to do with this way because it gives me room to spread the colors out, and it prevents the colors from getting too muddy. Once I'm satisfied with the placement of my colors. In a few of the letters, I take out my paintbrush loaded with water and start to blend. The Equal Line Inc picks up very easily from the paper, which is one reason it's great to blend with water. Pay attention to how careful I am while I'm blending to keep the edges of the letter nice and smooth, I do my best to eliminate any harsh edges of the borders of where I put the colors. For example, here I try to make a nice, smooth transition from pink to red so that it doesn't look like there's just a block of pink and a block of red. Before I begin blending orange into yellow, I make sure I clean off my paintbrush in my cup of water so it doesn't have any residual read on it. I again clean off my paintbrush. Once I start to blend the yellow into the green so it doesn't have any residual orange on it. Cleaning up your paintbrush ensures that your colors stay nice and vibrant. There are no specific rules in terms of where to place your colors and what colors to use. But a general guideline would be that colors that are adjacent to one another in the rainbow like red is next. Toe orange and yellow is next to green should be next to one another in the letters. Notice how the places where I tend to shade in the colors with my brush pens are the top, middle and bottom of the down strokes and in one or two areas in the up strokes. If a down stroke is a shorter stroke, I may just color in the top and bottom. Now, let's talk a little bit more about the process of blending with water. I find that blending on mixed media paper could be a little bit tricky, because even if you use just the slightest bit too much water, you can end up with some unwanted textures. The water tends to dry more quickly on mixed media paper than it does on watercolor paper. So I find that I frequently have to go back over areas that I've already blended to prevent the formation of puddles. If you're using watercolor paper for your piece of artwork, especially either of the two brands of watercolor paper that I mentioned previously, you'll have much more flexibility in terms of how much water you can use for blending. You may notice that if you use a lot of water, the ink is likely to travel to the outside edges of the letters, and the letters will appear more pastel or lighter colored. I encourage you to experiment with different types of paper and different amounts of water and two poster practice in the project gallery for this class. - Now it's time to shift gears a little bit because in the next few lessons will be talking about how to create rainbow blends using the brush pens alone. Let's go 5. Technique 3: Rainbow Letters with Shading: For blending technique number three, I'm going to show you how to create this really cool shading from dark at the top of the letter to light at the bottom. This technique is simple and looks awesome when it is finished. The supplies for this lesson are simply brush pens and paper. I will be using Tombow dual brush pens to demonstrate this technique. When do you use Tombow brush pens on very smooth paper like marker paper or Bristol board. It is very easy to blend using just the brush pens themselves. Make sure you have a piece of scrap paper on hand as well. Canson Marker Paper is my brand of choice for Tombow dual brush pens because it is very smooth and it doesn't fray the pen tips as quickly as watercolor paper or mixed media paper wood. For each hue of the rainbow, I am using at least two different brush pens. One that is a pastel color for the base, and one or more that are darker in color. When I say Whew, I'm referring to the color name like orange, yellow, green. So I have two shades of orange, three shades for yellow, three shades for green, et cetera. If you only have one brush pen for each whew, this technique will still work nicely. You need at least one brush pen for each hue of the rainbow. And you can always use a colorless blender for the shading instead of the pastel brush pens that I'm using. The Tombow colorless blender is n 000. And it has a clear ink that allows you to blend out colorful ink that you've already put down on the paper. To map out the letters are going, we need to use a very light color that we will then shade on top of. A light gray color like Tombow and 95 would work fine. If you have the colors that I'm using, then feel free to use them along with me. I'll be writing the word colorful in this lesson using the pastel colors in rainbow order, starting with reddish pink. Remember, you can always trace the word colorful on the tracing sheet that I've provided in the class resources. If you are not yet confident enough with your brush lettering technique. For the letter C, I'm using a light pink, which is Tombow number 800. For, oh, I'm using 0 to 0 as my base. Tombow. 0, 6, 2 will be my base for l, my yellow letter. For the green letter, I'm using Tombow 1, 31. Next comes Tombow 291 for the letter R, followed by 400 one for the letter F. For light blue. I'm using Tombow 451. I'm using 620 for the purple parts of the letter hue. And finally, I'm using Tombow 673 for the letter L, which is a light magenta. Don't worry if the letters are too light to read at this stage, we've just mapped out where the letters are going. Now's the time when we can begin the shading. The top of the letter will be darkest. And the goal is to make the color gradually get lighter so that it is lightest at the bottom, starting with the letter C, I add a little bit of hot pink Tombow number 1725 to just the top of the letter. Then I switch back to the light pink brush pen, Tombow number 800. And I use it to drag some of the dark pink down along the letter. I do my best to create a smooth transition from dark to light. I find it most helpful to use gentle strokes with the brush tip. Note that the more you go over a certain area with the brush pen, the darker it will be. If you want to keep the bottom of the letter very light. Only go over the bottom once or twice. And remember, if you don't have the specific light pink color that I'm using right now. You can always use the colorless blender. 985 is the brush pen that I use for the top of the orange letter. Then I switch to 0 to 0 for the bottom of the letter, dragging down some of the darker color and then making it nice and light for the bottom of the letter. Notice how I even add a little bit of this orange color to the transition between the C and the O. To make the transition a little bit more gradual. Brush pen 0 to six is a beautiful goals that I add to the top quarter of my yellow letter with some of these darker colors a little bit goes a long way. Then I use a yellow brush pen, 0 55 to blend down the gold. Finally, I blended out further using 0, 6, 2, which is a very light yellow. For the dark green, I'm using 277 and I only need to add a little bit to the top of the letter. I blend it down using a lime green number one, 73, and finally an even lighter green number 1, 31. To make the shading even more dramatic, I even use the light green and light yellow brush pens to create a smooth transition from yellow to green between the L and the number 379 is going on top of the R. And it is such a dark color that you want to be careful not to use too much of it. When I blend the darker color down it using a pastel minty color number 291. I have to wipe off some of the darker ink onto a scrap piece of paper so that the letter isn't too much darker than all the other letters. For the letter F, I use for 07 for the darker color and blend it out using for 0, 1, a light turquoise. The three blue colors that I use are 526 for the darkest color. For 52451. The darker purple. I'm using his 623 and the pastel color is 1620. And lastly, for the letter L, I'm using 685 for the fuchsia and 673 for the lighter color, the light magenta. And there we have it. I hope you had as much fun as I did using this blending technique. Now let's head into the next lesson where we'll learn how to create repeating rainbow blends using just the primary colors. Let's go. 6. 3 Brush Pens on Marker Paper: creating repeating rainbow patterns on marker paper can be super fun. But before we apply this blending technique toe a word, let's learn the basics. For this lesson, I'll be using just three Tom Baduel brush pens Hot pink number 7 25 yellow 055 and light blue number 4 52 Using these three brush pens on cancer marker paper will be able to create all of the colors of the rainbow. Will start off by making a small area of parallel lines using the pink brush penned. Then, using the yellow brush pen will drag some of the pink across the page with very small, gentle strokes. This will create a small area that looks red or reddish orange as it gets further away from the pink to transition in toe orange and then yellow will clean off the pink ink that is transferred onto the tip of the yellow brush pen. Using a scrap piece of paper, we can then continue to use gentle strokes to drag the orange across the paper, which will gradually become more and more yellow to make green, will use our light blue brush, pen and color on top of the yellow in the same direction that we've been making all of our other strokes. When you're using this particular method of blending, you'll want to put the darker color down first and then use the tip of the lighter color to transfer the darker color across the paper. It turns out that this blue color that I used number 4 52 is lighter than the yellow, so that's why I put the yellow down first. Once we blend it out from green to blue, we can go back in with a yellow brush pen and clean up the transition. I use small strokes in both directions until the Grady int from yellow to green is more smooth. Next come into go and purple, which we create by blending pink and blue together. This pink has a darker value than the blue, so we'll first put the pink down on the paper and then blended out using the blue. Now that we know how to make a rainbow in a straight line with these three brush funds on marker paper, let's see how we can execute this same technique within our letters 7. Technique 4: Repeating Rainbow: I like to use a very light pastel or light grey brush pen to write the letters, which I can then color on top of. I'll demonstrate with 4 91 a pastel blue, which is the lightest color. 1/2 but feel free to use. Any light color for your base will first demonstrate a rainbow blend in the letter H, and then we'll see how this works. In a word, I'm starting with the color pink, but it doesn't matter whether you start with pink, yellow or blue, and it also doesn't matter where in the letter you start. All that matters is that your colors go in rainbow order. Also, I should mention that I decided to use a lighter pink for this lesson, but the process is exactly the same. So once I finished putting down my pink, I used the yellow to blend it out to create an area of orange, and then eventually it will become more and more yellow. Notice how I'm using the exact same type of short, gentle strokes as when I was making my rainbow in a straight line. But now I just happen to be making the shape of the letter H. One of the elements that makes this particular blending technique tricky is that there aren't any rules about where to start an end, a specific color. I tried to do my best to just make the colors represented somewhat, equally and honestly. A lot of it is just experimentation. Once I'm done blending between the yellow and pink, I move on to the blue brush pen. Notice how I go back and forth between using the yellow and blue brush pens to create a smooth transition from yellow to green and then a smooth transition from green to blue. Afterwards, I clean off the tip of the blue brush pen from any residual yellow on it so that I can create an area of purple in the loop of the age and in the entry stroke. Now we're done with the letter H, so let's see what it looks like. If we add more letters into the mix, I'll be writing the word vibrance. And again, I'm using Tom Baduel brush pin number 4 91 as the base. I've gone back to my hot pink combo 7 25 for this one. Note that I have my scrap piece of paper nearby so that I can clean off my brush tips as needed. By this point, you're already familiar with how to blend the colors, so I want you to pay attention to my placement of the colors within the letters. As I previously mentioned, there are no rules. You may notice that I don't use all of the colors in every single letter, and I do that on purpose. Letters that are small like I and our don't have as much space, so I may only use three or four colors in those letters. Now we're done making a repeating rainbow pattern in our word, and look how vibrant and fund these colors are. Make sure you post your practice using this technique in the project gallery for this class . In the next lesson will explore using this blending technique with more than just three colors 8. Designing a Unique Rainbow: By this point, you're probably aware that there are Thanh of different color combinations that can be interpreted as a rainbow. Once you feel confident with the basics of blending colors, you can begin to experiment to find which combination of colors you want to use in your own artwork. I would encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try out colors that you don't use very frequently. Think of this as an investigation into which colors you've never used together before and see how they look on this piece of paper. For example, I've used almost every single tumble dual brush pen that I own. It took some courage for me to incorporate some of the more muted shades and hues that are not my favorite. But I ended up loving how these rainbows turned out. You could make rainbows that have a lot of darker values. You could make pastel rain bows. You can have a rainbow that has a lot of really saturated colors, or maybe a more muted rainbow. Select the shades of colors that feel best to you in the moment, and just as we did in the previous lesson, will use these colors in our letters. Once again, I use Tom Bow for 91 as my base, on top of which I will be coloring. Here are the colors of the Tom bows amusing in this piece, in case you'd like to use them in your own artwork. If I wanted Teoh, I could have tried to fit every single color into one letter so that each letter was its own rainbow. But I decided to spread out the colors more. Notice how I use orange at both the top and bottom of the letter. In fact, in this piece I use several of the colors in more than one place. Although the general trend is for the colors to go in rainbow order from left to right, this is certainly not a typical horizontal rainbow. I do make sure, however, that whenever I'm blending two colors together, they're always colors that are adjacent to one another in my rainbow. Remember that when you're using the brush pens to blend the colors rather than water, you always want to put down the darker color first and then use the lighter color to blend it out. You could see how I've used the lime green color to blend down the darker green. And then I'm using a pastel yellow to blend out the lime green. The same goes for the letter O here, where I'm using this mint color to blend out both the teal and the dark green. Blending from one light color to another like color can be a little bit tricky. The lighter colors won't transfer onto the brush tip of another like color, as the dark colors would do so. I use a technique that's more like layering the colors one on top of one another so that it creates a more seamless transition. So now that I've gone through each of the colors in my rainbow, I'll repeat the same pattern one more time when you upload your practice. Using this technique to the Project gallery for this class, make sure you include your experimentation with different color combinations so that you can provide inspiration for others 9. Technique 5: Vertical Rainbow: another effect that I love to create. Using my Tom Baduel brush pens is vertical rainbows within my letters. If you're using this blending style within one word like I am here, you could make tall, wide block letters and use all of the colors of the rainbow within each letter. If you're lettering, several words or a phrase, you can spread out the rainbow among two or more lines of text. The great thing about spreading out a rainbow like this is that you can create it by blending with water or by blending with the brush pens. This is such a fun and simple way to use rainbows in your letters, and it looks so beautiful. It doesn't matter which color you put at the top as you're starting color. As long as the colors go in order, people will interpret it as a rainbow. Now, let's take a closer look at how to create a vertical rainbow within one letter. Although it is possible to make this style of lettering by blending with water, my preference is to use just the brush pens to blend on marker paper. Here I'm once again using my Tom Bo dual brush pens on cancer in marker paper. This is another great opportunity to explore new color combinations, or you can use a color combination you've already made. Keep in mind that the shorter your letters are, the less space you'll have to blend out each letter. You may find it helpful to plan out ahead of time where the band of each color is going to be. You can do this by visualizing it in your mind's eye. Or you can use a pencil and actually sketch out where you want each color to be placed. In this piece of artwork, the pink and blue bands are larger than any of the other bands of color. In your letters, you can represent each color equally, or you can emphasize one or two colors like I have here also noticed that I did not include purple, and that is perfectly OK. You could make your rainbow however you like. I would suggest that you mark out the shapes of your letters before you start adding color . You can do this by making a rough draft in a dark color and then taping down your sheet of marker paper on top. This method works nicely with cancer in marker paper. Because this type of paper is extremely thin and you can easily see through it, you can also simply sketch the shapes of the letters in pencil directly onto the paper. You want to draw your letters in this way if you're using any other brand of marker paper, because most types are much thicker than the cancer and brand notice how I'm staying inside of the pencil lines as though I'm coloring in a coloring page. The blending process inside the letter is the same as the technique we used in the previous lesson. I'm putting down the darker color first and then using the brush pen with the lighter color to blend out the darker color. All of the strokes that I make are parallel to one another, and I stay very light handed or gentle. It's up to you how smooth and gradual you want the transitions between the colors to be. I'm doing my best to make the transitions between the colors as smooth as possible, but you don't have to do it this way. This is your piece of artwork, so do whatever feels right for you. Once I finished the first letter, I move on to the other letters. In the word, I try to keep the bands of each color fairly, even horizontally from one letter to the next. My goal is for it to look as though there is, for example, one green band that's going across the entire page horizontally. You are free to move around the placement of the colors in your letters, though, get creative with it. I'm excited to see what you create and post in the Project gallery. 10. Create Your Own Rules: so far, I've shown you several different ways to include rainbows in your hands. Lettering Arts. I want to encourage you to take what you've learned in this class and to add your own unique style to it. For example, you could make pastel rainbow letters you could color on top of your rainbow letters with glitter gel pens to make it a shiny rainbow. You could make a rainbow using bright neon colors, or, if you're feeling adventurous, you could make rain. Both spiral candy letters. Your letters could even become rainbow rays of sunshine, but know that you're not limited to just using rainbows inside of your letters. Hand lettering on top of a rainbow with the dark color is a really fun option. One of my favorite ideas was to make a rainbow banner by first penciling in the shapes of the letters and the shape of the banner and then coloring around the letters with the rainbow colors. I also love lettering inside of rainbow wreaths, which I make with brush pens. And of course, you can draw or paint an actual rainbow on a piece of lettering Art. The possibilities truly are endless, so go forth and create some awesome rainbow artwork. You'll be adding some much needed color to this world. I look forward to seeing what you post in the project gallery.