Simple Watercolor Backgrounds for Hand Lettering & Modern Calligraphy

Alisiah Hug, Lefty Hand Letterer

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10 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Introduction & Materials

    • 2. Mono-Color Fade

    • 3. Mono-Color Layering

    • 4. Two Color Blend

    • 5. Using Tape

    • 6. Add-on Techniques

    • 7. Textures

    • 8. Own Your Mistakes :)

    • 9. Flattening

    • 10. Project


About This Class

In this course, I will be showing you some basic ideas and techniques that you can use to create simple, yet eye-catching watercolor backgrounds. As a hand letterer, I am always looking for new ways that I can create backdrops for my pieces, especially ones that are easy.

I have made this class breaking down some easy, fun watercolor techniques including:

  • Mono-Color Fade
  • Mono-Color Layering
  • Two Color Blend
  • Using Tape (to create negative spaces for lettering)
  • Using Textures
  • Add on techniques (incorporating a straw, water spray bottle,
  • Owning your mistakes (and turning them into a new piece)
  • Flattening warped watercolor pieces

And I hope you can use and combine them to create some vibrant backgrounds for your hand lettering pieces!

For painting:

  • Watercolor paint (anything you happen to have-from a child's watercolor palette to higher end watercolors). I personally really enjoy working with Ecoline liquid watercolors, and that is what I primarily used in this class.
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paint brushes & water
  • Embossing heat gun/hot air gun (Optional, but useful for drying watercolor in between layers)
  • Straw
  • Water spray bottle
  • Washi/Painters Tape

For Flattening (you may notice that your watercolor paper becomes warped)

  • Page protector or other clean surface to put your paper down on
  • Damp washcloth
  • Random flat heavy objects you have around