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Watercolor Lettering: Everything You Need to Know

Ana Baker, Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques

Watercolor Lettering: Everything You Need to Know

Ana Baker, Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques

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9 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Watercolor Lettering--Everything You Need to Know

      1:10
    • 2. Watercolor Lettering Supplies

      4:18
    • 3. Watercolor Basics--Things You Need to Know

      3:41
    • 4. Brush Lettering Foundations

      3:00
    • 5. Marker Magic

      6:00
    • 6. Rainbows--Multicolor Blending

      5:25
    • 7. Drip Drop Metallic Monogram

      4:31
    • 8. Gold Leaf Metallic Watercolor

      6:21
    • 9. Share Your Work Upload a Project 2

      2:41
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In this class, students will learn how to utilize a toolbox of techniques to create beautifully lettered watercolor designs. This class is geared toward the beginner-intermediate letterer who is comfortable with the basic techniques of lettering and wants to expand their horizons with watercolor. 

Materials needed for this class are:

  • Watercolor paper (140 lb.)
  • A waterbrush or small round paint brush (size 2 or smaller)
  • Watercolor paints OR water-based markers
  • Water
  • Basic drawing materials like pencil, a ruler, and an eraser
  • EXTRA--Metallic or shimmer watercolors

See attached clickable product recommendation list! (Under Your Project section) Stuck on what to letter? Check out the bonus Lettering Library with words and quotes to give you a jumpstart.

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Ana Baker

Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques

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Hi, I'm Ana Baker! I'm a self-taught hand lettering and calligraphy artist with a background in education. I've always loved words and letters and dabbled in calligraphy ever since high school, but really fell in love with the art of lettering in 2016.

My classes focus on practical tips and skills that help your lettering skills grow quickly and organically. Because I am a self-taught artist, I love sharing all of the little things I wished I had known when I first began my lettering journey with you right from the get-go so you can grow even more quickly. 

I also love to create classes that focus on practical application of lettering skills so you can get right to creating things that you love.

 

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1. Watercolor Lettering--Everything You Need to Know: Hi, My name is Anna Baker. I love hand lettering and playing with water colors. In this class. I'm gonna teach you the foundations of watercolor lettering. We'll discuss everything you need to know, ranging from which water colors to choose to the tips and techniques that'll make you look like you've been practicing your watercolor lettering for ages. We'll talk about many things, including how to apply color theory to your water color techniques for brush lettering and even how to make watercolor designs. Using markers you have laying around. I will be showing you several techniques that will give you a variety of looks and create some awesome watercolor effects. Not only will we be discussing all of these wonderful topics, but with your participation in the class you will receive a free clickable resource is list with all of the materials I recommend, along with the lettering library, full of great words, phrases and quotes that will give you inspiration and your lettering journey. Be sure to follow me for future classes and exciting opportunities. Let's jump into class and learn everything you need to know to be well on your journey with watercolor lettering. 2. Watercolor Lettering Supplies: before we begin lettering. Let's discuss some of the supplies that you'll need for this class. Just a reminder. You don't need to have all of these supplies. Just a few will help you get started. If you're interested in any of these particular supplies I talk about, I have included a clickable pdf in the your project section. First of all, you're going to need watercolor paper. Look for cold press paper that comes in at least £140. Cold press is important because it provides a smooth surface that's ideal for littering. Picking a paper that is at least £140 will ensure that your paper still looks good after you've used a lot of water and paint. Next, you'll need a water brush or a paintbrush. I like this particular water brush by Penn Tell because it carries the water in the barrel for me has a great durable tip that is ideal for lettering. You may be tempted to buy some that are cheaper, but trust me, this one is worth it. Next up our paintbrushes. If you do prefer to use a paintbrush, look for round brush styles. Letter in a size two or smaller. Keep in mind that with a traditional paintbrush, as opposed to a water brush, you will need to read it more often. The great thing about traditional paintbrushes is that they come in a variety of styles and they're fairly inexpensive. Keep in mind that the larger your brush size is, the larger your letters will be. Of course, it's also helpful to have a pencil and an eraser in case you make any mistakes. I also have a lot of trouble keeping my line street, so I like to use rulers and per tractors for tractors air helpful for getting curves as well. A straight edges. A paint palette is helpful because it gives you a place to keep your pains, and it gives you a space to mix other colors. If you want to keep your paper flat, use washi tape. You also need water to wash off your brushes and switch between colors. Though not necessary, you will see me using a heat gun to speed along the process of paint drying. Another really helpful tool is a paper towel or rag to wipe off your brush between colors. You don't need to spend a lot of money on water colors to get pretty looks. This one, by praying, is fairly inexpensive, yet gives you great results. It has several basics and a few extras thrown in for good measure. I like that. It comes with a couple wells for mixing your colors, and the pigmentation is really pretty great, considering how inexpensive it is. Next, there are traditional tube watercolors you can use thes straight out of the tube and add water. These are great because they're highly pigmented and come on a wide array of colors, allowing you to create any color in the spectrum. Because watercolor paints are reactivated when you add water, you can easily add to watercolors to a travel pilot. Like I did hear. Once they dry down, you can take them with you and just out of water to react, to pick. You can also make water color paint using water based markers. These happen to be by Tom Bow, but you could easily use Creole A or any other kind of water based marker. The last style of water colors will discuss our liquid watercolors, thes air, easy to use and portable and come in a variety of colors. These particular ones are Doctor Ph. Barton's hydrates Fine art watercolor line. They feature a dropper and our light fast, which means that they won't fade over time. So far. These air, my favorite watercolors to use the colors air really beautiful, and I like that they're mix herbal so you can make any shade you like. Another option in this category are water color inks. This one in particular, is by Braila Reese, and it comes again in a variety of colors. You're easily able to drop out the amount you like, and then they are transparent, just like any other liquid watercolor. The main difference between this and the doctor Ph Martin's hydrates is that they are not light fast, which means that they will fade over time. Probably my favorite kind of watercolor, our metallic watercolors. This particular brand is my all time favorite because of the colors are so metallic and shimmery that they are a joy to use. Now that you know what you need, let's have some fun 3. Watercolor Basics--Things You Need to Know: before we hop right into lettering and playing with her paints, it's important to understand a couple things about watercolors. First of all, as the name indicates, watercolors react with water. Most watercolors can be reactivated with water, meaning that you can actually manipulate them again after they have dried simply by adding water. Watercolor paints are also transparent. This transparency varies from shade to shade. It's a great idea to experiment with your watercolors before lettering to gain an understanding of how transparent your particular colors are. As you can see me demonstrating here, the transparency of my colors varies based on how much water I have added to them. Basically, you need to be aware of the ratio of water to paint, and that will give you a good understanding of just how intense your colors will be. A fantastic way to get to know your colors is by creating a swatch library. All you have to do is to create swatches of your colors and let them dry. This will give you a pretty good understanding of what they will look like. One of the wonderful things about water colors is the way they interact with each other. Because watercolors have a degree of translucency to them, it is important to understand color theory when you allow different colors to interact with each other. When they're wet, you will see them blend and create new colors. This is part of the fun. Having an understanding of basic color theory will help you make sure that those new colors that are created or what you want, and not just a muddy brown or black let's take it back to our class and take a quick crash course and color theory by looking at this color wheel in case you for gotten the primary colors are red, yellow and blue. By mixing these primary colors, we get secondary colors like green, purple and orange. Lastly, there are a tertiary colors, which are basically colors that have more of one primary color in them than the other, like yellow, green versus blue green. Knowing basic color theory can help prevent you from making mistakes when blending your colors. For example, choosing complementary colors or colors on the opposite side of the wheel from each other like blue and orange would be great for graphic design or impairing elements of your letter design, but they would not be great to pair together in the same word. This is because when you mix complementary colors, you get some form of black. Sometimes it's a cool look, but if it's not what you want, it can feel like a mistake. Analogous colors are nice because they're near each other on the color wheel, so they usually create beautiful blends. For example, I love combining pink, orange and yellow to create a beautiful sunset look. Choosing a color scheme that is more monochromatic is probably the easiest, as it is varying shades of the same color. You still get a beautiful blend because of the natural translucency of the water colors, but it looks like it was harder to achieve than it actually Waas. This is a fantastic place to start. That being said, experimentation is part of the fun. So test out your colors, let them blend and see what combinations you get. An important thing to keep in mind when considering which watercolors to invest in is if it's important that your work doesn't fade over time. If you want lasting vibrancy, look for the term light fast. Like I mentioned in the supplies. Video, water, color inks and dyes tend to fade over time because they're usually not light fast. Most light fast watercolors are pigment based. Both types are easily reactivated with water if you let them dry in your palate. But you will notice some specks of pigment that you will need to blend out in your pigment based watercolors as opposed to the dyes, which reactivates smoothly. Now that you understand some important aspects of watercolors, let's review some brush lettering techniques. 4. Brush Lettering Foundations: In case you are unfamiliar, let's briefly discuss the foundations of brush lettering and how to adjust accordingly when playing with water colors. If you are unfamiliar with the basics of script brush lettering, check out my other class hand lettering for inspiration and encouragement. A beginner's guide In it, I give you an in depth look at the techniques and tools necessary to create beautifully brush lettered pieces with watercolor lettering. Money of the same techniques apply with a little bit of a twist. The most important thing to understand about brush lettering is that you're down, strokes are thicker and you're up. Strokes are thin. The most basic way to control this is by applying more pressure on your brush as you create those down strokes and very light pressure as you glide up to create up strokes, I always recommend practicing anytime you switch to a new tool. In order to gain a feeling and understanding of how the brush tip works, muscle memory will kick in, but you often need to adjust your pressure and angles, especially with a paintbrush due to its flexibility. Speaking of angles, remember to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle as this will help you create broad down strokes and thin up strokes. It is not a good idea to try to a letter with simply the brush tip. Domestic advantage of the broadness the brush naturally creates. There are several differences you will encounter when brush lettering with watercolor, and that is one watercolor paper to a very flexible brush tip and three dealing with the paint and water that comes with watercolor. If you have only ever lettered on smooth paper in order to protect your marker brush tips, you will find that the texture of watercolor paper can cost skips in your strokes. This is normal. Feel free to go back and fix your strokes, but be warned that this can quickly get out of hand due to the natural inclination of watercolor. To spread. Use a light hand, especially if fixing any up strokes. As you will discover, they can become quite thick very quickly. Another difference you'll encounter is dealing with the medium of water color. Because it isn't a marker, you will need to be aware of the amount of paint on your brush. If you pick up too much, you can get globs of paint and find it difficult to blend out or create smooth strokes. But if you get too little, you will constantly run out of paint and find it difficult to create pretty blends. You will also notice that your paint may dry too quickly if you don't use enough water. All of this simply takes practice, and a willingness to allow your work to be in perfect part of the charm of watercolor pieces is their imperfection. So you have to be willing to embrace that. We will continue to discover more tips and tricks as we move through the class. So now that you understand what to expect and the techniques necessary to create brush lettering, let's hop into the fun part, creating watercolor lettered pieces. 5. Marker Magic : I'm calling this first technique marker magic, and it is so much fun because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of watercolor lettering. It's also a great way to get started without having to buy any fancy supplies. With this technique, you can create watercolor looking designs using Onley, water based markers and water. In this particular project, I am using the Tom Bo dual brush pens, but you can easily use Creole Is and other inexpensive water based markers. One of the benefits of this technique is that it allows you to create your brush lettering using a marker, which many of us are more comfortable with than a paintbrush. There are two ways you can go about this. You can either one create your own paint like I'm showing here by drawing onto a pallet and adding water. Or you can use the technique I'll be demonstrating throughout this project, which involves drawing your letters with your marker first and then going over everything with water. I'll explain in further detail as we continue before I get started with the fun stuff. I'm going to lay down my foundation so I don't make any basic mistakes I am creating a baseline and an X height line so I can keep everything consistent. Next, I am taking a very light colored marker and lettering, My word sunshine. This particular marker is the Tom Bo dual brush marker in flesh or number 8 50 This step helps the colors blend more seamlessly later on and allows me to see what I'm doing without giving me another color that has to be blended. I always like to start with my watercolor lettering first, because it's easier to adjust the other elements in my design in case things don't turn out the way I expect, which is often the case with water colors, because I have decided to let her the phrase you are my sunshine. I want to create a pretty sunset type of looking blend, so I will be using yellow and orange is my colors. Another benefit of using this technique is that it allows you to create a vertical hombre blend that is more difficult to achieve with traditional watercolors. Now that I've lettered the words Sunshine, I am now going to start drawing tiny lines or strokes within the letter. Using my two colors, I am also creating an outline with them so that my letters have nice, distinct edges. If you haven't noticed, I am using the bullet size tip on the marker. Be sure to keep your colors from touching and leave a space between the two as this will help create a more distinct blend. I have chosen to keep my yellow towards the top of the letters and the orange at the bottom , so you are basically coloring. Don't feel as though you need to fill in every single space with color. The water will later spread all of that color around and all of your spaces will be filled . Keep in mind that I am accelerating the speed of the video for the sake of the class. If not, we would be here all day. This is just a reminder that you can take your time and go slowly. This project took me about 30 minutes to complete from start to finish. After you have drawn in all of your tiny strokes, grab a water brush or paintbrush. I am using the Penta water brush and find because it is convenient and thin. You will also need to have a paper towel or rag nearby toe. Wipe off your brush between colors. Begin running your wet brush across your color first along the lightest and bringing it down towards your dark shade. Then wipe off your brush and begin wedding your dark shade and bringing it toward your lightest. Here is when you will begin to see them blend, and that's it. Super easy, right? Once you blend it all of your colors, either allow them to dry naturally or use the heat gun. As I am doing here now, we can move on to the rest of the peace. Using a protractor, I am drawing a slight arch over the word sunshine to mimic a son. Here is where I will write the rest of the word you are my everything after this is completely personal taste, but I am including it so you can see the possibilities and how I ended up with the finished piece. Once I decided I liked how everything looked, I went ahead and inked it in with my micron pen. I like these pens because they come in a variety of sizes. They're waterproof, and they produce nice dark lines. At this point, I am erasing all of the leftover pencil marks so that I can see how everything is coming together. So far, so good. But I think I'm gonna add a little bit more because I enjoy the way it looks. I am adding paint splatters, using the hot pink shade and number 7 43 All you have to do is load up your brush with paint and give it a couple taps to create splatter drops. This is a really fun technique. I am adding some highlights with my white gel pen by signal. It does a pretty good job showing up over the watercolor paints the's extra touches. Just add a nice level of dimension to your lettering. Next, I am taking a soft gray marker to create a drop shadow. This particular marker is also by Tom Bo. It is their dual cited brush with a soft tip black feud in a Suki brush on one side and a gray soft tip on the other. For the final touch, I decided to add some fund lines along my arch to create more interest and give a stronger impression of a son. I simply used the straight edge of a ruler to create a variety of lines, some broken and some solid. I really enjoy how this turned out. I hope you enjoyed this particular technique. In the next couple, lessons will discuss different ways to use water colors. 6. Rainbows--Multicolor Blending: one of the most enjoyable aspects of watercolor lettering is Theo excitement of seeing the colors interact and blend together in this lesson will walk through the process of creating a multicolored design. Using the rainbow spectrum of colors, I will be lettering, a quote from Maya Angelou, Be a Rainbow and someone else's cloud. I will be using watercolor to let her the word rainbow and keeping the other parts of the quote Loki on, lettering them later on with a micron pen because I am lettering, each letter in a different color. I know that I will need only a tiny amount of paint. The's liquid watercolors are very intense, and a little goes a long way. If you would like to dilute them a bit, just add more water. As I have done in previous lessons, I am laying the foundations of my design, so I know in which direction to head and I also avoid making mistakes related to centering and sizing. Using a protractor, I am drawing an arc once more and sketching the letters of my word. Using a pencil, remember to press lightly who barely want to see any lines at all. I am pressing harder as you can see what I am doing. Now that I have my paints prepped on my guidelines in place, let's start lettering. Taking a little bit of each color, I am goingto letter them with my paintbrush. Remember, watercolor paper is more textured than marker paper, so you will feel more resistance against your brush. Take your time and make smooth, slow strokes. Feel free to adjust your strokes if you have any skipping or an evenness. But remember to use a very light hand as it can get out of control very easily. Remember to keep your down strokes thick and you're up strokes thin. If you want to intensify your colors, it's easy to just drop in a little bit more paint. I have not sped up any of the watercolor lettering so that you can see how slowly I am working again. Take your time and focus on your strokes. Light a candle and place the music. This therapy. Whenever you transition from one color to another, and you want the paints to blend together, drop a few dots of your new color into the previous one. This will aid in the paint blending. By the way, dropping paint into another color of wet paint is called a wet on wet technique. It's one of the reasons watercolors are so beautiful. Continue to be aware of your water to paint ratio. You want your letters to stay wet for a decent amount of time so that your paints blend together nicely. Sometimes I go back and just add a small amount of water just to make sure things don't try too quickly. As you can see, it's easy to get caught up in trying to make watercolor lettering perfect. You have to remember that it never will be. At some point, you'll just have to tell yourself to move on and let it be. Enjoy the process and you might actually be really surprised by the outcome. It can be so easy to get caught up in her own imperfections, and we can be are very worse critic. At times, if you happen to be someone who likes to be in control like me, take this is an opportunity to let loose. Now that I've letter to my word, I am going back and just making sure that things air blended the way like, and that the colors air at the desired intensity. Again, A light hand is key. Here, you can see that I am barely applying any pressure at all. Off camera, I added some splatters, using the same technique from the Marker Magic lesson. I simply loaded my brush with paint and tapped it to create splatters. I thought it looked like fun raindrops, which I thought appropriate for the quote. Using a pencil, I sketched in a banner above the word rainbow for the 1st 2 words of the quote. Next I went ahead and sketched the rest of the design, including the rest of the words of the quote and a cloud stemming from the strokes of the R and W. After sketching, I went over everything with my micron pen. This happens to be in the size 0.3 If you're wondering once you're sure your pen has dried , raised all of your pencil marks. I almost forgot to write in the author's name, but I caught it at the last minute. In the next lesson, I'll show you how to use more of that wet on wet technique and will make a cute, monogrammed card 7. Drip Drop Metallic Monogram: in this lesson will be playing with a wet on wet technique that it's super fun. I like to call it drip drop lettering. I'll be creating a super easy monogram that would make a beautiful card for someone special . I will be using a water color ink libraries in the shade pink rose. The dropper on this bottle is especially helpful with this technique, though it is the easily achievable with a paintbrush is well, I am also using my water brush for this technique, as the easy access to water makes it especially helpful again, this is easily achieved with just a paint brush. You will simply need to dip into your water more often. This may be a bit difficult to see, but I am drawing my letter first and Onley water. You may need to go over certain portions more than once because your water dries up, but you do want to make sure that everything is very wet. It is helpful to have a bright light shining on your work space. In order to allow yourself to see what you were doing here, you can see that I am taking advantage of my water brush and squeezing it to get more water out of the tip. If you can use one, it really makes things easier. Once you have drawn your letter with your water, take your water color and carefully drop it into one of your strokes. If your letter is what enough, you should see the paint spread out along the stroke Isn't that cool? Feel free to take your brush and help the color move along. I am dropping one drop in a couple different places along my letter to help the color blend and a natural radiant to make things a little bit special. I am using one of my metallic watercolors as my second color. This happens to be the shade 901 blue gold from the starry colors palette I've showed in my supplies video. Taking a bit with my brush, I am dropping it into the empty spaces of my letter and making sure that it blends in with my first color. Ah, helpful typist Toe have to paint brushes handy one for each color. I've spent this part up just a little bit for the sake of the class. I love to watch watercolor blend. It's just so mesmerizing. Once you've dropped in all the colors you want to use, go ahead and take your brush and lightly blend your colors together where they meet. As you can see, using this technique can leave parts of your letter looking a bit wonky because the color hasn't spread perfectly. Using a light hand, adjust any areas that look particularly off keeping in mind to move slowly and apply very light pressure. That being said, remember, it's not supposed to be perfect. Part of the fun of this technique is the experimentation. It's kind of fun to be surprised at the end. This particular technique is a good one to leave alone to dry naturally as a heat gun can push your paint around a bit too much and make your color Lee the borders of your letter. It doesn't take long to dry on its own. In the meantime, I am taking that Goldwater color and painting a border all along the edges of my card. I really love the sophisticated effect this has on the design. You could totally leave it alone at this point, and you have a beautiful design. I'm gonna show you a few more techniques to give it a bit of a different look. Taking a micron pen, I am carefully outlining my letter. I like how this makes the letter pop and look a bit more graphic. Lastly, I am taking a light gray marker and drawing a very subtle drop shadow along the right edges of my strokes. And here's the finished product again. This would make a beautiful card friend, or you could elaborate on it further and Adam or letters. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you enjoy this technique. This is one of the more experimental techniques that always has a fun element of surprise in the outcome. Oh! 8. Gold Leaf Metallic Watercolor: for our final project. Together, I thought it be fun to create a larger scale piece that featured a strong metallic blend that reminded me of gold leaf. We will be using all of the tips and tricks we've picked up along the way. The quote I am lettering is from the live action Cinderella movie. Have courage and be kind. I am using his sheet of watercolor paper that has been trimmed down to fit into an eight by 10 frames. Knowing that I want a frame around my peace with parts of the words crossing over, I am drawing myself a rectangle using a ruler and a pencil. Once I've decided on the dimensions I like, I think it in with my micron pen and make sure to give it enough time to dry once it's dry . It's permanent and waterproof, so I don't need to worry about it's munching. When I apply my watercolors, I will be using the leftover water color paint from my rainbow piece, focusing on the two blue colors. This is a great example of why it's great to keep your leftover paint as it can easily be reactivated with water and use for another project. Taking out my story colors palette once more and holding up the shades to my blues, I ended up picking blue Gold number nine a one once more. Remember, you can use any combination of colors and finishes you like before I let her any pieces. I find it very helpful to draw rough sketches of differently outs and ideas before settling on the one I like. This habit gives me direction and confidence that my piece will turn out more or less the way I wanted to. I also practiced any special things I wanted to include, like my ampersand. Using my sketch for reference, I am lightly drawing in my guides, making sure that my letters and spacing looked the way I want them to. This makes the watercolor lettering portion so much easier in the long grand because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of everything again. Remember to use very little pressure when using her pencil as it can sometimes be difficult to erase dark strokes. This is the time to analyze your spacing letter forms and Leo, don't be afraid to analyze what you have erased. What you don't like and adjust is necessary. Here's a very helpful tip for this project. Have a paintbrush handy for every color you plan to use, because I know I will be utilising two colors I am putting aside to paint brushes, one for each color. This allows me to seamlessly switch between colors and not worry about my strokes drying while I'm preparing the other color because each paintbrushes loaded up and ready to go, my work goes along much faster and smoother. Taking some of my blue paint, I will begin lettering the word courage. Using my water brush, I'm going to be working on only one or two letters at a time to ensure that my pain is nice and wet. When I drop in my blending color, this again is called the wet on wet technique, and it's what allows the water colors to blend so beautifully together. Once I've made sure that my letters air formed with the blue paint, I'll take some of my metallic watercolor and drop it in different spots of my letter because I want this to be a more intense metallic look. I am dropping quite a bit in and blending it in using that paintbrush. Something to keep in mind if you're using these metallic watercolors is that they are denser and heavier than traditional watercolors. So if you want them to blend further, adding more water. If you'd like for them to stay close to the area, drop them in, use less water. They're very versatile and a lot of fun to play with. Remember that you can always go back and drop in more color to amp up the intensity and opacity of your colors. Don't be afraid to go back in with your brush and move some of the paint around to get the look you want. However, just be sure to go slowly and steadily so as not to make your up strokes too thick. I'll be speeding up the rest of this process to move things along. I'll continue the same technique, drawing a couple letters in my blue water color paint and then dropping in my metallic accents. Slow and steady is the approach here. Remember that you can make your own decisions regarding color choices in the amount of each you want to use. I really love these shimmery watercolors and want to make them a major, but you have creative control over your own work. Have fun. You can see here one of the reasons I suggest keeping a paper towel or rag nearby. When you have a mystic like this, don't panic any water you drop that is not connected to any other. Watercolor is easily cleaned up by soaking it up with a paper towel or rag before it's absorbed into your paper. As long as you move quickly and carefully, you should be fine. Once I've completed all of my watercolor lettering, I'll allow it to dry while I wait. I'm going to finish up my border or frame. Using my previously drawn in lines as a guide, I'm taking my metallic watercolor and creating a nice, thick golden frame around my quote. Try to keep a steady hand and keep the thickness of your lines consistent. Once I've painted my entire frame in, I'll take my heat gun to speed along the drying process. Once everything is dry, I'm taking my micron pen and size 0.3 and thinking in the last couple words the finished product. It's so metallic and shimmery. I just love how everything turned out 9. Share Your Work Upload a Project 2: Now that we've made some beautifully watercolor lettered pieces together, let's share it with one another. Sharing your work on skill share is actually very easy and the rewards air so worth the little bit of extra effort. Not only will I V commenting and looking at everyone's work, other students will also interact with you and your work sharing. Your project is only available on the actual website and not through the app. Unfortunately, if you are on an IPAD desktop or laptop, be sure to take advantage of all the extra features like the bonus materials and project platform by simply using your browser to go on the skill share site. Let me show you how to upload your project. First thing you want to do is take a picture of your work. Remember that you can use any of the projects we completed in class or one you did on your own. I'm using my smartphone as it is the easiest and quickest way to do this. Once you've taken your photo, you need to send it to yourself. If you have Apple products, you can use air dropped to get it to your computer. If you don't have air drop or you'd like to use a different method. I like to send it via text message or email it to myself. Once you have your photo on your computer, go to the class page. I'm showing you the entire process on a Class I myself and currently enrolled in Navigate to the Your Project tab and click on it. Navigate towards the bottom of the page where you see create a project. Once you click on it, you should see a page like this. Make sure that the tab towards the upper left corner is not clicked so that your project is public. Otherwise, we won't see it. Click on upload an image once you have found your photo hit, upload and wait for it to load. Now you can write a description of your work telling us your thought process or anything else you'd like for us to know. You could always leave a blank, too. I've decided to share my image once again in my actual description. That way people can see it on a larger scale. You can also choose up to seven tags that describe your work like watercolor or lettering. This just helps others find your work. Once you've included everything you like hip publish. And now it's out there for all of us to see Congratulations. I can't wait to see what you all have to share. Remember, you can always share your work with me directly on Instagram. I would love to see your work and interact with you all. Follow me here on skill sharing Instagram for future classes. I have loved walking you through the process of watercolor lettering. I hope you enjoyed it and feel more confident to tackle this wonderful medium. See you in the next one. Oh!