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Watercolor Lettering + Fun Techniques

teacher avatar Ale Lozano, Illustrator + Lettering Artist

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6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. How to Use The Brush + Gradients

    • 3. Gradients of 2+ Colors

    • 4. Easy Techniques

    • 5. Watercolors + Masking Fluid

    • 6. Handlettered Piece

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About This Class

In this class you're going to learn how to start lettering with watercolors, how to use the brush, how to mix colors to get a gradient, how to use masking fluid, and I'm going to show you my whole process for creating a final handlettered piece with watercolors using some techniques I showed you. I hope you join me in this class :)

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Ale Lozano

Illustrator + Lettering Artist


Hi friends!

My name is Alejandra Lozano, aka Ale Lozart.

I'm 21, Graphic Design graduate based in Mexico. Calligraphy, Hand Lettering, Typography and everything that has to do with letters is totally my thing! I'm also really into illustration and using watercolors.

You can buy prints of my work on etsy too: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AleLozart

I have an instagram page, @alelozart you can follow me there if you want and see what I'm up to!

Thanks for reading guys, I hope to see you soon :)

Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/alelozart/

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1. Intro: Hi, guys. Welcome to these new class watercolor lettering. I'm very excited to share this class with you because we're going to be seeing a lot of stuff. So I'm going to teach you how to start lettering with watercolors, how to start using some other tones and how to make them together and how to give them really cool effect. And in the second video, I'm going to teach you how to make two colors or three colors together and create these kind of radiance. I'm going to teach some cool techniques, like splashing like this one, you see right here shadowing and flourishes and euros air Going to learn how to make a final hon letter piece like this one makes in the colors you want and using the techniques I showed you. And another extra that I thought that would be cool to include it, Woz, that using masking and water colors in that's what you're seeing right here. So, yeah, I hope you enroll in. Join me. In the past 2. How to Use The Brush + Gradients: Hi, guys. In these video, I'm going to teach you how to start using your brush in these video. I'm just going to use a regular brush. You can also use the pencil one, or you can store water in it. But I am going to use the same old brush I always use. You can use the brush your always comfortable with, so it's your choice. And if you've taken my other classes before, you'll know that for doing this kind of stuff, you just have to press harder every time the stroke goes out. And that's the effect we're looking for. So, for example, I'm going to ride the world water colors, so I'm going to be using a color boots. And first I'm going to be using more callers and water so I can get this really intense blues and just what's left in the brush. I'm just going to keep keep writing the ward, liking the T. I'm not using Mark much color. I'm just using water because I wanted to look like like a radiant, you know? So now I'm going to take again more collar, and I am going to to start writing again so that see effect I am looking for I want like, um, like a Grady in, you know, the W I wanted it really intense and the A and the T I wanted, like, really light. So that's Oh, that's what I like about watercolor that you can that you can make them any color you want , and you can give them really nice effects. And yeah, that's how you write watercolor. Basically, what I'm doing is just writing really slowly. This is like in in the time, the time Israel here. And yeah, I'm just writing like I told you, you know, the stroke that goes down, I always press harder there. And that's how it would look like. So I'm going to give you some other examples with other colors. So in this example, I wanted to show you how the colors look when you use less water, more water. So in this first of doctor that I in this first circle that I do it has more, more color than water. And then I put more water in it, and this is this is a Grady int that would look like soaps. I'm going to ride the word radiant because I can come up with anything else and I'm just going to start using the tones that I did there. In some letters, I will use more, more color than water and in some other some just going to keep writing with what's left in the brush. So it's really up to you how you want your words to look like. If you want him to be really vibrant, you you need to add more color than water. You know what I mean? Now I'm doing the same with the color green. I basically am doing the same as the other example I gave you. So I'm just going to choose the color I want and start doing the Grady INTs of how I wanted to be. And then I'm going to ride the word green, and I'm going to do the same thing. It's all about practicing, and you just have to take your brush and lose the fear. And yeah, it's the same as brush pens. It's the same as the other clause I gave of modern calligraphy just the same. Just we're just playing with water colors and use ingredients, which is right, so I hope you like this video and I'll see in the next one 3. Gradients of 2+ Colors: Hi. In this video, I'm going to teach you how to use two or more colors in using radiance. Okay, so I'm going to write these two words here, and I'm going to be using a purple and pink. So I'm going to first start with the purple like this, and then I'm going to, um as I keep going, I'm going to start mixing a little bit off off pink in the in the purple and then start adding more pink to the purple until it's just pure Think. I hope you understand what I mean. You can see here what I'm doing first I am. I started with purple, and then I took it to kind of like in between. And then it's just, um, all pink. And this is high one. I wanted it to look, so I'm going to give you some other examples with other colors, so you can see that you can also makes 23 or four or more colors, anything you want, So I'm going to start with, um um color blue, and then I'm going to take, um I think it is green. I'm going to take the green and start blending it between the blue. So you have to use water if you want your colors to blend just like this. Then when I'm done with the green, I'm going to start mixing it with with yellow and and I'm just going to blend them with water. As I said, I took yellow and then I'm going to take a brighter yellow. So it's just, you know, beautiful, great. And we have there now . I'm going to write the word practice and I'm going to start with a P in pink and I really intense pink. And then I'm just going to keep writing. And then I'm going to use the orange and I'm gonna blended with water. And I'm just gonna keep writing with the orange. And now I'm going to take the the yellow color and just blended with the orange just like this. It's really see. I hope you can practice. And if you if you try anything like this, please show me because I would love to see everyone's projects 4. Easy Techniques: now in this part, I'm going to teach you some easy techniques that you can apply to the watercolor littering off course. I'm going to teach you how to make these flourishes. If you want to know how to do them like better and better explained, you can go to my modern calligraphy class. But in this case, I'm going to use really basic flourishes on, you know, flourishes are those things that are like, really pretty to to the letters. In this case, I added it to the H. As you can see here, the H is like really long, and it looks really beautiful on lettering. And I'm also going to start with the other word with the word black, and you can for this word, it doesn't have, like, much to work on for flourishes. So I'm just going to keep it really simple. But at the end with the case, I am just going to Teoh, you know, make it longer and it's great for 40 course Now I am going to write a word skills share because I think that word has, ah, loud to work on when he comes to flourishes, so you can have the K this way and you can also work on the age. And I'm just going thio Thio, do the els this one's I'm going to keep them really simple because we don't want to touch them because then it will be too much. But the age we can work with that and with the K and need will look beautiful. Flourishes are really cool. I think they have so much beauty into your artwork. And if you want to learn better to make them, I have the classier red Italy about. I have, ah, hold video off it and I'm just going to start writing the words splash because that's another technique I'm going to show you. So you are going to just write a word as you want. We've flourishes or no flourishes. It's up to you. And I am going Teoh use, um one caller only and start doing the grading of that caller. And now it's time for deeds flashing with this brush a bigger brush. I'm just going to take the colors I use for that or and I'm just going to splash around and it seriously looks very cool. And I I always do it because it looks so good. So another technique I wanted to to tell you about. It's his one off the shadow. I'm just going to take a thinner brush and just start. Um, I don't know, making the shadow. As you can see here, it's really basic and really easy. But it just makes up a really great change in the words you, right? And I don't know. I think it's really cool to know this this technique, because it really saves you sometimes. And I dont know I love it. So this technique is really fun. We're going to start with water. We're just going to be using water when writing the word like we usually do. But just with water. Okay, so now that we have our water, you have to make sure it's not dry yet. You're just going to take the color you want and start dropping it like in the places you want. And then, if you want to blend another color, you can also do that, and it blends by itself, and when it gets anyone to get dry, it looks really cool. You cannot see it here because it's still wet But it's a great technique and I hope you can try them all. And if you try anything you know you can show me by, I'll see in the next one. 5. Watercolors + Masking Fluid: high in these video, I am going to teach you how to use masking fluid and water colors. So what we're going to do here is really see, because we're just going to use thes masking that we have here. Um, if you have the same one as I have, I think it will. Doing it will ruin your brush if you use it with that side. But that's why I'm just using the other side of the brush so I don't ruin it because it's masking for it. So it will be old sticky if you use your brush. So I recommend you to use the other side of your brush. So once we have our lettering done and needs dry, we're going to take our water colors. In this case, I'm just going to use some some shades off blue and and I'm going to add salt because I love the effect it leaves. And I am going to kind of makes greens and blues. And I am also going to add some splash there because you guys know I love to do that and and yeah, well, just going to which is gonna wait until it dries and then we can take off the mask. So now that are watercolors dry, here comes the best part, which is taking off the masking. I just love doing it. It is so satisfying. Really. I don't know what, but I just love taking enough. So yes, this is the final result and I hope you liked it by 6. Handlettered Piece: Hi guys. In these video, I am going to teach you how to make a beautiful hand letter with water colors, Of course. So one thing that's really important it's that use gets your idea first. So I am using a quote that says being yourself is the prettiest thing you can't be. So I really thought that it was cute because I wanted to share this message with a lot of girls who are insecure, like I am one of them and I would want someone to tell me this. So that's why I made it. Because I really think it's important to share Miche a message every time you you make something 10 lettered. So I think it's really powerful and cool. Well, now that I got my sketch, I'm going to start sketching in the watercolor paper. In this case, we're working with water colors. You have to be really careful not to to to mark the pencil lines really harsh. You have to like, kind of do it really lightly and and raise the heart line. So when you're using the water color, eat one look, you won't see that the pencil lights, So first I'm going to try to to see what works better. For my quote, if if I was working for for a quote, more like for boys and girls, I would use some other colors. But like I wanted this to share this message with other girls, So I decided to go with pink and purple. But it also depends on what message you're writing. So in this case I chose pink. But it's up to you. And as you can see here, I am only going to be using these two colors and well in the other videos. It's the same we just saw in the last videos. I'm just going to blend these two colors with water and yeah, it's just first using vibrant purple and then just using water, too, too soft in the color and then a pink. And I'm just mixing them to like that. - So now I'm going to take the bigger brush, and I'm just going to do the same splashing I always do in most of my stuff. If you've been watching my classes, you'll know that I did this very often. It's one of my favorite techniques, you know it's splashing, but you can also use the other techniques I showed you. You can you do the shadow or you can use more flourishes. In this case, I'm not Houston. Much flourishes, but you can use them if you want to. Or maybe you can use the other technique where you put water and then you put the color and you can play a lot with water colors. And that's well, love letter with water colors so much. And yet, if you can, As you can see, this is our really to quote, and I hope that you elected. And if you try anything like this, you know, you can always show me in the project section And yeah, thank you for watching this cross and Mel C Unit next one by