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3 Rainbow Watercolor Backgrounds for Hand Lettering (using brush markers)

teacher avatar Sarah Ensign, Hand Letter Artist

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Supplies you'll need

    • 3. First Background: Stripes

    • 4. Second background: Ombre Blend

    • 5. Third Background: Around a Silhouette

    • 6. Lettering Behind the Scenes

    • 7. Class Project

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About This Class

Do you want to add rainbow colors to your hand lettering? You've seen watercolor backgrounds, but you don't want to go buy watercolor? Do you want to know how to get the right rainbow ombre blend? This class is for you!

I will show you how to create 3 rainbow watercolor backgrounds for your hand lettering. You don't even need watercolor! You'll learn how to use any water based marker as watercolor.

The goal of this class is for you to leave with 3 specific projects you can easily create to add some color to your lettering.

Supplies you need:

-Brush Markers (anything waterbased)

-Watercolor paper

-Paint brush

-Palette or plastic bag

-Washi tape


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Sarah Ensign

Hand Letter Artist


Hello, I'm Sarah Ensign! I'm a hand lettering artist and creator of Ensign Insights where I teach hand lettering. I started hand lettering during a difficult time in 2016 as a way to remind myself how to be happy. I'm passionate about helping you create hand lettering that feels like your best self.

In 2021, I experienced extreme burnout. I started a hand lettering journal simply to make it through each day. It has been an amazing creative outlet and a tangible way to use my hand lettering to feel like my best self!

I can't wait to share more about a hand lettering journal to inspire you to create your own!

Remember, the way you create right now is exactly where you need to be. You're doing great. :)


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1. Welcome!: are you looking for a way to add some color to your lettering? Maybe you've seen watercolor backgrounds, but you don't want to buy a water color. If so, this classes for you. I'm Sarah, creator of Insight, Insights, Hamlet ER, artist and lover of ice cream and all colors in this glass. I'm going to teach you how to create three rainbow watercolor backgrounds to spice up your hand lettering. And without watercolor, you will learn how to use brush markers or any water based marker as watercolor. The first background will be simple stripes toe. Learn how the process works. The second background is just the right rainbow hombre blend without making everything turned brown, and the last background is a rainbow blend around a shape. The goal of the class is for you to leave with three specific projects you can easily create toe. Add some color to your lettering. I can't wait to share these colors with you. Let's get started 2. Supplies you'll need: Let's talk about what supplies you will need. First of all, you will need some watercolor paper. I am using this skansen watercolor paper. It is £140 this is pretty inexpensive, and I have cut my watercolor paper into smaller sizes. So I have one that's a bookmark size. And then to that, our love it bigger. Maybe about bye bye. 74 by six for the three projects we're going to do next, you'll need a brush. I'm going to be using my pen. Tell water brush in size medium, but you could just use a regular paintbrush. That's fine. I would recommend maybe about a size 10. You don't want it to be too small. Next, you will need a jar of water and a paper towel. You will also need some kind of palette or plastic Teoh use. Think from your brush markers. You could just use a plastic bag if that's all you have. I like having the wells, but you don't need them. You could also use a plastic continue like this was some brush markers, and you could use this as well. This would work great. You will also need some washi tape. I'm using a thicker size, like a regular size washing tape as well as the smaller size. I get these at Hobby Lobby, and I just got a huge set from Amazon, so I will link to that. If you want some thinner washing tape, lastly, you need the brush markers that you're going to use him. I'll be showing you with Crayola, just the regular broad line. So if you have these, you don't have to go on by anything that is perfect. The main idea is that if you want it to be water based, so this one says Water based. This one also says water based and this one it doesn't see it on here, but it is a water based brush marker. I tested all of my water based brush markers to see Wish one. I liked the best, so I'll just show you a quick overview of my favorites. Like I said, I will be using Crayola, but you could use any other fresh marker. One of my favorites, Waas Tom Bow, another one I loved is the Cure Taki for two B or E. It's very vibrant, and next the secure quad coloring brush looked like this. It blends really nicely, but it is a little more pastel. You can also use equal line brush pens. This I kind of feel like it's cheating because it's actual watercolor. But it looks like this. My very favorite is this one with the Karen Markers and to compare all of these with the Crayola. This is what the Crayola looked like. So all of them will work. Use what brush pen you have. 3. First Background: Stripes: all right. For the first project, we are going to do stripes, so I have my paper. This is about four by six, maybe five. A seven. I have my jar of water, paper towel, my brush, my palate and my Crayola markers. So I'm just going to use my marker and colored in the palate. And I want to color a lot to make sure I'm getting a lot of Incan there, so you might have to go back in later and do this again. Color in the palate if you need more, and that's okay. And you can do this with any cultures. But I'm doing a pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for the rainbow because there's make the best blends because you already know that they're going Teoh blend well together because it's just a rainbow. Radiant. Okay, next, I'm going to take my brush, make sure it is what not dripping. And then I will activate the water color by mixing it with water, and I'm getting it all over on my brush, and then I'm going to start and I want to do the stripe, probably starting right here in the corner and I'm not too worried about getting really straight lines. If you are, you can draw that before hand with a ruler. And then for this 1st 1 I'm not going to be blending the color. So I'm going to leave a line in between. And so now I could love me, brush from the pink and go in with the for INGE. Activate that ink and you can go in as much as you I want, until you're watercolor is dry. So you want to dio you wanna work with as much as you can want? Still wet So you kind of have to work quickly If you're doing anything inside this orange because if you go in after it's already dry, then you will start getting lines. Okay. Hello. And if you are getting those brush strokes with the then you just want to add more water to be able to pull all of the ink throughout. Next is green. See like that right there. I need more water, my brush. But I don't want to get too much water because I want the ink to be nice and strong, and then I actually have to add more green It's too much of a pastel. I need to work. And next with blue have a nice, strong and lastly, with purple, so ceiling that needs more water. So I'm squeezing my water brush or you could dip it in your char, and then I'm going to let that dry and then add the lettering right there. And another way you could do this is by using the Washington. So I will show you that really quickly. You want that thin wash teeth and you will just place it on the outside of wherever your stripes would be. Someone skin I'm not going to measure, but you could. But this time all of my lines will be straight. All of my edges will be straight. So I have 12345 and then I need one more, and I just want to make sure that all of the tape is down. I'm gonna go back over these groups was the wrong. I'm gonna go back over and give these some working, and I like to use a darker pink for my red since I'm just not really read person. So starting with the pink now I'm just going to be able to go to the wash ET and not worry about creating my own line. And you want to be careful to not really get into the Washington too much because there could be some of the other color on it that you would then pull into your color. - And while this one is drying, I'm going to pull it away and let her on this one. But you know that this is dry. I'm going to take the tape off. We can see it worked. So what? The tape If you poured out a day, I Colonel doesn't ripped paper as much. But really, I just want to go really, really slow. And if you're not using washi tape, I don't know that tears more. But I always use washi tape and it does just fine. It's hard to get it off of paper underneath paper harder than the water colored paper. And I didn't even have to go very slow on that one. And it didn't the last one, and there we go. So this is the difference. This one just is a little more in perfect. If you like that. Look and then I would go ahead and let her right there 4. Second background: Ombre Blend: for the second background, We're going to do this rainbow Grady int. So I have my water jar, clean water, paper towel, my water brush right here, Crayola markers and my palate that I'm going to use and then my watercolor paper. And I have just a scratch piece of paper underneath. So the first thing that I'm going to Dio is use some washi tape. This is just a cute Christmas Washington that I have and I am going Teoh tape down the edges. You can see on this one. I did not take down the edges and it gives that really cool water clear edge, which I like. But I want to show you another way so you could have the really straight edges. So you don't have to use washing tape right here if you don't want Teoh. But you will have to be pressing down the paper because it does kind of start to warp as it gets wet. So I'm just going to use the washi tape and I want just a very small edge. So I'm not going, Teoh put it all the way on more like here. Okay, then I just want to make sure it's all the way down. And if you don't use washi tape, you can always just cut the edges so that it's just a straight line and you're cutting off the white part if you want to straight edges. So now I'm going to color into my palate. Once again, I'm using six colors the pinkish red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Okay, so first I'm going to get my water breast all wet, dipping it in the jar, squeezing out a little bit to make sure that the water is flowing. And I am going Teoh, get my paper. My watercolor paper all the way wet. This helps your colors blend into each other a lot easier. Okay, now that it's all wet once again, I want my water breast to be what? I'm gonna go in and activate the color. So now my brushes all pink and I'm going to just go think of it as like, where would the sixth be? So the 1st 3 have to fit halfway, and then I'm going. Teoh rents off my brush to pick up the orange, and you kind of want to work quickly so that you don't have. You're the ink that's already down. You don't want it to dry. What's making a really cool affecting their. So I'm gonna go in with me orange, and I'm just going to start right on top of it. I said to ruin that, but maybe I'll make another piece like Okay, so that is a nice bright orange and I'm gonna come back up slightly. But now I want the pink to go down into the orange, so I'm going to rinse off my brush again, getting it dry to make sure that it doesn't have any more orange on it. And I'm going to you actually more pink because I don't think there was enough. I want more saturation. So I grabbed the pink. I'm gonna start up here and bring it down into the orange so that they are blending, creating a darker orange straight there and then keep going down. And you don't want your ink to dry like I said, because then it won't be able to blend. It will leave lines. So next I need to do the yellow and this is about halfway, so I'll stop right there and I'll come back up to the orange to blend that go over it with the yellow and this. It looks like there is more orange than yellow. So I am going Teoh a little bit more yellow in here. Come back in to bring it up and go into the orange and start coming back down. But I don't want to go too far unless I can tell that there's no more orange on my brush because basically, you're just blending onto the paper. So now that I made it down this far, there was no more orange on my brush. It's mostly yellow, so it's OK. I can bring it down, bring my brush sound without worrying about getting too much orange into my yellow. Okay, going to rinse off my brush and go in with the green, and I'm going up into the yellow just a little bit. But that one is blending really nicely on its own, and I'm rinsing off May brash to go back in and grab some yellow so that I can bring the yellow down like this into the green. So it's a more subtle blend. Okay, I like that. So now I'm just gonna get the bottom of this wet with a clean brush just to make sure that it's all the way went and I'm going Teoh, go in with my blue and I feel like this blue has a lot of in keeping my marker had morning So I'm gonna be careful with how much I use because I don't want the blue too Overpower everything else. Okay, so now you can see it's just like a straight line with some of the blue going up. So what I want to do has grabbed more of the green. And I think I need a word and I'm going to bring the green down into the blue. And then it kind of creates that teal color That is my favorite blend. Definitely. And then see how I just gradually keep bringing it down, okay. And last, I'm going to go in with the purple, bring it up into the blue, and it's gonna create an even darker purple. And I don't want to go down all the way because I want this to still be that brighter pink . But I could go into the blue a little bit more. And now I feel like That's just a lying. So I'm going to clean off my brush and come back in with just a little bit of blue. And there we go. That's a nice blend right there. But you need to come back up to be able to mix it into the teal. Okay, that is working. And watercolor has a mind of its own. And so you really do have to just let it do what it's gonna do, and that makes it even more beautiful. So now I'm gonna let this dry and then I'll show you how to take the tape off. It's all dry. So I'm going to start with the last Washington be put down, and then you peel it so slowly to make sure it doesn't rib. And if you do have trouble with ripping, I've heard that poignant at a diagonal like this helps. I normally don't have that bad of ripping if I just go really slow. So it does leave of really, really cool straight line. Okay, so you can see this is the difference between the one I did not use tape with. And then here's one with tape. So on this one, the green. It kind of went up into the yellow on the side because the water was still next to the tape and kind of what the purple and the blue don't here is well, this one doesn't get any of that because it doesn't have that line on the edge. It's just me pushing it out with the brush. I did use more think on this one, and that's why it is a lot more vibrant. And I used a darker blue. This one was only a light blue, and I didn't like that this one, the blue was kind of faded out, so I used a darker blue on this one. 5. Third Background: Around a Silhouette: for the last project. I have Ah, heart here and I am going thio thio a rainbow around it so you can do a heart like me. It's something a little bit more easy to draw or you could choose any shape I have already lettered in this and you can see that in the behind the scenes video. But this one is a little more tricky because I am using washi tape. But then we also are just going to use our brush to not hit the details of the heart to not go in sight. You can choose anywhere to do your washi tape. I want to do mine. That wasn't street. I wanted to be like raise going around. Great. So I have six and I'm going to be blending in between these. So I have my water, my colors They already floated this up with my Crayola markers and I have my little right here, so get me brush wit. Oh, make sure that your tape is gonna fall. Stay down. So I'm going to go in and get this What? This one's going to be the red and orange going to be careful around my heart to not get anything. What? Inside my heart. Same with the color. And I'm gonna do it about half in half. And once again, you don't want it to dry. So I'll clean up my brush and hurry and go in with my orange on. Then I want more of the pink to be blended into the orange, so I'm going to come back in and start mixing right on the paper. I think there's a loved of orange on that. Okay, I like how that looks. Well, actually, I'm gonna go up and bring it all the way because I think it was starting to dry. And I don't want to get any dry lines. And next, I'm going to do this one orange and yellow. So first, get it? A what? Be careful around the heart. Okay. Starting with orange. I wanted to match the same saturation of orange as this site. So it looks like it blundered right for Okay, man. This way they can come in with you. Okay? We need a little bit more orange. Okay. Like that. And next. I was going to be yellow and green, starting with yellow, and they need Okay, Time for the green, right? Like that. Next is green and blue. There is a lot of water right there. So I'm going to come in with maybe Patel and sucks from that up. That is too much water. Okay, so I'm making that teal blend, bringing it into my green a little bit. But now what I want to do is just take a no ink and go in to mix that a little bit more. I love that. Next. This one is going to be blue and purple. I think that might be a bit too much water again just lately. Okay, I'm gonna go back in with just still a little bit of blue, making sure to go back over all the blue because I feel like it's kind of starting to dry. Then I want this to be a nice purple, and I'm going to even bring it back just a little bit. Oh, no, I got some one drop of water on it, but right. Not great going in with blue over. And I think I caught it in time. So you wanna wants that your brushes not dripping like mine now for the last, it's gonna be purple pink. If you go into your shape with the water, then the water. The color will follow. Wherever the water is starting with purple, they want to match. So once that dries, I will take the tape off and show you the lettering. Okay, Now it's dry. So I'm going to take up the tape. Remember? Start slowly, in case it does start to tear. But it doesn't feel like this one is going to have any problems. I need to start with that one first. And there, ISS. I'm going Teoh letter inside it in black. And I'll see if I want to outline this black heart or not. Okay, I am going. Teoh, outline it. 6. Lettering Behind the Scenes: I want to give you a little behind the scenes. This is just a hyper lapse of me lettering. So I always sketch in pencil first, and I raised a lot, and then I just go in with me brush pin or a regular pen and trace over it on this hombre wond. I wanted my letters to be on that yellow and green area because that's the lightest, and so the black would stand out really well. And I'm just using Fola Griffey, so I'm just writing it out. And then I am thickening all of the down strokes, and I am not giving you much of a tutorial on hand lettering, since that's not the purpose of this class. If you are interested in techniques with actual hand lettering, you can check out my other classes. If you want to use thes quotes that I've done, Teoh put a background on your projects that you've created. Feel free to do that or use the quote of your own. The first quote Waas always look for rainbows. The second quote is live life in full color. On the last one is confidence is embracing your true colors, and this one because I am lettering in the heart. It does take a little bit more time. So first I write out the quote, and then I do a couple sketches and try to figure out how it's going to fit inside the heart and I erase a lot and I go back over it again and again until I can get it just right . And then I go over on the actual peace with the watercolor paper and I still a race on that one. But I at least know the general layout, and I don't have the black of this in this video lesson because I had it in the third background lesson. So I hope you enjoy this quick little behind the scenes of my lettering. I'm excited to see if you use thes quotes for yours or something else. 7. Class Project: Now that you've seen these three rainbow watercolor backgrounds, it's your turn. Create one of the backgrounds were all of them and take a picture to share in the project section. You can even include which brush markers you used so we can all see so excited to see how it turns out for you and how you make it your own and change it up a little bit. And here are just a few more examples. Once you know how to do this basic rainbow blend, there are so many different things you can do to change of your lettering. I hope one of these will inspire you to create something with all the colors. I will see you in the project section.