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Watercolor lettering: Floral, Fonts and more

teacher avatar Ayesha Ansari, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Supplies you will need


    • 3.

      Floral letter


    • 4.

      Watercolor Letterforms


    • 5.

      Shadow and Detail


    • 6.

      Mini Project


    • 7.

      Brush lettering basics


    • 8.



    • 9.

      Final thoughts


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In this beginner level class, you will learn the basics of making letter forms in watercolor along with basic techniques for brush lettering and some really fun floral alphabets. Learn to add detail and character to your letters with shadows and highlights. See what sparks your imagination and finish off with a really fun project combining these techniques. 

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Ayesha Ansari


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1. Trailer: have you ever tried letting different forms and watercolor and didn't get them right? But don't be discouraged. My name is Aisha Anxiety, and I myself for watercolor artist. I'm here to show you simple ways by which you can get beautiful letters in watercolor. You're also going to learn how add dimension and texture to these letters by adding simple shadows and highlights and also little details in this class. You will also learn simple techniques off brush lettering on also harm 1/4 color floral alphabets. Freedom is amazing to work with, and there's so much that you can do with it. After that, we are going to do a project in which you have the letter a single word using any of the techniques that you learn in the class. So let's get started. 2. Supplies you will need: for the supplies, you will need watercolor pains. You can use any water color paint that you have. Um, I'm just using this cheap so that I have from my jailer mission on DA Mike your attack against Item B um, ban set and just a couple off other colors that I have squeezed out into a ballot. You can basically use any water colors that you have a multi going to be using. My curious, stocky started colors. Um, because I really like at golds to my pieces. Then from a watercolor paper. I'm using my cans and we're regular people, which is 100 £40 on. I'm going to use a palette from scullers. Um, going to going to use Dr Ph Martin's bleak proof wide to fix any mistakes that I make because I make a lot of mystics. Um, and I'm going to use my Princeton brushes. You can use any brushes in ah around and 10 in size is 20 Um, really thin round brushes with pointed tips. We'll also need a water brush, pencil and escape 3. Floral letter : first, I'd like to show you how to make a watercolor floral alphabet for which I have printed out my alphabet, which is in our, um on. And I am then going to turn it around and outline the alphabet with my pen. See, just so that I'm able to trace it onto my worker people and get the outlines right. If you are competent enough, you can handle your letter, or you can print it out and then use a light box or window to trace your letter onto your work ownership. I understand. I'm just going to use my pencil and trees over the alphabet and get the outline on my watercolor sheet. Next, I'm going to choose my colors and make a color palette for the color that I'm going to use for the flowers and the leaves and the fillers. So making a color palette helps me to stick to the colors, Um, that I have chosen an altar to get, like a proper deem for my flowers so you can just use any colors that you warned, and once that's done, you can start by filling in your out of it. So I'm going to start with the flowers first, and we don't make flowers all the world, the alphabet. And then I'm going to fill in the spaces with the leaves and other things. If you want to learn how to make flowers, I have a sculpture class on that called modern watercolor floral elements. Always check that out to see how I make these forms, but he's a really simple on. You can follow as you go along, so I'm going to use the pillars for my pilot and, ah, make the flowers. After that, I'm going to are some birds and Berries by just adding small drops off being. Once these guy, I'm going to use a religion brush to add stems to them. And I'm also adding a little darker color at the bottom of these just to give it a little bit more depth going. Going in with my next color, which is a dark green. I am making leaves. Um, also here, I'm going to try and make the leaves. Um, in those places where I am going to give an outline to the alphabet, make it look like a floral alfa, but we need to fill in all the gaps. So I'm going to first use my leave to fill in. And if there are any more spaces, I'm gonna are little birds. Um, that just depends, but legends go along and fill up the rest of the spaces. - What's everything is done? I'm going to add my details in gold, just dipping my really 10 brush in my Curators Keegan site on the study colors. I'm going to add a little sports and lines to my flowers. Just two are like a little shimmery touch to it wonders dry. I'm going to show you how beautifully they shine. Whether it's drawing, I would like to share the other off laurel alphabets that I meet using the same technique on this is how it looks when it's Jujuy. 4. Watercolor Letterforms: this class. I'm going to draw a bunch off alphabets. Ah, using my pencil. Some of them I'm going to use my pencil and some I'm just going to use my paintbrush directly. Um, you can choose any forms that you like, and you can draw them. Um, since this is the one with the sedatives, I prefer drawing it out first because then I get, like, the perfect corners and the edges. The thing to remember here is to use a really light pencil or just go over with you, raise it and remove those hard lines. Because once you laid the watercolor down, it's not going to, um you're not gonna be able to erase it. Then I'm going to use my round brush a 10 1 which is size two, and then I'm going to just fill in the letter form. Ah, What I'm going to do is use a number of different colors. So I'm going with pinks and purples in this one. Working on water control is very essential here because if you pick a lot of water, you're gonna get really pointed quarters and the crisp edges, so ah, just the right amount of water and paint is going to give you that. Really? Chris, look for my next letter form. I'm just going to use my paintbrush directly with a very light wash. That is, I'm going to use more water and less pigment and just draw the outline off my letter. And this I'm just going to ah, loosely draw in any, basically just my handwriting and I'm just adding a little set of to it. And once you're done during the outline going with the same around off water and pigment and lightly fill up the letter form, I'm just making sure that there is enough water to keep it right because then I'm going to drop in different colors. Still where I'm dropping in my first color, which is a purple, because I want this to be a ah galaxy letter. Um, I'm just going to start with my purples and then the darker shades, which I worked at the bottom on dso I'm just going toe. Ah, move around and make sure that it looks and blends. Ah, and look, they got little galaxy once I'm done on, which is going to wait for it to dry completely before I had any stars. So while I'm waiting for it to dry, I'm just gonna go ahead and draw some more reforms. I'm just going to draw some more s O that you know, I have, like, a few to show you how to add shadows and details. So here I'm just making a letter and adding colors while expect say the same thing I'm doing for this J I'm going to use, ah, light and dark share of the same color for this one, and I'm gonna have some gold details to it. This is a bit of for Roman style ordering. So I'm going to use my pencil first to make the outline and then fill it up with the colors . Um, that I like. There are so many things that you can do We can play, are different colors and different, um, combinations at the way you like. I'm just going to use this and I'm gonna add ah, some water in some places and I'm gonna use a little bit more off pigment and give it a little depth that way. Next letter I decided to make a box just to get proper symmetry. And this is just like a type phoned. Um, you can make a box and then make any letter in it. Just a fun way to get perfect edges. And that, um squared edge. Jennifer shape. Now, when this starts adding some water to it, I'm not adding any color. Just plain water to make the paper right in that area. I want to give it Ah, nice ombre effect. And as you know, watercolors, they are really good with flowing everywhere. It better, but it is wet. So starting with my color, the lime color that I want to use first on and then go to like a blue and then make it like a really dark blue. So first you start with the pigment and then spread and add a little bit more water to water it down and then at your next color. But make sure you're using a little ah, very less pigment. Just that it blends well and then add a little bit more pigment as you go down, because this is going to be really dark on the bottom. I make sure that my paper is wet at all times, just so that it doesn't dry out and create very rough lines. When adding my last color, I make sure that I don't have a lot of pigment because then it is going to become It's gonna be difficult to blend because there's so much pigments is gonna like move all the way to the turquoise and then you won't see the tacos in the middle. So I make sure that I add the darkest, ah, heavy Speakman at the bottom. And, ah, just a watered down version of the my doctors color right after the turquoise as you go, just keep blending. In the end, I like to add a little black that is going to be the darkest color to get a perfect blend off blues and greens. My next letter is a we and I have decided to do something a little bit more different with this one. So what I'm gonna do is add my color on the edges and then just wash my brush and add water in the middle. So you have a really light, transparent center to this. And since there is color on the site is going to bleed and, um, definition to with the letter form, I'm going to make my next letter in different shades off. All live and, um, greens. I'm just doing this. So I have enough letters to show you how to detail and our shadows. Um, and then after that, I'm going to make my last letter, which is a bee when we fill it up with different shades off brown. And then while it's still wet, going to drop in some ghoul, so it, um bleeds and gives it a good texture. 5. Shadow and Detail: adding shadows to the letters gives so much dimension. And they are perfect for the leading projects. For my for sandwiches and a I am going to use a brush Ben, which has a very tiny neb, and I have decided to add the shadows to the right of the letter and the bottom. Um, I am just going to go and outline the letter on its the right side and the bottom lines for this Ah, shadow detail. For my next letter, I decided to make a block chattel. Um, for this you just have to remember it has to be at an anger. I just used my brush first to make the outline and then I'm going to fill it up with some great color. Just it just super easy, nothing much. And it just gives formal definition to the letter. Remember to add it for the daughter of the G as well. My next shadow is a really fun detail that I like to add to my letters. I just go in with a color on one side off the letter. Ah, over here is my right. I usually like to add charges to the right and then what I like to do is while it's still wet, I am going to add water to it. So then you know this is going to pull in some off the color and you with a very loose watercolor effect. When I make any mistakes while working with water colors, which I normally do, because it's water and and then it drops and it spills. And then it ends up pulling in some color like you can see under light. My are I had dropped some color wipe, uh, adding some water. Tow the letter. We I'm just going to use an opaque white to cover it up. It just works fine dipping my really thin round brush in some gold. I'm going to go back to my letter g and add another outline. Do the same side as the shadow. I like to add shimmer to my letters, and after I do that, I want to make a really clear distinction between the letter and the shadows. So I'm going to use my big mouth micron then and just go over the edge. Now, using my universal signal wild gel pin, I'm going to draw details into this letter B can always use any kind of white ink you have or collect pain using a chicken brush. The galaxy letter. I'm going to use this beach, Martin or Big, where that I spoke about an absence platter to make it look like stars and then going with your really tin round brush and make the twinkling stars. Adding, Simple occurs so the rounded parts off the letter gives it the look off a bubble and also add some dimension makes it look like a three dimensional leaded. Like that. Ad lines or dots toe added into your letters. I'm making the same drop shadow, but all I'm doing different here is leaving a little gap between the letter and the shadow . I'm just going to add some details to this letter. We for my galaxy letter. I am going to first draw lines just like the bottom edge of the alphabet, then joined the do from all the four sides and then no, it water down. Agree. I'm going to fill in the shadow. Making sure that the alphabet is dry prevents any kind of bleeding colors from the alphabet into the shadows for the shadow off this letter. I'm going to draw the exact shape off my letter are but just to the right, and then we'll fill it up with a darker color. Feeling up decides now, after my black is dry with some more water down, agree, making a similar block shadow for my letter F, and then I'm just going to fill it up with I agree and add some extra pigment to the corners. Letter B is going to have a cast shadows, so I'm making my exact alphabet B. But at an angle, I'm gonna fill it up with a darker shade of blue, which is my navy blue alphabet is only going to have a shadow. So I'm using a pencil to draw the outline off my alphabet. And then the shadows outlined, which is a block shadow and using your colors just fill up only the shadow area and ones that dry. Just it is the outlines 6. Mini Project: in this video. I want to show you how I write a word with overlapping alphabet. So person is going to use my pencil, and I'm going to draw my alphabets. I'm gonna draw the whole alphabet. Um, and then I can. It is the one that I want to overlap. Eso just go ahead and first draw your letters. Just simple block letters. And then once that's done, you can raise the ones that you the outlines off the certain alphabet political underneath . Then start feeling color. Um, I start with ah, the light colors and then the ones which are below the alphabets. I am going to use a darker shade. And then, as you can see here, I am going to let that dry. Before I moved to the next letters, I'm gonna do alternate letters. That way there will be no bleeding or blending of colors, and I'm gonna get crisp edges. Um, and then so here I'm just making sure that the whole which is under the it has, um, or darker shade and then going after the also Since the is under the B, I'm going to make sure that particular outline is a little bit darker than the rest and then offered. It dries out the letter, which is on the top the portion of the letter, which is in the top of gonna make sure that it is lighter than the rest of the alphabet And that where you get, like, this whole effect off, um, overlapping Alberts. 7. Brush lettering basics: this class is going to be about brush lettering. I'm going to be using my around Russia's insiders two or zero, whichever you wish. Um, just use a small size, like a tour of one or zero. Go into your pain and then hold the pressure an angle. And when you go down, remember to make the down strokes take. And when you go up, they have to be 10. Just use the tip of the brush. This is the basis of brush lettering on and ah, this is mostly it. After that, you have to just learn to put the two together, the take up stroke and the 10 down stroke I almost a year to kind of perfect my lettering. It just It just takes a lot of practice. So doing the same thing forced the down stroke and then the 10 upstroke. This is going to cover most of your ledgers. And after that you can just go up and down during the complex curve. 10 upstroke, takedown stroked and ab stroll Take down stroke. You can stop or you could do it in one go. It depends, but just make sure you practice to build that muscle memory you gotta practice is the curve for the seas and the old and the piece. So it's just simple. Just you have. All you have to remember is Mr of just going straight down. You need to make a car. Um, and then when you when you come up again, the same 10 stroke Put these two together to make an O with a paint brush, and paint is slightly different from using a brush. Ben, um, this has I just need a little bit more control. But of course you can master it. With the practice now going, Teoh, put all of these rules together to form a letter. I'm going to start with a B so you have your 10 stroke going up, take stroke when you come down, and then the curve and finish it off. So brush lettering is different from handwriting. Breast lettering is actually drawing your letters so you can draw in any way you like. You can make it beautiful. You can make it balance, see? But you can make it straight or standing. It just it just up to you. You can just beautify your letters. However you want these are just the basic ones. I also used a water brush, Ben, which is something like this you can fill water in and then squeeze it out and use it. It comes in various sizes. Um, ber sizes is just similar. Just a personal preference which you prefer to use. I like to use a paintbrush better, but this works just fine and gives you really crisp up, strokes on down strokes. A little bonus for you guys. I am writing down all the alphabets for you to refer and, um, practice and see how I formed the letters. Um, from a dizzy I'm not going to put the alphabets together to form words. I have just drawn four lines to get everything at a particular height. Um, so I am just going to started my 10 down strokes and ah, 10 up strokes and take down strokes to form the letters. This isn't anything very fancy. This is just plain lettering, no bounces or, like, flourishes. This how I initially started this also gave me a pretty good sense off spacing on how much distance Basically how I should ah place my letters. Who will make them visually attractive. And then from there I took it and I added bounces and parishes to make them beautiful. 8. Project: for our project today we are going to letter a word in any of the techniques that you learned. I'm going to like the word love. So I'm dividing my page into four and then I'm going to show you two ways in which I'm gonna make my letter. So this is my 1st 1 in which I'm just, um, using masculine pencil toe basically make an l onda. Um, I am just measuring. And during the letter letter, which is all, I'm going to make it Ah, box, which were the same height and width as the L. And then I was going to write it in half. Onda, uh, draw the old so that I get from somebody after you're done, just raised the our ninth and Megan alphabet a little lighter and then move on to the next after, But which is we the same stuff forced to make a box and then you will get out about inside . Then I'm going to just repeat the same steps for my last alphabet, which is E. This is just one way of meeting alphabets. You can freehand draw them if you want, um, or just in any kind of I'm adding settings to this. You can just make it without sedatives. Or if you wanted and liked her. Save anything. It's just your project. And you have to make, um, a word into, basically, draw and use any of the techniques and make this work. Once I'm done with it, I'm just gonna go ahead and it is everything on. Um, what I'm looking for is to off my letters to be florals, and two of them were gonna make them in water color blending. So I have decided that I'm going to make l and E in Florence on when we, um in a watercolor blended, um, texture and so forth. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to make my color palette. I like to do this because it helps me stick to certain colors and not just, um, use all the power that I have, because that's where I'm going to do so doing this, just help me decide. And, like, um, make something. Ah, around these colors. Where's that decided? I'm going, Teoh make a rough sketch off the flowers that I'm going toe, including my floor letters. So I'm just going in with the same colors on my palette. Onda trying to draw outlines for my flowers. I have a class on these called the More modern Watercolor Floral elements, which you can check out Teoh. See how I make these. It is a great class. If you want to learn how to make watercolor florals and a cover mostly all of these on, then I'm going to make the leaves on do other things that I'm going to add to my floral alphabet. Um, since I want us to look a little bit like poppies and its birds and stuff So I'm gonna make something like that. Something along those lines. - My first floral alphabet, which is L. I am going Teoh, make my first flower, um, in the same way that I did earlier. But I'm just going to make first. I'm gonna do my to mean flowers in the letter, and then I'm going to go and fill in the others sparks with, like, leaves and other things, the flowers and using the word on red technique, which is adding wet, paint our toe the paper when it is wet so that it can blend easily That way, I'm getting thes are different shades in the same flower my Tumen flowers are going to stand out on Di can then ah, make the edges with my leaves, understands and, uh, other little birds and stuff. - Since his alphabet doesn't have an outline, it is very crucial toe add Berries are little fillers just to make it to make sure that the alphabet is, um is really full of the hands, like a perfect outline. Next I'm going in with and doing the same thing with my letter you. - I am going to finish off with some gold details because I always like adding gold dots and sports and little stems to my painting. I think they add a lot of magic. Do the painting. Yeah, the two letters are going to be in a watercolor wash. Um, so I just like toe play around with my colors, which are in my pilot, since these colors are complementary colors, basically those which, when mixed, would create a muddy mess. I am going to use some gold. Ah, between them. So you know, in that area where they're going to mix, I'm going to add ah, some gold surges going to spread and then not like the two colors. Next pink and orange is will do. But when it comes to orange on, ah, deal, I think it's going. It's not gonna look that nice when it mixes. So I'm going to add some gold like this, and this helps. It adds a touch of gold. And I really like that when blues and pinks mixed, they give a little bit of a purple, and I don't mind that I really like the way watercolors blend. Ah, here. I'm just adding some water as I go, and I have not wet the entire alphabet. I'm just waiting it as I'm going, um, and then adding a goal with another brush. So first I apply the pain, and then I add some water to keep the edges soft and wet so that when I apply another color , it's going to blend into it. Ah, and that way I just took a move along the whole alphabet. Um, I'm just are normally adding the colors on. That's that if you make any mistakes, remember, we always have the blue crew five Tokyo to correct those mistakes, going to use my Ph Martin's bleed proof I toe fix any mistakes that I made. And now, with my water down Payne's gray, I am going to make my shadow. Using a really 10 round rash helps with this. And if you can't get, like straight lines and one go, it's best to practice first. Um, it's really easy, and if you make any mistakes, you can always fix them. Adding shadows brings the afterbirth still life. But if you're not confident doing this in water colors, we can always use a brush pen are a ballpoint pen to do this and pretty happy with the way my project has turned out, and I cannot wait to see yours. Please remember to upload your projects in the Project gallery. 9. Final thoughts: Thank you so much for taking my class today. I hope you enjoyed it and learn something new. Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help you. I also have many other castles on Scotia piece to check them out. And do remember to upload pictures off your project. I'm always reading to see them, but by