Letter to Santa

Letter to Santa - student project

I've been brush lettering with Tombow Dual Brush Pens for a few months now, so I was excited to try a different style of lettering.

I didn't know who I wanted to address the envelope to, so I went with something festive for the holiday season.

I went to my local art store (Art Supply Warehouse in Orange County, CA) to pick up some supplies. It was hard to choose, but I settled on the most affordable and opaque markers I could find: Bistro Chalk Markers in blush pink, white, and light green.

Letter to Santa - image 1 - student project

I also picked up a pack of envelopes at a dollar store, which ended up being a mistake. :(

Since I had several envelopes as backup, I started my lettering layout on the envelope right away. I figured it would be a good way to get used to my new markers.

Unfortunately, the cheap dollar store envelopes warped and deteriorated with just a light layer of the liquid chalk. Shavings of the paper would get caught in the markers, so I couldn't layer as much ink as I would've liked.

I salvaged what I could and switched over to using my trusty Tombow marker to finish the address portion.

You can see the rough surfaces in the pink and green areas below:

Letter to Santa - image 2 - student project

I do want to experiment with opaque markers more, so I may pick up a better quality envelope and try again. I would also love to purchase a set of paint pens for more color options. (Maybe the Posca pens I keep hearing about?)

What I liked about my project:

  • I LOVE the pastel colors I chose--a slight twist to the traditional red and green.
  • The shadow on "North Pole"

What I would change for next time:

  • Space out "Santa Claus" more evenly--that section needs a lot of work.
  • More variation in the address.
  • Try higher quality envelopes that can withstand the markers.
  • Make the whole thing BIGGER. Too much white space!

Thanks for the awesome class, Erik! I love your bold style of lettering!