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Sarah Barton

graphic designer/type lover



Stay Loose

I opted not to create a greeting card, but just a small piece of lettering.


I got these watercolor brush pens for Christmas and am just now getting a chance to play with them! These blend a little differently than the waterbrushes used in the class. Instead of the color fading as I continue to write, my color starts out faint and turns darker. So I had to think backwords on some exercises.



I'm pretty familiar with brush lettering, but I practiced with the different guidelines anyways. I also tried to see if I could get any texture with my brush pens. Unfortunately since the ink is constantly flowing, I don't get the cool dry brush texture.



I already had a quote in mind for my piece, so I chose fonts that I thought would work well with it.

The first one is called Ink Bandits. I like how curly the letters were without looking too delicate.


The second one is called Hollie Script. I've always liked this retro style look.


I did the look and letter method because I don't currently have any printer ink!


I ended up liking curly font way more than I thought I would, so I chose this style for my final.


Out of all the blending techniques, I like the color streak blend the best so I went with that for my final piece.


After many variations, I wound up with a chunky look for "stay" and and light airy look for "loose." Below are my two favorites, a light wash and a more vibrant wash. 




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