4 Different Ways to Blend Your Hand Lettering

Today I want to share 4 different ways to blend your hand lettering! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new video to my YouTube channel, so YAY! Here’s a new video. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been wanting to share a video in real time on how I blend my lettering. Whether it’s using a pen, brush pen, or watercolor, I’m hoping this video will help.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s in the video. (Also, please don’t mind the scratches on my hand, they’re from an adorable kitten I love to play with ๐Ÿ˜€ ) All were lettered on Canson XL Watercolor Paper / Cold Press / 140 lbs.


Technique #1: Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pens

In this technique, I’m using the Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pens to letter with. I letter the word with the lightest color and add the other colors on top anywhere I’d like to blend them. In this case, I’m adding one color to the tops of the letters, and on color to the bottoms of the letters.

Once I have that done, I grab my Pentel Aquash Waterbrush (Size Small/Fine) filled with just water, and use that to use just a bit of water to the colors, making it easy to blend them with the brush tip (your brush may drip a bit of water on it’s own, and if not, just press the body of the waterbrushย a little and it should release some water into the brush tip).

Tip! Using a paper towel (or any other napkin/cloth) rinse your brush off (by pushing out just a bit of water and brushing the excess paint off onto your paper towel/napkin/cloth) if you find your colors are getting muddy or ifย too much of a darker color is taking over a lighter color.


Technique #2: Tombow Dual Brush Pens

With this technique, I’m doing the same thing as I did with the Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pens. With these brush pens, you’ll have larger strokes which may make it easier to blend the colors. You can also blend Tombow Dual Brush Pens without water. I will cover this in a later post. ๐Ÿ™‚


Technique #3: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Liquid Watercolor

With this technique, I started with the lightest color of my (Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolor) again and lettered my word. With that paint still wet, I quickly rinse my waterbrush, and dip it in the next color (Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated Watercolor). When applying the next color to the word, I just touch areas that I want to add color to with the tip of the brush. Just a tap. The color will flow into the first color. Then I repeat this step for the other color. It’s not always needed, but you can also use the brush again to blend the colors even more. I did this in the video. But it’s not always needed. I did it because there were some spots that didn’t stay too wet so the colors didn’t blend as well.


Technique #4: Sakura “Moonlight” Gelly Roll Pens

With this technique, I used faux-calligraphy. This is where you thicken the lines by adding to the down strokes after lettering the word.

I added some of the first color to the top and bottom of each thick line and added a second color to the middle. This might have looked slightly better if I had more colors to use. (I only have two of the Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens.) Then I used my waterbrush to blend the colors together. This is one that I’ll have to practice more myself.

This last technique was brought to my attention by the lovely Jess ( @jeshypark on Instagram ). โคย I had no idea it was possible until she shared a video about it on Sakura of America’s Instagram.

Note: You can use the original Gelly Roll pens if you don’t mind the lines (the color will spread with the water, but the lines will stay wherever you draw them) or just use them to outline and use your waterbrush to spread color inside (or out!). ๐Ÿ™‚


I tried to link each product to the company’s website or Amazon. But you can also find a good amount of pens/waterbrushes online at jetpens.com.


I hope you have fun trying out these techniques if you haven’t already! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

*** These are my personal opinions and statements. I am not being paid or endorsed by any company mentioned in this post, in any way. ***

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  1. Beth

    I haven’t tried the water pens yet. Still getting used to regular pens as I just started in January with lettering. I absolutely love your lettering and could watch your IG videos all day!

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