I've been experimenting with hand lettering during my free time lately, teaching myself new techniques and typography layouts. It helps me relax and change up my creativity flow a little bit when I do something totally different from the usual. I'm hoping to learn enough to implement hand lettering in some promotional materials, and maybe even use it in photos!
One of the projects I tried was hand lettering a song lyric using watercolors and a brush pen. I wanted to share what I did with you for a simple watercolor lettering tutorial! Sound good?
This would make such a wonderful gift for a friend, using their favorite quote, or a newlywed couple with a line from their favorite song. Simple yet special, it's one of those meaningful gifts. Or keep it for yourself, and use a personal favorite - a line or lyric that means a lot to you, is part of a memory, or contributes to who you are. The possibilities are endless. Let's get started:
-Watercolor brush pen (I used the Sakura Koi Waterbrush)
-Watercolor set (I used the Sakura Field Sketch Set)
-Cardstock or heavyweight paper, 5x7"
-Pencil with eraser
-Lyric or quote of your choice
First, lightly sketch out your lyric or quote. I decided to use my own handwriting, so I gently wrote out my lyric with the pencil, keeping my lines light. The lyric I chose is "And the winds that blow remind me of what has been and what can never be." Sad, but so beautiful - this lyric is from The Lighthouse's Tale by Nickel Creek. Such a lovely song, and such a talented band! Anyway.
Next, watercolor over your penciled lines! Test out your strokes first on a scrap piece of paper and get a feel for how much water to use and when to re-dip the pen in the watercolor 'ink'.
And you're finished! Mine has such a rustic, unfinished look. I actually love it, which is a big step for me - I'm a former perfectionist (still am, in some ways), but the fact that I can appreciate this and the beauty in the imperfection is huge. I love how the black fades unevenly, how the writing gets bigger and smaller, and just the texture of it. So simple, but so unique.
Have a special lyric or quote in mind? If you make this, share it with me on Instagram or Twitter @melmariadesigns! I'd love to see. Or find me on Facebook and share it there!