Tombow Dual Brush Pens are perfect for creating watercolor effects in hand lettering and art. There are two easy ways that these versatile pens can be transformed into watercolor masterpieces with just a little bit of water. I’ll show you these fun techniques while taking you step by step through this simple watercolor card tutorial.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
To create these vibrant but classic cards, all you will need are:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens (in your choice of colors)
- An assortment of watercolor brushes,a water brush, and water
- A Blending Palette
- Watercolor cards and envelopes (I used Strathmore Creative Cards)
To fully understand the process of both techniques you first must understand the pen! Tombow Dual Brush Pens are water-based pens that come in 96 different vibrant colors. These brush pens are unique in that they have two tips: a fine tip and a brush tip. Since the ink is water-based, it moves with water, just like watercolors that you would find on a palette. So basically, if you purchase the 96 color set of Dual Brush Pens, you are getting two different kinds of pen and a watercolor in each shade! How amazing is that!?
WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE 1: COLOR THEN WATER
The first technique of using Tombow Dual Brush Pens as watercolors is to color directly onto the paper and then manipulate the color by adding water with a watercolor brush. This technique is great for coloring in backgrounds, patterns, or drawn shapes like flowers and wreaths. To create the bold and simple edge of this card, I colored with a Dual Brush Pen using a lighter blue and darker blue. The brush tip allows to cover the paper in color quickly and easily.
Then using a thick watercolor brush, I washed water over the edge, creating this vivid blue edge. This almost has a dip-dye effect, looking like I dipped the edge of the card into ink.
Pairing fun colors together can create bright and unique sets of cards.
TIP: This technique can be messy, so putting a scrap piece of paper underneath the edge of the card that you are coloring can make clean up easier. The paper also ends up being pretty colorful and might even be able to be used for something else.
WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUE 2: WATER THEN COLOR
For the second technique, use a Blending Palette to pick up the colors with a wet watercolor brush or water brush. What is the difference between the two? The watercolor brush is a brush with bristles for watercolor painting, but a water brush actually has a reservoir where you can put water. The water automatically trickles down to the brush bristles. Water brushes hold the water and don’t have to be constantly dipped into water. They are fun for lettering, too and are perfect for use with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the blending palette.
Pick up a color with the brush and start lettering. For a fun effect, go back and forth between different colors. For these bright envelopes, I used a water brush to pick up the Dual Brush Pen colors. How crazy bright are these envelopes!? They are fun but also very simple and light.
And there you have it: a super easy tutorial for creating a personalized set of cards that can be embellished with watercolor or left simple. For more tips and tricks on how to use Tombow Dual Brush Pens as watercolors, check out @tombowusa on Instagram. This week the Tombow design team is sharing techniques and tricks all about watercolor and Dual Brush Pens. How will use these techniques!? I’d love to know!