Blended Lettering with Tombow Markers

Over the past few months I’ve been seeing some letterers and calligraphers on Instagram using Tombow markers and blending colors with them. I’ve done the “scribble on plastic and pick up color with a different marker” technique, but I’ve never tried blending the markers on the paper. (Why have I never thought of this?) Anyhow, I thought I would try my hand at a fun envelope with blended Tombow marker.

NOTE: The colors used and floral design were directly inspired by this image I found on Instagram. Jordanne Marie is an amazing calligraphy and artist. Check out her blog.

In the past when I’ve used blender pens, I’ve used watercolor paper since it can handle more moisture. For heavy blending, it just makes sense to use watercolor paper. So I made this envelope out of 90 lb. Canson watercolor paper. I chose this watercolor paper in particular because of it’s weight. Anything heavier would be cumbersome to fold and could possibly crack.

I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create the envelope out of the watercolor paper. I didn’t include that part in the video, so if you need better instruction on using the punch board, please see the beginning of this video.

In earlier testing, I discovered that trying to erase pencil lines that were underneath the marker only lead to smudging, so I instead of penciling on Rachel’s name I wrote it on a separate piece of paper and traced it using a light pad. I really love my Huion Light Pad because it’s so thin, compact, easy to store, and also easy on the wallet.

I traced the lettering with light pink and light blue markers. Then I set the light pad aside and and added a darker pink to the top of “Rachel” and a darker blue to the bottom of “Bergfeld.” Then I used the N00 Colorless Blender to soften the color transition between the two shades on each part of Rachel’s name. I was so excited to see how easy it was to blend!

For her address, I used a Pilot Envelope Addressing Pen (Extra Fine). It is waterproof and a good line weight for addresses. At this point, I added the postage stamps.

I used the same “light color first, darker color second, then blend” method to draw flowers and leaves around the envelope as well.

In the past I’ve used Distress Micro Glaze to seal and protect artwork from moisture. However, in previous testing it smeared the blended Tombow marker. This could have been because the marker hadn’t completely dried. I’m not entirely sure. To be safe, I decided to use a trick I learned online. I used a light spritz of regular hair spray. This should help protect the design. However, if I had some on hand, I would have use a fixative spray that is intended for artwork.

I hope you enjoy today’s video! Thanks for stopping by! All of the supplies I used (including the specific marker colors I used) are listed below the video as per usual.

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