2 BLENDING TECHNIQUES FOR TOMBOW MARKERS
Hello there! I’m so excited to write this blog post for you because I love blending and I love Tombow markers. They are the most favorite lettering tool I own and you will soon see why. Tombow markers are so versatile and can be used in many different ways. Today I am going to show you how to blend markers to create unique and ombre looking lettering. So, grab your markers and let’s get blending!
- Rhodia No.16 A5 6 x 8 1/4 80 Sheet, Dot Pad, Black (16559) (Or Mixed Media / Marker Pad)
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack
- Tombow Blending Kit
Blending with the Palatte: Technique 1
This technique can be done with just two colors or multiple of colors. Here I used four markers (761 & 725 for the pink and 243 and 555 for the blue) to create this summer palette. Start off with choosing your colors and rubbing the colors on the palatte like shown in the image below.
Next, grab a light-colored marker (I used #761) and rub the nib on a color from the blending palatte. I don’t normally put any water or spray on it as I find it tears the paper when you add layers of colors. Take your light maker and letter your word, in my example I lettered “summer.” As you write the palatte color will rub off onto the paper and transition to the lighter color marker in your hand. Thus, creating a beautiful blended piece of lettering!
You can change colors for each letter or for different words. In this example I wrote out “summer” and “about” in the same color combination. Get creative and use a variety of color blends, just make sure to letter with a light color. Once you are done just rub the nib on paper until clean or wipe with a paper towel. 🙂
Wasn’t that so much fun! That is why I love Tombow’s, they blend so easily and take my lettering to a whole new level! Are you ready for another technique? Yes, ok clean off your palette by running it under water and then wipe dry with a paper towel.
Video Tutorial on Blending with a Palette
Sorry if it is a little fast for you, any slower and it would be too large to load on this post. Watch as I use my lighter colored marker to pick up colors from my palatte (off to the right) and then letter a few letters at a time. You will also see me touch up areas because that is ok! Happy lettering 🙂
No Palatte Blending: Technique 2
This technique is great for creating ombre effects. It does take a little more patience and attention to detail, but if you can push past it you will have some amazing pieces of lettering. So, let’s use two markers for this; choose one that is light and one that is dark. I used #243 and #555 for the chill out lettering and #025 and #925 for the summer effect.
First letter your word in the lighter color marker.
Next, grab the darker marker and letter on top of the lighter color, but only a portion of the way down. I went about 3/4 of the way down.
Lastly, to blend the colors you have two options: the lighter color marker or the colorless blender marker (clear #N00; shown in image above.)
Grab your lighter marker/blender and go over the darker color parts inching up and down to help smooth out the color. This is what will create your transition of colors resulting in a ombre effect. 🙂 You can also try using your darker color on bottom and blend up, there is no wrong way. Have fun and play around with different color combinations.
Again, to clean your marker just rub the color off on paper, they are pretty self-cleaning. Another reason why Tombow’s are my favorite!
Video Tutorial on No Palatte Blending
In this video, there are a few things to note. First, you start with lettering your word in the lighter color and then you use a darker color to letter on top. I went a little more than half way down, but you can do any length. Second, I showed you the difference between smoothing in your colors with your lighter mark and the colorless blender marker on the “chill out” lettering. I couldn’t tell the difference, could you? Lastly, I showed you the same method using your lighter color marker, (yellow) but also with a completely different marker just to help smooth the colors even more. Again, experiment and have fun!
Methods to Try
- Try using watercolor paper to create a more watercolor type of effect with blending. Use the No Palette technique for this and letter only one or two words at a time so you have time to blend before it dries out on you.
- Trace your design out lightly and erase afterwards. I find that you will never get all of your pencil marks off so I trace and letter my design and then place it under my paper to help with alignment. You can also use a light pad if you have one!
Freebies: Blending Worksheets
Hope this helps you in your lettering adventures! See you all next week 🙂
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