Words bring us together: brush lettering using watercolor and ink

Hello! Alicia here again to share a tutorial on using watercolor to brush letter quotes in our art journals. I have been playing with letters for over 4 years now and bounce around on my favorite ways to letter. Using watercolors and a paintbrush as a favorite came back around recently when I used these materials to hand letter the addresses on a client’s wedding invitations envelopes. Since then, I’ve been finding ways to add it into my art journaling!

Words bring us together: brush lettering using watercolor and ink

Supplies

  • Round paintbrush (smaller sizes for smaller letters, bigger sizes for bigger letters)
  • Watercolor paint (pan, liquid, or tubes all work)
  • Paper
  • Water
  • Pencil
  • Quote or words to letter
  • Optional: Ink (I use sumi but acrylic will work as well)
  • Art Journal

Grab your supplies and let’s learn to letter using watercolor paints!

Words bring us together: brush lettering using watercolor and ink

Tutorial

Now you are ready to add brush lettering into your art journal. As I mentioned before, I’ve been lettering for 4 years. So, if at first, you are not fully happy with your lettering, please be patient with yourself. The beauty of brush lettering is it doesn’t have to be perfect — even my own lettering shared in the tutorial videos is not even close to perfect! Sometimes using a brush and watercolor can be unpredictable and things can happen out of your control & that’s OKAY!

Now it’s your turn.

Action Steps

  1. Experiment with different types of watercolor — either from the pan, tube or liquid.
  2. Use different sizes of round brushes to see what feels and looks best to you.
  3. Go back and add some color to wet paint to create some interesting contrast and shapes within your painted letters.
  4. Practice your brush strokes to improve (& definitely to warm up!)
  5. Use all your practice sheets as collage paper for future art!

Words bring us together: brush lettering using watercolor and ink

Words bring us together: brush lettering using watercolor and ink

ALICIA

Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon. She loves to create intuitively and freely and let the art come out without holding back. When it all comes together on a spread, it feels magical, meaningful, and like a deep breath for her soul.

6 Comments

  1. Divyam Bernstein

    Thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring tutorial! I could watch you make letters all day. Can’t wait to try…! xxx

  2. Clare Etheridge

    My lettering is terrible so I will get practicing, I love the variation in the watercolour as it dries.

  3. Charlotte Erichsen

    Thank you for showing your way to brush lettering. I practiced a bit during September, but your tutorial showed me how to use a real brush. I was struggling on that. So perfect for this season!

  4. Holly Janssen

    I cannot wait to do this!!! Thank you for this tutorial, Alicia!

  5. CIndy Jacobs

    I’m always so inspired by your videos – I hope I can do this!

  6. VeganEdith

    Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I will definitely try this today.