How-To: Blending & Shading Techniques for Hand Lettering with Tombow

Today we’re going to show you a modern and pretty style of script and mixed script lettering that adds depth with blending, outlines and shadows using two of our favorite Tombow Dual Brush Pen colors, 873-Coral and 803-Pink Punch.

MATERIALS

STEP 1

Using Dual Brush Pen Coral (873), letter out your name or any word you want! A little side note: I find mixed media paper to be the best for blending. It’s made to handle multiple layers of color, but it’s also smooth enough to protect your precious Tombow pens!

Dual Brush Pen by Tombow in Coral (873)

STEP 2

Using Dual Brush Pen Pink Punch (803), color in the top half of your letters covering the Coral.  It’s best to work on one letter at a time. If you fill in all your letters at once with your second color, it will be dry by the time you get to your last letter, making it harder to blend the ink.

Dual Brush Pen by Tombow in Pink Punch (803)

STEP 3

Using the Colorless Blender Pen (N00), start at the top of your letter (in the Pink Punch area) and use downward strokes to bring the Pink Punch color down to the bottom of the letter.

Dual Brush Pen Colorless Blender by Tombow

STEP 4

Outline the outside of your letters with the Fudenosuke Pen. I use very light pressure when tracing around the letters.  Next, apply some pressure to the pen and add thicker lines to all the down strokes of your letters.  This will give your letters some depth with a thicker shadow.

Fudenosuke Pen by Tombow

STEP 5

Lastly, using Dual Brush Pen Cool Gray 3 (N75), add a somewhat thick line to all the down strokes of your letters to add a gray shadow effect. Here’s a tip: pick either the left or right side of your letters to add the shadow, so they all look consistent.

Dual Brush Pen by Tombow in Cool Grey 3 (N75)

Here’s what the end result will look like!

Stick To Your 2019 Goals

The New Year brought us fresh starts and new beginnings, it was the perfect opportunity to plan out the year and think about the goals you want to achieve. But now we’re almost a month into the new year so we have to ask – Do you keep a task journal? Did you write down your goals? Since “a goal not written down is merely a wish,” we put some stuff on sale that can help.

FriXion Colors Erasable Marker Pens by Pilot

Unleash your creativity with the FriXion Colors Erasable Marker Pens by Pilot. You can write smoothly, draw flawlessly, erase cleanly and revise repeatedly without damaging your planner all thanks to the unique thermo-sensitive, erasable ink available in a variety of fun and fresh colors. The extra durable, bold point tip produces rich, vibrant lines. Whether writing, drawing, coloring or organizing, add a touch of creativity and style to your everyday tasks with the new FriXion Colors Erasable Marker Pens.

56-week Planner by Field Notes

56-week Planner by Field Notes

The 56-week Planner by Field Notes s a durable planner that looks great, feels just right, and will hold up to years’ worth of your busy life without batteries, brand-sponsored Wi-Fi, or a monthly service charge loaded up with hidden fees.

4¾” x 7½”, with a durable 60pt. chipboard cover and lay-flat “Double-O” wire binding. 112 Pages of Finch 70# text paper are marked with one blank week per spread, ready to fill with your next 56 weeks of appointments, meetings, notes, or even brief journal entries.

TwinTone Marker Sets by Tombow

TwinTone Markers by Tombow

The TwinTone double-sided marker creates thick or thin lines with two tip choices – broad bullet tip for bold lines or extra-fine tip for detailed, precise lines. Perfect for color-coding and decorating planners, journals and notebooks. Create fun doodling and lettering styles with a choice of 24 colors. Water-based ink doesn’t bleed through most papers. Durable fiber point tips are long lasting and maintain shape after use. Bullet tip 0.8mm; extra-fine tip 0.3mm.

EcoQua Notebooks by Fabriano

EcoQua Notebooks by Fabriano

These EcoQua Notebooks have wonderfully colorful covers and are ideal for writing and drafting in pen, pencil and marker. They are made in Italy and contain environmentally-friendly FSC certified 57 lb. (85g/m2) paper that is chlorine-free, acid-free and completely recyclable. Available with lined, blank or standard grid sheets.

Profolio Oasis Notebooks by Itoya

ProFolio Oasis Notebooks by Itoya

The ProFolio Oasis Notebook is designed to simplify your search for the perfect notebook: well-designed, affordable and practical. The proprietary paper pattern is a combination of grid, line and dots, an optimal pattern for handwriting, drawing perfect straight lines, developing charts and rapid journaling. The Oasis Notebook is made with high-quality materials; the spine is machine stitched and the paper is soft and smooth to the touch. The notebooks are available in three colors and three different sizes – A6 (small, 4.13″ × 5.83″), A5 (medium, 8.83″ × 8.27″) and B5 (large, 6.93″ × 9.84″).

Slicci Gel Pens by Pentel

Slicci Gel Pen Set by Pentel

Journal and draw in fine detail with ease, thanks to the smooth-flowing gel ink and precise metal tip of the Slicci Gel Pen. These pens are perfect for personalizing paper, cardstock, labels, tags, chipboards and die-cuts. The 8-color extra-fine set features pens with an extra-fine .25mm point (the smallest point size available in a gel ink pen), includes black, red, blue, green, orange, pink, baby blue and violet. The Slicci Metallic Gel Pen Sets have .8mm needle tip ideal for medium lines and details. These metallic colors pop on dark paper, and are perfect for embellishing note cards, creating designs, pictures and journaling. The 3-color metallic set includes silver, gold and bronze. The 8-color metallic set includes red, blue, green, bronze, pink, violet, gold and silver.

Still not sure what you want to do and how you want to do it? Stop by Raw Materials and our staff can help you pick out the best products for you to get your life organized and optimize the time it takes to plan. Let’s make 2019 the best year ever!

Happy National Handwriting Day!

Handwriting can be as personal as a fingerprint and as expressive as a dance. Celebrate National Handwriting Day with us; consider January—and the new year—as a chance to get back to the rhythm and flow of writing. Here are a few awesome products that we heartily recommend:

Tradio Calligraphy Pen by Pentel

The Tradio Calligraphy Pen features a firm, but resilient iridium nib that allows you to draw thick to thin lines depending on the angle of the pen. Ideal for calligraphy and lettering. Available in three nib sizes, refillable with international standard ink cartridges. Comes with a black water-based ink cartridge.

Blackwing Slate Journals

Created specifically for people seeking creative balance away from the daily grind, the Blackwing Slate Journal was designed to be the ultimate Blackwing pencil companion. Every 5½” × 8½” Blackwing Slate features 160 pages of high-quality, 100gsm paper, a durable dual-sewn binding, wear-resistant polymer hardcover, canvas spine and unique pencil holster that comes loaded with a Blackwing 602 pencil. Available in ruled, plain, or dot-grid paper.

EnerGel Alloy Pens by Pentel are exquisitely designed with an alluminum alloy barrel for those who want to make a statement. These pens feature EnerGel high-performance ink technology that combines the best qualities of liquid and gel ink for a super-smooth writing experience. Experience greater writing control with the distinctive, textured grip. All pens come with black ink with a medium (0.7mm) tip, regardless of barrel color, but are refillable with any size and color of EnerGel refill. Also, these pens come in different colors, but our favorites are red, violet, and gold! Very sexy.

Midori MD Notebooks

What makes Midori MD Notebooks so special? There’s the paper, for starters. The MD paper was developed for Midori’s original diary in the 1960s, and has been constantly improved upon to this day to create even higher-quality writing paper. Resistant to bleeding and strikethrough, it is designed for comfortable writing, and it also has the perfect balance between smoothness and a little resistance, ensuring comfort and making writing a pleasure. Midori MD Notebooks utilize threaded binding, with 16-page quires bound at the back with thread. Threaded binding makes the pages both robust and easy to open. Usually used for items such as notebooks and journals that will be used for a long time, this binding’s ability to open to a full 180 degrees provides the ultimate comfort when writing, making writing a stress-free experience from start to finish. Each notebook has 176 pages, a Parafin paper cover, a bookmark string, thread-stiched book binding, and label stickers.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Tombow Dual Brush Pens are a double-headed brush-pen with a flexible nylon fiber brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other. With non-toxic, fast drying, water-based odorless ink that blends to create any color desired. Just in case you wanted to write something a little colorful and extra.