I’ve noticed lately that some very creative people are lettering with a technique that ends up with some incredible results.
It looks like it started trending the beginning of this year and is really taking off. Some of the places I’ve seen it at are:
Kiley In Kentucky
One Artsy Mama
Simon Says Stamp
If you’re on Instagram, you can even check out the hashtag that Kiley set up #heftyhack to see her work and the work of others that are also giving it a try. Everyone has had some beautiful results!
I’m always looking for new ideas for Valentine’s day cards, or any cards for that matter, and I was thinking that it would make a gorgeous Valentine’s Day card (be sure to use watercolor paper) or framed artwork, or even a canvas. It’s great because you can give it to someone special, or just have it at home as part of your fabulous Valentine’s Day decor.
No matter what, you’re going to get some great looking artwork out of it.
Now let’s get to it.
The materials I used were:
- Canson Mix Media Paper (98 lbs / 7 in x 10 in) – I would have rather used some watercolor paper, but I’m out at the moment
- Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers (Red and Blue) – They’re like the Tombow makers, but a cheaper version available at Michael’s
- Water Dropper from Faber Castell that came with a Gelato Kit I got a while back, but you can use a paint brush, or even your finger. 🙂
- A small snack size Ziploc baggie, but you can use any plastic baggie with a smooth surface.
- Pilot Pocket Brush Pen with the soft tip – Got it at Jet Pens (love that site! – wasn’t even paid to say that.)
Take your red and blue markers and draw a heart directly on the baggie. I recommend making the heart narrow on each side because you’ll be moving the water around and it will become fuller as you do it. It does not have to be perfect. You can keep the colors separate, or you can mix them here and there to get all different types of effects.
Then add a few small drops (2-3) on the paper you’ll be using. I did it on the baggie, but I’m pretty sure it will turn out better doing it directly on the paper so it doesn’t drip while you’re trying to place it upside down like it do to me.
Now just move the water all around trying to keep it in somewhat of a heart shape. I apologize for not taking more photos of that part. But really, you just need to rub your finger around and try to make a heart shape out of it. I honestly think the messier the better for a more artistic and fun look to it.
Here’s how mine turned out. I chose red and blue colors so that some of it would come out purple. And as you can see it’s nice and messy. 🙂 At this point, you can blot it with a napkin or paper towel, dry it with a heat gun, or just let it air dry which is what I ended up doing since I wasn’t in a rush.
Now just take your brush pen (or any pen for some faux calligraphy action as explained and shown here at The Postman’s Knock) and write out the word “love” on the heart at any angle that you prefer and as fancy as you want. Make sure to apply pressure on the down strokes for that the thick to thin look.
For my finishing touch, I outlined a heart with the brush pen. You don’t have to do that if you prefer the way it looks in the last step. Totally optional. I just thought it was a nice touch.
If you end up doing this tutorial, I’d love to see the results! Leave me a comment below if you want. No pressure. 🙂