Awesome Sauce – A Real Time Lettering Video

So, I’ve been working on making better videos for my YouTube channel.

I’ve made a new one that I hope is easier to watch. 🙂

In this video I sketched and lettered the quote “Awesome Sauce” for the #togetherweletter lettering challenge on Instagram.





Aurora – Hand Lettering & Watercolor

Here’s another real time video for another lettering challenge. 🙂 This was for the #letteringwithtombow lettering challenge that I’m doing on Instagram.

Aurora is another word for dawn, so I thought I’d do a watercolor wash for the background that kind of resembled dawn.

Please let me know if there is anything particular you’d like to see me do regarding lettering in the near future. 🙂



The Days Are Long – Hand Lettering Video

I’m so excited to announce that I will be adding real-time videos of my lettering processes on my new YouTube channel! I have quite a few people that have asked about my process and I finally got a tripod (YAY!) so I can now make some videos to show you. Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Here’s the first video, available now!

There’s no talking or sound because I’m shy and I also forgot to add some music. 🙂

Let me know if there’s anything particular you’d like to see me do lettering-wise in the near future.


Easy To Make Valentine Heart [A Watercolor Brush Marker Tutorial]

Easy To Make Valentine Heart [A Watercolor Brush Marker Tutorial] | chrystalizabeth

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.

Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

The materials I used were:

  1. 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
  2. Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers (Red and Blue) – They’re like the Tombow makers, but a cheaper version available at Michael’s
  3. 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. 🙂
  4. A small snack size Ziploc baggie, but you can use any plastic baggie with a smooth surface.
  5. Pilot Pocket Brush Pen with the soft tip – Got it at Jet Pens (love that site! – wasn’t even paid to say that.)


Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

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.

Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

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.

Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

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.

Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

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.

Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

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.

Valentine Heart Tutorial using Watercolor Markers | chrystalizabeth

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. 🙂



Cancer Has Taken Another – RIP Alan Rickman

We’ve lost another amazing person today. I was heart broken when my daughter told me first thing this morning.

Alan Rickman, just like David Bowie, died from cancer at the young age of 69.


Too many special people lost to it. Family, friends, and others.

Here’s a little tribute to Alan Rickman that I did today.

I’ll making more things in honor of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Stay tuned. 🙂

Quote by Alan Rickman | RIP Alan Rickman | Hand Lettering by chrystalizabeth

October! Time for Inktober & Drawlloween!

Hello October | chrystalizabeth

I love this time of year! For obvious reasons. The change to nicer weather (nicer for me since I love the cool crisp Autumn air), the atmosphere, and Halloween. Just to name a few.

But also because of Inktober and Drawlloween! If you haven’t heard of them, you should do a quick google search or search their hashtags on Instagram or Tumblr. It’s so much fun. I participated last year for the first time and I am so ready for this year.

Basically you draw all month in ink for Inktober to practice and improve your skills. And Drawlloween gives you prompts everyday of what to draw with a Halloween theme using any type of drawing medium. I (along with some others) decide to put them together and draw all of the Drawlloween prompts in ink.

Here is my first drawing for Day 1: Ghost

Inktober & Drawlloween / Day 1: Ghost / chrystalizabeth

If you want to follow along with me (along with other random things I post) you can here: Instagram / Tumblr

If you are doing it too, I would love to follow you back!