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. 🙂

-Chrystal

 

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Little Fox Watercolor Painting [Process from Start to Finish]

I have been slacking as usual when it comes to getting a new blog post up. I initially had to take a break because I smashed my finger in our van door and couldn’t use it for a while. Then I just procrastinated because I’m really really good at that. 🙂

Anyway, here is a painting I recently did of a little fox. I’ve been doing a lot of lettering lately and felt the need to do something a little different.

Materials Used (including links to where I purchased them):

Winsor & Newton – Cotman Water Colors Sketcher’s Pocket Box

Pentel Aquash Water Brush – Fine

Canson XL Watercolor Paper – 140lb / 300gr

Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen – White Ink

White 2 Deleter Manga Ink

Pilot Color Eno Neox Mechanical Pencil Lead – .7 mm – Soft Blue

Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils (Regular cheap colored pencils are perfect too.)

 

I started here by sketching a little fox on a little hill using my soft blue lead. I just purchased this lead for the first time and love the way it erases so easily when I need it to.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

I gave the area around the fox a quick wash of light blue watercolor.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

Then added a couple layers of darker blue watercolor. Getting darker and closer to the edges with each layer. Also a wash of green on the little hill.

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I added some light-ish brown on the fox, making sure not to get the areas that I will keep white and the eyes which will end up being a nice purple color.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

One more darker layer of blue around the edges and a darker layer of green. Also a little more brown on the little fox.

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Now for some detail. I added some green texture on the hill using a green colored pencil. I also added some shading with a lavender pencil on the little fox and hill, but then decided to use a purple watercolor. I also added some little plants around the hill which I covered up earlier and, with that, decided to not add back the little plants that were going to be on the hill in the middle area. Lastly I added the purple eyes, a purple nose and mouth, and purple on the tips of the ears. With the eyes I made them darker towards the top and lighter on the bottom areas.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

For finishing touches I added some spattered stars using the Deleter ink and some that I added individually with the the white gel pen. Also, using the gel pen, I whitened the white areas on the fox and added some shine in the eyes and on the nose.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

Here’s the finished painting. I edited the colors using GIMP to make it more vivid. You might also notice, I fixed the hill under the butt/tail area. 🙂

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

This is available in both my Society6 and Redbubble shops.

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.

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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. 🙂

~Chrystal

 

Lettering & Watercolor: Sweet Christmas [From Start To Finish]

Here’s a Christmas Illustration I’ve been working on. From start to finish. I thought it would be cute knowing how much my family loved to look forward to all the sweets during the holidays. 🙂

I sketched it out. Then used my brush marker to do the lettering, and my Micron pen to outline the drawing. Then used some watercolor paints to paint it. Once I was finished with all of that, I scanned and edited it in my free GIMP program (similar to Photoshop).

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Supplies I used were:

  • Plain white paper
  • Generic Cheap Watercolors/Brushes
  • Black Tombow Brush Pen
  • Black Sakura Pigma Micron Pen (01)

 

I decided to show both versions of the final illustration. While editing it, I randomly put a white overlay on it and got a really nice pastel result.

So, you get to see the original final version and the pastel final version.

I’d love to know what version you like best.

And your favorite dessert to eat during the holidays! Mine is really almost anything homemade. I’m horrible… I can’t think of one thing in particular. 🙂

~Chrystal

Lettering: Brave [from start to finish]

Here’s a quote I did recently that I loved from Doctor Who. It was said by his companion Clara. Her last words actually. Something that I thought was so great because she was able to end the show with so much strength and bravery.

“Let Me Be Brave” – Clara Oswald

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This design is available online in my Society6 & RedBubble shops. 🙂

Clouds & Sky {Watercolor}

I have a new painting I worked on this weekend. It’s inspired by this painting by Ana Victoria Calderon:

I love her work and love her techniques. I wanted to try and see how I do by just watching this video. Here’s how I did:

Clouds & Sky | chrystalizabeth

She also has a class on Skillshare that should definitely be checked out. 🙂 I love that site. Best classes ever.

From Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote {Lettering & Watercolor}

I love books. And this quotes is extremely accurate.

Here is a break down of how I put this quote together. 🙂

Part 1: The Books

I sketched the books out. I found an image on Pinterest and went with it. (It looks like the photo was pinned from Time Worn Interiors.)

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I inked it and erased all the pencil marks.

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Then I put down the first watercolor layer and once that dried, the second layer.

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Part 2: The Quote

Later, I started on the lettering. I actually already had the books done before coming across the quote. Luckily it was perfect.

First is the sketch and inking.

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Then I clean it up using GIMP.

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And vectorized it in Inkscape. I like to vectorize it so I can change it without ruining the look of it. I changed the layout and some of the sizing of the words.

Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote | chrystalizabeth

And here it is finished. I used GIMP to place the lettering on top of the books and messed with the levels and overlays to get it that way. 🙂

Start To Finish: Jane Austen Quote | chrystalizabeth