Day 5: Watercolor Envelopes

This past summer I did so much watercolor brush lettering! I had done watercolor calligraphy using The Postman’s Knock technique of applying the paint directly on the nib with a brush, but my attention span is way too short for the patience that requires! I don’t like dipping my pen/brush a lot, I get in such a flow when I’m writing and I find that it really stops my rhythm.

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At the start of the year I purchased a bunch of small, round watercolor brushes. Sizes 0, 1, and 2. I also tried different water brushes, both the Sakura Koi Water Brush and Pentel Aquash. I like both water brushes but I loved the round watercolor brushes best!


All 3 sizes work great, depending on the area of paper I need to cover with my lettering I go with a bigger or smaller brush. Typically size 0 or 1 for envelopes and size 2 for 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 prints. I bought the brushes at my local Michaels, experimenting with their different quality levels to see what I liked best. So far the higher quality brushes have my vote! Not necessarily because of the brush but because the holders have a thicker section where your hand goes. It’s amazing but I really notice a comfort level, ease of writing difference!


Tomorrow I’m working on some place cards and talking about the difference between straight and oblique pen holders!

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow!



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