Watercolour paint is a versatile medium and offers up so many opportunities for lettering and modern calligraphy. You can bring watercolours directly into your designs by using a paint brush to apply lettering to your page or do as Andra has done here, laying down your lettering first with a light coloured brush pen and then layer your watercolours over the top.
Metallic watercolours are infused with reflective pigment that catches the light, creating a wonderful added dimension to your designs. In this project, Andra uses metallic watercolours with metallic brush pens for a wonderfully lustrous result. Watch the video to see Andra's full process.
This project was created using:
- Rhodia Touch A5 bristol book
- Kohinoor Versatil mechanical pencil 2.0mm HB
- Swordfish eraser
- ONLINE Calli.Brush Grey Edition brush markers - the lightest grey
- Art Sensation metallic watercolours
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist brush pen, warm grey
- Arteza paint brush
- Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori metallic brush markers
Choosing metallic watercolours
There are plenty of sets of metallic and lustrous watercolour sets to choose from, and any of them should create a nice end result. For this project, Andra opted for the metallic watercolours from Art Sensation, which come in a pack of six decent-sized paint pads - gold, silver, green, light blue, pink and light pink.
Many calligraphers swear by the Finetec watercolour sets from Coliro, which are available in a wide range of metallic and pearl colours. We also like the Gansai Tambi sets from Kuretake, which are available here at Pen Pusher.