Colour blending made easy

Once you’ve mastered the basics of hand lettering and are building your confidence in creating good looking script, a whole sea of creative options open up, from shadow effects to colour blending.

In issue 1 of Simply Lettering magazine, our Commissioning Editor Lou Collins explores a range of methods for blending colours in your lettering. In these videos, Lou explores these techniques in more detail so you can practise them yourselves.


Ink and brush can be a daunting technique to try, especially if you haven’t experienced much in the way of painting before. However, with very little practice you can soon be blending colours together like a pro! Use a watercolour card to prevent any wicking and keep your edges neat.


Many of the pens you may already have at home will be water based, and you will be able to create this look with them. This technique works well with both contrasting colours and slight shade blends.


This technique can be achieved with any colouring pencils, although the soft and highly pigmented lead of Chameleon Pencils makes it very simple to blend colours together. They are especially good at showing up on darker cardstock and paper.

Lou has used Ecoline Brush Pen markers and Watercolour Inks in this masterclass, which are available now from CraftStash.

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4 Comments on “Colour blending made easy

  1. sarah649

    July 17, 2019 at 7:24

    Love this, thank you Lou. Definitely want to invest in the water pen as I did struggle with the blending x

  2. Patricia

    July 17, 2019 at 7:55

    Thank you very much for the videos, I love the blending technique and you have explained it in terms that I have understood, water colouring and blending is my favourite thing at the moment

  3. Rachel Homer

    July 18, 2019 at 5:01

    Been having a play with blending and having varying degrees of success. More practice needed but the videos are great reference for getting better. Thanks.

  4. ddg_naz

    July 21, 2019 at 11:11

    This is beautiful, i’ve never tried this before! Will definitely have a go

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