3 Easy Colored Pencil Lettering Styles using Tombow Color Pencils. One little trick makes all three styles super simple to create!
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3 Easy Colored Pencil Lettering Styles
Doing lettering and calligraphic styles with colored pencils are easy peasy when you start with one simple trick: Laying down a base layer and then coloring on top of it!
Figuring out which medium worked best for my base layer was the harder part. Regular pencil showed through too much, so I pulled out my Tombow Dual Tips and handy color chart. Then, I started testing out all kinds of base layer colors and methods of using the colored pencils over them.
Scroll down to the supplies to find out which Tombow Dual Tip color created the perfect base layer!
- Kraft Paper Cardstock
- Tombow 1500 Color Pencils. I have the 36 piece set. The Color Pencils also come in mini sets I get for my kids when we’re traveling, and I also keep a few packs on hand for fun and easy birthday gifts!
- Tombow Dual Tip in Shade 761. Off all the colors I tried on Kraft Paper, this was the one I could see well enough to color over and was still fully covered by lighter colored pencils like yellow.
Please note that kraft paper isn’t typically idea for brush pens since it’s not super smooth. I use my 761 on it knowing it may fray my brush pen a bit. For more info, head over to my post on The Best Paper for Brush Lettering.
Ok, let’s get into creating each style!
Style One: Ombré
- Lay down a base layer of lettering. I chose to write “the sea” in brush calligraphy.
- Create a great ombré color scheme but choosing five colored pencils that are analogous (next to each other on the color wheel).
- Start from the middle and work your way out, as shown in the photos above. Blend the colors together as you add each new color. Just overlap two colors that are next to each other to achieve a nicely blended look.
Style Two: Rainbow
- Lay down a base layer of lettering. I chose to write “rainbow” in brush calligraphy.
- Choose a selection of pencils that go in ROYGBIV color order.
- Color your lettering/calligraphy from left to right, using at least two colors for each letter and blending them where they overlap.
Style Three: Colorful Monoline
- Use the bullet nib end of the Tombow Dual Tip 761 to write a word or phrase. I wrote “Happy Birthday” in a monoline script style.
- Color a bit at a time with each color in a repeating pattern. I used the ROYGBIV rainbow color order once again. It’s hard to go wrong with the rainbow!
This one gave me a bit of a hand cramp, but I think it’s my favorite style. The final result is definitely worth the effort.
Lettering with Kids
My kids LOVED the colorful monoline style, so I showed them how to do it, and they’ve been doing it for days. My second-grade daughter took this as her Show-and-Tell last week and taught her classmates how to do it too! If you ever teach a class on lettering to kids, this is a fantastically kid-friendly style to use.
A Note on the Tombow 1500 Color Pencils
I love how vibrant the Tombow 1500 Color Pencils were over the Kraft Paper! I’m heavy handed and tend to press really hard (perhaps that is what gives me the hand cramp ?) and I had no issues with the Color Pencil tips breaking.
As I noted earlier in the post, the Color Pencils also come in mini sets I get for my kids when we’re traveling. They’re great on the airplane.
I also keep a few packs on hand for fun and easy birthday gifts! Just pop one in a bag with a coloring book, and you have a lovely birthday gift.
Which of the three styles is your favorite?