DIY Hand-Lettered Watercolor Postcards. Brighten someones day by creating and sending some hand-lettered watercolor postcards using a fun technique with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Liz on Call is here to show us how to make watercolor postcards using Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
DIY Hand-Lettered Watercolor Postcards
I don’t know about you, but I love getting a letter in the mail. All I ever get are bills and junk mail. It doesn’t make that short trip to the mailbox each day very exciting. Snail mail seems to be a thing of the past, but those occasional birthday cards and thank you notes can make up for all that other junk that arrives in the mailbox.
I was having a particularly rough week and started hand-lettering some inspiring phrases to help pick myself up. A stack of blank postcards popped up in my craft stash and I thought how fun it would be to put some of these phrases on a postcard and use a fun watercolor technique with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I ended up making several of these postcards with bright, colorful, and uplifting words on them, that I thought I should share them with others.
I figured that if I loved them so much, others would too. So, I sent off the watercolor postcards to some of my friends who could use a little cheer in their day. I actually mailed them out and forgot that I had done it. I stopped by one of their homes and saw the postcard I sent displayed where they could see it each day. It brought a smile to my face and I decided I should send postcards more often.
Supplies for the Watercolor Postcards
- Blank Watercolor Postcards
- 2 or 3 Tombow Dual Brush Pens in coordinating colors
- Tombow Mono Drawing Pen
- Tombow Fudenosuke Pen
- Water Brush
To get started with your watercolor postcards, first decide on what phrase or word you want to write. I decided to go with the phrase “Believe” in You for this postcard. Then choose your focus word to create the watercolor effect on. Use the lightest color of Tombow Dual Brush pen and write the entire word.
Using the darker coordinating colors of brush pens, add a little bit on color on top of the word. I wanted to create an ombre look with this postcard, so I added my orange to the middle section of the word and the pink to the bottom part of the word.
This next step is my favorite part! Make sure you have water in your water brush and give it a little squeeze until you see a drop of water fall off the end of the brush. I let that fall onto a paper towel and then rub the water brush on my hand to make sure it’s not too wet. Use the water brush to blend the colors of your Tombow Dual Brush Pens together to create the amazing watercolor effect. I usually start at the bottom and pull the darker colors up into the lighter color. Continue this technique until the entire word has the watercolor look.
This next step is optional, but I like how it makes the watercolor word pop. Once the postcard is dry, use a Tombow Mono Drawing pen to outline the word.
Finish the watercolor postcard with a Tombow Fudenosuke pen to write out the rest of your phrase.
Now your watercolor postcard is ready for a special message and to be sent off to a special friend.
If you love these hand-lettered watercolor postcards, but don’t have the time to make them right now, hop on over to Liz on Call and download a set of 3 free printable watercolor postcards.
I also used this same technique to make this watercolor resist galaxy card and these DIY handlettered Inspirational Banners. Being able to create fun watercolor effects is just one of the reasons I love Tombow Dual Brush Pens.