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Blending without water - Collect beautiful moments

  • 30 min
What you need:
Watercolour paper in A4, 160 g/sqm, Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Dual Markers (110, 154, 171, 277, 446, 449) 

Step 1

Write a text with the broad tip of the light grey Goldfaber Aqua Dual Marker.  

Step 2

Choose 3-5 colour shades and trace the start of the first letter with the broad tip of the marker. Then take the next colour and start in the middle of the first colour stroke, taking the first colour along with the second marker. If you are not happy with the progression of colours within the gradient, you can go over it again lightly with the lighter of the two colours. It then dissolves even better with the additional fresh colour.  

Step 3

Then simply write the other words with the broad tip of the marker.  

Step 4

Now take the light blue or light grey marker (446 or 277) and give the letters shadow lines. Think about where the light comes from: if the light comes from above and from the left, the shadow is underneath the letter and to the right as shown in this example.  
Use the fine tip of the marker for the small words and the broad tip for the large words.  

Step 5

For a final touch, fill the empty white spaces between the words with decorative elements, such as leaves for example.  
To do this, use a light colour to draw the leaf and use a darker colour at its base. Colour these in using the lighter marker, so that the leaves are also given a shadow effect.  

Ann Pasternack

In 2019, Ann Pasternack discovered her love of hand lettering as she was searching for a little time out from her work and family. It provides her with fantastic opportunities to escape from everyday life for a moment and immerse herself in the world of colours. “Brush pens in particular offer an incredible variety of possible uses. You can do everything from simple writing to blending and watercolour painting without any great material costs. And that makes them an essential companion.” 
 But she is also a great fan of other materials, too: she uses everything from shimmering watercolours and matt chalk markers to watercolour colour pencils and permanent acrylic markers to create beautiful lettering on different surfaces.    
Ann Pasternack accepts orders for hand lettering, board designs for restaurants and retail outlets, gives (online) workshops and can be booked for live lettering demonstrations at events.  
To find out more about the artist Ann Pasternack and her work, take a look at her website www.pink-ink-lettering.de or find her work on Instagram @pink.ink.lettering.