Waterbrush Lettering with Tombow Brush Pens

Lemon Lime

When I think of summer, I think of citrus, bright colors, and fruity tastes. One of my favorite flavors is Lemon Lime. Which just happened to be the word in this week lettering challenge I am apart of on Instagram. I decided to use my trusty Tombow Dual Brush pens for my lettering once again.

lemon lime tombow brush pens

I knew that I wanted to stick to yellow and green for my colors, & I also knew that I wanted to blend them somewhere in the middle to create a seamless gradient. My pack of Tombow pens came with a blending marker, however I wanted to try out my water brush pen. A water brush pen is a really neat lettering and painting tool that allows you to fill the actual pen with water. When you write or paint, you can lightly squeeze the body of the pen and water will flow through the brush tip. I use mine mostly for watercolor lettering however I know you can create paintings with them as well.

How To

To start, I wrote the word Lemon in yellow. Then I went back and filled in the bottom half of the word with a lime colored brush pen. I took my water brush pen and slowly began to blend the two colors together. For the word Lime, I wrote out the whole word in the same lime colored marker. For the bottom of that word, I used a slightly darker green brush pen to create a green gradient when blended. I took my water brush pen and did the same blending step as before.

This was the first time I have ever used my water brush pen to blend the Tombow brush pens and I really love the effect it gave! Its imperfect however I do think the colors blended together perfectly to give that Lemon Lime color. I also think where the water dried and left different marks inside the letters give off the same look as the fleshy part of a citrus fruit. So I think it all tied together but let me know what you think in the comments! As a last-minute idea, I decided to paint a little lime with my water brush pen as well as add some black outlines to the words. Not really loving the finished effect but its all trial and error when trying something newΒ πŸ˜…

lemon lime tombow brush pens


I have really been loving using these Tombow brush pens lately for my lettering. If you read one of my most recent posts, I show you how to use the pens to achieve the most beautiful watercolor effect. As always, I have included a video down below of the whole process for you to watch if you would like!

Do you have any tips and tricks for using your water brush pen? Let me know in the comments down below!

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  1. Skyler

    August 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Love this! I can’t wait to try it out.

  2. Fely

    August 28, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Wow! That turned out really nice! Will try it out!

  3. Crystal Simmons

    August 29, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Gorgeous! I have never tried waterbrush pens. But I’m dying to pick some up now!!

  4. Kyia

    August 29, 2017 at 1:36 am

    This looks great! You are so talented! I so want to try this now!!

  5. Steffi

    August 29, 2017 at 1:37 am

    This is so cute!! I’ve never heard of them before πŸ™‚

  6. Kelly

    August 29, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Love this idea, thank you for sharing!

  7. Allie

    August 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

    This is so cool!!! I bought a ton of Tombows and convinced myself I would learn how to do lettering, but I haven’t yet. I have terrible handwriting haha. The video is super helpful! I’m going to try this tomorrow!

  8. Rhiannon

    August 29, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Will definitely give this a go! Not sure it’ll look as great as yours though πŸ™‚

  9. Tani

    August 29, 2017 at 2:28 am

    This is great…my little girls have been learning. Thanks for the tute!

  10. L β–³ U R β–³

    August 29, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I’ve been trying to get the hang of brush lettering for ages. I just can’t get the light strokes down so they’re nice and thin compared to the down strokes.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Laura Β¦ http://www.laurahasablog.co.uk

  11. Heather Scott-Pitts

    August 29, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I love this! So creative! I wish I could do something like that. If I did it you probably won’t be able to understand what I wrote!

  12. Erica Quisenberry

    August 29, 2017 at 11:38 am

    This is so pretty! I wish I had your talent.

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