Friends, did you know that you can take your lettered projects to another level by blending your markers? It’s true, and it’s really easy to do! There are several ways you can blend the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, but my favorite is using a blending palette. You can buy one, but it’s also super easy and much less expensive to make your own. Here’s how I created a DIY Blending Palette and you can too!
white card stock
laminator and laminating pouch
Step 1: Decorate one side of a 4 x 6″ piece of cardstock if you like.
You can always choose to leave it blank and use both sides interchangeably, but I decided to actually practice some of my blending. I used Tombow Dual Brush pens in various shades to write the word “Blend” in 3-D Print style.
Step 2: Place your piece of cardstock in a laminating pouch and run it through a laminator.
I got this Scotch Thermal Laminator for Christmas, but you can find it for less than $22 on Amazon. It comes with two pouches, then you just buy more as you need them, or you can get a combo kit for just $30 that includes the laminator and 20 pouches. The pouch is closed at the bottom and open on the top and sides. You just place whatever you’re laminating inside, place it in the back of the laminator and the machine does all the work.
I didn’t want to waste the top part of my pouch, so I laminated another, slightly larger piece of card stock at the same time. This way I have a blending palette to share with a friend who also enjoys hand lettering.
Step 3: Cut around your card stock.
Regular scissors will do the trick!
Now your blending palette is ready to use!
Here’s how it works…
Color on the surface of your palette with whatever colored markers you want to blend. Then, use the clear colored blending marker to mix and pick up the colors. When you write with the marker, it will have taken on the color you picked up until the color runs out and it’s time for you to re-load.
You can also pick up colors from the palette by dipping any of your colored markers in them too! It’s best to use a lighter marker to pick up darker colors. Eventually, as you write, the added color will work its way out and you’ll be left with the color of your original marker.
For those of you who learn visually like me, here is a video from Tombow to show you how it works. Watch how Marie colors on the palette, then uses another marker to blend the colors:
Here are a few examples of blended pieces I’ve created:
It’s that easy, and really adds a cool effect to your lettered projects! What do you think? Is this a technique you’d like to try? Check out all my hand lettering tips and tricks here on the blog and be sure to share your own in our Facebook group One Artsy Mama & Friends!
Disclaimer: The Tombow markers are water based and designed to be able to blend. I can’t say what will happen if you try blending other types of markers. You’re welcome to try with whatever you have, but don’t sue me if yours don’t work. 😉 I need my Starbucks money…haha! Also, note that this post contains affiliate links to the Tombow markers as well as the laminator, so if you click through and make a purchase, you’re helping to support this site.