Today I’m sharing how I hand letter with Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens along with fun techniques you can do with these pens.
Watch the video tutorial or read my tips for calligraphy, blending and techniques for your Tombows!
My first tip is often overlooked – paper! These brush pens tend to fray easily so if you are using paper that has any sort of texture or roughness, you are going to want to switch over to a high-quality, smooth paper.
I personally use the HP Premium Choice Laserjet Paper. I’ve been using it for the longest time and love it. It is more of a printer type of paper so it’s also less expensive.
How To Hold Your Pen
I hold my brush pen at a slight angle and keep it this way while lettering. The thick and thin strokes don’t come by holding your pen at different angles, this is achieved through the pressure you apply.
You can practice this technique through basic up and down drills. I also have my very own hand lettering practice worksheets that will help you improve your lettering style.
What I Love About These Pens
I tend to press really hard with my pens when creating down strokes – I tend to get a lot of comments asking if I often break the pens! But no, these pens are very durable and always bounce back which is why so many artists recommend them.
They also create a wonderful ombre effect when lettering and can also be vibrant depending on which colors you choose. The tips are soft and flexible so it can be challenging if you are still in the beginning stages of you hand lettering journey – it’s going to take some practice!
The fun part about using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens is that you can create multiple effects with them.
Color your piece of plastic using one or multiple Tombow colors. Add a few droplets of water to your paper and gently place the plastic over it. Press in the color and move it around before carefully removing the plastic to wait for it to dry. Once it’s completely dry you’re able to hand letter over it.
Next, let’s talk about blending using colorless blending pens. I have a whole video on how to do this, check it out here if you’d like to learn more.
Essentially, you write your word in a light color and fill in the top of each letter in the contrasting, darker color. You then use the colorless blending pen to “pull down” the darker color to create an ombre effect.
Other blending techniques require a piece plastic wrap or plastic bag. I like to color the bag in a darker shade and pick up the color using a lighter pen before writing for a blended look. There are so many color combos to try.
The last blending technique is one of my favorites and is super unique. Using a dark and light pen, place the tips together. I like to place the lighter one at the bottom to let gravity help a little. The darker ink will transfer into the lighter marker. This means when you write you get that desired blended look without having to dip your pen in ink or use the colorless blending pen.
Don’t worry about all this blending and mixing of your pens either – they are self-cleaning! Simply use a scrap piece of paper to rub them off when you’re finished.
I also like to apply some water to my hand lettering when using Tombow Brush Pens to create a look very close to watercolor lettering. It’s super easy to do using the Aquash Waterbrush and is far easier than using actual watercolors! This has to be one of my favorite ways to use these pens.
I am obviously not an artist but I often like to shade some simple flowers. I like adding water to create that blended look without having streaky markings.
I hope this was helpful for you and that you were able to find some new ways to use your Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens! If you’re new to hand lettering and would like to learn more, check out my FREE mini-course for all the tips on getting started.