One of the most exciting things about starting a new year is all of the possibility that awaits in those next 12 months. The new year gives us a blank slate to tackle new goals and develop new habits. If you鈥檙e looking to start setting some goals and learn hand lettering, you鈥檝e come to the right place.

I鈥檓 going to show you how to create a piece of lettered artwork that can serve as a reminder to you throughout the year to work toward the goals you want to achieve. Before you get started lettering, take a few minutes to think about what you want 2017 to mean to you 12 months from now. Will it be a year of change? Growth? New beginnings? Whatever that looks like for you, choose a word or phrase to become your 鈥渨ord of the year.鈥 That鈥檚 what we鈥檒l be lettering here!

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Materials and Tools:

Instructions:

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Using the brush tip of your Dual Brush Pens, scribble ink all over the Blending Palette or plastic baggie (really any non-porous surface will do). It鈥檚 okay if the ink overlaps here 鈥 try to cover as much space on your surface as possible.

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Grab your spray mister filled with water and spray the ink so that water droplets start to pool up. The more water you add, the lighter your colors will appear on your final piece, so keep that in mind.

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Flip the palette over and place the wet ink on your watercolor paper. Peel the palette off the paper to reveal the splash watercolor effect it creates. Let dry or dry using a heat tool. You can repeat the first three steps until you鈥檙e happy with the way your background looks.

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Using the Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen 鈥 Soft Tip, hand letter your word or phrase that will become your 2017 word of the year. Apply heavy pressure on your downstrokes (when your hand is moving downward) and light pressure on your upstrokes (when your hand is moving upward).

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Switch to the Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pen 鈥 Hard Tip to add thin lines to the right of your downstrokes. You can letter the year below your word to pull it all together.

Learn how to make your own handlettered word of the year art with this tutorial using @tombowusa Dual Brush Pens

Want to learn more about how to create beautiful, bouncy lettering? Take my class, Bounce Lettering Basics, where you鈥檒l learn the basics of lettering, how to connect your letters, how to bounce your letters and how to put everything together to form compositions. You鈥檒l receive a downloadable workbook so you can practice along with me, and you鈥檒l gain access to an exclusive Facebook group where we鈥檒l continue to discuss bounce lettering tips and tricks!

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