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DIY Lettering "Smile"

DIY Lettering "Smile"
25 min Easy

Lettering is an art form that turns the alphabet into beautiful, expressive designs. It’s a creative way to express your personality, mood or message.

This lettering project is a positive and inspiring message to share with others. You can use the pigment arts pens to write the lettering on paper, a mirror or a card – and then give it as a gift. And who knows, maybe you'll even make someone smile with your message.


An article by Claudia

Tutorial video

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Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
Mars® Lumograph® 100 Drawing pencil - Single product HB 100-HB 1
Mars® Lumograph® 100 Drawing pencil - Single product 5B 100-5B 1
pigment brush pen 371 Fibre-tip pens with brush nib - Cardboard box containing 36 fibre-tip pens with brush nib in assorted colours 371 C36 1

Additionally required:

Smooth paper

Lettering Template

Step-by-step tutorial

Print out the motif template.

Lettering template

Use a soft pencil (Mars Lumograph, 5B) to evenly shade the back of the template motif.

Precisely place the template (with the front facing up) on the paper. Then trace the letters using a sharp pencil (HB). This is how they transfer to the paper. Before removing the template, lift the bottom corners and check that all the lines have been transferred.

Start with a beige pigment arts pen and colour in the sand-coloured letters. Colour over the areas twice so that there are no white spots remaining. Go over the lower part of the letter a few more times to make it darker. This results in a variation that creates the desired watercolour effect. Do the same with the ochre coloured pen.

Use the same technique for the light pink and orange letters. This makes the letters look very lively.

Also colour the dark blue letters with a gradient. Only the light grey letters are coloured without a gradient technique.

Finally, outline all the letters with very little pressure on the brush tip.

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