Create Handlettered Art using Watercolors – Photo Tutorial


Hey! This is Jehan from Jecrafts and I will be sharing with you simple projects on lettering, typographies, and quilling for the coming months. The theme for this month is ‘Anything goes” and I have decided to do a hand-lettered art using watercolors that you can frame and use as a wall décor.

Every artist has their own take on the process they follow for hand-lettering. This is my way of working, hope you enjoy!

To start off with let’s get to know what hand-lettering is. Hand-lettering is an art of drawing letters. From street signs to chalkboard menus to national ad campaigns, hand lettering is everywhere.

The first step is to the medium your planning to work on. Since we are doing a watercolor hand-lettered piece we will be using a watercolor paper. Watercolor paper from various brands and gsm are available in Pretty Paper studio. For this piece, I have used

1.Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections ( Tropicals),

2. Arches Aquarelle Watercolor paper ( 300 gsm )

3. Sakura Pigma Micron pens 

4. Watercolor Brush No.2

5. Watercolor Brush No. 1

6. Mechanical Pencil

7. Ruler

– all available at the Pretty Paper Studio

Next, choose the quote that you want to hand-letter. The quote chosen here is “There are no secrets to success, it is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”. Make a rough sketch before working on the main medium. Keep the main words in the quote bigger and more evident. Add the elements like flourishes etc. in the end, to make your piece more interesting. Remember to place your words in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Now it is time to transfer to the watercolor paper. First, you have to lightly mark out the frame size so that its easier to transfer. Draw out the main words first. This is because they are big and need more space. Then bring in the other words. (like prepositions etc.). Finally, bring in the elements you have drawn.


Now you can add the watercolors to the piece. Choose colors that complement each other. This gives a more artistic look to your piece. I choose the following colors,


Start painting out the word first and then the effect.


Once you finish painting the whole piece the final look will be like this,


Hope you enjoyed this lettering experience with me. Comment below on your feedback or queries if any. Happy lettering peeps!!

Don’t forget to join this month’s challenge. Here are the things you need to know :

1.Create a project with the theme “Anything Goes”.

2.Link us up in the “November 2017: Anything Goes” challenge in the PPS FB group.

3.All entries are due by November 30, 2017.

Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50