Nelson Mandela Watercolor Hand Lettering Tutorial
Posted on July 12 2021
A watercolor hand lettering tutorial celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day!
Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a tutorial to create a quote art using Watercolors in Pans to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18th. According to nationaldaycalendar.com, “Every year on July 18th, Nelson Mandela International Day pays tribute to this anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and activist. The day also encourages people to do their part to make the world a better place.”
I have compiled the materials list for you.
With the Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencil - #273 Warm Grey IV and a ruler, mark some lines to place the words. Make a quick and light simple sketch of the quote to have an outline for the watercolor hand lettering. Using a watercolor pencil will ensure that the pencil lines will dissolve neatly when you use watercolors. You can also use the eraser for any leftover pencil marks.
Fill your water brush from the Pan Watercolors set with water.
For this quote, I am staying with the cool colors of blues and purples. According to color psychology, blues convey stable tranquil power and purples stand for wisdom, bravery and spirituality – all of these were qualities embodied by Nelson Mandela. While you can use any color scheme, I feel that these specific colors capture the vibration of these words and their author most powerfully.
Take your time to hand letter the first three words of the quote, with one word on each line.
One of the most important words in this quote is ‘impossible’. To give it emphasis, I hand lettered it in all caps.
Finish hand lettering the quote staying with the blue color palette.
The other and even more important word is ‘done’. I wrote it in caps and underlined it twice.
Be sure to add the by-line.
Add some starry shapes in purples to add a painterly touch while filling up the space around the words to finish.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Pan Watercolors hand lettering tutorial and do something uplifting on this day!