Want to learn how to do galaxy lettering, but don’t have expensive markers? Don’t worry! in this blog post, I’ll show you exactly how to make stunning galaxy lettering using your Crayola markers, which are super affordable, and you will learn how to create a beautiful hand-lettering piece like the one below.
Galaxy lettering is super fun to do and the final pieces always look so cool!
I always thought that in order to do Galaxy Lettering, Tombow Markers were the way to go! Turns out, you can do galaxy lettering with any water-based markers, like Crayola markers!
GALAXY LETTERING WITH CRAYOLA MARKERS STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL
See exactly how to make galaxy lettering using your Crayola markers in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a printable step-by-step photo tutorial):
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MATERIALS TO MAKE THIS GALAXY LETTERING PIECE
- Watercolor paper. You need paper thick enough that won’t be damaged when you use it with water. Another option that you have is marker paper or mixed media paper.
- Crayola markers in these colors: black, purple, pink, blue, and green.
- Waterbrush or a Regular brush (preferably small tip) and water.
- White and/or Gold Gelly Roll pen.
- Pencil and kneaded eraser for sketching.
- Optional: a way to practice your Faux Calligraphy beforehand. You can have access to my Free Calligraphy Practice Worksheet worksheet from my Freebie Library here or by filling out the form at the end of this blog post.
STEP 1: (OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED) SKETCH YOUR LETTERING WITH PENCIL.
This first step is optional but recommended. I like to always sketch everything beforehand, so I’m going to be using a pencil.
Sketching your lettering piece is so helpful because it’ll serve you as a guide for when you’re getting ready to do your galaxy lettering. It also helps to make sure your piece is centered in your paper.
To sketch, I use a regular pencil, and I’m going to be doing this phrase, “You are out of this world,” just because I thought it will be fun to do a galaxy lettering on the word “world”.
One thing that you can see here is that I didn’t connect the O and the R, and this is a tricky letter connection. If you want to see tips to connect your lettering, make sure you comment below because that might be one of the tutorials that I will be doing next.
Then using a kneaded eraser you’re going to lightly erase your pencil sketch. The good thing about this eraser is that you erase most of it, but you can still see a trace. It’s not that visible, but it’s visible enough for you to trace. This is a little trick that you can use when you’re doing watercolor lettering.
STEP 2: OUTLINE THE LETTER YOU’LL BE DOING GALAXY LETTERING ON AND ADD THE COLORS.
Next, I’m only going to be outlining the word “world”, because that’s the one we’re going to be doing the galaxy lettering tutorial on. For this, I’ll use my Crayola black marker.
Here, I’m doing Faux Calligraphy.
If you want to know more about this lettering technique, check out this tutorial. I go over step-by-step how you can create these types of letters. I have lowercase and uppercase tutorials, so you can go ahead and check those out.
Then, start adding the colors. I’d like to first color in with the purple marker. And then I’m going to be doing pink, then blue. After that, I’ll add the green, and then blue again. I won’t be adding the colors to all the letters at once, but rather section by section.
STEP 3: START BLENDING THE COLORS USING A WATERCOLOR BRUSH OR A BRUSH AND WATER.
Now that we used the colors in one section of the letters, start blending them together using a watercolor brush or a small brush and water.
The cool thing about this waterbrush is that you fill it with water and as you start using it, it’s going to start releasing the water. I think that’s super cool when you’re doing watercolor lettering!
But like I said, if you don’t have one of these and you want to keep it simple, then just use a regular brush, just dip it in water and do the same thing.
Continue repeating this step of adding the colors then blending them with water until you complete the whole word.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to color in the word perfectly and completely. You’d want to leave some space for blending.
PRO TIP: You don’t want to do the whole letter at once and then come back with your waterbrush. It’s better to do it section by section so the marker colors are still a bit wet and you can blend them easier.
STEP 4: ADD GALAXY DECOR AND FINAL DETAILS TO THE LETTERS.
Once you complete the whole word, next is to add galaxy details to the letters. I love this part!
I’m going to be using the Sakura Gelly Roll.
TIP FOR USING GELLY ROLL PENS: whenever you using your Gelly Roll, if the ink doesn’t want to flow, just grab a bit of scrap paper and just make sure you activate it by writing fast, back, and forward. That should help the ink flow a little bit more and will give you more opaque writing.
And to complete the phrase that I sketched at the beginning, I’m going to use the same black Crayola marker. Before you do anything to the galaxy lettering piece, you want to make sure everything is completely dry.
PRO TIP: Cover your design with a paper towel a scrap piece of paper when you’re adding other lettering or details. This will prevent any sweating or oils from your hand to damage your lettering because you won’t want to mess it up or get it dirty after all your hard work!
Another decor you can do to your galaxy lettering with Crayola markers is to add outlines and shadows as I did with Gelly Roll
AND YOU’RE DONE!
What do you think?
Now that you know exactly how to make galaxy lettering using your Crayola markers, you can start creating beautiful galaxy lettering designs!!
RELATED TUTORIALS I THINK YOU’LL LOVE:
- A step-by-step tutorial on how to create calligraphy using a normal pen, be sure to grab my free faux calligraphy worksheet at the link below. Just enter your name and best email, and I will send it directly to you.
- How to do calligraphy using your Crayola Markers. Includes step-by-step tutorial and FREE calligraphy drills worksheet!
Hope that you guys liked this tutorial and have fun making your own Galaxy Lettering using your Crayola Markers! If you try making this galaxy lettering, share a picture and tag me on Instagram @vialdesigns.
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