What’s the Best Watercolour for Hand Lettering?

If you’re ready to jump into hand lettering with watercolours but you’re feeling overwhelmed with your options, don’t worry! This tutorial is for you!

In this week’s lesson, we’re diving into four popular watercolour choices for watercolour hand lettering. I’ll break down how each one looks and performs. Then we’ll decide which brand is the winner! Are you ready? Let’s go!

First Things First…

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Now let’s get started!

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Step 1: Getting your colours ready

Pro Tip: If you let your colours dry, you can always come back to them to rewet and reuse!

Step 2: Testing your colours


Switching colours with every stroke, be sure to keep the clours very saturated to give them a nice blend.

Artist’s Loft

Here, I’ll demonstrate the same blending pattern so that we can compare ? to ?

You’ll notice right away that this brand doesn’t do as much of a bleed as the Ecoline.


You can see here right off the ?that these colours are much more pigmented. They are darker and more saturated, so you’ll want to add a liiittttle more water here.

Winsor & Newton

You’ll want to use your brush (or a dropper works, too) and add A LOT of water to these.

You can see right away which ones are darker or lighter or more vibrant. My favorite is still the Ecoline because of its vibrancy and it blends really well.

The Hydrus has some vibrancy too but it’s just a bit darker and harder to see the blend whereas the Artist’s Loft is a great option to save some money and still get that blended look. With the Windsor & Newton, it has more of that transparency and can require additional layers of colour.

And that’s a wrap!

Ready for more watercolour practice? Check out How to do watercolour blending where I go into detail about blending or check out my watercolour workbooks right here.

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