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Blending Practice II [Video]

Here’s the second attempt on blending using an acrylic block. I never thought this would be so much fun to do and to practice!

Blending with Acrylic Block

It has been more than a month since I obtained an acrylic block. I got mine for an affordable price at around Php 60 (around $1) for one piece. It’s a square shaped block. There are other options and dimensions. I chose the smallest one since I just need something to practice with and something new to try.

Using Marvy Uchida Le Plume II brush pens are really so convenient! I never knew that these were blendable, I just followed my instinct to try blending two colors and the rest is history!

These Le Plume II may be bought at National Bookstore branches. They have a stand for Marvy Uchida products. The brush pens may be placed near the drawing pens and the calligraphy pens (broad tips). When I last bought one, it cost Php 99.75 per pen (roughly $2 each) and are very durable.



Realizations in Blending

I’ll be breaking it down into bullets so it would be easier to read and remember. This is what I realized in using Marvy Uchida Le Plume II brush pens.

  • In blending, use the darker color to write on the block. Make sure that there’s some ink there.
  • With the lighter color, use the pen (with the lighter color) to lightly touch the darker ink on the block.
  • After which, try writing it. If you don’t like the combination or do not know which colors go along, you may always refer to the color wheel.
  • Lastly, feel free to experiment with various pens and colors! I only have tried blending with Le Plume II. With the Tombow pens, I used a blender. (Soon, I’ll try to create another video using those.)

Remember, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Feel free to do experiments whenever you please!

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Have you done some experiments lately?

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  • Reply
    April 23, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Your video is so nice and the blend of colors really pretty. Yellow and green do go very well together. It’s interesting to learn about blending techniques and how to create beautiful writing in two different colors. Experiment is always good! Can you do this with more colors than 2?

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      April 24, 2017 at 10:30 PM

      I haven’t tried using more than 2 colors just yet. And thank you for giving an idea for another color experiment! <3

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    April 23, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    i love calligraphy but hand isn’t for it. Or my patience is really isn’t good when it comes to writing. hahaha!. I love the yellow and green mix match. I try again doing calli until i make it 🙂 thanks for the inspiration. <3

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      April 24, 2017 at 10:31 PM

      Hallo! I actually thought you’d say it reminds you of pineapple. Hahaha! You’re welcome 🙂

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    April 23, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    I agree. Never be afraid to try and experiment. It is only through going out of your comfort zone would you know if you can do something beyond your imagination. And that includes blending, learning calligraphy and the likes.

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    Stargazer Writes
    April 23, 2017 at 11:13 PM

    Oh wow that beautiful! I have always been hesitant about traditional art. I have grown up painting digitally. But now, I have stepped away from my comfort zone and tried oil painting!

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      April 24, 2017 at 12:15 AM

      Woah. Oil painting? I’ve admired those who paint. Mixing paint can be quite tedious. How’s your experience with oil paint? 😀

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        Stargazer Writes
        April 24, 2017 at 1:23 AM

        Drying time really kills the momentum. lol You can see my finished product on my instagram. 🙂

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    April 24, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Thanks for these helpful tips.
    But I feel it is an art which comes normally to some. But for others it is years of hard work.

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    April 24, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    You’re really exploring your craft and what more you can do for a betterment of your skills. I wish I could do the same, but your tips have given me an urge of trying this if I get the chance. I am always a big fan of your craft and you always surprised me with new things and your new discoveries. I won’t get shock if I get to see and read one of your art works in an International magazine. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Claire Santiago
    April 25, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    I love to experiment and try new things. It feels great to go out of the comfort zone and be independent. By the way, your hands are magical. I tried calligraphy once but maybe, my hands are not that artistic for it. Well, given more time, I’d love to enroll in a class about it and hopefully understand and learn more about it.

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    April 25, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    I haven’t seen any acrylic blocks in the local bookstores here, but I’ve done a similar blending technique using a piece of plain plastic. 😀 Oh, and I used Artline Stix, since I don’t have any Marvy Uchida brush pens. The effect is pretty much the same (which is not really a surprise). Looking forward to more of your videos! 🙂

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    April 26, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    I don’t know the terms or any thing that’s related to calligraphy. I badly want to learn, but having a baby that requires all the attention just won’t give time to his mommy. I used to read YT videos when I was pregnant but haven’t applied anything in reality. I hope I can go back in starting to learn all of this again soon.

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    Nicole Paler
    April 26, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Excited to see the next video! I am always in awe of those who can do calligraphy… By the way, have you tried to do calligraphy with baybayin or alibata? 🙂 Are these acrylic blocks only for calligraphy or can they be used for regular drawing as well? Thanks! <3

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      April 26, 2017 at 4:09 PM

      The acrylic blocks may be used with other stuff as well. 🙂

      Not yet with baybayin, though I have a friend whose focus is on baybayin and calligraphy. 🙂

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    mumwrites (@vixquips)
    April 27, 2017 at 3:43 AM

    So that’s what they use acrylic blocks for? Blending seems like a fun idea, I will try to learn it once I have practiced enough calligraphy. By the way, I wonder if the shop you got the block from also sells acrylic letters {I am not sure if that’s what you call them}? 🙂

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      April 27, 2017 at 6:10 PM

      The acrylic block is where you put the other ink of the first color.

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