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Trying Calligraphy and Watercolor

This is a sped-up video where I create an artwork or sample to show how I mix calligraphy and watercolours.


How do I do Calligraphy & Watercolor works?

First and foremost, I would not have thought of posting something like this if not for @sharcoaleyes. I posted a video on my Instagram showing my practice with hello’s and hola’s. The next post was my freedom works. One of which was done using watercolor and brush pens.

What did she ask?

Calligraphy & Watercolor

Hola @sharcoaleyes!

So yes, it was the first time that I received something like this and it struck me. That yes, I haven’t posted a video on how do I do it. Hence, this post. For the video, it’s quite sped up so for the other details, I be writing it here. From the materials I used down to the steps.

Calligraphy & Watercolor

Materials I used.


  • Marvy Uchida Drawing Pen (005)
  • ZIG Kuretake Brushables
  • Flat brush from @Aesthetic_MNL (small)
  • A paper, preferably watercolor paper with at least 200 gsm; for this one, I used my sketch book which I bought from Art Box Philippines.
  • Watercolor (It’s not pictured or seen in the video but I used Prang.)


  1. I drew a rectangle which is the same size as a postcard (4″ x 6″) and a circle. The circle was intended for the letters or words.
  2. Decide on the colors that you would want to apply. If you are going to write something after, I suggest for you to use light colors or just dilute the colors with water. (Have a higher ratio for the water.)
  3. Start painting. I was not supposed to paint the inside of the circle but I thought it would be nicer if I did.
  4. Let it dry. I kept on touching it because I wanted to make sure that the paper is dry.
  5. When it’s dry, you may start scribbling. For this one, I suggest you use ZIG Brushables (or Sakura Pigma Brush) since those are waterproof. This is to assure that even if there are still moist areas, it won’t ruin the whole thing.
  6. Then voila! It’s done.

An alternative to avoiding the lines is to use masking fluids.

Have you created a tutorial or taught someone something you know? 😃


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  • Reply
    Neri Ann
    October 13, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Really nice Calligraphy writing. I really admire those who are really good in that field ‘coz I can’t do it. He He He. I really hope that I can be artistic in drawing, painting and writing. Good job! Keep it up!

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    Chloe of beyond blessed
    October 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    I have ALWAYS wanted to have beautiful calligraphy! It truly is an art! Love this post and the video- so so beautiful!


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    October 13, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Oh, so that is what it is. I was wondering how and I admit, I have no creative juice in my brain. So basically, watercolor was used to create the background. And then you write on it. Haha. Love the video.

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      October 14, 2016 at 1:29 AM

      Hahaha! Yes, I just used the watercolor as background. Maybe next time, I’ll do everything with just watercolor only. Oh, if only time permits! Hahaha!

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        ROBERT LEE
        October 14, 2016 at 1:41 AM

        When you say everything, does that mean using watercolor to do calligraphy?

        • Maria
          October 14, 2016 at 9:36 PM

          Yes! I’m hoping to do it eventually. 🙂

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    Thelittlelai : Beyond limits
    October 14, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    You simply do that effortlessly? Wow, you’re truly talented. I wish I can do that too, but since then I’m not good in drawing and sort of art like that. You’ll be going far with that talent, I can tell.

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    October 15, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    I’ve tried mixing watercolor and calligraphy when I made gift tags for teachers’ day. They came out nice too. For Christmas, I’ve decided to not buy any gift tags anymore and make them myself with watercolor and calligraphy too. 🙂 Great work!

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    Alyssa Tuangco
    October 21, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Now I’m more frustrated! Hahaha you did it so well! Im not good with watercolors and that’s my frustration. You were effortless and the font looks amazing! How much are the materials used for calligraphy?

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      October 21, 2016 at 5:09 PM

      Hola! I’ve created a separate blog post regarding that. You may see it here. Thank you for your kind words!

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    October 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I really admire people who have this skills, I wanted to learn but, hopefully next year, You’re very goodness on your craft. I’m also into art but I applied it on my face, hahaha. But honestly I really wanted to learn Calligraphy. There’s one opportunity 2 months ago but the admissions fee is quite expensive,

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    Charlotte Anne
    November 18, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    I know water color but never tried calligraphy. I really wanted to learn. Maybe you can post tutorial video workshop about it and I’ll be the happiest. Thanks maria!

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      November 18, 2016 at 2:42 PM

      Hola Charlotte! That’s actually one of my goals. Hopefully, before 2016 ends, I could post one. I do have some tips/tutorials lurking in the blog; hope you browse the entire Calligraphy section. Thank you! 🙂

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