Review: 🎨 The Art of Watercolor Lettering by Kelly Klapstein // Or, Look! I finally picked up watercolours!

★★★,5 | A comprehensive guide for the newbies


Title: The Art of Watercolor Lettering

Author: Kelly Klapstein

Publisher: Quarry Books

Release Date:October 22nd 2019

Pages: 144

Genres: Non-fiction / Arts and Crafts


goodreads-add-e1547065951898🎨 an introduction to watercolours
🎨 warm-up exercises
🎨 variety of topography & lettering styles
🎨 tracing templates

Learn to letter beautifully with watercolor. 

In this stunning follow-up to her highly praised and influential first book, The Art of Brush Lettering, lettering expert and workshop instructor Kelly Klapstein (popular on Instagram as @kellycreates) shares her secrets for mastering the essential techniques for creating lovely modern lettering and calligraphy with watercolor.

Start with the basics, from choosing paints, brushes, and other supplies to preparing your paper for painting.

Learn to handle watercolor paints with essential strokes and warm-ups.

Explore painting letterforms in a variety of styles,from traditional to modern.

Try a range of creative techniques, including blending ombrés and rainbows, creating pictorial letterforms, and combining watercolor with other mediums.

Enhance your lettering with special touches by complementing it with handpainted backgrounds and simple illustrations.

With The Art of Watercolor Lettering, you’ll learn how to master the medium—and how to go with the watercolor flow—to create one-of-a-kind lettered art and calligraphy that reflect your unique personal style.


I wanted to get into watercolours for a while now and when I saw it on the NetGalley I decided that it is A Sign. 

This book has tought me watercolours from the ground up. I admitt that I used youtube guides for some things as well but that’s because I like to be thorough — you can learn the basics without other resources or prior knowledge.

It starts with basic information about the supplies, colour theory, swatches, mixing paints, etc.

We also get warm-up techniques, leaf shapes to ornament our lettering and various fonts.

Everything is pretty standard and beginner’s level.

It is also worth noting that Klapstein covers fonts which can be created with a round brush only so you don’t have to be able to distinguish different types of brushes yet.

Klapstein also shows us how to paint on black paper, create 3-dimensional text, plan your work and make different levels of composition, what possible watercolour-like supplies are out there and how to use them.

All in all, if you want to start with watercolours and/or watercolour lettering this is a useful guide and you’ll have all the information you need in one place.

I had an e-copy so I used it to create a physical guide while practising the methods the book thaught me — parts of which I included in this review.


  • Have you read this book? Are you planning to?
  • Do you paint and/or create calligraphy/lettering?


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