How to do brush calligraphy with the Tombow blending palette (+ a video!)

When Brittany from Tombow first sent me the Tombow blending palette to try, I ashamedly let the palette sit in the corner of my crafting table, staring at me for a while.

Why didn’t I dive right into this amazing tool that effortlessly blends my favorite brush pens?

I had no clue what to do.

Tombow blending palette

After practice a bit and getting more familiar with the palette, I wanted to write this post to help anyone who was hesitant at first with blending just like me, and show you how easy and FUN it is!

Tombow blending palette

The blending palette itself is a piece of paper covered in thick plastic, which creates a surface ideal for blending your ink.

Tombow blending palette

I like to blend a lighter color onto a darker color to achieve the best gradient.

In the example I will share, I first took a dark pink palette and wrote directly onto the palette to put ink on it.

Then I took a lighter salmon color, and wrote on top of the pink ink I had just placed onto the palette. Doing this allows me to pick up the dark ink onto my lighter ink.

In the photo below, the ink on the left is the dark pink, the ink in the middle is a blend of the two colors, and the ink on the very right is the lighter, salmon pink ink.

Tombow blending palette

Once I blend the colors, I immediately begin to write.

The fun part is watching the colors blend across the page.

The hard part is figuring out what color combination to do next. The options are endless!

Tombow blending palette

Here’s a video of me showing the blending palette and demonstrating how to use it. \

I hope you find this helpful and that you’ll let me know what you think!

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It’s your turn!

Are you interested in trying the blending palette? 

What colors would you choose to blend?

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. stephkoanie says:

    Great post! I don’t have a blending palette, but I have found that the boxes for my Tombow sets work great for blending as well.


    1. Thanks so much! Oh, I have always purchased my Tombows individually, so I never got to see the box! Glad it works for you! 🙂


  2. Thea says:

    Really like your demos! If we don’t have the blending pallette what could substitute? Can you show sometime the angle of the pens to achieve this look? Thank you!


    1. So happy to hear! According to Stephkoanie above ^^^, the boxes of Tombows work well! Otherwise, I’m not sure because I haven’t tried anything else. I will work on more close up angles so you can see exactly how I pick up the ink onto my pens. But I pretty much just keep the pen in my hand the exact same way from the time I pick up the ink to the time I write on the paper. Hope that helps!


  3. Jossie says:

    love love the video! Im such a fan of yours! I had zero time to break in my blending pallet but super glad I got to watch your video first!


    1. Glad you loved it! I was determined to put out this post and video b/c I was just like you – no time to test out the palette. I was also just unsure what to do with it! Being a visual person myself, I wanted to SHOW others the amazing potential it has. I’ll be working on more posts and videos to go more in depth and provide more examples! Let me know what you think of them. And thanks for being so awesome, Jossie.


  4. Natalie Burnside says:

    great demo! i use the back of an old cd to blend on, the are super easy to clean. thanks and be well!

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    1. That’s a great idea!!!


    1. Happy to hear! Thanks for visiting! 🙂 🙂


  5. Linda says:

    I love your color combinations! I would love it if you told us the pen colors each time. I find the choices overwhelming when I go to purchase!

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    1. Oh sure! I can certainly leave the color information on the post. Great idea! 🙂 🙂


  6. rosana says:

    Just love watching your videos!! you are an amazingly talented lady! Thank you for sharing your God-given talent. I am a fan!

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  7. rosana says:

    BTW, can yo tell me what the blending pen is for?

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    1. Hi Rosana! Sincerest apologies for this delayed reply! The pen you see in this post is not actually a blending pen. It’s simply a Tombow dual brush pen and I use a blending palette to blend its colors with another pen.

      Unless you were talking about the clear/white pen that comes with the dual brush pen? That blending pen is used to pick up the ink that you place on a blending palette. I don’t use mine very much because I find success in blending the pens with the blending palette. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have other questions.


  8. Charmaine says:

    I just discovered your blog, love all of the tips and videos! For those that were wondering about an alternative to the palette you used, you can laminate a sheet of regular paper or card stock…you will get the same slick blending surface. You can also use a page protector with a white sheet of paper inside or a piece of acetate (think old school projector sheets) laid over a sheet of white paper. The white paper just helps to get a true sense of the color you are using and the laminate, sheet protector or acetate is a slick, cleanable surface for blending. Hope that helps!

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    1. Hi Charmaine! So sorry for this delayed response!

      My answer is yes! You can certainly laminate a sheet of regular paper or cardstock to create your own blending palette. You can also use anything with a plastic, non-porous surface, such as a plastic container or an old CD case. I have even heard of folks putting a piece of packaging tape onto a piece of cardstock. Let me know how it goes!


  9. Claudia says:

    Thanks for this post! Just wondering, after blending do the lighter pens have a dark residue left on the tip of the pen? I hate when that happens! (Nightmare from my childhood lol)


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