Blending Tutorial by natasha2808.deviantart.com on @deviantART I've ended up forgetting about DeviantArt's simple button to share right to Pinterest. ANYWAY... here's a tutorial on blending colours in Photoshop. Generally, it's a much more natural result than using the gradient tool, and who can resist rough blending? Not me.
Lettering in Adobe Illustrator - Use the width tool in Adobe Illustrator. Rather than stretch the line with the width tool I double click on it and type in a point size and do so at strategic points on the line. I find this gives me more control and the letters follow a proportional range rather than appear arbitrary in thickness.