I’ve been teaching myself lettering and modern calligraphy for about 7 months now and have really found something that I genuinely enjoy doing in my spare time. I used to dread getting asked what my hobbies were because I am not sporty at all and you can’t really come back with ‘watching telly and eating’ & if you do you get a funny little awkward laugh in return (at which point you mumble ‘no jokes’ and shuv some more crisps in your mouth). But now I can confidently say that I enjoy to sit at my desk and do some hand lettering in the evenings.
I took major inspiration from some really talented people on instagram, such as Amanda Arneill & Erica | EP Lettering and decided that I wanted to have a go at creating some beautiful designs like these ladies. As I have been learning I have been playing around with all sorts of different tools (most of which I had no idea of and no idea existed) so I thought I would create a list of my favourite lettering tools, some of which you may know but also this may inspire you to try some of them 🙂
I’m going to keep the list as brief as possible because I could natter about this for hours!
Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
I love these pens but I really struggled with them to begin with. However, stick with it as after a bit of practice they are so much fun! Plus you can do all sorts of different tricks with them (check out my Tombow Brush Pen post and my Use Your Tombows as Watercolours post). I have also bought the Tombow Blending Palette which you can use to blend two girls together which is so pretty!
Or on Amazon:
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens (Hard & Soft Nib)
I love the effect these pens give to any piece. You can buy this pen with soft nib or hard nib. Pretty self explanatory but soft nib gives more leeway for brush strokes downward. Great pens to keep with you on the go & so much fun to work with.
You can buy these here. as a set.
Or on Amazon:
Oblique Pen Holder & Nib
I delved into the world of nib pens a bit later than brush lettering but I think I actually enjoy this more. It’s so fun to use all sorts of different nibs and inks and my Finetec Paint Palette as an ink – see post on how to use the gold palette as ink here).
To begin with I was completely confused as to how people do it without creating a horrible scratchy sound on their paper but after playing around with different inks, papers and nibs I started to get a feel for the pen and also for my style of writing with it.
Side note: favourite nibs and where to buy them are;
Windsor and Newton Black Ink and Sumi Black ink are my favourite black inks for modern calligraphy. They flow so well and look great when dry too. I also find they are a lot more bleed proof.
Pencils can be so forgotten about but actually they’re brilliant. It is always better to practice a piece with a pencil over and over until you are completely happy as this saves ink and can prevent your pens from fraying at the tip. Also pencil can look lovely on it’s own!
Watercolour Paints & Brushes
I really enjoy hand lettering using painted and a brush. I love the effect that paint leaves and its also a great way to blend two different watercolour together in your letters.
Pentel Aquash Brush
I love these pens, they come in small medium and large and I find all sizes are great fun but I tend to use the medium the most. The pen has a barrel to fill with water which makes the flow brilliant. Although I had a bit of a trial and error moment where I put the paint directly into the brush and can’t seem to wash it all out so have had to buy more so I would definitely recommend just filling the brush pen with water and dipping the tip into your paints. But once that’s all mastered this is a lovely little tool.
You can pick one up here. 🙂
So that’s my list and here are some pieces I have created using some of the tools mentioned:
I hope this has been helpful! Let me know what your favourite tools are too!