Probably one of the most frequent questions I get about hand lettering is “what are my favorite pens?”
To be honest, I use the same pens as everyone else does. I am pretty basic, nothing fancy. But I’ll list them out here anyways
1.) My favorite practice markers that I use to write on anything and everything are your basic Crayola broad tip super markers. I also like the Crayola super tips as well. These are both awesome because (1) they’re cheap and (2) I don’t care when I fray their tips.
2.) My favorite actual flex tip markers are the Tombow Fudenosuke ones. If I could only choose one I’d pick the hard tip one, but I also use the soft tip. My favorite place to buy these is Amazon.
I also occasionally use the Tombow dual brush pens as well. I like these because they have so many colors and because the hard tip on the other end is kind of a fun accessory. My only problem with these is the flexible tip is very large. So I usually only use these when I’m working on a larger piece or a short 1-3 word quote.
3.) My favorite watercolor pen is the Pentel Aquash water brush with a fine tip. I usually use these with my watercolor palate and most of my watercolors are Windsor and Newton.
4.) I don’t use an actually calligraphy nib and ink very often but the ones I do use are Nikko G nib and black Sumi ink.
5.) And finally, the tool I actually use 90% of the time these days, my iPad Pro. I use the Procreate app to do my lettering, and my favorite pen to use is @Radandhappy’s brush pen. I also occasionally use her mono pen too.
And that’s it! Those are my go to and my favorite hand lettering supplies!
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I grew up as a pretty smart kid. I loved reading and writing, did great with math, enjoyed science, one of my only flaws? I had terrible handwriting.
Realistically my writing probably wasn’t any worse than your average elementary school kid, but I had one differentiating factor: my mother was an elementary school teacher. What did that mean? She had that perfect, teacher typewriter handwriting that could’ve been put into a textbook. So from an early age I knew my writing was subpar.
Hence I promised myself that one day I’d have beautiful writing.
And I kept that promise too. It only took me about 20 years to get around to doing it.
It was Instagram that got me into it. Around 2014 it was the beginning of the hand lettering craze, and I decided it was my time to improve my writing.
I started slow, practicing on a notepad with my kids crayola markers at night when they were sleeping. Barely grasping the concepts of upstrokes and downstrokes and scouring the limited youtube videos available at that time about handlettering.
Fast forward a few months later and it was beginning to look like I was a calligraphy pen dealer with the number of different nibs and inks I had acquired. I was addicted.
Then a year later I bought my iPad Pro, the second edition. And I have never looked back since.
And despite all the likes and comments and followers I’ve acquired over the years, I think my proudest moments are the times my mom emphatically tells me how beautiful my hand writing is. 🙌🏻
How about you? Tell me your lettering journey!!