My Lettering Kit

So I thought I’d share what tools I use to do my lettering/calligraphy in case anyone is interested. There really is not much to it - all you really need is just a piece of paper and a pen, essentially. But I do find that using a brush and an ink does help give that extra touch.

Depending on what kind of style you’re after, you can use a simple marker, a pen, or as mentioned before, a brush and an ink. I'd suggest a brush for something more bold, and a thinner nib/brush for something more delicate and soft.

1. Marker (finer nibs)
When I want something very fine and delicate, I always use my Uni Pin Fine Line pen, which comes in five different tip sizes. It's good for when you want a smaller handwriting, and it gives that grip and control that you need. Size 0.1 is usually too fine for me, so I tend to go for 0.2 or 0.3. 

2. Marker (thicker nibs)
When I want something that has the practicality of a marker but has that somewhat brush-like quality, I reach for my Tombow Dual Brush Pen. It doesn't give exactly the same effect as a brush, but there's a certain boldness to it which I do like. The nib is quite thick so keep in mind that your handwriting is going to be a bit bulky.

 The last bit below is written with the other finer end of the pen.

The last bit below is written with the other finer end of the pen.

3. Brush and ink
This is probably my favorite way to do it. Of course it goes without saying that the thinner the brush, the more delicate your handwriting is going to be. Depending on what kind of effect you want, you can get different brush sizes. I personally love to use a very fine brush because I find that it works well for both delicate lettering as well as a more bold one. If I want a bolder effect I can just press on it a bit more firmly. I do sometimes turn to a bigger brush if I want to make something in bold capital letters, for example. My favorite ink is the PH Martin Ink.

 This print is available on my  shop  page.

This print is available on my shop page.

4. Gold paint
When I want to play around with gold ink, I always reach for my Finetec Pearl Metallics Ink Palette and it never disappoints. It's very easy to use, just add a dab of water to your palette and you're ready to go. You can either use a calligraphy pen or a brush, again depending on what kind of result you're after.

 Print available on my  shop  page

Print available on my shop page

 Print available on my  shop  page.

Print available on my shop page.

So there you go! I've included all the links to shop the products mentioned, but if you're wondering where to go for calligraphy or art supplies, I recommend London Graphic Centre, Cass Art, or quilllondon.com.

Hope this is helpful!

Jess x