Tools for Beginning Modern Calligraphy & Hand Lettering

Before I get started I want it to be really clear that you don’t need any special materials to start using hand lettering. You can use all the best materials or you can use a simple pencil or pen. It can be so easy to get caught up in the thinking that you can’t start without all the right materials, I lived in that world for a long time.

When I started learning calligraphy I was so overwhelmed by all the supplies and not knowing what to get for different projects. I purchased a lot of supplies that I never use because I didn’t fully understand what each of them does.

Hence, the creation of this list. It is my hope that I can break down some of my favorite materials so that you can make a more informed decision.

Brush Lettering

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens

These are my absolute favorite pens for everyday lettering. I use them for most projects as well as in my bullet journal. They really are perfect for almost any project!

The set includes a hard nib (Blue pen) and a softer nib (black pen).
Get your Fudenosuke 2-pack here.

Tombow Fudenosuke Colored Brush Pens

Just like the pens above, except they are colored! I just picked these up and they are seriously fun to play with! All the pens are great for things like bullet journaling.

Get your colored Fudenosuke 10-pack here.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

What can I say? Tombow makes amazing pens for lettering! These are better for bigger projects, but you can do so much with these amazing pens! These water-based markers blend easily to create some really unique projects!

Get your Tombow Dual Brush pens here.

Pigma Micron Fine Liners

Not all lettering has to be done with brush letters. Sometimes a fine line is a perfect balance with brushed calligraphy. I use these pens in my journals and to create fine lines or even doodled additions.

Get your Micron fine liners here.

Luechtturm1917 Journal

There are so many different journals that you can use to get started. This is my absolute favorite journal. The pages are gorgeous and numbered. I tend to be really hard on my journals and these wear really well! This isn’t limited to using for bullet journalling either. I use my journals for notes, journaling, ideas, etc…

Grab your Leuchtturm1917 here.

If you’re interested, I did a comparison post between Leuchtturm1971 and Moleskine where I break down all the details of each journal. You can read that here.


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