Learn To Letter: A Mini guide to the best tools for hand lettering
As the photo states, I freakin’ LOVE to letter! With practice, you won’t need to start with pencil and eraser but it is advised as mistakes do happen. After sharing so many of my favourite Lettering Resources recently, I thought it was high time I shared everything I use and the best tools for hand lettering practice.
Of course, the Heart Handmade Creative Director had to be included in this post. She oversee’s the whole operation.
I would like to say that the absolute essentials for any beginner hand letterer are:
- In the image above, the notebook I use for practice is called a Leuchtturm 1917, with dot paper.
- I also like to use a Rhodia dot pad.
- The pen I used was a Uniball eye fine in black, and I used random techniques and fauxligraphy.
Recommended: An excellent Fauxligraphy class over at Brit & Co.
- The pen I used to write my name was the Pentel Sign pen (regular marker) with a fauxligraphy technique.
- Next up, I used the Pentel Fude pen. It is a nice fine brush pen, I’ve only started to practice brush lettering and I like the control I have over this one.
- The final pen here is the Sakura Pigma brush pen in bright pink.**
** As far as bright pink brush pens go, I suggest buying the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker, 725 – Rhodamine Red, 1-Pack, or the Cocoiro rose refill, depending on whether or not you want a fine brush pen or a larger brush pen.
I love using copic markers.
They bleed a lot on certain paper but they don’t bleed through in this notebook or on dedicated marker paper(a la ‘layout’ pad), which is perfect!
The coral colour used here is the Copic Ciao R35 Marker.
As I said, I’m still a beginner with brush lettering!
Other types of lettering, I can rock your socks off but I’m working on the brush!
Related: Free Printable Brush Pen Hand Lettering Practice Sheets
The lighter pink Copic marker came as part of a set of Pastel Ciao Markers.
This was written using the Zig Cocoiro Extra Fine Rose Pink refill.
The refills are designed to go into the interchangeable bodies.
Other pens I use all the time:
As I write this, I have two more lettering books on the way!
Of course, I had to get a copy or two of the Creative Lettering For Kids book that I created projects for.
- Chalk lettering booklet
- Botanic lettering
- The hand lettering ledger – a great accompaniment to the Mary Kate McDevitt Skillshare Class
- Creative lettering
- More creative lettering
- Typography Sketchbooks
- Draw your own alphabets
- Creative lettering and beyond
The photo frame in the background is a Lil Da Vinci Frame where I store of all my free printable artwork!
It’s waiting to go on the wall after I decorate the wall in my craft room.
I absolutely love it!
Now I’ve shared the best tools for hand lettering, do you have any ‘go to’ lettering tools?
To view all the fantastic linky parties that I link up to, please click here.