As the photo states, I freakin’ LOVE to letter! With practice, freehand lettering is so easy. 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.
The Best Tools For Hand Lettering!
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:
- Guided ruler
- mechanical pencil + refills
- eraser pen
Basic Hand Lettering Supplies:
In the image above, the notebook I use for practice is called a Lechtturm 1917, with dot paper. I also like to use a Rhodia dot pad.
The pen I used was this fine nibbed black pen, 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 (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 Brush Pen in this colour, or the Cocoiro refill , depending on whether or not you want a fine brush pen (Cocoiro) or a larger brush pen (Tombow dual brush pen).
I love using copic markers. Love them.
They bleed a lot on certain paper but they don’t bleed through in this notebook which is my Bullet Journal for 2019, or on dedicated marker paper (also known as a ‘layout’ pad), which is perfect!
The coral colour used here is this shade of a Copic Ciao Marker; the Ciao markers are round compared to the traditional squared edge Copic markers.
As I said, I’m still a beginner with brush lettering! With other types of lettering, I can rock your socks off but I’m working on the brush pressure skills.
The lighter pink Copic marker came as part of a set of Ciao Markers.
This was written using the Zig Cocoiro Extra Fine refill in this shade of pink. The refills are designed to go into the Zig Cocoiro.
Sakura Gelly Roll’s are my new favourite pens and I’ve been using them every single day in my new favourite journal.
Other pens I use all the time:
Bonus Lettering Book Guides:
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 (I’m on page 64).
- Chalk lettering booklet
- Botanic lettering
- The hand lettering ledger
- 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!