SUPPLIES? WHERE TO START? Calligraphy & Lettering

Hi all! I’m back with another video that was requested by you. Many of you asked about lettering and calligraphy and wanted more information about starting out and what supplies to use. So here we are! :)

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

I answer most of the questions in the video, but I did want to include a list of products mentioned in this blog post.

Recommended Brush Markers for Beginners

Oblique Pen Holder (like the pen shown above)

My favorite pen nibs for use in a pen holder

Favorite inks or paints (can be used with pointed pen or brushes)

Favorite papers or notebooks for practicing

Water Brushes for brush calligraphy


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  • Reply Stephanie M March 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips and links. I love watching you do lettering. You make it look so easy.

  • Reply Annette Mayne March 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Hi! Do they make left handed versions??

    • Reply Kristina Werner March 16, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Yes. You just have to look for left handed oblique holders.

  • Reply Tammy B March 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    It is truly mesmerizing to watch you do your lettering! I took a basic lettering workshop once but it was only a couple of hours and a little rushed. It was fun but I learned that fancy lettering is not my cup of tea, and I’m okay with that! I’d rather buy stamps with other people’s beautiful writing! ‍

  • Reply Kristie Maynard March 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    So much great information. I would love to improve my writing skills and your suggestions are a great help. Now to just find the time to do it. Always too many things I want to give a try. Thanks for this video, I love that you are having more videos that are full of this kind of information and instruction. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Cristina March 16, 2017 at 3:36 am

    TFS Kristina! This post is perfect for me…I just wanna start with handlettering…this helps a lot!

  • Reply Margo Lauer March 16, 2017 at 4:27 am

    You are truly inspiring! I’m just getting started with lettering and your information is great! Your lettering is beautiful and so much fun to watch.

  • Reply Kyle Eddings March 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I can’t begin to tell you how much you and your beautiful lettering have inspired me to learn calligraphy! Thank you ever so much for sharing your incredible talent! I also appreciate your suggestions concerning paper, paints/brush markers, nibs and brushes.

  • Reply Mary March 16, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Thank you so much for these videos. They are so inspirational. I know that you designed some stamps for SSS. Do you design for other companies? I love your hand lettering and I would like to buy more word stamps that you have designed.

  • Reply Jackie Parkins March 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Your lettering skills are awesome. I know practice is the key. Sadly, it is not one of my strengths. I’ve been following The Postman’s Knock and Pieces Calligraphy for a couple of years and they both have great blogs with good tips and even some freebies. I think they may have classes available online, too, but I haven’t taken any yet. I recently wrote an entire 3-page letter to one of my pen pals with a Nikko G nib and regular fountain pen ink – it was great fun! I will use my letter writing to practice more often. Thank you for sharing your beautiful lettering with us.

  • Reply Lagene March 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    WOW! Thanks for the great video and the encouragement to try!

  • Reply Debby March 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I love your lettering, thanks for all the tips.

    Can you tell me why you use an oblique style pen as opposed to a straight on style or fountain pen? I am curious if one is harder to use than the other, or if it is just preference.

    I love lettering, but unfortunately I have carpal and cubital tunnel (had the surgery for both) in my writing hand and have a really hard time keeping my lettering consistent.

  • Reply Anne Dodd March 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Once again, I love watching you do calligraphy! I can only hope that some day I can do it as effortlessly as you make it look! Have you ever tried the Prima Metallic inks? If yes, do you prefer the Fintec?

  • Reply Gini K March 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Such a lovely video to watch, and informative for the mind to dwell on! I had wondered how you got into this art of calligraphy – I tried the Italic version many years ago, and was wondering if your style is a newer trend, or a whole “n’other” way of doing it… Sounds like there are lots of styles to choose from. I actually have time to practice, now that my daughters are grown and out of the nest – thanks for the nudge!
    Oh – still hoping for an Online Card Class on calligraphy, too!

  • Reply Lisa March 17, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    *swoons! Could watch all night. Thanks for the tips.

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