The best brush pen calligraphy supplies for beginners – Brush Pen Edition: Everything you need to get started with brush pen calligraphy.
THE BEST CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES FOR BEGINNERS
Last year, I created a blog post showcasing the best supplies for pointed-pen calligraphy. Then this week, I realized I’ve never done a blog post showing you the best calligraphy supplies for brush pen calligraphy. So, I had to fix that, and in this blog post, I’m sharing THE BEST supplies you need for brush pen calligraphy.
Side note: While it is essential to get the right tools, nothing beats practice. Practice is the most important thing you can do to improve your calligraphy skill. You don’t need expensive tools to start learning calligraphy. All you need is a pen and paper, which you most likely already have. In this blog post, I show you how you can start learning calligraphy.
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THE BEST CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES FOR BEGINNERS – Brush Pen Edition
First, I’ll start with the brush pens I recommend – from small tip to large tip brush pens. I won’t go in detail regarding the brush pens. Because I do that in this blog post for that. These are some of my favorite pens. The ones I’ve tried and recommend to anyone starting brush pen calligraphy.
SMALL TIP BRUSH PENS
These pens are relatively new. There were launched into the world in September last year. If you’d like to know more about these brush pen, I have a detailed review of them in this blog post.
LARGE TIP BRUSH PENS
I prefer and recommend small tipped brush pens for beginners as they are easier to control. But you can also use brush pens with a larger tip. These are the ones I recommend:
I know these markers are for fabric, but they are SO juicy and incredible to write on paper too!
Using the right paper for calligraphy is SO important to protect your brush pens. After all, you don’t want to spend money on good brush pens only to damage them with poor quality paper.
And which one is the best paper for calligraphy? I’m glad you asked. When it comes to paper, the smoother, the better, if you don’t believe there is such a thing as a super smooth paper, then try it for yourself. Get one sheet of the paper I recommend below and one sheet of regular printer paper. Run your hands across the paper and feel the difference.
Here are the top 3 kinds of paper I recommend for brush pen calligraphy:
This HP Printer premium paper is one of my favorites! I use this paper daily. This is NOT the same as regular printer paper. It’s way smoother. Remember, it’s all about the smoothness (is that even a word?) of the paper.
Rhodia pads are my second favorite. They come in 3 different types: dot, plain, and graph. So you can pick whichever you like best. I love the graph one. The dot pad is my second favorite of the three. It still has guidelines, but they are not as prominent. Another great thing about these pads is that they come in different sizes.
Tracing paper is like the best of both worlds. It gives you the smoothness of regular paper with the visibility you need when you need to trace your work. If you are anything like me, then writing on books is almost like a sin, even when they provide practice pages. Writing on my calligraphy or hand lettering books is a no-no for me. That’s when tracing paper comes to save you (or your book for that matter). You can use tracing paper to go over the calligraphy guides and practice in a more structured way.
Other tools you will need:
As I mentioned before practice is super important to become better at calligraphy. Especially when you are a beginner and you are getting the hang of your new brush pens. I have Free Worksheets on my Resource Library. This is precisely how I got started learning brush pen calligraphy. I purchased several worksheets and also got some for free from amazing calligraphers. I tried to teach myself by just watching videos on Instagram, but I knew I needed something more, that’s when I discovered the practice worksheets. Now that I’ve learned how to make my own, I want to share them with you so you can start learning too!
You can get access to my Resource Library them by filling out the form at the bottom of this blog post. If you already have the password, head over there now, download your worksheets and start practicing right away.
Modern Calligraphy Books
I LOVE BOOKS! I’m obsessed with calligraphy and self-help books. These are the top 3 modern calligraphy books I recommend for beginners. I’m listing them in alphabetical order by name and not by any order of preference.
I own them all and I know any of these books is going to give you SO much knowledge.
BRUSH LETTERING FROM A TO Z: A Fun and Comprehensive Guide to Creating Modern Calligraphy with a Brush Pen by Emma White.
This is a comprehensive book, and I recommended for beginners. It covers the basics, materials, getting started, basic strokes, alphabets, forming words, numbers, symbols, advanced techniques, project ideas, and troubleshooting. This book also has a few tips for lefties. I like that this book provides a lot of space for practice. Now, I’m not one to write on books, but this is when the tracing paper I mentioned above comes in handy.
THE ULTIMATE BRUSH LETTERING GUIDE: A complete step-by-step creative workbook to jump start modern calligraphy skills by Peggy Dean.
This book covers everything as the book above. Something new that the book above doesn’t cover is how to photograph your work and step-by-step DIY projects where you can apply your calligraphy skills. One thing I’ll mention is that I have the first edition of the book, which was self-published by Peggy Dean. This version has her lettering through the book. I appreciate that she wrote a whole book by hand, but I can understand how it can be a little overwhelming for some people to read. The picture above shows a recent version of the book. I don’t know if the lettering has changed.
LETTERING WITH PURPOSE: Creative Techniques and prompts for making meaningful, inspirational hand-lettered art by Brittany Luiz.
This book is a little bit more advanced. It is excellent for beginners, but it takes it a step further, like showing you how to digitize your lettering. It has several alphabet ideas and advanced techniques. This book also gives you many tutorials on creating different styles of art prints. One of my favorite parts of this book is that it gives you ways to find inspiration for your calligraphy journey and 100 prompts to inspire you and encourage you to keep lettering.
HB Pencils are my favorite. Any pencil really will do, but I always try to use Tombow Pencils. This is because I like their quality and are easier to erase.
It’s always tempting to use the eraser at the end of your pencil, but I highly suggest investing in a quality eraser. It will make your life easier when it comes to erasing pencil sketches and guidelines. I highly recommend the Tombow Plastic Eraser for erasing the pencil. And the Tombow Sand Eraser for erasing harder things like ink. This eraser works best on thick paper because it works by removing the top layer of your paper.
I gave you a comprehensive list of the best calligraphy supplies for beginners. In this blog post, I listed several options about the supplies you’ll need. Now, you don’t have to buy everything, pick one to try, then move to the next. Choose what works best for you. Also, don’t let the lack of calligraphy supplies stop you from starting calligraphy. If you want to start today, all you need is pen and paper. Practice until you get the basics down, then move to the next step once you get your calligraphy tools.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.