My Favorite Hand-Lettering Tools (Updated!)

 

M Y   F A V O R I T E   T O O L S
(A full, but not exhaustive list of my fave things to letter with!)

Tombow Dual Brush Pens:
These seem to be the Holy Grail pen in brush calligraphy circles....and for good reason! They are a quality product at an affordable rate (affordable, BTW, is relative to other art supplies) and they come in a wonderful variety of colors. 

 

Pentel Aquash Water Brush
This is an amazing product for any  artist who uses watercolor paints. Although I love Watercolor Brush Lettering, my favorite use for these is in my #HeftyHack (Read the tutorial here)

(I had to take a picture of the paper towel I used with my water brush the other night...it was too beautiful!)

 

 

The Metallic Sharpies
These are probably the best price for such a simple, fun, and impressive-looking end-result. I love using these Sharpies when I want to achieve a mono-weight look, like I did in this example!








Blick Studio Brush Marker
These brush markers by Dick Blick are a cheaper alternative to the Original Copic Sketch Markers. The price is comparable to a Tombow, but the ink is a whole different story. Copic markers are made for blending, and that is exactly what I like to do with mine! You can get great effects using these in your lettering. 

Micron Ink Pens
As mentioned above, I used to letter with Microns, but now I use them for touching up uneven brush strokes! I also love these pens for my doodling and artistic endeavors beyond lettering. They are excellent quality pens in a variety of useful sizes!

Last but not least, Adobe Illustrator
I use Illustrator as much, if not more, than any other tool I own. With Illustrator, I am able to digitize my sketches, perfect them, place them on top of other images, combine them with textures to make cool effects, and really, whatever else you can possibly imagine! Purchasing any of the Adobe Creative Suite can be quite the investment, but I've heard you can pay for a monthly subscription to the Creative Suite! How cool is that? (If you know anything about this, please let me know in the comments!) Also, if you would like to hear more about my favorite uses for Illustrator, or how I learned to use it, let me know in the comments below...that's a whole series of posts in itself!

What are your favorite tools to use for lettering? How did you get started?