Top 5 Favorite Hand Lettering Supplies

Hello everyone!

I figured I’d change pace this week and write a post about hand lettering!  I’ve been lettering for a little over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot and developed a few favorites along the way!

So today I’m sharing with you my all-time favorite lettering supplies!

  1. Brush Pens!  Below is a breakdown of all the brush pens I own!

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Tombow Dual Brush Pens

I’ve tried MANY different brush pens over the last year, and Tombows are the best!  As you can see, I have quite a few of them! Seventy-four to be exact!  I have a few duplicates though.

I’ve gotten the majority of these online, either from Amazon or Jo-Ann Fabrics.  Unfortunately, no one in my area sells these markers, so I’ve had to buy all but four of them online.

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Here’s an example of my lettering with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Tombows have the largest brush tip out of all of my brush pens (see below), so I always use them for my larger works.

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To make up for the fact that I can’t buy Tombows in person, I buy every other brush pen I come across!

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Marvy Uchida makes my second favorite brush pen.  These are the ColorIn Brush Marker.

I purchased these at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  I have also seen some for sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  For some reason, I am unable to find them online at any of those stores.  However, I was able to find them on Scrapbook.com.

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Here’s some of my lettering with the Marvy markers. The tips on these markers is a little bit smaller than the Tombow markers.  I like to use them when writing small, more compact words and phrases.

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Crayola markers are also great for lettering!  They don’t have a brush tip like the pens above, but the broad tip does create a brush-like effect when used correctly.

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My work with the Crayola markers.

When shopping for Crayola markers, I decided to buy the Pip-Squeaks because that pack had the most color variation of all the markers that Jo-Ann had in stock.

My only complaint about the Pip-Squeaks is that they are a little too small for my hands! I should have expected that when I bought them, but I didn’t realize the pressure from my writing would snap the cap off the back of the marker almost every time I go to use them! That’ll teach me to be a little more gentle!

I’ve seen lots of great work with the Super Tips, so I think I’ll end up purchasing and trying those next!

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Here are a few other pens I’ve tried.  I really like the markers on the left side of this image, but I don’t really care for the types on the right.

Starting in the bottom left-hand corner and then going clock-wise:

  • Tombow Fudenosuke: These are my favorite markers for really small work. They come in both a hard nib and a soft nib. I’ve tried both nibs and have determined that I like the hard nib the best! I have more control and make smoother lines with the hard nibbed pen.
  • Hampton Art Studio G Marker: These are the best metallic brush pens I’ve found so far!  They are very pigmented and smooth! I bought mine at Michaels for less than $1 with a coupon.  What a deal!!
  • Copic Markers: These are the most expensive brush pens I’ve ever purchased, and they are also my least favorite.  They have a brush tip, but I believe they’re better suited for coloring in illustrations than lettering.
  • Pigma Brush by Sakura: These markers aren’t bad.  I just prefer my other ones!

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Here’s some smaller writing with a Marvy pen and Tombow Fudenosuke.

   2. Rhodia Paper Pads

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Over the past year, I’ve tried several different types of paper for my lettering.  I’ve tried all different kinds of sketch pads and notebooks papers.

The best paper I’ve come across is the Rhodia pad.  I have both dotted pads and blank ones in various sizes.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you may have seen little, tiny dots on my lettering pages.  The dots are more subtle than lines, and help me space my lettering and such.  Right now, I prefer the dotted pages to the blank ones.  That may change in the future though!

The easiest place for me to buy these notebooks is on Amazon.

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3. A sharp pencil is always nice to have.  Some people like to write their words in pencil first and then trace over them.  I’m more of the wing-it type, so I mainly use my pencil for drawing straight lines!

4. An eraser is also good to have on hand.  I like white erasers because then you don’t have to worry about any dyes transferring to your paper.  I believe I got this PaperMate eraser at Staples or maybe Target.

5. A lettering challenge is a must for when you run out of things to write!  After a few weeks, you may run out of new things to write.  This is when a monthly, lettering challenge is ideal!

A monthly, lettering challenge is just what it sounds like.  Every day of the month there is a new word or phrase for you to practice writing.

I’ve been participating in a lettering challenge with @randomolive for three months now.  You may have been wondering why a lot of the examples above are apples names. That’s because apples were the theme of the September challenge with @randomolive.

You can search hashtags like #brushletterpracticechallenge, #letteringchallenge, #brushletterchallenge, etc. to find other challenges and letterers to follow!

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Along with @randomolive, I also enjoy following @amandaarneill and @piecescalligraphy on Instagram.

I discovered @amandaarneill on Instagram last summer and that’s where my lettering journey started.  I spent hours watching her 15 second lettering videos over and over again while I waited for my Tombow Dual Brush Pens to come in the mail! 🙂

This month’s challenge with @randomolive involves Halloween candy!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@pinkbowstwinkletoes) to see what I do with this month’s challenge and theme! 🙂

Happy Lettering!

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DIY Brush Calligraphy Gift Tags

Hi everyone!

I have a super quick and easy Christmas (or any holiday) craft for you!

I was wrapping some Christmas presents in my college apartment a few days ago when I realized that I didn’t have any gift tags! Uh oh!  I quickly realized that I could easily make some tags out of sticker paper and brush pens!

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Supplies:

  • Avery sticker paper
  • Colored pens or markers
  • Scissors

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I’ll be using Tombow Dual Brush Pens but Crayola markers will work as well!

Green: 277

Red: 847

There are only three steps to this little craft.

  1. Write/Draw your desired names
  2. Cut out the names
  3. Stick them on your packages

Here’s a video of me demonstrating my brush lettering technique.

To achieve lettering like mine, all you have to do is apply pressure on the down stroke and release the pressure on the up stroke.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  The steps are easy, but it takes a little bit of practice!  Definitely test out your writing on some printer paper before your start writing on the sticker paper!

For more tips, check out Pieces Calligraphy!  I follow her on Instagram, and she is fantastic!

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Here’s the name I wrote in the video above.

The sticker paper absorbs the ink a little differently than sketchbook paper, so some of the edges are a little choppy.  I like to go back and smooth out a few of the edges.

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Now we cut!

I like to cut in a wavy pattern and conform to the edges of the name.

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All of the tags I’ve made so far have been for girls, so I’ve dotted every “i” and “j” with a heart.  The hearts add even more cuteness to the tags!

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Time to peel and stick!

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I’ve been placing my tags on the backs of my packages, but they’d also look quite nice on the front!

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Here are the fronts of a few of my very pretty packages!

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A few more pretty tags!

I absolutely love how these gift tags turned out!

They were so quick to make and look fantastic!

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!

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Brush Lettering: Practice Makes Perfect

Hi everyone!

I’ve been so busy these last few weeks that I haven’t had any time to blog! 🙁

Thankfully, my schedule is becoming way less hectic, so I will have a lot more time to blog now!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen my brush lettering hobby evolve. Today, I’ve decided to share my little, brush lettering journey from beginning to now!

IMG_1799It all started when I discovered some calligraphers on Instagram!  My favorites are amandaarneill and piecescalligraphy.

I started watching their short brush lettering videos over and over again!  My friends laughed at me for my little obsession but whatever!  Their videos are fascinating to watch!

I decided I was going to be a fantastic calligrapher and went on Amazon and bought some Tombow Dual Brush Pens!  The markers took so long to come in, I thought I was going to die! 🙂

IMG_4593Once I got my markers, I was shocked with how difficult lettering was.  The videos I watched made it look so easy!

Following my disappointment, I went online and looked up some lettering tips.  A lot of people said to practice writing the same letter over and over again, so that’s what I did!

I also messaged Amanda (amandaarneill) and asked for her advice.  She recommended Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe.  I found the book to be pretty helpful!

IMG_1831This is one of the first lettering photos I posted.  I thought it was pretty cute, but I knew I could do better!

IMG_1861This is another one of my early lettering posts.  I really struggled with making my upstrokes thinner than my downstrokes.

IMG_1911It was quite disheartening when I realized that I would have to really work at my lettering.  I have a lot of confidence in my crafting abilities and just assumed that I would immediately be fantastic at lettering.  I got a bit of a wake-up call!

IMG_2611Fortunately, things do get easier and I did get better with practice!

IMG_3277Think happy, Be happy and you will make progress! 🙂

IMG_4036This is my most recent lettering post, and you can really see my stroke variation! YAY!!! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!

IMG_4595I’ve taken to writing myself little reminders with my brush pens, so I can get a little extra practice during my everyday!

IMG_2442Like most crafts, I jumped into this one with both feet!

Within several weeks I had bought over 40 markers!

I don’t suggest everyone dive in and spend tons of money on a project you’re not sure you can actually do, but it seems to have worked out for me! 🙂

IMG_4590Here’s another recent one I’m gong to post on Instagram later today!

This little project really is proof that practice makes perfect!

Have you struggled with any crafts recently?!

Are you a fan of hand lettering?!

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