Ever since Brush lettering has become popular, I started collecting all kinds of markers/pens. And because we are currently stationed in Japan, I can get all these amazing brush pens at a lower price. Which allows me to try more pens and also get refills for certain markers.
I love to share all those new sources with you today. Brush lettering is not an expensive hobby, and just like Calligraphy (find “Calligraphy for beginners” here) it can be an income source if done right!
Brush Lettering For Beginner
With brush lettering pens, it is a little bit different then with calligraphy nibs and pen holders. But it’s still important to get the right material like; paper, and practice sheets so you can enjoy trying each of the pens out until you find your favorite. Only then will it make your brush lettering sessions fun and easy.
- Tsumiho Pentel Fude Brush Pen has a little strong brush and is suitable for beginners
- Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush is great to use with watercolors or ink
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker, N15 is a dual tip marker and features both a flexible brush tip and firm fine tip
- Kuretake No. 8 Fountain Brush Pen has a great feature because the company makes replacement ink cartridges for these pens
- Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen the permanent ink is both water and fade resistant
- The package contains one pen and two refills
- Acid-free ink
Ink: The Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush is my favorite at the moment because I can fill it with any type of ink or watercolors.
Shop refill cartridges here:
Paper: Rhodia paper Any dot pad of Rhodia paper will do, you can pick the size. Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Notebooks are also very similar to Rhodia paper. I am currently using both, love the Mnemosyne Imagination Notebook for quotes.
Finding brush lettering materials locally can be a hit or miss, so you’ll have to do your own scouting wherever you live. Here are some great online suppliers of brush lettering materials:
Brush lettering kits can be found all over the Internet, some professional brush letterers sell custom starter kits. These kits come with everything you need to get started, and they usually contain the brush lettering’s alphabet for you to practice. The only drawback is that all the cute packaging usually makes it more expensive. Here are some of the starter kits:
The craft central: http://thecraftcentral.com
Online Classes & Tutorials
Melissa Esplin (HERE)
Sean McCabe (HERE)
How Design University (HERE)
Made Vibrant (HERE)
Professionals teach workshops around the country. I have yet to attend one of these seminars! Here is my favorite brush lettering workshop:
Kelsey from “She in the making” Dallas, TX (HERE)
The Postman’s Knock: HERE
By Dawn Nicole: HERE
Pieces Calligraphy: HERE
This little guide should help you gather all tools so you can get started with practicing and finding your favorite marker/brush pen.
Let me know if you have any questions, and please don’t forget to share this guide with your friends!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I ONLY recommend products that I have either used personally or know enough about to ensure that I can recommend to you with full confidence, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your hand lettering goals.