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How do I pick my favorites?! Ok. So I really love to explore new mediums and challenge myself but here are some of my absolute favorite tools for lettering.
1. Pencil and Paper
Ya ya… I know… Lame. But for real… sometimes its nice to sit down with a sketch book and just use pencil. I prefer .5mm lead and I’ve found that A LOT of pencils in stores are .7 so keep an eye out for that. It makes a huge difference in the small details. For paper, I love sketch books because I like to date them, keep them, and really see my progress over time.
2. Ruler and Circle Template
The bomb. I will be using these a lot in my Endless Possibilities of Hand Lettering series. You can pretty much write on anything and they’re super bright and awesome. They’re a game changer compared to a lot of other brands I’ve tried.
Something about white ink (especially on kraft paper) makes me happy. And these are great for adding highlights and little details.
5. Ipad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Procreate App
This was a serious step up for me when I got my iPad Pro. It made a huge difference in my productivity. Plus I love how easy it is to sketch, ink, and color in the Procreate app. No joke- when I first got it, I was erasing and swiped my hand across it (out of habit) like I was going to get rid of eraser shavings. Don’t ask… the point is… its super realistic.
The great thing is they came out with a new iPad that is compatible with the Apple Pencil at a much lower price. If you can swing it, its totally worth the money.
6. Chalk and Chalkboard
Even though I love to work digitally, I have found it really fun and super challenging to work with chalk. It kind of forces me to be okay with imperfections but I’m always happy with the end result.
7. Mastering Hand Lettering By: Mye De Leon
Y’all. This book is everything. I think I refer to it with every project. There is some much amazing information. She goes through every letter, upper and lower case, layouts and composition, and styling letters. I can’t recommend this book enough. (Serious goals to have my own book one day)
I have an Epson XP-15000 that I absolutely love. Its 6 colors (CMYK+Gray and Red) instead of 4 and it makes an enormous difference in how bright the colors are. Plus its a wide-format printer so I can print up to 13×19. I use it to print cards and art prints.
When first starting with brush lettering, these are so great. They’re cheap, you get a ton of colors, and they’re perfect for learning how and when to apply pressure for thick and thin strokes, especially before you make the investment for some legit Tombow brush pens.
10. Silhouette Cameo
Watching my designs get cut out of vinyl, htv, paper, fabric, etc. makes me a happy lady. I use my silhouette all the time and its especially fun to draw my own designs to cut.
I have a DSLR camera but honestly, I use my phone most of the time. Take pictures of your work and share it!
12. Paint and brushes
I just finished my first mural so I just had to add this to the list. I have a lot of practicing to do to perfect my steady hand needed for paint brushes but I’m pretty proud of my first big painting and can’t wait to do the next one!