Tools

The best projects begin with the best materials.

These are some of my favorite tools for the kinds of lettering I love best. This makes a great starter toolkit.

Check back as I will periodically update and add to this list.

Brush pens, blender pens, outlining pens, practice books, sheets of paper, and an excellent step-by-step workbook for inspiration and guidance.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard and soft tips)

Fudenosuke
Brush Pens

Tombow
amazon.com
$17.00

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Tombow makes a number of these sets of 9 colors, each with a different color palette and each with a colorless blender pen. The pens feature a flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. The brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium or bold strokes; the fine tip on the other end gives consistent lines.

Dual Brush Pens are ideal for artists and crafters. The water-based ink is blendable and the resilient nylon brush retains its point stroke after stroke.

  • Ideal for coloring, fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, hand lettering and more
  • Water-based
  • Blendable
  • Acid-free, odorless
  • Tips self-clean after blending
  • For best results, use a smooth, non-textured paper


  • Sakura Pigma Micron sizes 01, 05, and 08, and White Jelly Roll Pens

    Pigma Micron
    And White Jelly Pens

    Sakura Pigma
    amazon.com
    $8.00

    Buy at Amazon.com

    Pigma Micron was the very first disposable technical pen ever invented. When accuracy, minute details, and preservation count, the unparalleled archival quality of Pigma Micron pens makes them everyone's first choice. Artist, writers, and illustrators reach for Pigma Micron and know their work is safeguarded with the permanence of Pigma ink.



    Rhodia Wirebound Reverse Dot Notebook



    Wirebound Reverse
    Dot Notebook

    Rhodia
    amazon.com
    $18.00

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    I just love these notebooks for practicing my lettering! The pages won't bleed or feather, and you can use the notebook with the spiral on either side or the top. The pages are extra white, ultra smooth French-milled 80g paper. Acid free, pH neutral. This is great for any of the pens on this page. The pages of famous Rhodia paper are also micro-perforated for easy and clean removal.



    HP Printer Paper Premium Choice



    Printer Paper
    Premium Choice

    HP
    amazon.com
    $23.00

    Buy at Amazon.com

    This is my go-to paper for lettering projects. HP Premium32 gets that name because it's a thick, heavy, acid free 32 lb. paper that offers a super smooth finish and white paper shade.



    Pentel Sign Pen Brush Flexible Point

    Sign Pen Brush
    Flexible Point

    Pentel
    amazon.com
    $31.00

    Buy at Amazon.com

    These brush pens from Pentel are awesome! Their rich, saturated colors are fully blendable with water and can blend easily with other Sign Pen Brush colors. The tips can also be diluted with water to get a full range of values. The tips are flexible, wear-resistant, and pressure-sensitive. They won't dry out even if you leave them uncapped, and you can clean them with a paper towel. And they're ACMI Certified Nontoxic. The standard 12-pack includes black, red, blue, green, brown, orange, yellow, gray, pink, sky blue, violet, and yellow ochre.



    Brush Lettering Made Simple by lettering artist Chrystal Elizabeth

    Brush Lettering
    Made Simple

    Chrystal Elizabeth, Page Street Publishing
    amazon.com
    $10.00

    Buy at Amazon.com

    Add Beautiful Effects to Your Brush Lettered Artwork and Enhance Your Hand Lettering

    Fantastic brush lettering artwork is right at your fingertips--and far easier to achieve than you think--with renowned lettering artist Chrystal Elizabeth's simple step-by-step guide. In Brush Lettering Made Simple, she reveals her secrets to mastering a vast array of brush lettering techniques, including different fonts, styles, flourishes, effects and mediums.

    You'll begin with the basics--how to form letters, then connect them to form words--and work your way up to more tricky techniques, such as lettering with watercolors, as well as how to make your lines and transitions as smooth as a professional lettering artist. Learn how to create the most popular brush lettering effects, such as galaxy, ombre and blended colors, and how to add drop shadows behind your text to make your words really pop! Chrystal also shows you how to bring beauty and depth to your lettering projects with colorful backgrounds and borders.

    ABOUT JAMIE

    I'm the hand lettering main character and amateur sleuth in the Hand Lettering Mystery Series of cozy mysteries by Daisy Robyns. I have a preference for inspirational and uplifting quotes. In fact my house in Cedar Valley is a veritable gallery of my favorites. Naturally, that's where I feel most "at home" and do my best hand lettering and thinking. And that's where I have my light bulb moments when it comes to solving crimes.

    I got into sleuthing accidentally. You can read all about it in Cursive, Foiled Again!, a free mini mystery by Daisy Robyns. I solve my first real murder in Who Shot the Serif?

    And I love coffee and drink lots and lots of it. I do live near Seattle, after all!

    All the perfect elements to keep readers enthralled. With a great storyline, a smart and savvy amateur sleuth, lots of twists and turns, and a long list of suspects, this book will keep a cozy mystery reader on the edge of their seat.
    Suzy--Amazon Reviewer

    A good balance between the quirky characters needed in a cozy mystery and the actual suspenseful mystery aspects.
    Jamie BJ-Goodreads Reviewer

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