Hand Lettering Basic Tools #1

25 Dec 2015 Posted by: Comments: 0 In: Life Tags:


You asked for it, so let’s talk about it!

Typography Lovers are a great source of inspiration but from now on I will share with you some really good training tips and the best materials to use in a special series of articles.

You’re excited about learn lettering, and now you’re interested in the tools! No more wait. Let’s start with the basic materials.


You don’t need to use any special paper to start. You can use the regular 20lb printer paper, it works well and it’s cheap.

Option 1  | 

500 Sheets, 11 x 17


HP Multipurpose Ultra White, 20lb, Ledger, 96 Bright

Option 2  |  1500 Sheets, 8.5 x 11


HP Multipurpose Ultra White, 20lb, 96 Bright

Staedtler Lead Holder


The best tools for sketching are ones that you feel comfortable with and don’t hinder your creativity. I enjoy using a lead holder with 2H lead for guides and initial outlines and HB

for filling in final sketches. There are countless brands to choose from, but some are much more accessible than others. Personally, I’m a big fan of Staedtler products.

Staedtler Lead Holder

Staedtler Mars Carbon Lead, 2mm, 2H, 12 Lead

Staedtler Mars Carbon Lead, 2mm, HB, 12 Lead

Also, Staedtler Lead Pointer will be veryyyy useful.

Staedtler Mars Rotary Action Lead Pointer and Tub for 2mm Leads

Micron Pen Set

Many artists of the hand lettering world seem to favour Microns. It’s a good choice and the set price it’s really worth it. The tips are firm and don’t bend easily. I recommend a few different sizes.

Option 1 | 8-Piece

Sakura Pigma Micron, Graphic & Brush Pen Set, Black

Option 2 | 6-Piece

Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black

Pentel Color Brush

My number one brush pen!

As opposed to brush pens, the Color Brush has an actual synthetic-bristle brush tip, fed with ink from the body of the brush. And it last forever! Ok, just some months of regular use.

Pentel Color Brush Pen, Black

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

The Tombow Dual Brush Pens feature two tips: one hard felt tip for sketching, and one brush tip for coloring, making them a versatile choice for any artist.

Option 1  |  Black

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker, 1-Pack

Option 2  | 

9 Bright Colors

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, 10-Pack

Note that this is just a starter kit. There are many tools and in this short article I only recommend some of them, that worked perfectly for me and for other artists.

I will return with new articles and new tools to help you improve your learning process and to get better, and better results!

I hope you enjoy! Christmas is here, maybe you can ask some brushes as a gift! 🙂

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