Calligraphy and Lettering Supplies - Saffron Avenue

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I realized in the past year I’ve been asked quite often what are some of my favorite calligraphy and lettering supplies, so I thought today I would finally share my big supplies list with you! This will be a lengthy post because I’ll talk about calligraphy supplies for beginners, advanced products to play with, other calligraphy tools, […]

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Calligraphy and Lettering Supplies

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I realized in the past year I’ve been asked quite often what are some of my favorite calligraphy and lettering supplies, so I thought today I would finally share my big supplies list with you! This will be a lengthy post because I’ll talk about calligraphy supplies for beginners, advanced products to play with, other calligraphy tools, as well as my favorite lettering supplies. My go to is Amazon or Paper Ink and Arts!

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Calligraphy Supplies for Beginners

01. HIGGINS ETERNAL INK :: One of my favorites, as it’s not expensive and does a great job. HERE and HERE

02. STRAIGHT PEN HOLDER :: I recommend starting with a straight holder, which is also great for lefties HERE or HERE

03. BEGINNER NIBS :: Nikko G and Zebra G are great nibs to start with, they are sturdy. (pack of 10) HERE and HERE

04. RHODIA PAPER PAD :: Highly recommend getting the dot or line version to start with. HERE or HERE

05. WHITE INK :: Dr. PH Martins is my favorite. It is quite thick and requires adding water to liquify to your liking but definitely one of the best whites out there. HERE

 

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ADVANCED CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES

01. WALNUT INK :: A Current favorite of mine, it has a vintage vibe to it HERE

02. OBLIQUE PEN HOLDER :: Great to use for a better angle and more advanced holder HERE or HERE

03. OTHER NIBS :: Some nibs work better with other forms of ink, like HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE

04. FINE TEC :: I recently started using this and see it commonly used and worth a try HERE or HERE

05. PEARL EX POWDER :: Love this for metallics! It requires mixing gum arabic and water :) HERE  or HERE

06. GOUACHE :: Best to create colorful ink! Does require adding the correct water/paint ratio! HERE or HERE

07. GUM ARABIC :: For mixing with the 2 above! HERE

 

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OTHER CALLIGRAPHY TOOLS

01. THE LETTERMATE :: For addressing envelopes  HERE

02. GUM ARABIC :: For mixing with pigment, great for envelopes, reduce cracking HERE

03. CONTAINERS :: To store your beautiful mixed inks HERE or HERE

04. GLASS JARS :: To store all of your new nibs! HERE

05. LASER LEVEL :: To keep that straight line when writing on envelopes/etc. HERE

06. PRACTICE :: Printable Guides for practicing your letters (can be placed under paper pad) HERE

 

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WATERCOLOR + BRUSH LETTERING SUPPLIES

01. WATERCOLOR :: I prefer tube paint over cakes, better vibrancy and transparency HERE or HERE

02. BRUSHES :: I prefer sable or sable/synthetic mix, typically for lettering I use #1 or #2 – HERE or HERE

03. THICK PAPER :: I prefer a slight texture (and fast drying) coldpress paper 140# HERE or HERE

04. WATERBRUSH :: My favorite to fill with water or colored ink is Kuretake Waterbrush Small HERE

05. COLOR BRUSH :: I use this for my messy brush script (and can be dipped into water for a more watercolor look) HERE

06. COCOIRO PEN :: Letter pen which mimics a calligraphy pen style by applying pressure! HERE or HERE

07. WHITE PEN :: Great for envelopes, fake calligraphy, etc..I use it quite a bit for projects! HERE

 

That’s about it, BUT let me know if you have any additional questions!!

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  1. I’ve been wanting to try hand calligraphy for a while now but not known where to start – this is so useful, thank you!

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  2. Loved seeing what tools other people like using!