Learn to Letter with my Favorite Tools and Resources!

I post behind-the-scenes videos often on Instagram and without a doubt, the most common question I get is, “what pen/marker/chalk did you use for that?” So today in this blog post I’m sharing my favorite tools for modern hand-lettering. Stay tuned for a special offer too!

Alphabet practice page(s) from Joy Unscripted ‘Intro to Hand Lettering’ workbook.
Alphabet practice page(s) from Joy Unscripted ‘Intro to Hand Lettering’ workbook.


The BEST tool for doing calligraphy is the one you have. What do I mean by this?? Calligraphy is a SKILL – and one that takes lots and lots of practice. Muscle memory and hand positioning are super important and honestly, that just takes time. I love using a pencil for practicing because it’s easy to carry with me anywhere and won’t spill like liquid ink. Seriously, you can do calligraphy with a pencil.

While it’s true that a certain pen/pencil/chalk/tool can’t replace hours of practice… there are definitely some that are better than others. The caveat here: calligraphy is a very personalized skill, meaning what I like best won’t necessarily be what you like best! That being said, here are some of my favorites:

  • Wooden Oblique Holder
  • Blue Pumpkin Nib
  • 15-slot Drying Rack
  • Tombow Fudenosuke
  • Tombow Dual brush Pens
  • any smooth paper

Interested in more than just calligraphy tools (signage, biz, etc) – or want direct links? I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the tools I use most, some even daily, to run my calligraphy and design business. For $17 you can access the FULL list with links to where I buy them. There are over 75 things included, with my favorites highlighted. Yes, this is an item you purchase – you get five years’ worth of trial and error for $17!

If you have purchased the comprehensive guide and have questions about anything included (or not included) I’m happy to answer them! Have a material, program, or tool you love that I didn’t list?? Let me know… I’m always looking to test out new materials and techniques!

Watch the YouTube video linked above to see a comparison of some of my favorite Brush Lettering pens, including both Tombows listed above.

As a special thank-you to Blog Post readers, use the discount code below for $5 off the materials guide in my shop!



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