Resources

Every letterer has tools that work best for them and these are a few of my favorites. Try them out, experiment and most importantly, have fun with it! Remember - the key to mastering anything is patience and dedicated practice.

 

Must-Haves

These three are my go-to favs and always in my daily kit.

ALVIN DRAFTMATIC MECHANICAL PENCIL .5MM

Mechanical pencils are super clutch and zero fuss. The sleek 0.5mm Draftmatic is especially great for travel.

PAPERMATE TUFF STUFF ERASER STICK

Eraser sticks are great for on-the-go lettering. I have yet to refill this Tuffstuff and I've had it for years!

TOMBOW FUDENOSUKE - SOFT (5-pack)

My #1 brush pen. The soft tip is perfect for varying stroke widths. They last a while but I buy them in bulk.


Beyond the Basics

These pens are great if you're looking to expand your daily kit.

TOMBOW FUDENOSUKE - HARD (5-pack)

A solid back-up brush pen, the hard tip Fudenosuke has more structure but enough give to create thick strokes.

SAKURA PIGMA MICRON GRAPHIC

This 1.0mm Micron is amazing for filling in large areas. I use it after outlining a piece with a thinner pen first.

SAKURA PIGMA MICRON SET (6-piece)

The micron set is essential for any letterer. From detailed (.005) to thick (.08) weights, it's got it all.

WESTCOTT TRANSPARENT RULER

When creating guidelines and grids, a see-through ruler always comes in handy.

RHODIA UNI BLANK

Rhodia papers are incredibly sleek and bright white. They're great for use in both lettering and calligraphy.

BARON FIG NOTEBOOK

Love this soft cover, dot grid notebook for sketching and refining ideas on the go.

HUION LIGHTBOX

Sleek, simple and super bright. The Huion's adjustable LED settings are great for tracing and refining sketches.

CANSON MARKER PAPER

Smooth with the right amount of transparency, this marker paper is perfect when using guides underneath.

WACOM INTUOS TABLET

It might take some getting used to, but controlling strokes and points is a breeze with a Wacom tablet. 


 

Books

Learning is good for the creative soul and these books are fantastic resources for inspiration and insight.

 
 
 
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The Art of Hand Lettering for Beginners

by Joanna Muñoz (yep, me!)

The Art of Hand Lettering for Beginners is a hands-on guide to master the art of lettering and create your own signature style. The book includes:

  • 8 sample alphabets (4 cursive, 4 print) that offer stroke-by-stroke instruction and space to practice, plus downloadable practice sheets.

  • 20 projects that include thank-you cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, bunting, envelope liners, place cards, and more!

  • Create your own alphabet that provides guidance for personalizing your style with tips for incorporating different moods and tones for variety.

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