I started my own journey to learn how to do calligraphy in 2013 after I got sober and was looking for something to do when I was spending more time at home and to help calm my anxiety. I spent a lot of time (and money) figuring out what supplies worked the best. Eventually I began teaching classes (one of my all time. favorite things) and selling kits with all my favorite things. But as circumstances changed (babies, oh my!) I could no longer make that happen.
With all of us spending much more time at home, I got to thinking that hand lettering could help others like it helped me. So we are now offering both my Beginner Modern Calligraphy Workbook and Brush Lettering Workbook as digital downloads for only $5.
You just have to download and print them and then you can order all my favorite supplies from Amazon. Most of these things come with plenty that you could use for many children, teens, or roommates if you have more than one person in your house!
You will need a straight pen holder and an oblique pen holder. This one comes with some nibs that are also great! The reason to have two different pen holders is that they will feel different on your hand and people generally have a preference. This is the other nib I suggest. When you get them, stick them in a potato overnight to take the protective coating off of them, otherwise the ink will just run off and make a lot of blobs. You also need sumi ink (be sure to keep the cap on it when you're not using it so that it doesn't get goopy). Lastly, you will need Marker Paper. It is slightly see through so you can put it ON TOP of the workbook pages to practice. Computer paper is not good for calligraphy. And if you want to make art pieces or cards or place cards, you'll want Bristol SMOOTH paper (if it's not smooth, the nibs will catch on the bumps). (I like to write in pencil first, then with the calligraphy ink, wait for it to dry and then use a nice eraser to remove the pencil lines.)
While a brush usually comes with watercolors, they aren't the right kind to use for brush lettering. In addition to a watercolor set (this one comes with a watercolor brush that I love), you'll also want a ROUND brush. I like the #0, #1, and #2. I also love to use sumi ink (the same kind as for calligraphy). You'll also use the same Marker Paper and the Bristol SMOOTH paper for when you're using the sumi ink. And then you'll want watercolor paper, too.