I recently took a lettering class and being the person that I am, immediately went out and bought a whole bunch of supplies and such to practice. I haven't done a lot of practice, but I played around a bit and thought I'd share some resources I've found and what I thought of various supplies.
Creative Lettering and Beyond and Lettering for Beginners are the two books I decided on. Creative Lettering and Beyond has lettering plus projects. It's broken down into four sections: Modern Calligraphy, Illustrated Lettering, Chalk Lettering, and Lettering Crafts. With each section written by a different author, they all have their own feel, but they cover what you need, and give clear instructions, with plenty of space to practice. Lettering for Beginners is more basic - just some sheets with different kind of lettering and lines to practice on, with a few bigger word "projects" at the back. I figure I'll use tracing paper so I don't use the book up. I probably could have printed out practice sheets from the internet, but I liked the idea of a book and it wasn't that expensive.
The pens pictured above are the Tombow Fudenosuke. They come in a pack of two, one with a firmer brush tip, and one with a more flexible tip. They're fun to experiment with. A little boring because they're both black, but if you're just looking for something to give you an idea of what you might like, they're perfect.
In the class I took and in some places online, I've heard that regular old Crayola markers work just fine for brush lettering! Plus, they're cheap and easily accessible. And they really do work well, because they're perfect for practicing the different levels of pressure you need to make various strokes different thickness, etc. When I was at Michael's I also picked up these Crayola Paint Brush Pens, which were kind of hard to letter with, actually, but still a way cheaper alternative to the expensive brush pens.
Some other pens I got were these Pentel Arts Sign Pen Brush. I used them at the class I took and loved the little tiny tips, which is why I picked some up for myself. They're perfect for smaller lettering.
These pens are perfect for some of the small brush pen drills on Kelly Creates. I personally purchased some of the worksheets - the drills and lowercase alphabets set. I'm not a huge fan of uppercase letters, so it was a perfect set for me! Kelly Creates also has some free worksheets as well!
These Marvy Uchida ColorIn Brush Markers are really hard to find online, but I found mine at Michaels. My advice: wait until you have a coupon and pick them up, as they're a little pricey! I had purchased these before I even got interested in lettering, to use for coloring books. I didn't realize the brush tips made it really hard to color anything in with precision, but they're perfect for brush lettering, obviously! The tips are super flexible, so I am waiting until I've practiced a bit more and have some more control, but I love the colors and the pens themselves are so attractive!
The Tombow Dual Brush Pens are the gold standard of brush pens, from what I understand. I really enjoy the colors and wish I could own all of them, but they're pricey! So it will be a while. Plus, I need to practice more. Crayola markers, here I come!
But, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens are perfect for these free printable lettering sheets I found on SurelySimple.com. Lowercase again, of course! Tombow also has their own printable sheets! For all the printable worksheets I mentioned, I didn't use fancy printer paper or anything, and people do say that regular printer paper can wreck your brush tip pens, so I've been using some tracing paper, which apparently is better!
Anyway, good luck with your own adventures in lettering! Let me know how it goes!
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