Brush Calligraphy Guide Giveaway!


Untitled_ArtworkHi brush calligraphy friends!
Have you been wanting to learn brush calligraphy, but need a little push to get started? I’m giving away one of my Brush Calligraphy Guide’s & 2 brush pens. It’s really easy to enter. Just follow the link below!

Win a FREE Brush Calligraphy Guide here!


I also restocked the shop if you would rather just grab one instead!


But Really, The Party Is On Instagram!

If you are looking for regular pep talks, brush calligraphy tips, recommended materials, and more – then my Instagram is the best way to keep yourself in the loop.

You can participate in the #lettermore2018 prompts along with me or just follow along for colorful, lighthearted fun. It’s the place where I am able to share most creatively and regularly! Come join in on the fun!


March Prompts

Practice makes progress.

You might be thinking, “it’s March, it’s too late to start something new.”
But, every day is a great day to start something new! Like Lara Casey says – there is nothing magical about January!
We can make positive changes in our lives any day.

So, let’s talk about the last time you picked up a brush pen.
For some of you that was last week, others it was last year, and some of you the answer is still…never. I’m not judging you, but I’m going to ask you (very nicely) – do you want to learn how to do calligraphy?
PS it’s totally okay if the answer is no.
BUT if the answer is YES, then it’s time to grab that pen and get practicing!

Picking up calligraphy is not about any skills that you may or may not already have. It’s ALL about the time, effort, and heart you are willing to put into it.

Map out your week and find at least 15 minutes where you’ll be able to sit down and practice. Because, hey, 15 minutes a week is better than 0! Start small and work your way up.

I’ve also got a great solution if you’re thinking, “but I never know what to write!”
I understand! I could never count the amount of times that I’ve been blocked from creativity simply because I don’t know what to write.

Here’s where I’m hoping to help you out!

I’ve talked to a few of you in the Beginner Brush Lettering Facebook group and we decided to incorporate two different kinds of prompts this month! A few of the prompts make you think about your own word/phrase and others tell you exactly what to write!

This gives us the opportunity to see the same words/phrases in all of our unique styles (love that!). And the prompts allow us to learn a little bit more about you and push your creativity a little bit!


Week One: A quote from your favorite movie or TV show

Week Two: Purpose fuels passion

Week Three: Use the word LUCKY somehow

Week Four: You matter!

Week Five: A word that describes you (just one!)

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #lettermore2018 on your post so that we will see it! And be sure to scroll through the hashtag to see what other people have created!

* The weeks are based on how many Saturday’s there are in the month. Feel free to do each prompt at your own leisure!


Come say hi on Instagram & let me know you’re joining in on the challenge!


Using Water Color for Calligraphy


I recently received this Kassa Watercolor Set in the mail & I’m excited to share all about it with you guys! The set comes with a 9×12″ Watercolor Pad, 3 Water Brush Pens, and a Watercolor Palette (which also has a paint brush inside).


There are 21 different colors to choose from and three different style water brushes. Water brushes are really nice because you don’t have to spend as much time dipping your paint brush in water, you simply squeeze the pen and a little more water comes through on the brush (You can even fill them with ink if you wanted to!). There are two round tip water brushes; one small and one medium sized. The other is a flat brush, which I don’t use quite as often, since I usually paint letters and leaves – I’m in no way a watercolor expert!


I found that the easiest way to get started with the paints was to use the blue paint brush that came with the palette to wet the paint so that I could apply the water a little bit more aggressively without ruining the tips of the water brushes. Then, as I continued to use the color, I would add extra water by squeezing through the water brush. I was also able to mix various colors (in this case, mostly green and yellow) using the lid of the palette.


I began with both of the blue pigments – in the end these two colors were quite similar, but one was a little bit lighter than the other. I love blue (totally my favorite color!) and I definitely love the shade of these particular blues. (“Love is patient” is the darker blue, while “Love is kind” was the lighter blue – you can see a slight change in the pigment).

Next, I decided to try out a watercolor wreath using green and yellow leaves. I will repeat that I’m not a watercolor expert, but I had fun experimenting with these colors!
To start, I traced out a circle with my pencil and then began painting in the leaves. I used the smaller of the round water brushes to create the leaves.


I hesitated to add anything else to the piece because I was afraid I might mess it up, but I decided to snap a picture of the wreath and keep going. I debated between pink or blue words, but I decided I would stick with my favorite color for this one.

Lately I’ve been inspired by so many different people who are building their creative businesses on positivity and with the intention of building community. I know that being a creative can be exhausting and vulnerable, but I love seeing and meeting people who use their energy for positivity. SO, I decided to go with “be kind”. Because, honestly, I think we all need to be a little bit more kind – to each other and to ourselves!


I chose to go with the darker blue because it’s kind of a dusty blue, which is just dreamy to me (and it was the color of my bridesmaid’s dresses!). I switched to the larger water brush for the words, so that they would fill up the inside of the wreath!



And voila! Here’s the finished product. It was so fun to sit down, relax, and try something new this morning. These watercolors are perfect for you if you’re looking for some bright, vibrant colors. You can also mix them together in the lid, like I did with the green and yellow, to create some different shades that may not be seen in the palette right here. You can add some brown to the green for darker leaves if you wanted to!

These are great for watercolor lettering because water brushes make it simple to keep your brush damp in the midst of long words & phrases. You also get two different sizes of round brushes, so it works great for various projects!

To grab your own watercolor set, go to or grab their set on Amazon here!

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Alphabet Practice


Hello there! Have you been thinking of picking up brush lettering or are just getting started? You are probably wondering how you can possibly get your hand to create those beautiful, effortless (seeming) letters on Pinterest. Well, I’ve got some important tips for you. You may eventually get tired of me saying this, but the easiest way to get better at brush lettering is simply to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!

How to practice brush lettering efficiently:
-Warm up with your basic strokes.
-Practice each letter until you have a “favorite” or go-to version of that letter
-Do not shy away from letters that make you uncomfortable or that you hate. Those are the exact letters you need to focus on, keep practicing, and work to make a version that you love.
-Use different brush pens to see if there is a type of pen that you prefer or a pen that makes your style look especially good!
-Work on exiting each letter so that it’s “tail” meets at the midline. This will help you with letter connections.

In an effort to help beginners who are just learning about building letters using the basic strokes, I decided to start an alphabet tutorial on my Instagram page. Below are the images straight from this tutorial. There are arrows and numbers on each image, which show the direction the strokes are going and where I pick up the pen. This is meant to help you see how to build each individual letter!

Grab a pen, pick a letter, and get started!


A was created with a Carmine Red Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. The capital A is created using the basic “n” stroke, which focuses on the transition from thin line to thick line. The lowercase a is simply a lopsided oval and tail stroke.


B was created with an Orange (933) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. Both versions of B are whimsical and begin with a thick stem. Capital B contains a double loop, while the lowercase b includes only one loop. These are opposite of the “o” stroke because the thick side is on the opposite side. I call that stroke a “b loop” because it is the essential piece to both b’s and is a great practice stroke.


C was created with a Yellow Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. Both the capital and lowercase C are created with an open lopsided “o” stroke. The lowercase c is very similar to the lowercase a – just do not close the oval.


D was created with an Chartreuse (133) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The capital D is similar to B, but with only one (larger) “b” loop. Lowercase d includes the same lopsided “o” stroke as a. create a beautiful stem by beginning a new stroke near the same spot the “o” stroke ends, use a thin line to move up (and out) – arch around – and move down with a thick stroke to create the stem.


E was created using the Light Green Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. E is a very loopy letter – both the capital and lowercase only created from one collective stroke. Practice ovals + transitions to perfect this letter.


F was created using the Deep Green Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. Both the capital & lowercase F are very flowy, rounded letters. Focus on smooth, loopy transitions to improve your F’s. 


G was created with Cobalt Blue Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. G is a loopy letter, which is easily improved through practicing oval strokes and thick/thin transition lines.


H was created with Peacock Blue (533) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. Both h’s are created using straight lines – lowercase h includes an “n” basic strokes. H’s are whimsical and a fun letter to practice.


I was created with the Cobalt Blue (535) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. Both i’s are created using only one stroke (besides the dot for the lowercase). The stem of lowercase i is a great stroke to practice as it is part of many other letters in the alphabet.


J was created with the Blue Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. Both J’s are created with similar strokes, the capital simply including more rounded strokes. Consistent transitions between thick and thin strokes are the key to perfecting this letter.


K was created with the Purple (665) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. Both K’s are structured similar to h. This is generally considered one of the more frustrating letters to calligraph. Focus on making your stems strong and work your way toward the legs of the K that you like. Keep practicing and don’t shy away from letters that frustrate you! Practice difficult letters the most and find a way to make them that you love.


L is created with the Light Violet Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. L is loopy and whimsical. Loosen up your hand to accomplish this letter- focus on moving your arm as you are lettering rather than your wrist. This whole-arm movement will help to create consistency in your letters.


M was created with the Pink (723) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. M is created using one of the main basic strokes. Focus on your rounded transitions between upstrokes and downstrokes to perfect your M’s. Add extra flair to your m by making one of the humps taller than the other.


N was created with the Pink Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. The technique for n is essentially the same as m. Focus on those rounded transitions between thin and thick strokes. 


O is created using the Carmine Red Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. O is also one of the best basic strokes to practice as it is the base of so many letters (a, b, c, d, e, g, p, q). Add some flair to your o’s by looping high over the top of your beginning stroke and out through to connect to the next letter.


P was created with the Orange (933) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. P is created with a straight stem and lopsided o stroke. When creating the o stroke of the p, I always start on the top left rather and move around to the right (as shown by the arrows above). Loop through the lowercase p to connect with other letters.


Q was created with the Yellow Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. Q’s are also built mainly using the o stroke. For the o stroke on the lowercase q, I start in the right top corner in order to create the lopsided o required to make a beautiful q.


R was created using the Chartreuse (133) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. R is a really fun letter to create and to practice. Capital R is structured similarly to K, but includes a rounded loop. Focus on the thin stroke coming up for the round top of the letter. This is going to add beauty to your letter! Lowercase r is created many different ways, this particular way focuses on thick, short looped downstrokes.


S was created using the Light Green Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. S is all about the loops! You’ll need to loosen up your hand with practice drills to get ready for this letter. Focus on those transitions between thick and thin lines.


T was created using the Deep Green Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. T is a very straight, focused letter. Both capital and lowercase have a focus on two basic strokes: the stem and cross line. The cross line is meant to be very thin and slightly curved.


U is created with Cobalt Blue Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen. U is created using the same basic strokes as m and n, just in the opposite direction. Practice those smooth transitions to create a beautiful u!


V was created using the Peacock Blue (533) Tombow Dual Brush Pen. V is similar to u, but requires a pointed tip at the bottom of the letter. Focus on creating a contrast between your thick downstroke and the pointed upstroke to make a beautiful v.


W is created with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Basically created with two u strokes, the w gets more character when the two humps are not the same size. Loop those humps smoothly for a beautiful w!


X is created with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Both the capital and lowercase are created from two basic strokes: one thick and one thin. The final cross stroke must be straight and very thin to create a contrast in your x.


The y is created with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. This is one of the more fun letters to create. The Y is created with two basic (and familiar) strokes: u stroke and a tail stroke (like in j and g). When creating the tail stroke, focus on lightening up your stroke as you loop back around to connect to the next letter.


Z is created with the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. Z is actually very similar to the Y stroke. It includes a lot more loops, which means loosening up your hand will be very helpful for this letter. Focus your practice on the tail stroke (like in g, j, and y) and creating a smooth transition from thick to thin as you swoop around the tail and connect to the next letter.

There you have it!
Use these basic strokes and techniques to improve your letter building. Never forget the importance of practicing basic strokes – no matter how long you’ve been lettering for!

What’s your favorite letter to practice? Tell us in the comments below!

Tag me in your practice on Instagram- @lysstyler.letters!


Her Success Does Not Threaten Mine.


About six months ago, I was at Barnes and Noble looking through the Christian book section. I have a tendency to buy books, read the first couple of chapters, put a bookmark in, and forget about the book completely. The last five years of my life were devoted to attaining my bachelor’s degree and teaching credential, which is what I’ve credited this lack of finishing any books to. The beginning of 2017 marked the beginning of my life post-college for real. So I picked up this book – Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. I read the back of the book and flipped through the pages, it seemed like it would be such a great read – but I almost didn’t buy it. I was particularly hesitant about this book because of it’s title (such a silly reason, I know). I didn’t want to buy a book called “Uninvited” because then the cashier would probably think that I was sad and lonely. And that would just be so embarrassing. For some reason, though, I couldn’t put the book down.

I put on my biggest smile, made sure John walked up to the counter with me, and bought this book with confidence so that the cashier would know I was content (and totally get invited to stuff) – I just wanted to read this interesting book. Let’s be real, the cashier could not care less. This was all about me and how I wanted to appear super cool.

I’ve been slowly reading this book in my spare time since I purchased it and every chapter has been a blessing to my heart. I love Lysa’s style of writing – it’s clear, humorous, and filled with truth. I am all about a book that convicts me while making me giggle and this book does just that. This week I got to chapter 10, which is called “Her Success Does Not Threaten Mine”. And let me just tell you, this is a necessary chapter for us all. I thought of this calligraphy and lettering community when I got to this chapter because of the temptation to compare your handwriting, your creativity, your business ventures, and your successes with others. It’s such an ugly, pointless, and sometimes regular thing that we have a tendency to do.

I know that not all of you who follow this blog may have a relationship with Christ or know who he is, but I think that we would all benefit from this reminder and this truth. If we believe that the success of another woman, another calligrapher, another person threatens our own, we are missing out on some of the greatest joys in life. It can be so hard to step back from your own hard work and business ideas to see that someone else’s success really does not take away from our own.

Lysa uses this chapter to talk about her struggles in publishing her first book, feeling as though the women around her were experiencing so much success, and she only faced rejection letters. What she said resonated with me,

“In my better moments, I did the right thing and authentically celebrated with them. But then there were other moments. Hard moments. Moments where I felt my friends’ lives were rushing past me in a flurry of met goals, new opportunities, and affirmations of their callings from God. It seemed the world was literally passing me by” (pg. 118).

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve felt exactly what she is describing for various things. I’ve felt this for others around me getting married, having babies, finishing up their degree early, getting hired for jobs, or simply for some random achievement I didn’t even think I would have wanted to accomplish (and I most likely don’t actually want to accomplish). We find ourselves in this never-ending comparison game to be more successful, more happy, and more aesthetically pleasing on our Instagram page than others. We want people to know that we are content, loved, and totally invited to things (like me with that cashier).

She talks about the difference between having a scarcity mentality vs. an abundance mentality. This is where you really need to read the chapter for yourself. The thing she said that stood out to me the most was her mention of Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

The plants weren’t limited. The animals weren’t limited. People weren’t limited. Inside each were seeds for more. This fruitful ability clearly speaks of God’s goodness and abundance. (pg. 122)

From the beginning, we were created by God who gave in abundance and does not withhold His Goodness from us.

If I look at my dreams, desires, and hopes for the future as coming from a place of scarcity and the world’s limited supply, it will constantly feed the notion that someone else’s success is a threat to mine. In other words, this person getting opportunities means less opportunity for me. (pg. 123)

And yet, we are all created uniquely by God with different gifts and talents. Some of which may not be calligraphy, painting, running, writing, or speaking in public. That is the beauty of God’s creativity in creating each of us- he did so uniquely and with a purpose. Whatever it is that you do, do it for the glory of God rather than in competition with another. I’ll end with one of my favorite things that Lysa says in this chapter,

So even as the closed doors and rejections seem more prevalent than the new opportunities you’d like to see, even as you’re seeking to readjust your thinking, remember that there is an abundant need in this world for your contributions to the kingdom…your thoughts and words and artistic expressions…your exact brand of beautiful.

So, I challenge you to a life knowing the abundance of opportunities set upon the path before you. I pray that you look beyond whatever difficulty, rejection, or uncertainty you face. Press on and continue to work hard and cheerfully in all that you do. Ask the Lord to reveal what it is that he’s created you to do (if you don’t already know). Ask the Lord to reveal the next steps that you should take, however small they may be. Know that you were created with unique, important talents that will be used to impact the world in whatever way. Don’t look to the right or to the left in an effort to see how well you are doing in comparison with others. Don’t allow the strongholds to keep you in a place of bitterness, loneliness, or jealousy.

Unfollow the people who make you feel less than. Pray to have a better attitude toward those who have the successes or opportunities that you dream of. Pray for the Lord to reveal his purpose for your life. Lean in close with Jesus and with trustworthy friends who will push you further toward His goodness.

Don’t be afraid to buy a book because you think it will make you look lonely. Be a real, authentic person. Work alongside the Lord in your heart so that you can genuinely feel joy for the happiness and successes of those around you. I would love to hear from you in whatever it is that may be weighing you down or if you’ve felt the same way that I have. Be sure to COMMENT below with stories from your own journey. Creativity is a blessing and a gift, but it comes with many doubts and insecurities. Remember that your creative expressions are necessary and meant to be shared. Keep sharing, keep working, and keep seeking Jesus.


How to get your letters to have that bounce.

Some of you have started to notice a trend in calligraphy that is not always discussed at a beginner level. And that is the bouncing letters.

Many calligraphers train their students to write all letters on a straight baseline focusing on making the letters consistently sized. This is a great way to master a consistent style, but as you begin to get the hang of calligraphing every letter- it’s time to add some excitement to your lettering. This is where “bouncy letters” come in.

Here is a visual example between straight and bouncy letters.


It is important that you have already been practicing your alphabet and are working toward creating consistent letter forms before fully focusing on the bouncing style of your letters. You want to be able to create a natural flow as you are writing your letters. When you give bounce to your letters, it should be free flowing and connect your letters in a visually appealing way.

Here are my steps toward creating that bounce:


When you are creating a piece or practicing, think about the whole word or phrase that you are writing. Are there a lot of tall letters or short letters? Is there a good mixture of tall & short letters? Focus on making all of the letters “fit” into the look for the whole piece. The “bouncy” look is an attempt to balance out words and phrases with varying ascenders and descenders. You want all of your words and letters to fit into the piece and work together.


The number one way to create that bouncy look is simply to offset tall and short letters. The best example is in the word “letters” written in the picture above. The letters l and t are considered tall letters, while e is a tiny little letter. Because of this, I tend to place the e at about the midpoint of those letters so that it balances the word out a little bit and makes the tall letters a little bit less tall. This may not come naturally or easily, but the more that you practice you’ll find it becomes easier to accomplish!


Here’s another thing that I’ve noticed about some of my bouncier letters: they are very close together. They don’t have to be close together, but I feel that this creates a more balanced and bouncy look! Scrunch the letters together horizontally and balance them out vertically (those tall & short offsets!). This will create a well-balanced piece that is visually appealing! I like to make my smaller letters even smaller and squish them between the tall letters. This is the look that works for me!


Most importantly, though, what’s the whole point of bouncy letters? The purpose is to create a balanced, fun, and imperfect look in your lettering. This means that you need to enjoy it and embrace the imperfections. It isn’t supposed to look perfectly planned or space exactly the right way (especially not the first time!). Make sure you have fun with the words and letters. It may take your four or five tries to get one word correct, but that’s how many it takes me sometimes as well! It’s not about being perfect right away, but continuing to work hard and creating something beautiful!

It is important that you have already been practicing your alphabet and are working toward creating consistent letter forms before fully focusing on the bouncing style of your letters.

These are my tips for creating a bounce in your lettering. You may try these tips and find that this doesn’t work for creating the bouncy letters that you enjoy. Something I love about calligraphy is the fact that every individual does it a little bit differently, which creates so many different styles.

What would you do differently? Tell us in the comments below!

A Beginning Letterer’s Christmas Wishlist

I’m going to make a little assumption about you based upon your finding of this blog post. You’ve recently picked up the art of calligraphy. I’m excited for you, I truly am. Calligraphy has been one of the most relaxing parts of my life over the last couple of years. I recommend it to anyone who has the patience to rewrite the same letter over fifty times in order to master it.

Since you’re just getting started, though, you may be overwhelmed when your mom so kindly asks for your Christmas wish list. I thought I would help you out a little bit. Here are some items that I would recommend for someone who is just getting started in calligraphy.

A Beginning Letterer’s Christmas Wishlist

Brush Calligraphy

Pentel Fude Touch

Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

Rhodia Notepad

Beginner Brush Lettering Kit

Modern Calligraphy

Speedball Straight Pen Holder

Higgins Eternal Black Ink

Nikko G Nib

Brause Steno Pen Nib

Rhodia Notepad

These are the inexpensive starter items that I would get if I were to start either of these hobbies again. None of these links are affiliate links, by the way, I just love these websites. All of the items on these lists are things that I still use regularly to do calligraphy.

Extra Fun Items

Pentel Aquash Water Brush

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Pentel Color Brush

Ashley Bush Custom Pen Holder

Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White Ink

Rhodia Dot Pad

Where should/can I purchase these items?

Jet Pens

Paper Ink Arts


Hobby Lobby



Step Four: Get Started Working on Letter Connections


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Get Started Working on Letter Connections

In the last post, we talked about using the basic strokes to begin forming letters. Practicing your basic strokes and letters is about the best thing that you can do to improve your lettering and get more comfortable with it.

Lately, I have a lot of people who ask me how to connect letters together and make words have good spacing or look consistent together!

One of the important things to realize and remember about lettering is that it is not the same as cursive.When we write in cursive, we write quickly & do not lift our pen from the paper unless we are starting a new word. When we do calligraphy, we lift the pen between each and every stroke- even multiple times within the same letter. Calligraphy is not as quick as cursive by any means!

The picture below should give a visual representation of each time your pen should lift while you are writing the word “hello” – the little x’s divide up each individual stroke. You may also notice that across the word the little x marks almost line up into a line because you want your exit strokes for each letter to be at about the mid-line level. This will help you to connect the letters a little bit better & more consistently throughout your words.


The x marks show where I lift the pen between & during each individual letter.

The letters shown above & below are more spaced out than they would normally be to emphasize the different places to pick up the pen. I think that it helps to see the different connection points – while you are practicing this I would challenge you to actually space out your letters like this prior to writing the word as you would like to. This will help your brain to get in the habit of picking up the pen between strokes/letters. It’s a foreign concept, especially if you are a frequent user of cursive!


The x’s within the word “hello” seem to all be about on the same line- but in the word “welcome” it is not quite linear!

I hope that this has been a helpful post in helping you to start figuring out how to connect your letters together- a bit part of it is learning how to lift your pen between strokes and where to lift the pen at! As your exit strokes become more consistent & meet in the middle of the word- you will start to see your letter connections improve!


Crayola Markers*

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The TWO things you need to start lettering!


When you first start lettering it can seem overwhelming to see all the different kinds of brush pens & supplies that are circulating out there.
What do I actually need to get started?

When I first started lettering I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on supplies, but I wanted to try different pens. The brush pens that I was able to find were not very cheap and I had a really hard time using them. A lot of the pens available at local stores were very difficult to manage and I thought that I would not be able to do brush lettering at all.

Now that I have been lettering for over a year, I feel like I’m able to give beginners a pretty good idea of the supplies that they will need to get started with!

ONE. A brush pen or two.
I think the temptation is to purchase multiple brush pens of all different kinds because you are excited about getting started. I can’t blame you for that because I definitely did the same thing. The downside to this is that you are more likely to ruin your brush pens because you haven’t quite learned how to hold them or use them yet. I recommend buying one or two brush pens to get started with and/or even beginning with a Crayola marker!
Click on the photo below to find what I think are the three best pens for beginners:


TWO. Soft paper!
Once you have some brush pens, it is important to take great care of them! The Tombow Dual Brush Pens* are often some of the most popular pens around, but they are easily frayed and can be ruined just by writing on one wrong sheet of paper. The best paper that I can recommend to you are the Rhodia Notepads*. The paper is quite possibly the smoothest you’ll ever feel and comes in many different sizes. These are available in blank, dot grid, and grid styles!


Once you have started to learn how to hold the pen, practice basic strokes, and begin to feel comfortable when building your letters THEN you should move toward buying some more brush pens. There are a lot of things out there on the market that it may feel like you NEED, but if you are looking to try a new hobby and spend the smallest amount of cash possible- I recommend buying a brush pen and a dot pad to get yourself ready!

Beyond those items, you may want to purchase an online class or a lettering guide to help you learn the basics. You can also look for calligraphy workshops within your local area!

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