Hand Lettering – The Tools I Use


So, over on Instagram I’m taking part in #marchmeetthemaker, a hashtag which encourages us creatives to share a bit more about ourselves online.  (You should totally follow me over there.  I post cute pictures of animals, calligraphy videos and regular updates.  Go on.  You know you want to.)

Today’s theme is “Tools I Use”, so I thought I’d give a little intro to the pens I use when hand lettering over at Pom Pom Paints!  I’ll also include links so you can have a little browse in case you want to try this out yourself.

So, here’s a little visual guide to the pens I use most frequently and how they look.


One of the pens I use most regularly is the Tombow ABT – These pens are dual tipped and come in a variety of colours.  These pens are seriously lovely for doing big, swooping calligraphy, and the thinner end is perfect for adding small details or clean

ing up difficult areas.  The brush tip is very soft and more difficult to control because of this, but I definitely think they’re great for larger pieces of calligraphy. Tombow Dual Brushpens 6 Pens Primary

The second (and my personal favourite – note that it’s running out) is the Tombow Fudenosuke with a hard tip.  This is very easy to control, and is perfect for delicate, intricate calligraphy on a smaller scale.  If you only buy one pen to practice, I would recommend this one more than any other. Tombow “Fudenosuke” Hard Brush Pen

The next I have is the barely visible Copic Ciao marker.  Again, it has a dual tip, one end is a medium broad tip and the other is a “super brush”.  I don’t know what
super brush means, but it’s basically a big, very soft brush.  I find this really hard to control but lovely for soft strokes.  I actually use this more in illustrations to add colour than I do for calligraphy, but the pens are lovely nontheless.  I have this in sugared almond pink and I adore it for adding a blush pink colour to things. Copic Ciao Marker, Rv02 Sugared Almond Pink

I do have a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen but I don’t love it for calligraphy.  It’s really ideal for sketching and illustrations, it’s a little too flimsy for calligraphy. I use nib size B, but they come in a variety of sizes. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Brush Stroke Width B 167457 – Colour 157 Dark Indigo

The final pen I use (and rely on a LOT) is a very simple Uni Pin Fine Line pen.  I use this for adding details and line work to calligraphy or illustrations.  It’s smudge, fade and waterproof, so I use it a lot with water colours as it’s incredibly reliable. I use the 0.5mm nib.  I picked it up for hardly anything at my local art store, and completely and utterly depend on it.  Love love love. UNI-BALL PIN DRAWING PEN FINELINER ULTRA FINE LINE MARKER 0.5mm BLACK Ink – [Pack of 3]

Let me know if you use something totally different, or totally the same!  I hope you found this useful.  I’ll definitely be adding tutorials in the near future for how to actually use these pens, so follow the blog if you’d like to be updated.


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