Calligraphy Supplies

Photo by Will Bossen
Photo by Will Bossen

If you going to the art store involves you staring at all the endless options and feeling overwhelmed, this is for you. Here’s a comprehensive list of our favorite calligraphy products! You can also check out our Amazon calligraphy + lettering wishlist.

Brush Calligraphy Supplies

  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Faber & Castel Brush Pen (the B = brush — not the SB = soft brush)
  • Pentel Brush Markers
  • Higgins Eternal Ink – Black (Such a lovely watercolor consistency, my favorite ink!)
  • Round brushes in 4, 2 or 0
  • Canson Marker sketchpads for markers (Your brush markers will last longer on smooth marker or layout bond paper)
  • Canson Mixed Media sketchpads for watercolor ink — like the Higgins
  • Borden & Riley Layout Bond Paper (While a little pricey, this thinner paper is super smooth and semi-transparent, making it great for tracing.)

Pointed Pen Calligraphy Supplies

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watercolor calligraphy supplies

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  • Round brushes in 4, 2, or 0
  • Higgins Eternal black watercolor ink. Higgins also carries liquid watercolor in a variety of colors.
  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor
  • Daniel Smith watercolor tubes
  • Plastic palette for mixing colors
  • Mixed Media Paper
  • Watercolor Paper.  Watercolor paper comes in Cold Press (textured paper where the watercolor pigment can pool) or Hot Press (smooth paper good for spreading and blending your watercolor)

hand lettering supplies

  • A marker of your choice! I love the Tombow dual brush pens, Pentel sign markers, and metallic Sharpies.
  • Mechanical pencil, or pencil and sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Blank paper

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Vendors and stores

  • Seattle: Daniel Smith Art Supplies – SODO and Bellevue (sketch books, pens, brushes, ink)
  • Seattle: Blick Art Supplies (sketch books, pens, brushes, ink)
  • Seattle: Artist and Craftsman in the University District (pointed pen nibs, brushes, ink, sketch books)
  • Seattle: The Paper Source (canvas pen bags, paper and envelopes)
  • Online: Paper and Ink Arts (nibs, layout bond paper, lined calligraphy paper, pens, ink)
  • Online: Cards and Pockets (a TON of colorful paper options!)

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Still lost?

If you find yourself with a ton of cool products but no idea what to do with them, come to calligraphy class! We teach comprehensive calligraphy classes in the Seattle area (and beyond!) in a fun, supportive environment. They’re a blast.

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What are your favorite calligraphy supplies? We’d love to hear what works for you!