I am often asked about my favorite supplies, especially for beginners. I wanted to put it all together in one place, along with some links to make it easy for you, so I put together this guide.
One of my favorite online shops for supplies is Paper and Ink Arts. They have good prices, almost everything I need, and ship really quickly. I also love that they are a small business, and exclusively dedicated to calligraphy.
Here’s what I always order from there:
- Brause EF66 Nib — My absolute favorite nib. I hardly ever use anything else. It’s very flexible but creates nice hairlines. Ink flows from it really easily. It’s my teeny tiny baby love.
- Nikko G Nib — I also give this nib to students in my workshops because it’s a little easier for beginners to use. It is stiffer than the EF66 so doesn’t snag as easily if you hit an angle wrong. I use it when I have tougher paper that the EF66 might get caught on.
- Speedball Straight Holder — I use a straight holder (not an oblique) and it doesn’t get cheaper than this. Standard but works totally fine and I can have a lot of them and not feel bad about it.
- Koh-I-Noor Cork Tipped Penholder — This is a little more expensive, but nicer than the Speedball, and it has a flexible prong to hold any size nib.
- Tachikawa T40 Holder — Even more expensive, but super cute, with a nice rubber grip and slots for different sized nibs.
- Higgins Eternal Ink — The ink we use in our workshops. Great for beginners because it’s very thin and flowy and inexpensive.
- Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink (in black) — My go to black ink. It’s not too thin but still flows nicely.
- Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White — My go to white ink. Opaque. Flows nicely once you get it to the right consistency.
- Dr. Martin’s Iridescent Colors (Copperplate gold) — My absolute favorite gold. Nice color. Nice shimmer. Flows when a lot of metallics don’t! (I also use the Silver and the Copper)
- Winsor & Newton Gouache — I almost always use gouache over colored inks, and you can’t go wrong with Winsor & Newton.
- Holbein Acryla Gouache – This is my go-to gouache. I find it very smooth and easy to work with.
- Pentel Aquash Waterbrush — My favorite brush to use, whether it is filled with water or not. I love it because it keeps its point so well.
- Single Refill Jar with Cap — Great inexpensive jars for mixing and storing gouache or ink.
- Uniball Signo Roller Ball Pen (White) — A great monoline white pen. Writes on a lot of different surfaces and goes on very opaque and very smooth.
- Small Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser — The eraser I’ve been using for about a million years.
- Canson Marker Paper — My favorite paper for spot calligraphy and practice. It is really smooth and semi-transparent so you can see liners under it without using a light box.
- Light Pad— Could not live without this. Makes my life one million times easier for sure.
- Laser Square & Mat — I’ve been using the Slider Writer for many years to get a laser line on envelopes or paper that you can’t use a lightbox with. But it has been discontinued. This looks like a perfect replacement.
- And of course, my own magical Envelope Template Liners. I have been using them for years and years and can’t imagine my life without them!
Also, I recommend these books to all of my students:
And last but not least, calligrafile.com is a great website with a ton of different resources and tools.
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