Updated: Apr 11, 2020
I'm sure you've all been wondering "What kind of tools does a calligrapher use?"
Well, I'm here to answer that question!
Here are my Holy Grail Items (to borrow the term from the beauty community).
This guy is a workhorse
- Hunt 101 - super fine hairlines, and thick down strokes, but can be a bit finicky if you're too heavy handed
- Nikko G - Great for beginners because of the stiffness of the nib
- Blue Pumpkin: First, the color is really pretty, and second, makes very sharp squared off tops
- Higgins Eternal - not the permanent one! It will ruin your nib. Best for practicing
- Sumi Moon Palace - nice and shiny finish. Best for final pieces
4. Color Ink: These ones you need to brush into your nib, but the extra steps are worth it
- Finetec Watercolours - any color of them - especially their golds
- Nicker Designers Colour Gouache - not a lot of people talk about them, but I love every colour I have! The neon pink is tons of fun.
- Canson Marker Paper - Great for practice as it comes in packs of 100
- Arches Watercolour Paper - lightly textured, and really beautiful to work with. Comes in Cold press, hot press, and rough
- Canal Paper - Made locally from Papeterie St. Armand
- Huion: battery powered 12.9 x 9 inches Not 100% necessary, but damn, does it ever make things easier. I love this one because if can either be used plugged in, or just on the battery.
What are some of your favourite calligraphy tools?