My top 5: favourite Lettering tools

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Hello again! I’m back with a post all about my favourite lettering tools!

There are SO many different tools available, but I always find myself using the same ones over and over again. I like to do a mixture of hand lettering (on paper) as well as some digital lettering, either straight in Illustrator or on the iPad.

  1. My most used tool for lettering is the Pro Arte brush #2, it’s perfect. Not too big, not too small and it works well with a variety of different mediums. I usually pair it with a pot of Higgins black ink and some paper from my Daler Rowney sketchbook.

  2. Next up, has to be the Rhodia dot OR plain pad (A5 - I like to work small-scale). I love these pads, they’re perfect for sketching, lettering or calligraphy. The paper is good quality (no bleeding through!) and the dotted one is obviously really helpful as a guide for your lettering.

  3. One of my new favourite tools has to be the iPad, Apple Pencil and ProCreate. It helps you to produce such amazing lettering. The only downside with it is (personal opinion here) that you’re not really getting BETTER at lettering, not like you would if you practiced on paper. Purely because it has little helpers such as the streamline setting in the brushes, which kind of joins up your lettering really neatly.

  4. Back to physical lettering! Next on the list is the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens (hard AND soft). These pens produce such gorgeous results, they give your lettering such an authentic brush look and they’re easier to carry around than a brush and ink.

  5. Lastly, it has to be the microns by Sakura. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I love a bit of line/dot work and I love to incorporate it into my lettering. These are perfect for the finer details and I usually carry a couple with me in my bag, just in case inspiration hits!

What are YOUR favourite lettering tools?

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Emma

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