We get asked (like a lot!) about different pens, inks, and materials we use. We are all about community over competition and sharing our wealth of knowledge that we’ve collected over the years. Please keep in mind that what works for us might not work for you. We encourage you to do your own research and experiment with different tools and materials to find those that you like best. The links below are items that we use and recommend (& we wouldn’t be sharing them if we didn’t love them). Please note that some of these are affiliate links and we will make a tiny commission if you use them.
Modern Calligraphy | pointed pen
Black Sumi Ink This is probably my favourite for black ink.
Zebra G Nib Both Zebra G and Nikko G are similar and great for beginners.
Nikko G Nib Both Zebra G and Nikko G are similar and great for beginners.
Brause Streno Nib aka Blue Pumpkin Great for modern calligraphy but takes time to learn how to use.
Daleman Oblique Pen Holder Personally I prefer the oblique pen holders to the straight holders.
Dr. PH Martin Bleed Proof White This stuff is thick! You will need to water it down. It is opaque.
Windsor Newton White Ink Also good and not as thick
Light Pad by Cricut We have and use this one. I love the variable light settings and the thin light weight design.
Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush Pen This is hands down my favourite and most used tool. It is also great for learning — the hard tip gives you more control.
Tombow Fudenosuke 2 pack - Hard Tip and Soft Tip This 2 pack comes with 2 different brush markers. The soft tip is more flexible then the hard tip.
Tombow Dual Tip Brush Markers I love these for larger scale projects like cards, signs and bullet journalling. They come in a wide range of colours and are blend-able. They are also double tipped — one side being a large brush marker and the other side being a round tip marker.
Zebra Brush Pens A little larger then the Tombow Fudenosuke pens
Strathmore Tracing Paper Amazing for practicing and doing different layouts and concepts. Smooth surface works great with brush pens. Not ideal for pointed pen calligraphy though.
Steadtler HB Pencils Our go to pencils. Good quality, affordable, good eraser.
Stabilo ALL Our go to for drawing out guides on acrylic or mirrored surfaces.