You might think that learning lettering requires just a paper and pen — and you’re right! But you’ll find it’s much easier to learn this new skill if you get a little more specific with your supplies. I’ve broken it down into three major categories to help guide your shopping.
The best paper for beginners lets you cheat a little: look for practice pads that have grids or dots on them — these make all the difference when you're learning to create evenly spaced letters.
As you advance and start working on larger lettering projects, you’ll want a smooth paper that doesn’t fray your brush pens. Regular printer paper won’t work, but you’ll find that art stores sell plenty of options made specifically for marker practice. This paper is often a little glossier, and it's easy on your markers.
When shopping for your first few pens, go for variety! You'll want to buy at least four different styles to practice with, and to help you figure out which type of pen is most comfortable for you. Start by noting a pen's flexibility and thickness, which will tell you a lot about its writing style.
Also notice if a pen has a marker tip or a brush tip — brush tips tend to be more flexible, whereas markers are more rigid and require extra pressure when writing.
And don't forget color: It’s great to have a few different black pens you love, but also make sure to get a few basic shades so you can practice composition and blending.
These may seem basic, but they’re important! Make sure you have a good pencil and eraser for drawing out larger phrases or compositions. A ruler or envelope guide is really helpful for creating precise lines and addresses. And finally, a nice, bright desk lamp will illuminate your space and make it easier for you to take great photos of your gorgeous work!