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favorite hand lettering tools

favorite hand lettering tools

I've been obsessed with hand-lettering for awhile (check out my watercolors for sale here) so I figured since I'm always asked about what tools I use- I'd write a post about it. From everything I've tried- here's the best of the best.

my favorite hand lettering tools / sarah the mess

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This is hands down what I would recommend if you are starting out in the lettering world. This pen is a small pen, and you can easily practice hand-lettering techniques with it as well as normal lettering.

These brushes are genius. I wish I would have thought of it myself. Even if you don’t like to do lettering, I’d give them to any artist. You refill these with water, and when you squeeze the barrel water comes out. They pick up any watercolor super easily- and you just squeeze to clean out the paint as well! These are totally mess free and easy to take with you somewhere. One of the reasons I love these is because you can use them with any watercolor paint- therefore there’s limitless possibilities on colors and ideas to use them.

This is done with the aguash brushes. It works with any paint!

This is done with the aguash brushes. It works with any paint!

This pen is my favorite but a little bit more tricky. It’s more of a brush than a pen, so if you have shaky hands- not for you. The ink is in the barrel (it can be replaced- wooo!) and when you squeeze the barrel the ink distributes to the brush. This pen is SO fun once you get the hang of it. It’s my personal go to, since it feels more like a brush. I got frustrated at first when I was learning- but if you truly want to do brush lettering I'd go with this.

Finetec gold paint is the bomb. I don’t usually trust gold paint but this gold paint is phenomenal. I’m not kidding. This gold paint is SO opaque even though it’s mixed like a watercolor. The effect it gives off is similar to gold foil prints- it seriously glimmers in the light when it is moved certain ways. I have the gold pack of six but I'm dying to try this 12 pack and all of Finetec's supplies. I had to watch a few tutorials on mixing the paint to get it the right consistency as well as opaqueness, but it pairs perfectly with the aguash brushes!

It seriously shimmers!!

It seriously shimmers!!

These fine tip markers are amazing. I love these for doodling and drawing as well as lettering, but the tips allow you to be super precise.

As for the watercolor and paper I use, I'd recommend this watercolor pack for beginners. The paint isn't amazing quality, but if you're going for lettering it works great! And for paper, I make all of watercolors on this mixed media paper. It's super smooth and durable.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a little behind the scenes of all of the tools I use to do my lettering. Let me know in the comments if you want more hand lettering tutorials or if you have any calligraphy suggestions :)

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