Calligraphy and paper arts

Basic Tool Kit

Following are considered by many to be the contents of the ideal tool kit for lettering as well as other paper arts projects.

Basic Supplies:

  • Rulers: metal cork-backed and plastic see-thru
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Art Tape
  • Bone Folder
  • Stylus
  • Awl
  • Craft knife & extra blades
  • Pencil & sharpener or lead pointer
  • Small L-angle and triangle
  • Glue or Glue stick
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Water container
  • Water Dropper bottle
  • Rags/Paper towels/Baby Wipes
  • Higgins Eternal/Walnut Ink
  • Pigma Micron 01
  • Prang Watercolor set
  • Eraser
  • Tweezers
  • Optional Basic Supplies
    • Gum Arabic
    • Paper clips/rubber bands
    • Loupe or magnifying glass
    • Silver/Gold metallic Gel Xtreme Pens
    • Post it notes
    • Toothbrush

Lettering: Edge Pen

  • Pen Holders
  • Mitchell Nibs – flexible
  • Brause – more rigid
  • Speedball – C0-C2
  • Arkansas Stone or 600 grit sandpaper
  • Ink Container for dipping
  • Brush for loading ink

Optional Edge Pen Lettering Supplies

  • Pilot Parallel Pens
  • Stick Ink and Stone
  • Gouache in many colours

Lettering: Pointed Pen

  • Oblique Nib Holder
  • McCaffery’s Penman’s ink
  • Smooth paper
  • Padding for under paper
  • Protractor
  • Sponge
  • Suggested Nibs: EF Principle Nib, Gillott 303, 404, 1068A, Nikko G

Lettering: Brush

  • Pointed brush, round sizes 2, 4,6
  • Winsor & Newton Series 7 or Escoda
  • Flat Brush
  • Flat Brush 1″ and 1/2 “
  • Winsor Series 995

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