I love sharing with my friends the joy I find in calligraphy, so I want to extend that joy to you, too. I am starting my journey in teaching calligraphy with this post. I’ll be honest — I’m nervous. I’ve gotten questions asking what tools you need to get started, so that’s what I’ll start with today!
Tools to get started
My favourite beginner brush pen is the Tombow Fudenosuke (Hard Tip). I love the soft tip pen too, but the hard tip is a little easier for beginners to master. Especially if you write with a heavy hand, like I do.
The great thing about brush pen calligraphy is that you can use practically any kind of paper. The smoother your paper is, the longer your pen will last. My favourite paper for brush pen calligraphy is Rhodia paper (pictured above) — it is the smoothest paper you will ever write on, like butter. But you can use any smooth paper for brush pen calligraphy, including printer paper, and it works great! Try to stay away from textured paper like kraft paper, though.
Here’s where I buy my supplies:
- Tombow Fudenosuke (Hard Tip) Pen: TombowUSA or Amazon
- Rhodia Paper: Rhodia or Amazon
- Smooth Printer Paper: Any local office supplies store
Don’t forget to check your local craft and paper stores, too! I buy my Rhodia pads from Paper Papier in Ottawa.
Help me help you, and let me know:
- What is your favourite brush pen + paper combo?
- What do you struggle with when it comes to brush pen calligraphy?
- What other questions do you have for me?