Alrighty… here it is! A little while ago I did a poll on Instagram to see if people would like to know my favourite supplies. The vote was yes so here is that blog post long overdue!
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Calligraphy & Lettering Pens
Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy Pens
Hands down my #1 favourite lettering pen and go-to for every card! These pens come in a hard tip and soft tip. My first preference is the hard tip which is easier to use as a beginner, but both are relatively easy to control and the hard tip pens also come in 10 vibrant colours now!
Like I mentioned, I use them on cards for the calligraphy and sometimes to outline designs, as well. They are also my favourite for addressing envelopes since they have waterproof ink (can’t stop me now Rain-couver!).
- Waterproof ink
- 10 Colour options
- easy to control
- That you have to replace it eventually?
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
These brush pens are a lot thicker and bigger than the Fudenosuke pens and they are water-based which means they’re not permanent but can be used for some pretty watercolour designs!
I use them most for miscellaneous projects like notebooks customizations, quick cards and various lettering projects!
- Amazing Colours
- So Many options for blending colours!
- a bit pricey (cheaper at Michael’s with a coupon than on Amazon)
Fine Tip Pens
I have gone through a lot of fine tip pens… the Sakura Micron, Zebra Sarasa, Muji gel pens, Staedtler fine liners, Stabilo fine liners, and many others. I loved them all about the same but the one thing that drives me crazy is how the tip becomes a little bit thicker as you write (just gonna happen). But the one I found the last the longest is the Sakura Micron PN (plastic nib). I only really use the black but if you’re looking for nice colours, the zebra sarasa have a wide selection (as well as staedtler triples fine liners and stabilo fine liners).
Angora Water Colors
I tried a couple different sets and also some random tube paints I found at Homesense. But this one was easily my favourite! The texture was smooth, colours were beautiful (and also mixed nice colours), and it is super portable! This one was given to me as a gift and it has been well worn. Only thing I can’t recommend is the best place to buy it.
Daniel Smith Watercolors
When I was ready to invest in a high quality set of watercolors, I found Daniel Smith to have consistently high reviews! I have not personally experienced comparison with other high end paints but I don’t regret this purchase. The colours are vibrant, the set is gorgeous and even when dry, the paint goes on smoothly. I really enjoyed picking out the colours I wanted in my palette and the carrier is super portable and classy!
I haven’t really tried a lot of papers but having watercolour paper as opposed to normal cardstock is very important! I’ve been satisfied with the Canson Watercolor paper pads that you can find at any art store. I usually purchase mine at Michaels with a coupon.
I’ve used the Michaels brand “Artist’s Loft” brushes and these have been very reliable. But I also use Princeton brushes. I found some at Hobby Lobby and purchased my most recent set through Opus. No complaints, I’ve found both reliable depending on your price range!
Sharpie Oil-based Pens
For anything permanent, the Sharpie oil-based markers have been my favourite. I’ve used them in various projects such as decorating Christmas ornaments, decorating my Bible or even my laptop. Just keep in mind they will come off non-porous surfaces with rubbing alcohol (or hand sanitizer) so if you need it to hold up to lots of hand contact then you may want to test it before committing. But I love how the tips come in various sizes; even super fine! I usually purchase this one at Michaels with a coupon as Amazon can have surprisingly high costs sometimes.
Kassa Chalk Pens
The best chalk markers when you need erasable! For non-permanent designs, these are my first choice. They come in various colours and two sizes of pen tip. These i purchase through Amazon. Also, they’re a small business!
If you have questions feel free to comment or reach out to me! I’d love to help you get creative!