Wondering what supplies you’ll need to get started with brush calligraphy? The good news is, the necessary supplies are pretty minimal.
All you really need are two things: pens and paper. Really!
In fact, here’s the TL;DR version of this post (all links in this post are affiliate links, btw):
My Favorite Brush Marker Calligraphy Pens
- For large writing: Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- For medium-large writing: Kuretake Pocket Color Brush Pens
- For small writing: Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pens
My Favorite Paper for Brush Marker Calligraphy
Any of the following:
- Rhodia Pads (blank, dot, lined, or graph)
- Borden & Riley Boris Layout Paper
- Canson Pro Layout Marker Paper
- Strathmore 400 Layout Bond Paper
- Strathmore 500 Marker Paper
Add in just a couple of other inexpensive and easy-to-obtain items to make life easier (guidelines and Scotch Removable Tape), and you’ve got all you’ll need to keep you busy — and develop your skills — for a long time.
These are the supplies that I provide my students with when I teach in-person brush calligraphy workshops, because I’ve used them myself with great results. I know my students will experience the least amount of frustration possible if they stick with these materials.
Once you’ve got some basic chops under your belt, then you can expand out and experiment with other materials, like real bristle brushes!