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these are a few (okay...a lot) of my favorite things! - hand lettering edition

Have you wanted to branch into the calligraphy world? Did you take one of my calligraphy classes and want to tap into some of the amazing (and lifechanging to be honest - work smarter, not harder) supplies that are crucial to building a hand lettering business? Fear not! I've come to share my absolute go-to supplies and how I use them in my business!

*Please note: some of the following links are affiliate links and Grady Letters receives a small commission if you purchase through these links (at no extra cost to you). As always, thank you for your continued support!


nibs & pen holders

  • Blue Pumpkin Nib - This is my go-to nib for all my projects. I absolutely love how smoothly it flows on paper! If you've taken my class, you've probably heard me say that I think if the Hunt 512 and Hunt 101 had a baby, it would be a Blue Pumpkin nib!

  • Nikko G Nib - This is my second favorite, although I don't use it nearly as much as my coveted Blue Pumpkin.

  • Hunt 101 Nib - This is the copper nib used in Sip & Script's Beginners class. It's flexible tines produce a gorgeous thick downstroke.

  • Hunt 512 Nib - This is the silver nib used in Sip & Script's Beginners class. It's much less flexible, but glides smoothly, giving a soft, romantic stroke.

  • Straight Pen Holder - I prefer a straight pen because of the angle I hold my page and my hand.

  • Oblique Pen Holder - A great option for lefties and anyone who just wants to experiment!


inks & paints

  • Sumi Ink - Black ink used in Sip & Script's Beginners class.

  • White Ink - Bleedproof white looks incredible on dark papers.

  • Gold Ink - This shimmery gold has an iridescent finish that catches light and sparkles beautifully.

  • Gouache Paint Set - You can create beautiful custom colors by mixing a dab of gouache paint with water and gum Arabic (linked below). Offering to create custom colors can really set you apart and appeal to clients, yielding a one-of-a-kind color!

  • Gum Arabic - Mix with gouache and water to prevent your custom color from bleeding.


engraving supplies


event signage supplies


I'm always discovering new supplies so check back here often! I'll be making changes frequently. If there are any supplies you're interested in but I haven't listed, please reach out and let me know. I love sourcing new things!

lettering on mirror
pointed pen menu
engraving ring dish

happy lettering!!

1 Comment

Oct 11, 2023

Your handwriting is pretty 😍

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