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!
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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.
Rubbing Alcohol - I wipe away dust, pencil marks and excess Rub N Buff with rubbing alcohol.
Pillow - I use this to rest the item I'm engraving on.
White Pencils - I use these to write out what I want to engrave and then trace over with my engraver.
event signage supplies
Sharpie Paint Pen (white) - There are so many different colors, but white is my staple. I use it for mirrors, chalkboards, wood, and canvas, along with any other surface I need to write on. There are also different tip widths as well. I use medium and fine tip the most.
5x7 Acrylic Sheet - My go-to for table numbers.
8x10 Acrylic Sheet - Perfect for table top signage like signature cocktail and thank you signs.
12x24 Acrylic Sheet - A larger option for welcome signs, schedule of events and unplugged ceremony.
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!