Calligraphy Supply List

Photo by Jason Roman @Stockezy

Photo by Jason Roman @Stockezy

A list of all of my favorite lettering supplies, with links to where to buy them!

I love calligraphy supplies. There's something truly wonderful about the feel of a new pen or marker - it's like a world of untapped possibilities! I often get asked by my students what supplies I recommend for practice. Rather than continue to give advice piecemeal, I've compiled a comprehensive list of my favorites, organized by category and where to buy them. Feel free to email me at with any questions about the supplies on this list!

Disclosure: The links below are affiliate links, which means that I will be receiving a small commission for each sale at no additional cost to you.

Amazon: (please note: these links are formatted to be used with Amazon Smile, which donates a portion of each purchase to charity. You can learn more about signing up for this free program here).


Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide by Peggy Dean:
Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe:
Incorporating Flourishes book by Jarrin Cheng (comes with Tombow Fude Hard):
Tracing paper: (add-on item)

Brush Calligraphy Supplies:

Marvy Uchida Le Pen Flex (my favorite!):
Pentel Touch Sign Pens - 12 ct:
Tombow Fude Hard and Soft:
Tombow Dual Tips - Brights:
Tombow Dual Tips - Secondary:
Rhodia Dot Paper: 
#32 HP Laserjet Paper (this is unlined):
5x7 Smooth Cardstock (for cards and finished pieces):


Heat tool kit:
Powder pillow (for prepping):
Ranger Embossing Pen:
Copper Embossing Powder:
Gold Embossing Powder:
Silver Embossing Powder:


Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Watercolor Set:
Sakura Koi 30 Color Travel Set: Snap Round Brushes:
Niji Waterbrush (small):
Pentel Aquash Waterbrush (small, medium, large):
Plastic Palettes:
Canson Watercolor Paper (for florals):
Canson Mixed Media Paper (for lettering):

Pointed Pen: (see also John Neal Bookseller list below)

Straight Pen holder (for nibs):
Kneaded eraser (for cleaning nibs):
1.5 oz jars:
Cloth napkins:
Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay India Ink (Set 1):
Sumi ink:

Additional Supplies:

Circle Maker:
Rechargeable battery (optional, you can plug the lightbox into the wall):
We R Memory Keeper Laser Square:
Sharpie Stained Fabric Markers:
Coliro Colors Finetec Gold Watercolors:
Gelly Roll Metallic Gel Pens:

John Neal Bookseller

John Neal Bookseller is my preferred supplier for calligraphy specialty items. They're so friendly and helpful! While you can purchase many calligraphy supplies on Amazon (see below), there are some pointed pen supplies that will be both better quality and more cost effective from a specialty shop. Please use the link below to access my teaching page, which has photos of all of the supplies I recommend!

Teaching page with supply lists: