Beginner Brush Lettering: My Essentials

I’m currently obsessed with brush lettering… my newest and favorite hobby! If you’re thinking, “I’m not that artistic”, then I want to encourage you… this is a hobby that anyone can pick up! There are tons of practice sheets out there, basic, affordable tools that you can start with, and so many other things that it can lead to! These are some of my favorite essentials that I used at the beginning of my lettering journey. Next week, I’ll share additional essentials that are next level stuff!

Beginner brush lettering

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I want to begin by saying that these tools are my preferences. Ask around in Facebook groups, Instagrammers, and get other people’s opinions, too. This post is certainly not the end all, be all.

Okay, without further ado, here are some great tools if you’re just starting out on your brush lettering journey!


Crayola markers

You probably have some crayola markers around your house. This is by far the cheapest option if you’re just starting out! You can use the side of the marker tip to get the thick downstrokes, and then use the top of the tip for the thin upstrokes. Just check out some of these Instagrams!


Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

These are by far one of the easiest brush pens to use when starting out! When I first started lettering, I obviously didn’t do thorough research, and got the Tombow dual brush pens. While these pens are incredible, the brush tip was too broad so my lettering always came out really large. Once I got my hands on these Fudenosuke brush pens, I was able to write in a “normal” size, and have a better control on the writing. So don’t make the same mistake I did! The Tombow dual brush pens ARE amazing, but get these Fudenosuke brush pens first. You won’t regret it!



Rhodia Lined Notepad

Brush pens require smooth, soft paper. If you use it on any textured or really heavy paper, the brush tips will begin fraying. I learned that the hard way. 😦 This Rhodia pads come as dotted, lined, wireor staple bound, etc. There are so many possibilities! Which one you get is really up to you. I personally like the dot or lined. But I think lined will be better as a beginner letterer so that you can use the lines to keep your letters straight.


Canson marker paper

This marker paper is so smooth and perfect for practicing brush lettering! The only downside is that it’s a bit transparent. But it’s perfect for placing a marker paper over a practice sheet (see below for links), so that you don’t have to keep printing (or buying) practice sheets.

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Dawn Nicole Designs

Papel & Co.



The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand Lettering 101

I wish you the best of luck as you start your brush lettering journey!


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