Let’s talk Words
How Hand Lettering is not Calligraphy but Calligraphy is Lettering but neither is a Font because both are not Type
Let’s talk Holders
Different holder mechanisms, price classes and the difference between straight and oblique
The cheapest versatile Brush Lettering Starter Kit
A shopping list to learn about all brush lettering tool types for a small budget
The Intro to my second Skillshare class – now available to watch. If you don’t have a skillshare account yet, use the following link to unlock 2 months for free: https://skl.sh/2Nb4Kkn
The Intro to my first Skillshare class – now available to watch. If you don’t have a skillshare account yet, use the following link to unlock 2 months for free: https://skl.sh/2JsIlzV
Calligrpahy requires a lot more tools than most other writing instruments and not a day goes by that I don’t get at least one message of people asking what tools they need to get their own calligraphy adventure started.
I am writing the calligraphy 101 series, which should give you a general idea on the tools needed, but for some people that is not enough. Some people want to know exactly what products they should get. If you are one of those people – this post is for you.
The moment you first experience the joy of having a little device mixing ink for you, you’ll never want to go back into a non-automatic ink stirring reality. I had seen people using Lab Stirrers quite a while ago, back when I was still mostly brush lettering and only dabbling in the world of Calligraphy. Back then I knew I couldn’t even justify spending $50 on a gadget that sure would use up quite a lot of space. But then my obsession happened. And then Luis released his video of a pretty, compact, absolutely adorable ink stirrer for Calligraphers and I knew I had to get it. And I did. And ever since that and the Launch of the InkMeThis stirrer the Calligraphy World is rediscovering stirrers. I very often get people asking me about supplies on a budget and as a student I 100% understand what you mean. So I jumped on Aliexpress and ordered a cheap lab stirrer and decided to do a comparison of the two. (Sorry guys, not many pictures this time round though…)
White Inks are a whole subject of their own. A while ago I wrote about black inks and the different types of inks available, so I’ll just reference you to that for this kind of information. This time round, I dug out all of the white inks I had available (and bought some new ones) to give you an ultimate white ink showdown.