So You Want To Start Handlettering?

If you’ve ever wanted to start handlettering, I want to give you a few pointers to get you headed in the right direction. First and foremost, it does not take a bunch of expensive tools. I started with computer paper from my home printer, mechanical pencils I had around the house and one of those erasers that click as you raise them up and down. That’s all you need to get started. Soon I headed off to Micheals and started investing in various pens, I tried nearly everything from basic crayola markers to pens that were $10+ each. I’m here to tell you there is no secret tool that will magically change your ability to handletter. There is only one secret to mastering it….and that’s practice! Practice, practice and more practice. Just like anything else you want to master in life, you’ve got to put in the time and effort.

Sometimes when you’re starting a new hobby it is fun to get some new supplies. If I were starting over again here’s exactly what I would start with.

Pencil and Eraser Set. $15.99

This set has it all – pencils, extra lead, and a good hi-polymer eraser.

Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Pencil Kit, 0.7mm, Refill Leads, Block Eraser 2 Pack

Notebook for Sketching $9.87

(I literally carried this ever where, and now I’m on my 3rd notebook and still have it wherever I go.)


Tombow Dual Tip Pen $5.67

I’ve tried them all, this is the best pen for brush lettering or just plan sketching letters and filling in the thickness.


That’s it! I’d get the supplies listed above, settle in on my couch and just start drawing. While you’re starting out, google some handlettering examples. It’s good to see what others are doing and be inspired by them, even try their styles while you’re learning. But in the process be sure to develop you’re own style before you move onto creating pieces for others or for business.

Happy Lettering!