Have you ever had an interest in learning calligraphy or hand-lettering but have no idea where to start? Do you have the resources, but don't know what brush pens or tools are best for you?
Don't worry! You don't always need the best and most professional tools out there to create amazing works of art. (They sure do help) but when you are just beginning, there's no need to spend $50 on a calligraphy pen you don't quite know how to use yet!
I've made a list of my top 5 calligraphy tools and brands that you can find if you're interested in calligraphy or hand-lettering, but don't want to spend a ton of money on quite yet!
First and foremost, the #1 brush-pen I would recommend to anyone: This is the..
Tombow dual-brush pen
You can find a single pen, or a whole pack of them over on Amazon!
These pens come in a whole rainbow of colors, and are versatile to the point they have they have two different brush-tips. They have the actual brush end, then they have a harder, more direct tip good for details. Ultimately, if you end up doing calligraphy or hand-lettering, you WILL have a whole set of these pens!
Next, we take the dual brush pen, extend the tip a bit more, and you have another one of my favorite brush-pens to use!
kuretake metallic brush-pen
Add some metallic flare to your hand-lettering by using the ever-popular Kuretake Metallic Brush-Pens! These can also be found on Amazon, and are super-fun to use!
Third, my ALL-TIME FAVORITE. (Meaning, I will buy these by the TONS) and use these EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. These pens will become your go-to brush pens.. These are the:
TOMBOW fudenosuke brush-pens
Hear me out when I say.. These pens will change your life. If you are even the slightest bit interested in hand-lettering or calligraphy, GET THESE PENS! They are the easiest to use, and even when the ink is about to go out, the texture they create is amazing!
Okay, maybe you don't want to try brush-lettering, but want those really cool gothic lettering styles, or want to try your hand at a Blackletter-esque font. Here is what I would recommend:
pilot parallel calligraphy pens
You can purchase these pens by themselves, or as a pack of 4. There are 4 different sizes that you can use ultimately to change the style of hand-lettering you are looking for! (Did I mention that you can mix ink colors to create an endless number of colors??) Pilot Parallel Pens are the most versatile calligraphy pen outside of brush-pens, and I would recommend these in a heart-beat.
Last but not least.
Did you gather interest in calligraphy or hand-lettering by reading this post, but would rather not spend money on tools or pens just yet? Don't worry! Use a pencil or ink-pen and practice flourishing or try faux-lettering and see if it peaks your interest!
If you don't like using No.2 pencils for anything but your math homework, here is the top-of-the-line pencil that any artist or calligrapher would recommend:
palomino blackwing pencils
These are the pencils to end all pencils. The best of the best. They look good, feel good in-hand, and come with an artist's favorite little niche; the flat-tip eraser.
Have you ever had a pencil that you set down on the table and it just rolls right off? Not today! These pencils come with a built-in flat-tip eraser that will keep them sturdy when you need a sip of coffee, or the ever-loving bathroom break.
So there you have it! My Top-5 brands and tools for anyone interested in calligraphy or hand-lettering!
How does your Top-5 compare? Do you have any other tools that you absolutely love that didn't make it on the list? Be sure to comment down below and let me know!
Hello, and welcome to the first official blog post of Air and Sea Studio!
My name is Alex Krivanek, and I am going to take you on a crash course introduction post about how Air and Sea Studio came to be, and what I hope this blog turns into one day.
My wife and I got married in March of 2018, and throughout our wedding planning, we noticed that ordering Save the Dates, and hiring a wedding planner, photographer, caterer.. etc was going to be super expensive.
What we didn't think about.. you may have guessed it already; was that I am a Graphic Designer. Why not design our OWN Save the Dates, wedding signage, everything we could do to save money for the best day of our lives. It turned into something bigger, and ultimately changed the course of my daily lifestyle.
I came to thinking.. what if other couples out there planning their own wedding are stuck in that same money scenario? Well, that's where focus of Air and Sea Studio was born. I decided to help couples like them out, and design cheaper and more readily available wedding signage at the touch of an "add to cart" button.
After that, I molded the wedding design side with my graphic design side, and now offer freelance design work, and B2B contract work to businesses willing to collaborate and bring new items to their shop with a little Air and Sea Studio flare to them. I have also enlisted my good friend as a business management partner to keep track of the books, and keep Air and Sea Studio on track.
What you have today is a multidisciplinary design studio working with clients all around the world, and a blog to capture everything that's helped me out along the way.
I plan to produce blog posts such as:
Wedding Wednesday: Showcasing a wedding tip or trick to help new couples out!
Feature Friday: Featuring a hot item in our shop
Best Calligraphy Tools
Top Instagram Pages for Designers / Calligraphers
Anatomy of Type
Event Planners. Are they necessary?
Wedding Budgeting: Tools of the Trade
I hope you will stay for more, and if you would like to know ANYTHING about the world of graphic design, wedding design, or the machines I use to produce my work, leave a comment below, and let me know!