The questions I get asked most often are typically related to calligraphy supplies. Without further adieu, here is my official list of favorites:
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold Ink: One of the most requested ink colors for the projects I’ve done is gold, and this has always been a reliable one for me. The only downside, as with most pre-mixed metallic inks, is you need to constantly stir this one while working with it.
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White Ink: This is the perfect opaque white. It comes a little thick (ok, a lot!), but once diluted with rubbing alcohol or water, it’s a dream to work with.
- Sumi Ink: Of all the black inks I’ve tried, this one has had the best consistency and finish. It dries quickly, and leaves your words an opaque, glossy black.
- Blue Pumpkin Nib: I can’t say enough good things about this nib. I’d say my pen pressure is average– not too hard, and not too light, so this works for me. This may sound strange, but I want to say that this nib is very “comfortable” to use. It also works well for metallic inks that may otherwise, have trouble flowing out of other nibs.
- Zebra G Nib: This is an awesome nib for beginners, which is why I use it in all my workshops. No matter what your pen pressure is, or your writing style, this is nib can work for you. It’s durable, lasts a long time, and is able to give you extra fine hairline strokes.
- Oblique Nib Holder: I’ll be honest. This is the only oblique nib holder I’ve ever used and I’ve never had any trouble with it. Like any pen or pencil, it’s going to hurt your hand if you use it for too long, but with a slow and steady pace, you’ll be fine.
- White Containers from Daniel Smith: I used to love these jars from Hobby Lobby, but after using them for my gouache+water mixtures, I learned they weren’t air-tight. They’re fine for sumi ink, but with gouache, I prefer the ones with the white tops from DS.
- Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser: This eraser has never failed me. When I first started doing art, and needed to, well, erase things, I’d reach for Pink Pearl erasers, and pencil topper erasers I had laying around in my drawer. Big mistake. Those erasers left marks all over my finished projects, and did more damage than anything. The Mars Plastic Eraser is colorless, and super soft. It’s guaranteed to leave any paper scuff-free.
I’m always looking for new supplies to test out, and would love to hear any recommendations you may have! Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments, send me a message via the Contact page, or reach out to me on social media!
Stay tuned for a future post about my favorite pens!