A bullet journal can be completely minimalistic or fully glammed up. I like to decorate my pages, just because I have a lot of fun with it. One of the things I learned while diving into bullet journaling is lettering.
I think my penmanship was always quite nice. I have always loved to write, when I was bored I would listen to music and write out the lyrics at the same time. Just for fun.
So when I discovered lettering I was hooked. I knew it would be something I would love to do. I started with faux calligraphy. I actually was doing fake calligraphy for my whole life but I didn’t even know that it had a name and that it was considered calligraphy. I learnt it from my mother, she would make the downstrokes on her letters thicker while she was on the phone or bored. I don’t think she even noticed it, she just did it unconsciously.
But then I saw real calligraphy and wanted to try it. So naturally there was the question: what tools do I need? What pens to use?
After a while I found what works for me and what I like to use, hence this blog post.
I really only use 3 different pens for calligraphy. I am sure there are a lot more, but these are the ones I learned calligraphy with and know how to use.
Tombow Fudenosuke calligraphy pen – soft tip
I love this pen so much! This was the pen I actually learned calligraphy with. I was a beginner but it was so easy to use! I could create nice looking calligraphy from the beginning. It is also not that expensive and totally suitable for a beginner wanting to learn calligraphy. I write most of my quotes and such with this pen. Here are some pictures from my Instagram where I used this pen:
You can buy this pen here.
Tombow Fudenosuke calligraphy pen – hard tip
I don’t like this one as much as the other one, but I still use it for a lot of things. I mostly use it if I want to write capital letters, it seems easier for me to write them with the hard tip. Also, if I want my downstrokes to be thinner, I will use this pen. I heard from some people, that the hard tip is easier to use for beginners, because you can really create thin upstrokes and you really have to push to get the thick downstrokes – you have to try it for yourself. I would recommend buying both, the soft and the hard tip, that’s what I did. Some pictures:
The word ‘key’
The capital letters in the quote on the right, other than the word ‘grateful’
You can buy this pen here.
Or you can buy both the soft and the hard tip together here.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Yep, pretty much everything on this list is Tombow. I am not sponsored by the way (I wish, haha). These are a bit harder to use. I originally bought the black one to learn calligraphy with but I really failed. That’s why it’s great to buy the Fudenosuke pens first! They were so much easier to use. But, after a little practicing, I learned how to use these pens. And the best thing? They look like watercolor on paper! Also, there are so many colors to choose from, so many beautiful colors! You will see these pens everywhere on Instagram used for calligraphy. Some of my pictures:
Title, names of the days and the numbers
The word ‘april’
‘Get your shit’ and ‘to-do’, for all the other calligraphy I used the Fudenosuke soft tip
These are the pens I use for calligraphy, but I would also use a fineliner for faux calligraphy. I use the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner in black for that.
What pens do you use? I would love to get to know some other ones then the ones listed here. So leave me a comment!
Thank you for reading!