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Best Brush Lettering Supplies for Beginners (especially lefties!)

Now that you’ve mastered fauxligraphy and the ins and outs of upstrokes and downstrokes, I bet you want to move on to the real deal!  Unfortunately, a quick search on Amazon of “brush pens” is enough to make your head explode… Where do you start, especially as a lefty?  Well, I’m here to help!  Here’s my roundup of the best supplies for beginners.  They’re all pretty inexpensive, as well as being lefty-tested to make sure your first experiences with brush lettering are as successful as possible!


1. Tombow Fudenosuke (Hard and Soft Tip)

The hard tip Tombow Fudenosuke was the first pen that made me believe I could actually, maybe, someday be good at brush calligraphy! The tips are very manageable while still creating good thick and thin lines.  Some people prefer the soft tip, so I recommend getting the set of both to start out to see which you prefer!

2. Pentel Touch (a.k.a brush tip Sign Pen)

These are similar to the Tombow Fudenosukes, but they quickly edged them out as my very favorite brush pen.  They’re inkier, cheaper, and they come in pretty colors!  I use these pens every single day. The fact that they have two different names is SO confusing, so just make sure the ones you get say “flexible” or “brush” tip and you should be good to go!

3. Crayola Brush Tip Markers

Lefties are notoriously hard on felt-tip brush pens. We have to push them across the paper where righties pull them. It’s just a fact of life that the ends will fray, no matter how smooth your paper or how light your pressure.  That’s why I recommend these for beginners.  For less than the price of two Tombow Dual Brush Pens (which righties can use for months without fraying, but lefties will ruin in roughly 7.4 seconds), you get a set of markers that basically do the same thing at a fraction of the cost.  It’s much less painful to ruin a $1 marker. Added bonus for those with Target stores nearby: the ones pictured above are the generic version, so they’re even cheaper!

4 and 5. Michael’s Artist Loft Watercolors and Pentel Aquash Water Brush (medium tip)

For those of you that want the color and texture variety that paint provides, this combo is the best for beginners. These watercolors aren’t going to win any awards, but they’re super inexpensive and they do what they’re supposed to do.  The Pentel Water Brush is also inexpensive, and the medium tip is easy to control. Olivia over at Random Olive is a pro with these, and she recommends starting with large letters until you get the hang of using a real brush. The best thing about water brushes is that the water is in the barrel, so you don’t have to deal with jars of water and they’re portable!

*shameless plug alert*

My Brush Lettering Practice Sheets are available to help you begin to form your letters!  They are made to work perfectly with the Pentel Touches and Tombow Fudenosukes, but you can also blow up the image on your computer to use them with larger pens and water brushes. Use code BLOG10 for 10% off of the set!

And there you have it!  Feel free to leave any questions for me in the comments if you have them and I’ll try my best to answer them or direct you to someone who can!


  1. Amy says:

    Hey! I just checked the link to the crayons markers and it links to the “color wonder brush tip markers” – those seem to be the ones that only show up on their “color wonder” paper. Is this correct?

  2. Ikhlas says:

    OK ignore my last comment about brush recommendations…didn’t see this!
    Again, super helpful! Can’t wait to get to Michael’s and get a few of these to start practicing!

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