The biggest thing to remember is that you don’t have to be fancy when first starting out with a new medium. Here is a list of my favorite calligraphy, stationery and journaling supplies. It’s easy to buy a lot when first starting out, but take it slow and build up your supplies over time. I try to only purchase a supply when a project calls for it.

Journaling Basics

Moleskin Sketchbook

The small size is great for travel. This journal holds pigment well and doesn’t bleed a lot. 

Micron PensMicon Pens

Waterproof with a variety of tip sizes so you can get different strokes while you draw.

UniBall Vision Pro

Another option for black pens with more fluid ink.

Zig Millennium

An alternative to Micron in different weights

Watercolor brushesWater Brush

Fill the body of the pen with water or ink. Ideal for traveling with watercolors, or creating brush calligraphy.

exacto knifeExacto Knife

Classic sharp blade for cutting out little details.. 

Travel scissorsTravel Scissors

Fold up in your to-go bag. Blades covered safely during travel.

Yes Glue

Acid free and perfect for mixed media work. Use a brush to spread. 

glue stick
UHU Glue Stick: Super sticky.

Small ruler: Great for travel

blackwing pencilsBlackwing Pencils

My favorite pencils! Soft lead with a replaceable eraser.

white eraserWhite Rubber Eraser

Cleanly erases pencil marks.

black eraserBlack rubber eraser

For dark papers or alternative surfaces.

mono zero erasersMono Zero eraser

Tiny eraser that works like a mechanical pencil to remove thin lines.
Calligraphy Basics

tombow brush pensTombow Brush Pens

Perfect for beginners. The two pack has a hard and soft tip pen so your can try both.

tombow dual brush pensTombow Dual Brush Pens

The flexible tip is great once you’ve started doing more calligraphy. Come in hundreds of colors.

Pentel Sign Pens

Small brush pens in a variety of colors.

Moblique Pen HoldersMoblique Pen Holders

Oblique + straight holder in one pen! Comes in a variety of fun colors to mix & match.

Brause Steno Pen Nib

Pointed Pen Nibs

from Paper & Ink Arts. Check out their sampler packs

Tracing Paper

Great for drills and practice

bristol boardBristol Board Paper

Still paper for final pieces.

rhodia dot padRhodia Dot Grid Pad

Dot or gridded practice paper.

Zebra G

Stiff beginner nib.

Turned Wood Oblique HolderWood Oblique Holder

Different styles all from Paper & Ink Arts.

MOLOTOW One4All Acrylic Paint Marker

Comes in different weights but perfect for alternative surfaces like chalkboards or acrylic

InkSumi Ink

Classic black ink for practice and beyond

Wrist Brace

Provides support when you have a lot of practice or envelopes to do!

Envelope Stencil

Helps set up lines for addresses.

Dinky Dip Cups
Dinky Dip Ink Cups

Come in few shapes & sizes

Dr. Ph Martins Bleed Proof White Ink

Great ink. Must be watered down to use.
Watercolors & More

Watercolor Pencils

Ideal for adding color on the go

water soluable pastelsWatersoluable Pastels

Work a lot like watercolor pencils

Colored Pencils

A familiar tool, upgraded. 

travel watercolorsTravel Watercolors: Classic Colors

These are some basic colors in a handy travel tin. They come in a ton of other color options too.

watercolor tinEmpty Watercolor Tin

If you already have watercolors, you can fill this tin. Come in different cover styles.

Gold Metallic Watercolors

I use these in both calligraphy & journaling to add shine.

Skin Tone Watercolors

Neutral colors

travel watercolor brushesTravel brushes

Fold nicely to protect the bristles

Mini Detail brushes

Tiny details call for a dainty brush. This works great for brush calligraphy too.
Wax Sealing Supplies

wax glue sticks
Glue gun sealing wax: Works in a standard glue gun

wax melter
Wax Melter: Use with wax pieces.

wax pieces
Wax Pieces: To use with a melter or in a spoon.

custom wax seal

Custom Wax Seals Get your own image, logo or text

glue gun
Glue Gun: A modern alternative for wax seals


Journal Fodder Junkies: Great book on techniques from my old art teacher.

Draw Your Day: Inspiring work from Samantha Dion Baker

How to Draw Modern Florals
by Alli Koch

Extraordinary hand lettering
Writing on various surfaces

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