You don’t have to be fancy when first starting out. Here is a list of our favorite calligraphy, stationery and journaling supplies for beginners. It’s easy to buy a lot when first starting out, but take it slow and build up your supply stock over time. I try to only purchase a supply when a project calls for it.

Journaling Basics

Moleskin Art Sketch Album

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

Micron Pens

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

Yes! Glue

Acid free and perfect for mixed media work.

Water brush

Watercolor brushes
Use with anything! Fill the body of the pen with ink or water. Perfect for brush lettering or painting.

Travel Scissors

Travel scissors
Fold up in your to-go bag!

Black Eraser

black eraser
For dark papers

Classic Erasers

white eraser
Cleanly erasers pencil marks.

Mono Zero Eraser

mono zero erasers
Removes thin lines

Exacto Knife

exacto knife
For little details

UHU Glue Stick

glue stick
Super sticky.
Calligraphy Basics

Blackwing Pencils

blackwing pencils
My favorite pencils! Soft lead with a replaceable eraser.

Tombow Brush Pens

tombow brush pens
These are perfect for beginners. The two pack has a hard and soft tip pen so your can try both.

Tombow Dual Brush

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

Sumi Ink

Classic black ink.

Tracing Paper

tracing paper
Great for practice and going over drills.

Bristol Board

bristol board
Stiff for final pieces

Rhodia Dot Pad

rhodia dot pad
Dot grid practice paper

Envelope Stencil

envelope stencil
Help set up lines for addresses.
Watercolors & More

Travel Watercolors

travel watercolors
These are the basics but they have lots of other options available.

Make Your Own Watercolor Tin

watercolor tin
Use colors you already have at home to fill this tin.

Watercolor pencils

watercolor pencil
Ideal for adding color on-the-go

Travel Brushes

travel watecolor brushes
Fold nicely and protects the bristles

Water Soluable Pastels

water soluable pastels
Work a lot like watercolor pencils
Wax Seal Supplies

Glue Gun

glue gun
A modern alternative for wax seals

Glue Gun Sealing Wax

wax glue sticks
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 Seals

custom wax seal
From Stampitude

Sand Eraser

sand eraser
Helps erase thick mistakes on rough surfaces