Modern Calligraphy Tools

Curated by Giulissa Principe, Calligrapher of Paperloveme Calligraphy


Essential Tools

In case you run out of your basic tools here are the links for refills.


Other Supplies

The tools I provided to you to start learning calligraphy are the basic tools. As mentioned in the class and provided in the workbook, there are many more tools out there to play with. Here are the specific tools that I would recommend you to buy to start taking your skills to the next level.


Here are some of my favorite supplies. I have experimented with all of these at one point or another in my calligraphy learning ride.

Nibs - After practicing with your Nikko G and Blue Pumpkin, I recommend experimenting with the following nibs:

Leonardt Principal EF Nib

Brause 66EF Nib

Hiro 111EF Nib

Watercolor / Gouache - I recommend my favorite watercolor and gouache sets:

Kuretake MC2036V Gansai Tambi

Artist's Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set

Sakura 12-pieces Koi Assorted Watercolor Tube Set

Holbein Artists Gouache Set of 12, 5ml tubes

Loew Cornell Soft Comfort Brushes

• Plastic Watercolor Palette Gold

Ink - There are many gold inks out there in all shapes and forms. Below are my favorites in order of preference.

Finetec Artist Mica Watercolor Paint: Metallic, 1.2" Diameter

Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Color, 1.0 oz, Copper Plate Gold

Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments brilliant gold 0.75 oz.

Gum Arabic - This is mixed with inks. Sometimes, you will find a type of paper or surface like a cotton envelope and the ink will just smear all over. Adding some gum arabic to the ink in a separate container, will thicken the ink and not make it smear.

CK Products Gum Arabic - Dust

W&N Gum Arabic: 2.5oz - Liquid

Paper - Here are one of my favorite pads of paper.

• Canson 18 lb/70g XL Marker Pad, 9 x 12", 100 Sheets

• Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad, 9 by 12-Inch, 20 Sheets

• Strathmore Tracing Paper Pad, 9 by 12-Inch

• Rhodia Classic Orange Notepad

• Rhodia Classic Black Notepad 8.25X12.5 Blank

• U.S. Art Supply 9" x 12" Premium Calligraphic Practice Paper Pad, 19 Pound Bond (70gsm), Pad of 50-Sheets, Calligraphy Paper with Printed Practice Rule and Slanted Grid

Electronic & Software tools - Only if you want to digitize your work.

• Huion L4S LED Light Pad

• Scanner

• Printer

• Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Favorite Read 

Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe