Zebra G nib
This wonderful nib is one of the standard supplies I recommend for beginners, and actually a lot of my current calligraphy students send their work in written with the Zebra G.
After having used it for my Spencerian course homework and warming up to this great nib again, I use it a lot for drawing lately – since that is what it was originally developed for (the Zebra G is a Japanese drawing nib widely used for mangas). I love the crisp and smooth lines, and the ability to modulate your stroke with it.
My selfmade Pomegranate ink
I still have a whole batch of this selfmade pomegranate ink, and although I know it’s not the most paper-friendly ink to use (it will eat away the paper at some point in the future due to the tannic acid), I love the dark-grey color of this ink. I use it for calligraphy practice and for drawing veggies with my Zebra G.
Brause Rose nib
I don’t know why I stopped using this nib, because it’s smooth and soft as butter and it gives very beautiful downstrokes. It can be a bit hard to master since it’s notorious for not starting, but if you’re using the right technique (holding it very upright and making a small dot into the paper first) it’s wonderful to use. I mainly use it for my script lettering pieces where I want prominent hairlines (it’s not the thinnest nib) and beautiful thick downstrokes.
Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils
I have had a box of these colored pencil for some years, and only recently have reintroduced them into my illustration work – I absolutely love them! I find them very versatile for sketching and drawing, as well as the occasional script lettering practice. They’re smooth and come in great vivid colors, and the best part is that you can add water to them and the pigments will dissolve and behave like watercolor. If you don’t use too much water, you will retain the sketchy texture you can make with these pencils. I absolutely recommend these!
Pentel Color brush
These brush pens come in different colors, they have a huge, soft tip and behave like a real brush – very responsive and soft. I have a few lying around that are almost used up, and I love to create textures with them. If you like the thought of refilling your pens (personally I prefer reusing over always buying new stuff and adding to the plastic waste pile) and don’t mind a small mess, you can refill these with any ink of your choice, but be sure to have a paper towel next to you when you use the pen, it can be a bit uncontrolled afterwards. (Even when I took the picture for this post and just wanted to close the cap of the pen, it splattered all over my desk…you can see there’s a lot of ink on the tip.). I found it’s better to use an ink that’s a bit thicker and not too runny, like India or Sumi ink.
Hope you liked this small roundup! What are your favorite tools at the moment and what tools have you discovered lately that help your creativity flow? Let me know and share your favorite tools with me!