8 Essential Supplies & Resources for Your Hand Lettering Toolkit

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Hand lettering is taking the world by storm. From the renowned work of Mary Kate McDevitt and Jessica Hische to students in Denise Bosler’s Hand Lettering Power Course, the design community is abuzz at the skillful work of talented typographic artists.

If you’d like to join in on the fun and create unique typographic designs, check out the The Perfect Pen Hand Lettering Kit from MyDesignShop. This exclusive collection will help you take charge of your type design and breathe new life into your work. With the expert instruction of Joanne Sharpe, you’ll find the inspiration and skills you need to take your typographic work to the next level.

Dive in to the world of hand lettering with the supplies and inspiration in this handy kit. this kit also makes a great set of gifts for designers who love typography. Order the collection here (now available for only $47.49).

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8 Essential Supplies & Instructional Resources for Your Hand Lettering Toolkit

The Art of Whimsical Lettering

by Joanne Sharpe

Create your own signature art lettering style while combining personal handwriting, drawing and doodling techniques. Discover how you can create new hand-drawn type from 20 demonstrations for creating whimsical lettering. Find plenty of inspiration, ideas, encouragement, and examples to fuel your passion and discovery! Learn more here.


Artful Lettering: Tools and Techniques for Discovering Your Style

with Joanne Sharpe

The perfect companion to The Art of Whimsical Lettering, this DVD workshop from author and artist Joanne Sharpe will teach you to fall in love with your handwriting! Discover the features and functionality of assorted pens, inks, brushes, markers, parallel pens and paints in 12 fresh writing, design, and drawing techniques. Master a variety of lettering styles including print and cursive, vintage alphabet, and calligraphy concepts to liven up your lettering. Learn more here.


In addition to these two instructional resources, this kit includes a wide variety of pens and markers perfect for diving into hand lettering—and, of course, the sketchbook to practice in. These supplies are only available as part of the Perfect Pen Hand Lettering Kit. Get the collection here.

Copic® Marker Sketchbook

Practice creative hand lettering techniques with 50 sheets of all-purpose, bleed-resistant paper. Use this sketchbook for markers, pens, paint, doodling and more.


Copic® Doodle Pack – Turquoise

This color-coordinated pack includes two shades of turquoise markers, a color multi-liner, and a playful glitter pen – the perfect set for doodling and design.


Faber-Castell® Essential PITT Artist Pens

A set of versatile pens that is perfect for drawing, doodling, lettering, and more. The flexible pen tip bends and returns to its original form, making it perfect for brush lettering, creating thin and thick lines, and inking stamps.


Sharpie® Water-Based Paint Marker — Extra Fine Point

This acid-free pen is great for making bold, dark lines in your lettering projects. It is water and fade resistant, and will not bleed through paper.


Uni-Ball® Signo White Gel Ink Pen

Use this smooth and silky white ink pen to add details and highlights to your hand lettering projects. Or, use it on dark papers for bright, stand-out lettering with high contrast. It delivers consistent and even flow on paper and photos.


Faber-Castell® Stamper’s Big White Pen

With a large durable brush tip, this pen offers a rich opaque white coverage perfect for writing with a broad stroke. The Big White Pen is excellent on dark surfaces and will not fade over time. Plus, the marks are waterproof when dry, making the pen perfect for layering with other paints or inks.


Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of hand lettering or you’re an old pro, the supplies and instructional materials in The Perfect Pen Hand Lettering Kit are must-haves for your hand lettering toolkit. Order the collection here.

Looking for a more theoretical look at hand lettering? Check out the Hand Lettering Type Takeover Collection, which includes the following resources (in addition to The Art of Whimsical Lettering):

  1. DIY Type by Dana Tanamachi

  2. Flourish. Banner. Frame. 555 Ornaments and Motifs for Design and Illustration by Von Glitschka (DVD + Book)

  3. Hand Lettering Power Course, an Independent Study Workshop by Denise Bosler

  4. Inside the Handcrafted Type Takeover from HOW Magazine