Lots of people have been asking lately what tools I prefer for lettering. I’m a big believer in just getting started with what you’ve got – don’t let not having the right things stop you – practice is so much more important than the specific tools you’re using, and over time you’ll come to find what works best for you and what style you can create with what you’ve got available to you. You don’t need anything spectacular to get started. I’ve been known to grab one of the kid’s paint palettes and run off with it!
However, here’s a list of some of my current favourites
At the moment my favourite paint/inks are Ecoline Liquid Watercolor and Art Spectrum Pigmented Ink (black).
For my instagram videos I just use regular 80gsm printer paper. If I’m going to sell the original I use a watercolour paper – as smooth as I can find.
Any round brush in a size 2 or 3 that’s designed for watercolour is going to be fine. The brushes I currently have in my stash include a Jasart White Taklon Round Brush, a Winsor & Newton Cotman 111 Round Brush, a Neef 970 Taklon Round Brush. I do also sometimes use the @pentelofamerica Aquash water brush, but I find the tip isn’t flexible enough to do what I want to do with it.
I buy most of my supplies from Eckersleys here in Australia but I’m told that theartshop.com.au will ship internationally if you’re keen for Art Spectrum products that aren’t available overseas. Or start asking your favourite local shop to stock them!
All of that said, experiment and find what works for you – you don’t need any of these exact things to get started, grab a simple watercolour palette and a smallish round brush that is recommended for watercolour and get practicing!!