Lettering Essentials: Pens, Markers, and Books!


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One of the most popular questions that I get is “How do I improve my lettering?” I am in no way a lettering master. I have SO much to learn, especially when it comes to brush lettering. But today I thought I would at least share some of the tools that have helped me improve my lettering, as well as some that I still have my eye on to purchase.

First I want to start with pens. This is a really popular topic in the planner world, especially when it comes to improving hand writing/lettering.

Papermate Flair Pens

Most of you know that papermate flair pens are my favorite for basic lettering and fake calligraphy. These pens have a felt tip and are more like a fine marker. They come in so many bright and vibrant colors. I use these pens on a daily basis to write and practice! I suggest ordering this 24 pack from Amazon because it comes with my favorite colors! It’s only $17.01 for a 24 pack too, which is a really great deal for paper mate flair pens!

Reaeon Pens

If you’re looking for a set of thin pens, I suggest these Reaeon pens. They are similar to the mambi pens and Staedtler pens, but way cheaper! You get 48 pens for $10.97. These are great for practicing your handwriting with!



Tombow Beginner Lettering Set

This is the new Tombow Beginner Lettering Marker set. These came out towards the end of 2016 and sold out SO fast. I have yet to grab this set, but I know that I need to. This is great for anyone who wants to start learning brush lettering because it comes with a dual brush pen, and it also comes with their Fudenosuke Soft and Hard Pens. It’s really a great set for a beginner, and for $15.99 you can’t go wrong! Excuse me while I just go ahead and go add this to my Amazon Cart….

If you want to go ahead and order more than just the beginner set, then these three packs of Tombow pens are amazing. I own all three of these and love them!

  • The first set is a six pack of the Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft and Hard. They come with 3 pens each. These brush pens are PERFECT for beginner letterers because the tips are small and easy to use. If you are brand new to lettering, I definitely suggest these.
  • The next sets are the Dual Brush Pens. I have linked the bright colors and also the classic colors. Be warned that these are a little more difficult for a beginner to use, but they are also super fun to letter with. The bright set runs at $15.43 and the classic is $12.79. These are amazing prices!

All right, now that you have heard about all the pens I suggest you use, it’s time to move on to books that will help you improve your lettering! Practice is what makes your lettering improve, and any of these books will help you do just that.

Adventures in Lettering

The first book I want to discuss in Adventures in Lettering by Dawn Nicole. My dad gave me this book for Christmas and it is fabulous! It goes through how to improve your basic handwriting, how to start with brush lettering, and also includes several different types of lettering. There are pages to practice on and the illustrations are a lot of fun! She has projects throughout for you to complete as well. This is a great book for a beginner, and at $9.26 it’s a heck of a deal!

Hand Lettering 101

The second book I want to discuss is Hand Lettering 101 by Paige Tate. I do not personally own this book. I asked for it for Christmas, but it was sold out at the time. I have not yet purchased it, but will be ordering it as soon as I’m off my current “no spend”! However, several of my friends own this book and rave about it. They say that the activities are great at really improving your hand lettering. I have heard that there are a LOT of pages for practice- this is both a good and bad thing. It’s great that you don’t have to go searching for paper to practice on, but it’s also kind of frustrating that more of it is not instructions.

The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide

The third book I want to suggest is The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide by Peggy Dean.This book is currently sitting in my Amazon cart (ok, ok, I actually just pressed “Purchase”! What “no spend”?? It was only $17.96 sooooo….. #donttellmatthew). I don’t currently own this one, but it has amazing reviews on Amazon. Customers say that it has tons of practice and activities and that the author went above and beyond in writing this book. This book has step-by-step instructions on how to start, how to improve, and how to expand. People did state that the pages are pretty thin, so you may want to grab a notebook too to practice in!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

The final book I want to suggest is Creative Lettering and Beyond. This book is seriously perfect. It covers all kinds of creative lettering. It’s also a lot thicker than you might imagine- it has SO much good stuff inside! I will say that it’s more for people who have a general understanding of lettering. This book will help you take it to the next level in so many different ways. And guys, it’s only $11.97. Add this to your Amazon cart FOR SURE!


I don’t know about you guys, but after writing this post I am so excited to go practice my lettering even more! This post reminded me of some of my favorite books and pens, and even introduced me to some new books that are now on their way to my house! Thank goodness for Amazon Prime– it will all be here in two days! (Which, by the way, if you don’t have Amazon Prime- WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!?! Click here to start your 30 day FREE trial!)

Let me know in the comments below what items you loved and ended up purchasing! And tag me on Instagram when you start using some of these products- I can’t wait to see your lettering!

Happy planning!

2 thoughts on “Lettering Essentials: Pens, Markers, and Books!

  1. Total enabler, I purchased 4 items through your links. Besides that I really enjoy your blog! Thank you for the suggestions for the pens and books for better lettering. I can’t wait to get started.


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