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When I was first getting into hand lettering, I didn't get any special supplies. I am self-taught and learned a faux calligraphy style that I was able to practice with just a regular pen and paper. Once I realized this wasn't just a hobby and I wanted to start a hand lettering business, I really didn't know where to start. Unfortunately, I've found it's common for other creators to gate keep the supplies they use. I want to be able to provide others with the list that I was looking for when I was just starting out.
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Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pens: My favorite paint markers to use are Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers. They come in four different point types (extra fine, fine, medium, and bold). I'd say, personally, my most frequently used size is fine, but I'll use extra fine for small writing and medium for somewhat large signs. Additionally, they come in a variety of colors. These oil-based pens can be used on both acrylic and wood.
91% Isopropyl Alcohol: This may seem like a strange recommendation, but 91% rubbing alcohol removes oil-based paint from acrylic. You can use lower percentage rubbing alcohol, but it will be more difficult to remove. Just as a note, I recommend going over any area where you remove paint twice; the first round removes the paint, the second round removes the cloudy residue left behind from the paint.
Crayola White Chalk: This may sound silly, but if you're writing on wood, you don't get the benefit of rubbing alcohol to "erase" mistakes. Instead, on sealed wood, I map everything out in chalk first and then go over the chalk with the oil-based paint pen. Any chalk that's left behind after I go over it with paint can be removed from the wood with water and a rag!
18"x 24" Cutting Mat: This is an absolute essential for me when it comes to figuring out my spacing on acrylic. This mat is big, but not too big that it's a pain to move around; the mat has every inch laid out for you. I'm not great at eyeballing things, so this is one of the most used items in my office.
Laser Level: Personally, my lettering style is fairly bubbly and doesn't necessarily follow a straight line. There are certain times that require I need to write on a straight plane (like addressing envelopes). In that case, this is so useful.
Acrylic and Wood
When I was starting out and was doing a project here and there, I didn't have a need to buy acrylic in bulk. The best places I've found to buy acrylic are hardware stores, like Lowe's and Home Depot. They offer a variety of sizes and are cheaper than buying them at craft stores. I also buy wood at hardware stores. I've never needed to buy in bulk for wood as my acrylic pieces are far more popular.
A different route you can take for wood projects is going to a crafts store, like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. They offer a wide variety of materials, finished and unfinished, and can be a great option! Pro tip: Michael's is almost always running a sale on what feels like everything and Hobby Lobby will switch around with department they're running sales for--you really never have to pay full price for these pieces unless you're on a time crunch!
I think this just about sums up everything you'd need to get started!! Of course, if you have any questions or need advice, shoot me a message! I'd love to help :)