When you start in the world of calligraphy and lettering you have so many markers and materials at your disposal that you don't know which one to choose to start with. If this is your case, I hope this post helps you because I'm going to tell you about my favorite markers to start with. Of course, in my opinion and after having tried many, but not all of them in the market.
At the beginning, it's usually easier to handle small tip markers, so I'm going to order them by tip size, although that doesn't mean that some are better or worse than others.
This marker of the Tombow brand, has a small and quite rigid tip but flexible enough to be able to make thicker or lesser strokes according to the pressure we exert. That's why it's ideal to start practicing your strokes. It is available in black format, which you can buy separately or in a pack with the fudenosuke soft (also very valid for beginners) and also in a pack of 12 colors.
Pentel Touch Brush
With a slightly larger and more flexible tip than the fudenosuke, these markers are really great to use for small-scale lettering. With them you can make thicker strokes without fear of damaging the tip, which is quite sturdy. They are also blendable and mix well with each other. You can buy them by one, although the 12 color pack is quite affordable and the basic shades are quite nice.
Medium tipped markers, much larger than the previous ones. They are not the most robust but they are a good option most of all for their wide range of bright and intense colours and their good value for money. The pack of 48 colours is very well priced compared to other brands and, if you want all the colours, the pack of 100 is still quite affordable. The colours are quite different from each other, there are even neons, they are also blendable and mix very well. In addition to the flexible tip they have a fine tip, so they can also be used for fine lines or bullet Journal.
With a slightly larger tip, but very easy to control, they are super recommendable when you are starting but already want to make bigger letters, because with them it is very easy to control the thickness of the line. They are also suitable for blending. They are available in 6 basic colors or in a 12-color pack.
Tombow Dual Brush (ABT)
These markers are already classics in the world of lettering. They have a large tip strong and reliable, so if you feel like making bigger letters they are a great option. The range of colours is also huge although the price is higher. In addition to the flexible point, they have a rigid point, very useful for regular strokes. They are also blendable and mix beautifully. You can find them by unit and in many types of packs, from the 6 primary colors pack, which I would recommend you to try to start with, or if you want more, the 12 primary colors, 12 pastels or the one of bright colors which was the first one I bought, to the complete case which is a dream for almost anyone.
So much for my recommendations for beginners. They are all materials that I continue to use on a daily basis because they are all great at any level. I hope this publication will serve as a guide if you are just starting out and don't want to drown in a sea of options or if you want to give a starter kit to someone you love.
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Later on I hope to make more publications about different types of markers, and also about paper, which I know is a most important topic. For those of you who are just starting out, I have a recommendation: use soft, smooth paper so as not to damage the tip of your markers.
Thank you very much for getting this far!