Here is a list of the tools that I use, the resources I have learned from, and the supplies that I use almost daily.

These are the answers to commonly asked questions on Instagram, and I wanted to share with you all of my favorite things so that we can learn and grow together.

Some of these are affiliate links, which means that I earn a very small percentage (pennies, usually) of your purchase (at no extra cost to you).

Everything that I have learned was through trial and error (and lots of $$), and your purchase helps me to continue to grow this list and share what I learn with all of you.

RESOURCES

TACHIKAWA G NIB

This is the only nib I use. It is the more flexible of the popular line of G nibs that most calligraphers use (such as the Nikko G or the Zebra G). It is a very high quality Japanese, hand cut, chrome plated nib that allows me to get delicate lines and strokes.
Purchase the Tachikawa G Nib here


HP PREMIUM LASERJET PAPER

This paper is a wonderful choice for both practice (try printing guidelines on it or using it blank!) and preparing calligraphy to be digitized. It is a smooth, bright white that provides great contrast with most inks (essential for digitizing) and I have yet to try an ink that bleeds on this paper.
Purchase the HP Premium Laserjet Paper here


TACHIKAWA NIB HOLDER

If you practice calligraphy, you have been stabbed by your nib before. I use a straight nib holder, and this one is thicker than the one you would find at your local craft store and in most calligraphy kits, it has a grip, and a CAP. That's right. Put a cap on your nib so you won't stab yourself, anymore.
Purchase the Tachikawa Nib Holder here


SUMI INK

This ink is permanent, so it is perfect for projects that need to last (certificates, vows, etc.). It is rich, black, smooth, and perfect for digitizing. I mix a little into walnut ink to darken the walnut a bit.
Purchase Sumi Ink here


WALNUT INK

There is nothing more classic than walnut ink. It speaks for itself. Add a few drops of sumi ink to darken it a bit, bit it's beautiful on its own.
Purchase Walnut Ink here


HIGGINS ETERNAL INK

This is another permanent black ink that is wonderful for digitizing. It is not as thick as Sumi (and doesn't smell as bad!), so your strokes will be a little more delicate.
Purchase Higgins Eternal Ink here

CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLIES

CANON PRINTER

This is my baby. It prints on envelopes beautifully, handmade paper runs through it like a dream (with minimal ink smudges on the edges - yuck!) and I recently printed on linen fabric with it. It's a great all-purpose printer that will print on jobs anywhere from 4"x6" to 13"x19"
Purchase the Canon Pixma here


FISKARS PAPER TRIMMER

This paper trimmer is wonderful for small projects at home. (Most client projects I have professionally print and cut elsewhere) The blades are self sharpening and it has a 12" wide base with precision guidelines so that you can measure your cuts.
Purchase the Fiskars Paper Trimmer here

STATIONERY SUPPLIES

THE CALLIGRAPHER'S HANDBOOK

If you're still asking your #calligrafriends how much they charge so that you can figure out your pricing, you should read this book by Molly Suber Thorpe. It is PACKED with information on pricing and business best practices.
Purchase The Calligrapher's Handbook here


MODERN CALLIGRAPHY

Also by Molly Suber Thorpe is this fantastic book on modern calligraphy techniques and letterforms. Even if you are a seasoned calligrapher, I would still purchase this book because it is packed with examples of different letters, organized in order of the alphabet. 
Purchase Modern Calligraphy here

LEARNING RESOURCES

CANON REBEL T6

The best thing I have ever learned in my business and personal life was how to use a DSLR. I took classes through Skillshare to learn how to work the basic camera controls, and a little about how the exposure triangle works. I set this camera up on a tripod and take all of my Instagram/portfolio photos with it, because it has an app that you can use on your phone to both view/download/shoot photos remotely, so that you can get your hands in the shot to help tell a story through your imagery. It is a wonderful price for such a powerful, versatile tool, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Purchase the Canon Rebel T6 here


CANON 50MM 1.8 LENS

Ask most photographers, and they will recommend this lens as the perfect beginner lens (especially for the price! Do a little research and you'll see they're right). After you learn some more about your DSLR, you'll learn that it's important to also invest in a quality lens. This is also perfect for taking photos of my son, since I can achieve that beautiful, blurred background that just doesn't seem quite right with the iPhone 7 Plus.
Purchase the Cannon 50mm Lens here


AMAZON BASICS TRIPOD

I use this tripod to take overhead/flat lay shots. Not much more to add. It's a really good, basic tripod.
Purchase the Amazon Basics Tripod here


HAND-CRAFTED STYLING BOARD

I am a firm believer in the interest and texture that a beautiful surface can give to your photos. These hand-crafted surfaces made with plaster and paint are the real deal. The larger surfaces have lots of areas, so that you can move your pieces around on it and get a different shot every single time (while still looking cohesive!)
Purchase styling boards here


MASTIN LABS FILM PRESETS

I use these presets to (attempt to) achieve that fine art, film look with my photos. A basic knowledge of Lightroom and/or Photoshop is required, but the Mastin Labs Community on Facebook is always friendly, welcoming, and generous with their help. You will find many video tutorials through there. I use the Fuji presets.
Purchase Mastin Labs Presets here

PHOTOGRAPHY