daily times // the brushes I swear by
I'm asked quite regularly about what pens/brushes/other tools I use for lettering, so I thought it was about time I jotted down what I swear by. I keep a very, very simple brush kit as my style is quite minimal and just that,
. I don't need a huge kit because it just wouldn't be me.
When I started lettering 4/5 years ago, I just used a pencil, a brush and paint. Although it's how I learned how to hold the brush and use different pressures, I wouldn't recommend paint for lettering. It's sticky and a bit too thick for dainty letters. I then moved onto what I use now, and I haven't changed since! Below are examples of letterings done with the relevant brush, they are completely unedited (as all my IG letterings are) so you can see the real result.
There are plenty of Indian Ink's on the market, but I always come back to this one. It's a great consistency and gives a superb deep black.
This one has been my buddy since LH design began. I fill it with water (rather than ink, as I know others do) and dip it into ink so I can increase or decrease coverage, depending on what I'm writing. I use this one for the majority of my work; prints, greeting cards + custom work.
This one is a newbie, but so far, I'm very impressed. No ink dipping required, you get four cartridges in the pack and they seem to last for a little while. I was worried I was going to ruin the soft bristles by having to apply a lot of pressure to get ink out, but it's surprisingly easy to dispense, and you don't need to waste any on practise goes. I tend to use this one for my Instagram letterings as it's quick to dry and easy to get a piece lettered, scanned and formatted in less than 2 minutes (great for an unorganised IG-er like this girl).
I tend to use this one when I want a gritty style, especially for capitalised pieces. It's quite a dry nib, taking a while to get a good flow of ink, but it's one of the best fineliners I've used. It gives a great black as well, whereas others I've tried in the past can have a navy or grey tinge to them.
What else would you like to see in the 'daily times' series? Anything you fancy seeing behind-the-scenes?