What follows is a list of supplies I not only have tried but have regularly used for years and heartily recommend to anyone who will listen. As an office supply, pen, and paper aficionado, I freely admit that I often like to try new things, so it should say something that these are the items I keep coming back to, again and again!
This list has been specifically tailored to my free eBook/workbook, Simple Script.
Any ole letter-sized (8.5 x 11 in) printer paper will do! However, if you’d like minimal bleed-through and a smooth writing experience, my very favorite printer paper is this HP Premium 32 lb paper. You can also get it at most office supply stores.
There is no special pen required for Simple Script, so grab your favorite (or whatever is closest) and jump in! However, you may find it easiest to choose one that has a fairly fine tip, preferably an 0.3 mm tip or smaller.
As for pens I recommend, the preferred size for this use would be an 02 Micron or an 06 Gelly Roll or smaller. Overall, it is cheaper per pen to buy a multi-pack. If you’re looking on Amazon, there is only one pack (Microns) which contains multiple tip sizes, which is handy for increasing the size of your lettering later on, and filling in the thick lines. However, the pack of 06 Gelly Rolls (all one size) is, at the time of this recommendation, definitely cheaper.
Once you move on from using the workbook pages and want to grab some other paper to practice on, I have some recommendations based on all the products I’ve tried over the years!
Near the end of the book, I recommend paper with a dot grid. The Rhodia Dot Pad is my absolute favorite for practice; I use it almost daily. It’s very smooth and the pages don’t bleed. It is, however, more of a flip-pad than a notebook. If you prefer a notebook, I would steer you away from the typical Moleskines, as every one I’ve owned has had issues with pages bleeding, and none ever lasted a full calendar year without coming apart. I heartily recommend the Leuchtturm 1917 (or frankly, anything by the same company). It is more expensive than a Moleskine, but your notebook won’t fall apart before you have a chance to fill it up! And the writing experience will feel luxurious.
In the same section, I suggest tracing paper as a possibility. This is the one product I don’t regularly use in my hand lettering process (though I have in the past) it’s been a huge help to me in the past and I love having it on hand. If you can spare the extra cash, Canson’s tracing paper is hands-down the best quality. I’ve taped it to my desk and removed it with no problem. For a “budget pick,” I’d recommend Darice’s tracing paper, which is almost one-fourth of the price, but you can feel it’s a little flimsier.