Tool Guide

Tools are one of our favorite ways of turning our work into play like when you get that feeling of being productive without actually doing something. I want to use some of my experience and knowledge on what works and what doesn't, to help you get to creating faster.

‍Check out all of these resources I use for different parts of my work, and if you have any questions, shoot me a DM on Instagram (@skybluejenny) or reach out.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links that I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price will will stay the same for you.

Calligraphy

Ink

Very dependable ink for dip pens. I've used this in multiple classes and it dries slightly glossy.

Brush pens

This brush tip marker helps scale your calligraphy to a larger size. Use for a more gestural, expressive style.

Nibs & nib holders

This holder helps right-dominant writers with maintaining a 30° slant in writing Copperplate Calligraphy.
Highly recommended for beginners, this nib's stiffness makes it easier to control for someone who is just learning how to create thicks and thins with a pen.

Paper

Smooth paper that I use in my laser printer for printing worksheets. It's one of the smoothest kinds of paper and the weight holds the ink very well.
This size of paper is great for running series of drills on. The grid paper makes it so you don't have to draw lines all the time, and also white aesthetic gives me major bonus points.

Productivity & memory

Planners

Using this notebook for filling out daily morning pages, so I got it personalized with the words "good morning" on it.
The half-planner / half-notebook solutions of Mossery is really great for regular planning on one side, and daily capturing on the other. The covers are all refillable with other notebook combos, and I love this one by McMinteaThis one I use has a vertical half-year planner refill (undated).
Testing this out because the vertical planner has been a little narrow to include information. These give a full week a full spread, and weekends get the same amount of space.

Fountain pens

Just purchased this one, and is a little pricer and slightly heavier than my Lamy Safari.
My very first fountain pen. It ended up getting lost in my bags, so I didn't use it very often, but Lucas is having a lot of fun with it.
My favorite pen to bring on travels, it is pretty compact and it makes it easy to take notes in a tiny notebook.

*Eligible $10 off your first purchase via this link Mossery

Graphic design & illustration

iPad

These textured brushes by RetroSupply Co work amazingly in digital lettering and illustrations and are very dependable for use in Procreate. You can check it out in some of my own work.

Adobe Photoshop

RetroSupply Co does it again with this set of shader brushes that I use in Adobe Photoshop with my Cintiq

Adobe

This monthly subscription reaches it's max value for me because I use these apps daily: Illustrator for most of my digital work and vector drawings, Photoshop for illustrating on my computer, InDesign for long text-based projects, After Effects for All of my animation (Even has Cinema 4D baked in), Lightroom for editing my photos, Media Encoder for exporting my AE files... and so on. TLDR; this is one powerful subscription where you get a ton of value, especially if you're multi-disciplinary. If you're a student or teacher, you can register with a discount.

Streaming & video

Cameras

This is a solid table-top camera that has zoom and a light built-in making live-streaming calligraphy and artwork super fast.
I use this mount to attach my phone to a tripod, a c-stand, and a boom arm for the most control of taking photos / videos with my iPhone.
Lucas originally grabbed this to monitor his 3D prints, but I've stolen to use as a permanent web cam for live-streaming and Zoom calls because it's the easiest to setup.

Microphone

I had to get a blue, Blue microphone. As my first external mic, sometimes I plug my headphones directly into the mic to listen to myself sing, karaoke-style.
Inexpensive lapel mic I use for adding voice to my YouTube videos. The cord is super long and there are settings to use it connected to a phone or a DSLR camera.

Lighting

A set of 2 lights Lucas and I invested in for shooting products. They work, but the knobs on the side take more time to adjust.
I use this ring light for all of my zoom calls by pointing it at my wall and having the light bounce on my face, otherwise the windows behind me tend to turn me into a shadow.
Tools and tips

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