What pens do you use?
I use a lot of different pens and markers! I probably use the Pentel Aquash brush the most. It's really cool because it's basically a self-cleaning paint brush. You screw the top off, fill it with water, and instead of dipping the paint brush in a cup of water to clean it off, you squeeze the sides until it runs clear. I usually will pair this will Artists Loft water colors which are sold at Michael's. The pan set has a good color selection and is around $10.
What paper do you use?
9 times out of 10 I'm using regular ol' copy paper that I picked up from Target. Sometimes I'll use watercolor paper from Hobby Lobby.
What do you recommend for beginners?
The Tombow Fudenosuke Soft and Hard tip are also really really great. Personally I like the soft tip! They are easy to control and come at a superb price point. The Tombow Dual Brush Pens were my very first set of brush pens and you can find them here. I love these and they come in good colors!
What paint do you use?
Typically I will use the Artists Loft Watercolor from Michael's and Ecoline Liquid Watercolor. The pretty gold paint you see me using here and there is the Finetec palette from Paper and Ink Arts.
How did you get started?
In August of 2015 I stumbled upon a few Instagram accounts who were the bomb at calligraphy. I decided to give it a shot and it was pretty much a match made in heaven. I guess you could say I'm self taught! I wasn't aware of the worksheets or online classes at that time, so I practiced for months and months on my own.
On a whim in early January, I started my Instagram and Etsy shop. (I started everything as TB Calligraphy and then made the switch to TJ once I got married!) I started my Instagram so I could have somewhere to share my work. I started my Etsy just wanting to see what would happen and where it would go. I didn't really set any expectations for my Etsy shop. To answer the question on how I got started, honestly I just started. Don't let the fear of failing set you back! There will be set backs a long the way but you will overcome those. It's not a walk in the park, but it's totally worth it.
What do you use to film videos?
I use the "Breett Cell Phone Holder" sold here on Amazon paired with my iPhone 6. It's a cheap holder but it gets the job done. I actually lay my phone in the holder instead of clipping it on like it's made to do. It's easier that way and not so shaky!
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