The Best Paper for Brush Lettering + Calligraphy. Paper Matters! The best paper for brush pens is super smooth. Here are six of my personal favorite paper options.
The Best Paper for Brush Lettering + Calligraphy
Using the proper paper keeps your brush tips in great condition. Frayed tips are harder to work with and it’s super frustrating to spend money on good brush pens, only to damage the tips.
The best paper for (most) brush pens is ultra-smooth, which makes it gentle on the tips of your beloved brush pens and markers.
First up, a little video on this very topic. Plus, some tips for the best supplies to use for this art form.
These are all papers I own, use, and love. I buy mine via Amazon since it tends to be the cheapest option, but most craft and office supply stores should have a number of these options available in-store as well.
Many of these paper options are designed specifically for use with brush pens and markers.
Ok, let’s talk about the Best Paper for Brush Pens!
Copy paper is the perfect option for printable lettering worksheets and daily practice. The best paper is HP Premium32. I buy mine by the ream on Amazon and usually buy two reams at a time since the paper I use most often.
And yes, it’s ok to use Laserjet Paper on an InkJet printer. I do and have no issues with the printer ink bleeding when I go over it with brush pens.
Paper Pad with Guides
Guide marks are really helpful for keeping your lines straight and your lettering a uniform size. The Rhodia Dot Pad is my go-to favorite! The lightly dotted paper is especially great for beginners.
Paper Pad without Guides
Canson Marker Paper is semi-transparent yet is amazingly prone to no bleed through! It’s buttery smooth and a wonderful option for brush pens and blending techniques.
The brand isn’t so important as the fact that Hot Press Watercolor Paper is smoother than Cold Press so opt for the hot press when you’re using brush pens!
- If you want to go for the good stuff, Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper is nearly unbeatable.
- For a more budget-friendly option, I’m a huge fan of these pre-cut 8×10 Hot Press Strathmore Watercolor Papers.
Tracing paper is perfect for use with a light pad or to go over your pencil sketches to create a final draft of your work. I use the Strathmore Tracing Paper.
My Copic collection took me a long time to complete and since they’re not cheap brush pens, so I always keep the Copic X-Press It Paper on hand. It’s also great for coloring and card making projects. And it’s not just for Copics, this paper handles all my markers beautifully!
Did I omit any papers you love?
Let me know in the comments!