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Calligraphy Pens and Kits Perfect for Starters

Calligraphy is an ancient art that celebrates the beauty of the written word, and while it may appear complicated, you can create your own beautiful letters in no time with just a few basic supplies and techniques.  

To get you started, we’ve rounded up the best calligraphy pens, marker, and kits for beginners, and they can all be purchased from US websites and shipped worldwide with MyUS.

10. Zig Memory System Tip Millennium Marker $6

Thin gray Zig pen with super thin tip

In general, calligraphy markers are easier for beginners to use than calligraphy pens. This marker has a .45mm tip, giving it precision without being difficult to use. Even better the ink is smear-proof when dry, acid-free and photo-safe. Buy one here.

9. Zig Memory System Millennium Markers Multicolor 8-Pack $16

8 multi-colored gray pens in packaging box

For the ease of a Zig caligraphy marker in a rainbow of colors, try this multicolor pack that includes blue, red, black, yellow, pink, brown, violet, and green. Buy it here.

8. Speedball Oblique Pen Set $12

Super thin black pen with six silver tips in gold packaging box

Designed for copperplate and Spenserian scripts, the Speedball Oblique pen was designed to accommodate the unique wrist positioning needed for calligraphy, making it a great starter pen for beginners. Buy it here.

7. Staedtler Calligraphy Pen Set $11

Multi-colored gold pens in gold tin rectangular box and two note pads

This 33 piece set has just about anything a beginner needs to get started in calligraphy, including four pens, 20 color cartridges, interchangeable nibs from extra fine to extra broad, an instruction and exercise booklet, and a convenient tin carrying case. Buy it here.

6. Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pen Set $24

Four silver pens each in different colored packaging

This set is incredibly popular with beginner and experienced calligraphers alike. It comes with four pens in a choice of 4 sizes, and each one comes with a red and black ink cartridge. Buy the set here.

5. Crayola Beginner Hand Lettering Kit $11

45 colorful pens in black box with instructions laid out

Easier than calligraphy, this 45 piece set has gel pens, dual-tip markers, art pages, place cards, gift tags, and a detailed instruction book, making it an excellent entry level kit for ages 14 and up. Buy it here.

4. Tombow Dual Brush Pens 10 Pack $20

10 colorful pens inside clear plastic packaging

This set of 9 color pens and one blender is ideal for fine art, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, illustrations, watercolor illustrations, journaling and more. Buy it here.

3. Calligraphy Pen & Marker Set $8

6 black pens with gold writing next to white box

This six piece set contains soft and hard tip calligraphy ink brush pens with black ink and features a flexible brush tip for various lettering and drawing techniques. Just change the pressure to create extra-fine, fine or medium strokes. Buy the set here.

2. Speedball Elegant Writer Calligraphy Marker Instructional Set $8

4 white skinny pens with white caps

Perfect for beginners as well as experienced calligraphers, this four pen set features three different nibs (fine, medium, and broad). These pens write smoothly with even ink distribution and come with an instruction booklet to get you started. Buy the set here.

1. Bianyo Metallic Calligraphy Pens $11

White rectangular pens with colorful caps

Looking for a broader range of color? This set includes ten metallic colors; gold, silver, white, red, light green, green, purple, blue, grey, and brown, perfect for black cardstock! Buy the set here.

We strive to bring our members the best shopping options available, but some of the calligraphy kits & pens featured above could have purchase restrictions, or may not take every form of payment. Find more information by viewing merchant’s terms of sale, shipping guidelines and/or terms and conditions.


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