Resource List

Everyday Essentials

My must-have creative tools, used on a daily basis

iMac

Nikko G Nib

Pen Holder

iPad

Dubsado

The powerhouse behind every design. I spend more hours than I'd like to admit clicking in my Adobe programs!

Everyday supplies

The Sketchbook

Where it all begins. I start every project with thumbnail sketches by hand. It's the best way to iterate ideas and explore design concepts. There's just something about pencil and paper!

My trusted favorite nib. I've tried them all, and this one remains my tried-and-true versatile everyday favorite.

I adore my custom pen-holder from Ash Bush. The thicker grip keeps my hand comfortable through large orders.

I recently added an iPad + Apple Pencil to my toolkit, and I can't believe how much it improves my workflow!

Dubsado helps me keep track of all my projects and manage invoices. I couldn't live without it!
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The Details

Click a category to explore a detailed curated list of all my favorite supplies:

Calligraphy

Styling Details

for creatives

Sumi Ink

Versatile black ink: perfect for calligraphy and illustration, in sketchbook or on tracing paper. Ideal for vectorizing.

calligraphy ink

Walnut Crystals

Mix with water to form ink at desired consistency. Beautiful walnut color variations. Ideal for scanning or vectorizing.

Finetec Metallic Paints

The absolute best opaque metallic ink! Requires manual loading (brushing paint directly onto the nib to apply)

Dr. Ph Martin's Gold

Not quite as opaque as Finetec, but does come in a liquid format for easy dipping on large envelope orders.

Dr. Ph Martin's White

"Bleedproof White." The best opaque white ink! I never use anything else. Add water until desired consistency.

Nikko G Nibs

My favorite everyday nib. Medium-firm. Ideal for beginners.

calligraphy Pens

Speedball Oblique Holders

These plastic holders are simple, inexpensive, and get the job done! I always keep several on-hand.

Ash Bush Pen Holders

I adore my custom holder from Ash Bush! The marble effect is beautiful, and the barrel is a comfortable width for my grip.

Watercolor Brushes

Thin brushes for brush script calligraphy. Use with ink or watercolor paint.

Micron Pens

Archival monoline pens. Ideal for illustrations.

Canon Pixma Pro Printer

All stationery designers should invest in a decent at-home printer. This one handles various paper sizes and envelopes perfectly.

calligraphy tech

Canon Lide 220 Scanner

High-quality scans and easy-to-use interface. Ideal for both calligraphy scanning and watercolor scanning.

Canon Rebel Camera

I'm thankful for talented photographer friends who capture my work, but this camera helps me get by on my own when needed!

iPad + Apple Pencil

I can't believe I waited so long to add this to my toolkit. It has revolutionized my workflow, and it has so much design capability!

Surface Pro

My Surface Pro is my laptop. It can run multiple full Adobe programs simultaneously, and doubles as a convenient tablet. Couldn't live without it!

Plastic Inkpots

I go through several packs of these annually. They're helpful to have on-hand for custom color mixing.

Miscellaneous

Gouache

Mix gouache with water to create custom ink colors. Winsor-Newton is the best brand if you're willing to splurge.

Watercolor Paints

I'm not too picky about my watercolor paints. An inexpensive palette does just fine for me!

Tracing Paper

I use tracing paper for projects that require many iterations of exploration (both calligraphy and illustration)

G2 Pilot Pens (Extra Fine)

The only pen I use for all my regular writing! This is my go-to pen for everyday handwriting: in my planner, thank you notes, etc.

Ring Boxes

Trinkets + Details

Trinkets

Finishing Touches

Textiles

Tricks of the Trade

I've tried my fair share of styling boards, but these linen surfaces from Heirloom Bindery are easily my favorite. They are well-crafted and come in a gorgeous line of neutral colors. Use discount code "sarahann5" for 5% off your next purchase!

Additional Styling Boards

Susanna at Nettle Textiles is my favorite ribbon vendor. Her selection of colors is exquisite, in a variety of widths, rolled on wooden spools. She sells spools in small quantities (1 yard), so you can collect a variety of colors without straying too far over-budget.

Additional Ribbon Vendors

if you don't have a ring box, tie a silk ribbon bow around the ring for display

Styling Tip

Styling Inspiration

Dubsado

Dubsado helps me keep track of all my projects and manage invoices. I couldn't live without it! Click here for 20% off.

Software Tools

Honeybook

I highly recommend Honeybook for event-based businesses! (Lookin' at you, photographers and planners) 50% off HERE.

Toggl

Call me crazy, but I actually love time-tracking. It's so essential for us creative entrepreneurs to know where our time goes!

ShowIt

I build all my website designs with ShowIt (including my own). It's so easy to use, and I'm proud to be a Showiteer!

Creative Cloud

I couldn't live without inDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. I spend more hours in these programs than not!

My Planner

THE. BEST. PLANNER. Seriously, I can't imagine a better design or layout. This planner keeps my whole life organized.And the Catholic elements are so thoughtful!

on my desk

Mia's Favorite Toy

I'm lucky to spend my work day with a puppy in the studio. This is the only toy that will keep her occupied while I work!

Glasses

People ask me nearly every day where I got my glasses... They're from EyeBuy Direct! Convenient & inexpensive. (my eyesight isn't even that bad, but I love all the styles)

Starbucks Iced Coffee

I've always had a penchant for coffee and tea, but this smooth iced coffee was a game-changing discovery!

G2 Pilot Pens (Extra Fine)

The only pen I use for all my regular writing! This is my go-to pen for everyday handwriting: in my planner, thank you notes, etc.

Canon Pixma Pro Printer

All stationery designers should invest in a decent at-home printer. This one handles various paper sizes and envelopes perfectly.

Technology

Canon Lide 220 Scanner

High-quality scans and easy-to-use interface. Ideal for both calligraphy scanning and watercolor scanning.

Canon Rebel Camera

I'm thankful for talented photographer friends who capture my work, but this camera helps me get by on my own when needed!

iPad + Apple Pencil

I can't believe I waited so long to add this to my toolkit. It has revolutionized my workflow, and it has so much design capability!

Surface Pro

My Surface Pro is my laptop. It can run multiple full Adobe programs simultaneously, and doubles as a convenient tablet. Couldn't live without it!

In the Company of Women

Flip through this book any time you find yourself in need of a creative boost. It never fails to inspire!

Reading

Profit First

I think this book should be required reading for all creative entrepreneurs! Learn how to manage your money and get paid.

Chasing Slow

If you feel like you're always chasing the next dream with no time to breathe in between... this one's for you.

Elements of Typographic Style

This one is dense and nerdy but every page is filled with information. Think of it as the typographer's bible!

In Progress

A peek inside the sketchbook and genius mind of my lettering & design hero, Jessica Hische.

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