My penchant for doodling is something that started in the margins of notebooks I took notes in during pretty much every class I ever took, 5th grade through college. I'm not much of a drawer (except for that three-year span in junior high when I was weirdly obsessive about learning to draw horses) so my scribbles have leaned more and more over the years towards lettering and fonts. I hesitate to call it calligraphy, because technically I don't know what I'm doing. I've never figured out how to use the multi-piece dip pens or fine lettering nibs required for actual calligraphy - but I've figured out some techniques for faking it for a similar effect. It's basically faux-ligraphy, I guess. It's gotten me by for a lot of projects over the years, from family Christmas cards, to invitations (like the one to Marisa's engagement party, below!), to the headers and other font projects you see here on Chasing Saturdays.
My two favorite pens for these font-y doodles are the Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pen (there are 6 choices for thickness - I use 05) and the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I find them both really forgiving - I can go slowly, go back and retouch parts, even have a slightly shaky hand, and they're consistently thick and inky, but never smudgy. The Sakura is a fine, firm-tipped pen with archival quality ink, which gives a consistent, un-skipping line. The Tombow, as it's name implies, is a brush pen. I'm just getting the hang of the brush tip myself - it's big and flexible, like a paintbrush, and so it gives you different thicknesses depending on the angle of your stroke. They're both great, reliable choices for all kinds of fonts and drawing. If you're looking to doodle, I highly recommend picking these up!
Above is an Instagram of a doodle in my notebook, drawn with the Sakura Pigma Micron. Below are a few various doodle-y projects I've made fonts for recently.