Yeah, it's a full blog post about Aunt Flow. The Red Tide. Periods. Gross. But I promise it's worth a read if you've been toying with the idea of creating less waste per menstrual cycle.
While the tools don't make the artist, the right tools can be more fun to use. You can definitely get by with a number two pencil, a sharpie marker, and copy paper. However, here are the supplies I recommend for a beginning hand letterer. These things will help you achieve finer and more precise results, and you may enjoy the experience that much more that you do it more often.