Hello dear creative people!
Today we have prepared a list of the top 5 must have brush pens for hand lettering.
Many beginners are often confused when it comes to picking up the RIGHT brush pen, which is exactly the reason we have decided to share our favorite choices!
The choice of the pens is made through our personal experiences with the pens so you can consider this list to be purely subjective and it may be that other artists prefer different brush pens for their lettering.
KEEP IN MIND
That the list does not follow any specific order meaning that we don’t consider any brush pen to be better than the others.
This is mostly due to the reason that they have different characteristics, but also because different artists like to use different tools.
Before jumping into the review, we would like you to note a thing or two.
First of all we can all agree that anyone who is in to hand lettering needs to know the difference between the brush pens available on the todays market.
Understanding different ink flows, tip types, firmness, etc. can allow you to choose a brush pen properly since different types of brush pens can produce different styles.
So why does this matter?
Well, perhaps the best possible way to explain this is through a practical example.
Let’s imagine that you really like those strokes which have a nice dry texture, something like this stunning piece made by Michael Moodie
In this case you would be looking for a brush pen with a lower ink flow in order to create this type of texture.
Good news is that you can find waaaay more information about the specification of various brush pens at this amaznigly detailed article which can be found at www.jetpens.com
But its time to stop beating around the bush, so instead of that let’s get down to the list!
Starting out our list with a true classic!
One of the most amazing and practical brush pens is Tombow.
Here`s why: it is a dual tip marker that has a flexible brush tip and a firm fine tip which can be used for smaller details and minor corrections.
What is even more interesting is the fact that it comes in a multitude of vibrant water-based colors.
Also, the brush can be used to design both medium and bold strokes. This Brush Pen is odorless, which will allow you to use the without any discomfort due to odd smells.
It’s one of the most popular brush pens on the market, and many lettering artist stand by the quality of this pen. By using a proper paper (find out the best paper for lettering) you can get the most out of this pen.
The proper ink flow as well as preventing the brush (felt) tip from fraying, which will result the brushes to last longer and save you a few bucks on the way 🙂
the Tombow dual brush pen is a very affordable and a very useful tool whether you are just starting out or you have been creating lettering artwork for quite some time!
The brush features a second firm fine tip which allows you to correct minor details
It is a water-based ink which makes it blendable
The flexible nylon fiber brush allows high control of the stroke thickness
It is acid free and it is non-toxic
Not using the proper paper may drain the brush pen really fast
It’s not rechargeable
As it turns out, the Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen is one of the best companions when it comes to taking your lettering tools on trips.
It lasts longer than other pens and its ink is waterproof. This brush pen is perfect for those of you that like to sketch and add water color at the same time!
Best of all,
the brush tip is made out of individual hairs which provides an interesting effect, while the tip is a bit smaller in girth allowing you to draw different types of marks.
So, the Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen is perfect for both calligraphy and cartooning due to its smooth ink flow.
But there is a small disadvantage noted by hand lettering artists – the ink may take several minutes to flow into the bristles, which might mean that it will eventually take a day to become fully saturated.
Nonetheless this is still a great lettering brush pen that it’s definitely worth to try it out!
Waterproof ink (makes it able to mix it with i.e. water colors)
Lightweight, feel good while holding it
Comes with 2 black in refills
Takes a bit of time for the ink to flow properly
It might require more practice in order to achieve a higher control of the stroke thickness
You were probably wondering what type of brush pen you can use for both calligraphy and art drawings and the answer is quite simple:
Smaller in size (compared to the Tombow dual brush pens) the Fudenosuke ha a flexible brush that allows you to try various writing and drawing techniques. Another plus for this pen is the fact that stays very sharp for a long time, while a small disadvantage might be that it is only available in black.
As it turns out, the Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip is argued to be the better brush for lettering, however this is just purely subjective.
If you try to make some faster strokes, the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens create a very intriguing dry brush texture which is a stunning addition to your brush lettering game.
Also odorless, it is one of the best eco-friendly brush pens you can buy on the market.
Made from recycled plastic – eco-friendly
The ink is waterproof (like the Pentel pocket brush)
Easy to use
High control of stroke thickness
Not a lot of ink in them
Comes only in black
The Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen is definitely a must have for any respectable hand lettering tool box.
This set of 5 pens (or 10) comes in vivid and bright colors that will allow you to reinvent your drawings.
Best of all, these brush pens are perfect for almost everything, including sketching on the go.
Ecoline watercolors work well with either blender or water, but they have a minor disadvantage: if you mix those two it will transform your drawing into a bundle of smudges.
In case you wish to perform some sort of techniques that use more ink and water, we definitely recommend getting some thicker paper, like watercolor paper.(200gsm and above)
Another cool aspect of the Ecoline brush pens is that they can be dipped into the Ecoline ink bottles which can create a stunning effect of color mixtures.
Not so long ago,
we published an awesome guide on color fundamentals and how to implement them in your lettering. If you never studied anything about colors, or you simply struggle understanding the concepts of color harmonies, then this guide is definitely something you should check out 😀
Pure formula of dyes and gum arabic is mixable and rewettable
A vast range of different colors
Impeccable ink flow
Ink drying really fast, needs to rewet in order to blend with other colors
It’s funny to think that initially these markers were created for drawing on fabrics (clothes etc.)
It didn’t took much for lettering artists to figure out the amazing brush tip and it’s effect when practicing brush lettering.
Are a great addition to your lettering toolbox, not only for your traditional lettering, but also for pimping up some t-shirts, shoes and other things of that nature.
Their brush tip is thick, which will offer a certain intriguing flair to your drawings.
They are great markers, but if you engage in big projects you might need multiple sets due to the fact that they run out of ink quickly.
Moreover, they are easy to draw with and the ink does not flow in abundance.
Super resistant ink will allow you to use this brush pen on a vast range of things (fabrics, shoes, random objects)
Amazing ink flow
High control of the stroke thickness
Today there are so many different brush pens that you can choose from and it’s important to understand that those which worked for someone wont necessarily work for you.
Are you struggling with finding a good fit for your lettering style?
We made a second review of our favorite brush pens, and you can check it out here –
The good news is that you can always do some research before purchasing a new hand lettering tool and therefore save some money.
Finally we would like you to remind you that the regular printing paper is one of the worst enemy for your brush pens!!
Lucky for you,
Knowing your paper will allow your brush pens to live longer and to get the most out of it, essentially saving time and money.
Until the next time,
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