I will be honest, I am not brush lettering pro. I just started within the last few weeks. I am still learning and practicing my strokes and drills. Nevertheless, I have quickly accumulated quite a collection based on what has been on sale within the last few weeks. Also, I pretty much want all of the brush lettering pens and markers that I see on Instagram. At this time though, I will refrain until I learn the tools in which I already own. Speaking of the brush lettering pens I already own…
Here are my brush lettering pens and markers:
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I have acquired most of the Kelly Creates collection. From left to right I have the Kelly Creates Dual-Tip Dream Brush Pens, Kelly Creates Assorted Size Pens in Black, the Assorted Colors of the Small Brush Pens, Aqua Brush Pens and the Jewel Brush Pens.
If you want my honest opinion of them, my favorite brush lettering pens and markers from this collection are the Jewel Brush Pens and the Small Brush Pens. The Jewel Brush Pens are quite “juicy”. They are fun metallic colors. And the Small Brush Pens come in a variety of fun colors and are easier for me to use (as a beginner).
The Dream Pens are not one of my go to options as brush lettering pens are concerned. They have a thicker brush on one side and a thinner on the other. I find them somewhat difficult to work with. I find the thinner side easier for my skill level. Also, I do not particularly care for the color options that come with the Dream Pens. I don’t think the Dream Pens are my dream brush lettering pens.
I could not stop myself from buying the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Marker in Galaxy. I feel like they just belong in my collection of brush lettering pens. Even though I am a beginner and my skill level is not high enough to have consistent pleasing results from using these, they are my goal pen to use. I fell in love with the colors and you can use them for so many things.
The ones on the right, the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen, are great for beginners. Here I have a hard tip and a soft tip pen. These have been amazing to use at the beginning of my letter journey. They are stiffer than the Tombow Dual Brush Pen so that you have far mar control of what you are doing. You still get the thick and thin strokes, just on a smaller scale.
These are some of my absolute favorites. The Pentel Touch Pens are very similar to the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen. They are a smaller brush tip that come in a fun array of colors to keep you interested in practicing.
I also have the Pentel Aquash Waterbrush but I have not used it yet. I am excited to, but I will wait just a little while longer.
Crayola? Yes! Crayola! These aren’t actually brush pens but with a little practice, you can still get the brush pen effect from them. I think they have earned their spot in my brush lettering pen collection. They are super inexpensive and easy to find and the colors are endless. These are great for when you don’t want to mess up your more expensive pens.
I will admit, the colors of the Crayola Gel Markers did not come off on the paper like I was expecting them to. Nevertheless, they were still fun to play with and I plan on using them.
My Crayola collection was rather large so I broke it up into two groups. Here are the others:
The ones on the left are the Crayola Dual-Tip Brush Markers . That is a mouthful if you ask me. These aren’t the greatest in my opinion. The brush side is far too stiff for me to get the effects I want. Now I will admit, the may (and probably will) get softer over time and use but I wouldn’t count on these to deliver the results I am looking for for awhile. In the mean time, I plan on using the detail sides of them to add accents to my work.
These are all the random options of brush lettering pens and markers that have made themselves a home in my collection. These are the ones that I do not have enough of to make their own category. Most of these were purchased on clearance so I figured “why not”.
The Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Pens is fun to use however, I feel it is more like a paint brush so I have only been playing around with it and not really using it when I am trying to create something specific. I have only used 1 of the colors so far until I am more comfortable with using them. They do have glitter in them (just a note in case you decide to pick some up).
The Winsor & Newton BrushMarkers were one sale at my local Hobby Lobby so I picked some up just to see how they would be. These write like butter (not that I have written with butter before). But, they are very very smooth. They are dual tipped so one side does have the brush and the other side has a chisel type tip.
The Copic Marker intimidates me. This is one of the more expensive markers I own. The only reason I have it is because my Mother In Law bought it for me to write my daughter’s name on her piggy bank. This is the marker that got me into brush lettering. I just had it laying around and I thought “I wonder if I can use this to do that brush lettering stuff I see on Instagram. The rest is history and now I have a brush pen collection. Thanks a lot MIL 😉
Last but not least, the Sharpie Brush Tip Marker. These are fun and “juicy”. I do find they bleed through whatever paper I put them on. I usually use the Canson XL Series Marker Paperr or the HP Premium 32lb LaserJet Paper. That is pretty much the level I am on right now. I would love to get my hands on the Sharpie Stained Brush Tip Markers, but I cannot justify it at this time.
And that my friends, is my current collection of brush lettering pens and markers.
Although I am merely a beginner myself, I have a few tips that I can offer the next person that wants to start lettering.
- Start with what tools you have: If there is one thing that I learned quickly, it is not about the tools. It is 90% about learning the shapes of the letters and developing the muscle memory. Having fancy brush lettering pens or markers is not what will make your lettering great if you do not first have a solid foundation of the letters.
- Practice and Drills: Lettering is not about writing so much as it is about drawing. You are not just “writing” the letters. you are “drawing” them. Letters aren’t just letters, they are a combination of upstrokes, down strokes, under turns, compound curves, etc. Your hand/wrist/arm have to practice these movements so that you can get to do them without thinking about it.
- Being that this is a new way of thinking-in terms of strokes and not just letters- it does take time. I have been practicing for weeks and I still have to think about what strokes make which letters and my letters are still coming out fairly shakey.
- Use smaller brush pens when you are ready to explore. I started off with the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens and a set of Pentel Touch Pens.
- Know that there are Pentel Touch Pens that look almost identical to Pental Sign Pens. The latter is not a brush pen. You can use it for other areas of lettering, but it will not give you the brush effect. Click here for the correct ones.
- When you are ready for brush pens/markers, go ahead and get a pack of HP Premium 32lb LaserJet Paper. This is a smooth paper to practice with. It runs (from what I have seen) around $10-15 for a pack of 500. There are other options such as marker paper and Rhodia Pad, but at pennies per sheet for a pack of HP Premium 32lb LaserJet Paper, you can’t go wrong.
- When you are ready to venture into the world of brush lettering pens and markers, look for coupons. I got my supplies mostly from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. I did also get a set of Tombow Dual Brush Galaxy Pens on Amazon because they had a good sale at one point in time.
- Please note that just because it is on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. I went on a little pen buying spree because they were one sale. Now I have a bunch of pens that I can’t do much with because I am still working on my basic strokes and I don’t want to waste my more expensive pens (they were one sale/I had coupons but it still adds up).
And so there it is, my current brush lettering pens and markers. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments if you have any questions about any of the products I mentioned. As I previously stated, I bought most of these one sale or using those great coupons that Hobby Lobby and Michaels always has. Also, feel free to let me know if you would like to take part of my lettering journey. And please, by all means, if you have any suggestions brush lettering pens that I should get, let me know!
Have A Lovely Day!