The best brush pens to learn hand lettering

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “What pens should I start with?” When I first started lettering, I had no idea the thousands of types of brush pens out there! I still have yet to try all of them (but one day I will!). In this post, I will review each of my favorite pens with pros and cons and tell you where to find them.


UPDATE: New videos. The first one is my favorite Fude pens. The second one is all of my black brush pens.

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1.Tombow Fudenosuke- Hard Nib

ThisΒ pen was my very first real brush pen. (I started learning with Crayola which will come later). I LOVE this pen. You can also find these at jetpens.com.

Pros:

  • Hard nib so it is easier to get thin upstrokes while still getting thick down strokes
  • Easy to control
  • Works well with smaller designs
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work well with larger designs
  • Only comes in black

Find these here!

2.Tombow Fudenosuke- Soft Nib

Most beginners prefer the soft nib over the hard nib in the beginning. I would suggest getting one of each to see what you prefer. You can also find these at jetpens.com.

Pros:

  • Soft nib so it is easier to get thick down strokes
  • Easy to control
  • Works well with smaller designs
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work well with larger designs
  • Only comes in black

Find these here!

3.Pentel Touch Sign penΒ (also find the pack of 12 colors!)

These are very similar to the Tombow Fude soft nib. You can find a single black one on Amazon for $5. But you can also get one at Michaels for $3 (and use the coupon for more discount!). You can’t get the color pack at Michaels, but you can find them on Amazon or at jetpens.com. EDIT: You can now find the 20 color pack at Target! It’s the best price too!

Pros:

  • Soft nib so it is easier to get thick down strokes
  • Easy to control
  • Works well with smaller designs
  • Comes in 12 colors

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work well with larger designs

Find the 12 colors here!

4.Artline Stix Brush Markers

I have a whole post dedicated to these markers here. The biggest thing with these ones is that they can be really hard to find. The link I am using to find them on Amazon is the least expensive/best deal I have found. They are in and out of stock randomly though so sometimes you have to wait. When they are in stock, they are on Prime so they ship quickly.

You can also find these in the U.S. at The Print Mint Etsy shop here. From there, you can get them in a 6, 12, or 20 pack.

Pros:

  • Vibrant colors
  • Medium brush size
  • Works well with medium or large designs
  • Natural ombre

Cons:

  • Hard to find!
  • They bleed through certain paper
  • The black is not as black as other pens (see my picture above)

Find them here

5. Tombow Dual Brush

These are one of the most popular brush pens and for good reason. There are many places to find these. Online is a great source for many different packs of colors. I’ve seen them at Hobby Lobby, Artco Crafts, Blick, and jetpens.com.

Pros:

  • So many colors to choose from (96 to be exact)!
  • Medium-Large brush size
  • Works well with medium or large designs
  • Blend beautifully
  • A fine tip on the other end of the marker in a matching color

Cons:

  • Harder to control (takes some practice)
  • Expensive to get all the colors

Find them here!

6.Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

These come in lots of different sizes and lots of different colors. You can find them on Amazon or jetpens.com, but I’ve also seen them at Michaels, Blick, and even Barnes and Noble.

Pros:

  • Colors
  • Small, Medium, or Large brush size
  • Works well with small, medium or large designs
  • Also come in fine tips

Cons:

  • Harder to control (takes some practice)
  • Expensive

Find them here

7.Crayola markers (broad tip and super tip)

These are the absolute BEST markers to start learning hand lettering with! And you can find them almost anywhere. A lot of beginners like the super tips best. I liked the broad tips personally. These are great for beginners, but there are also so many experienced hand letter artists out there who STILL love crayola for brush lettering.

Pros:

  • Find them anywhere
  • All the colors!
  • SmallΒ or large tips
  • Works well with small, medium or large designs
  • The ink lasts long which is perfect for lots of practice

Cons:

  • Not a real brush tip so you just have to change the pressure for thick and thin lines

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8.Sakura Pigma Micron Pens

I couldn’t do a pen review and not add these pens. These are my go-to pens for fine lines. You can find them at Michaels and Hobby Lobby as well as Amazon or jetpens.com.

Pros:

  • Fine tip or Brush tip
  • Multiple olor options
  • So many fine tips options (these go REALLY fine)
  • Works well for additions to designs
  • They write so smoothly

Cons:

  • The brush tip pens bleed through some paper
  • Expensive

Find them here

Like I said in the beginning, there are so many brush pens out there! What other pens should be added to this list? What are your favorites?

Now that you know some of my favorite pens, stay tuned for my next post with a list of the best resources to start learning hand lettering!

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