In this post, I will be reviewing Artline Stix brush markers and how they compare to Artline Supreme brush markers. They seem similar but are very different! The Artline Stix was the very first set of brush pens I bought. I loved them from the start and I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart although they aren’t my number one favorite anymore. But comparing them to the Artline Supreme, it’s actually a pretty drastic difference that the Artline Stix are better.
I did a brush pen review of the Artline Stix alone if you’re interested: Artline Stix Brush Marker Review. If you also want to watch the video of me reviewing the Artline Stix vs Artline Supreme, here’s my video review:
First off, the pen bodies. I LOVE the Artline Stix pen body. It’s a lego and can connect to all the other markers. And it’s a triangle shape so it doesn’t roll when you put it down. It definitely photographs really well although I know some people find it uncomfortable to hold. The Artline Supreme is a smooth, round pen body. It has the name of the color right on the pen which I like. It rolls just like most brush pens. And it’s a tan base. I really like the whole pen being the color of the ink like the Artline Stix. When you look at the brush nib side by side, it looks pretty similar but the supreme is maybe slightly longer and rounds out a little more.
As for how they are for hand lettering, there is actually a pretty drastic difference that the Artline Stix are better. Something about the nib of the supreme is not great. It’s firm, but the point is soft so it almost feels like it’s fraying as you’re using it. The Stix also has that firm nib and soft point but it doesn’t feel like it’s frayed right away. I guess it’s a subtle difference but it’s a detail that really matters. I prefer Artline Stix Brush Markers. The one thing I noticed that the Supreme did better was that the black was a darker more solid black. The Stix is a slightly faded black which I’ve noticed about it compared to other pens for years.
The Artline Stix brush markers are definitely more firm so if you like a really firm nib, you will probably like these. I have noticed that when they’re new, they are even more firm and hard to get thick downstrokes. Once you use them a bit more they soften up a little.
They’re definitely my favorite to photograph. Because the nib is shorter, it is a little easier to control than a brush pen with a longer nib. However, it doesn’t allow for a very big contrast of upstrokes and downstrokes. It won’t give a really good hairline upstroke. So if that’s what you’re looking for, these definitely aren’t for you. I personally like the look of less contrast between up and downstrokes so I like these. Although, like I said these aren’t my favorite, I still really enjoy them. If you’re curious which pens are my favorite for beginners, check out 3 Best Brush Pens for Beginners.
In conclusion, the Artline Supreme brush markers definitely are NOT worth having in your collection. But are the Artline Stix brush markers worth having? The price isn’t too much and I know they can be easier to get in other countries than some pens. They’re on Amazon for the US which makes it easy. If they are not your first pen, I would say they’re an ok choice to try. Find Artline Stix Brush Markers on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
What do you think of Artline Stix Brush Markers? Have you tried Artline Supreme? Do you agree with me?