Calligraphy pens markers: 10 Best Brush Pens For Calligraphy Beginners


10 Best Brush Pens For Calligraphy Beginners

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Looking for the best brush pen for calligraphy? 

Today you have such a wide choice of brush pens available, and finding the right one can be a bit overwhelming. 

I’ve been practicing brush lettering for years, and I had the opportunity to try out A LOT of different brush pens. 

So don’t worry, in this post, I am reviewing 10 of the best brush pens for calligraphy beginners.

Let’s have a quick look at the contents of this article –  

  • Understanding the different characteristics of brush pens
  • My top 10 picks for the best brush pens for beginners
  • Helpful FAQ – how to avoid fraying, best paper, etc.
  • Final words

By the end of this post, you won’t only know which brush pen you should get, but you will also have a much better understanding of the different characteristics and how they affect the way you write. 

Let’s dive right in!

I also made a YouTube video if you prefer to watch –  

The different characteristics of brush pens

All brush pens share the same essential feature– a flexible nib that allows you to create thin and thick strokes based on the amount of pressure you add to your motion.

That being said, brush pens can have several different characteristics that make them different from each other and essentially change the way your calligraphy looks.

This is why you will hear and see that people prefer to work with certain brush pens over others. 

To help you better understand these characteristics, I’ve decided to use four different points to review each of the pens on this list.  

The four characteristics are –  

  • Size of the nib – large, medium, and small.
  • Nib elasticity – how firm or soft a nib is. A brush pen can have a – soft, mid firm and firm nib.
  • Ink flow – the amount of ink the brush dispenses. It can be –  heavy, medium, and dry.
  • Color choice – How many different colors can you pick. 

To put these points in perspective – I enjoy writing with larger sized pens with heavier ink flow.

Another fellow brush calligrapher might enjoy working more with a smaller sized brush pen.

We all have different preferences, and we like different things.

Considering that, it’s quite difficult to single out a brush pen as the best one in general. 

If you are a complete beginner, you will have to try out a couple of different brush pens before you find the one you like the most.

Precisely why understanding these characteristics will allow you to make a better choice.

What I usually recommend to beginners is to start with one small and one large-sized brush pen.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get started on our list!

Here are the best brush pens for calligraphy beginners –

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Large, best for medium and larger-sized brush calligraphy.
  • Nib elasticity – Medium-firm felt brush tip.
  • Ink flow – Medium, medium-wet ink flow.
  • Color choice – The Tombow Dual Brush Pen comes in a whopping 108 different colors.

Sample video –

Summary –

The popularity of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen is no coincidence.

The large mid-firm brush tip is fairly beginner-friendly and allows smooth thick, and thin transitions.

You have an insane amount of different colors available, and on top of that, the ink is water-based, which makes it 100% blendable with other colors.

This will allow you to create fantastic gradient effects and the tips self-clean after blending.

In the standard pack, you will also get a colorless brush pen made for blending.

To top everything off, the Tombow Dual Brush Pen has a second fine (and firm) tip on the other side.

It’s excellent for fixing details as well as a standalone tool (for lettering, faux calligraphy, etc.).

Pros –

  • Beginner-friendly – flexible tip allowing a variety of stroke thickness
  • Water-based ink – 100% blendable + self-cleaning tips
  • Second firm tip for corrections and as a standalone tool
  • A massive range of colors
  • Non-toxic (safe for children)

Cons –

  • The tips fray easily if the proper paper is not used (check the FAQ for that)
  • A bit pricey 

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Large nib for large-sized brush calligraphy.
  • Nib elasticity – Very soft & flexible, difficult to get consistent medium-sized strokes.
  • Ink flow – Extremely wet. It creates an intriguing ombre effect but also increases the chances of making smudges.
  • Color choice – A selection of 60 vibrant and saturated watercolor-based ink.

Sample video –  

Summary –

The Ecoline is such a fun brush pen to work with and a personal favorite for me.

It features an extremely flexible brush tip that creates bold strokes with ease.

This means that you won’t be able to produce consistent medium sized strokes (like you can with the Tombows).

Along with the nib, these brush pens have one of the juiciest ink flow I’ve ever seen.

You’ll be able to create fantastic ombre effects, and since the ink is a liquid watercolor, these pens are blendable and you can rewet them.

The best part of the Ecoline brush pen is that you can refill them and keep using them over and over again, so you could say that these pens are environmentally friendly.

Ecoline has its line of watercolor inks that are just amazing, and in fact, I used it in combination with my other calligraphy tools.

All in all, super fun brush pen, and highly recommend it to anyone getting into brush calligraphy!

Pros –

  • A wide choice of bright and vibrant colors
  • Blendable with other colors
  • The wet ink flow creates the “ombre” effect on your downstrokes
  • Second (secret) tip in case you ruin the first one.
  • Refillable with ink (environmentally friendly)

Cons –

  • The very soft tip makes it more difficult to control at first
  • The price is slightly higher

Bonus tip for the Ecoline brush pen – secret tip hack!

One of the most significant downsides of nylon fiber (felt tip) brush nibs is that they tend to start fraying after extensive use or poor maintenance.

There is a really cool hack with the Ecoline brush pen in case your nib begins to fray!

Check out the video below for how to do it!

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Large, medium-large.
  • Nib elasticity – Mid firm, firm elasticity.
  • Ink flow – wet, medium wet.
  • Color choice – It comes in 48 different colors.

Sample video –  

Summary –

The Sakura Koi brush pen features a mid-firm elastic brush tip that allows you to create bold and very bold brush strokes with a lot of control.

It springs back to its original shape very quickly, making the thick and thin transition easily.

Aside from the fantastic brush tip, I really love the vivid colors inside these brush pens.

It comes with a water-based ink solution that is fully blendable with the different colors.

One thing that made the Sakura Koi stand out from the crowd is its durability.

I’ve been using the same pen for the past couple of months, and I seriously couldn’t tell the difference between a brand new one and the one I have.

Pros –

  • The mid firm tip makes it easy to handle (especially for beginners)
  • Long-lasting ink
  • Wet ink flow creates the ombre effect
  • Water-based ink – fully blendable

Cons –

  • The tips fray easily if the proper paper is not used (check the FAQ for that)

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Small tip.
  • Nib elasticity – Soft, it doesn’t require a lot of pressure.
  • Ink flow – Medium-wet. It can also leave a dry texture with faster strokes.
  • Color choice –  Only 12 different colors you can pick from. 

Sample video –  

Summary –

An excellent smaller sized companion for brush calligraphy.

The Pentel Fude Touch Brush Pen is a popular choice in the calligraphy community.

The small tip makes it quite easy to control, and thus it’s very beginner-friendly.

That being said, it’s also great to start practicing the Copperplate script.

One of my favorite aspects of this brush pen is an extremely durable tip.

Although there is a specific type of paper I recommend for all brush pens (check the FAQ at the end), the Pentel doesn’t struggle on cheaper print paper as much as the larger sized brush pens do.

On top of that, this brush pen lasts pretty freaking looong!

Unfortunately, it offers only 12 colors, but it contains water-based ink so you can fully blend them with other colors.

Pros –

  • Very easy to handle for beginners
  • Blendable ink
  • A more robust nib that won’t fray easily 
  • The ability to create both wet (ombre) and dry strokes

Cons –

  • A small selection of colors
  • A bit more expensive than the others

NOTE – be careful to not confuse the Pentel Fude Touch pen with the Pentel Felt (fiber) Tip Sign pen – they look very similar and the Pentel Felt Tip Sign pen has a much lower price making it more appealing for purchase.

However, they don’t have a brush tip like the Pentel Arts Sign Pen.

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – The nib size is large. 
  • Nib elasticity – Medium, leaning towards soft. You can create medium and very bold strokes.
  • Ink flow – It has a wet, and heavier ink flow. It leaves a nice and juicy mark on the downstrokes.
  • Color choice – A selection of 60 nicely saturated and vibrant colors.

Sample video –  

Summary –

 I’ve only tried the Karin Brushmarkers recently, but I’ll say it right away – this is one of the best brush pens I’ve ever worked with!

The nib is quite responsive, and the elasticity has been adjusted in a way that you won’t struggle with thick and thin transitions.

However, the real winning feature of this pen is the “liquid ink” technology.

This means that you will get the same color intensity as the very last drop of ink.

The ink is also a non-toxic and intense dye that is fully blendable with all colors.

You can create all sorts of beautiful and colorful projects with this pen.

Taking that into consideration, along with the fact that it has a heavier ink flow, it is recommended that you use thicker (even watercolor) paper.

Pros –

  • The nib elasticity is nicely adjusted for smooth transitions
  • An extensive and vibrant color choice
  • Comes with “liquid ink” technology 
  • Fully blendable with other colors
  • The nylon brush tip is more resilient to fraying

Cons –

  • More expensive compared to others
  • Non-refillable 
  • Requires thicker paper (if you plan to blend colors)

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Both smaller and larger. Depending on the angle and pressure you add. 
  • Nib elasticity – The Crayola doesn’t have a flexible brush tip (like the other pens on this list).
  • Ink flow – Medium-wet ink flow.
  • Color choice – After extensive research, I couldn’t find out the total count of colors. I lost my count at 60. Jenny’s website can give you a more precise answer.

Sample video –  

Summary –

There are just so many excellent features about the Crayola markers.

Out of all the things, I think the two main reasons I love these markers are – price/quality ratio and durability.

This is probably the cheapest item on this whole list, and after four years of working with them, I am still surprised at how good the Crayola markers actually are.

Sure, they are a bit tricky to get used to, mostly due to the fact that it has a broad, firm and pointed tip.

This will require you to adapt your hold, but once you get the gist – the sky’s the limit!

You see, you can’t just rely solely on pressure here, you gotta adjust the angle as well to get the most out of the Crayola markers.

Another cool thing from them being so cheap and durable is that you don’t have to strictly use a specific kind of paper like you have to with other brush pens.

Of course, for best results, I always recommend going with at least the HP Premium 32. 

However, the Crayola’s are quite adaptable.

All in all, excellent quality for the price, a great pen to practice with – highly recommended!

Pros –

  • Extremely cheap!
  • Durable (long-lasting)
  • Non-toxic ink (washable)
  • A variety of stroke thickness

Cons –

  • A bit of a learning curve (different than the regular brush pens)

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Small nib, perfect for brush calligraphy beginners.
  • Nib elasticity – Comes with both a soft and hard tip. 
  • Ink flow – Medium, leaning towards dry.
  • Color choice – As of recent, you can get the Fudenosuke in 10 different colors.

Sample video –  

Summary –

The Tombow Fudenosuke is, without a doubt, one of the most favored brush pens out there.

It’s smaller size makes it perfect for people who are just getting started with brush calligraphy.

The nib is remarkable and creates an easy-going and enjoyable writing experience even for very beginners.

When you get the Fudenosuke, it usually comes with both a soft and hard tip.

I love this feature since writing with both of them is noticeably different.

I can’t say which one is better, as this is a matter of personal preference.

The Tombow Fudenosuke is, without a doubt, a more durable pen in comparison to its big brother – the Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

By this, I mean that the tip won’t fray as easily on cheaper paper, but I would still recommend you get some decent paper (check the FAQ).

Up until recently, you could get only the black Fudenosuke.

However, Tombow finally released a color version of the Fudenosuke pen.

If you are looking for an affordable, easy to handle and durable pen – the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen is definitely the right choice!

Pros –

  • Great for calligraphy beginners
  • Perfect for different calligraphy styles (both traditional and modern calligraphy)
  • Affordable price
  • Water-based colors
  • Environmentally friendly – made from recycled plastic (part of it)
  • Durable – long lasting

Cons –

  • The color version comes only with the hard tip
  • The color version is a bit pricey

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Large-sized brush tip (comes with two brush tips, one on each side).
  • Nib elasticity – Mid firm elasticity.
  • Ink flow – Wet, medium wet.
  • Color choice – Comes in 24 different colors.

Sample video –  

Summary –

The Kuretake Zig Brushable features a larger sized brush felt nib on both ends.

The size of the nib is comparable to Tombow Dual Brush pens.

It could be just a personal preference, but I really enjoy the mid-firm elasticity of the nib.

It makes the transition much smoother, almost as the nib does most of the work for you.

On top of that, these brushes come with a dense ink flow that will easily create the ombre/gradient effect (if you use the right paper).

At the same time, with faster strokes, it will leave a dry brush texture – which is why I wrote it has a medium-wet ink flow.

Considering all the features that the Kuretake Brushables offers, it’s a great pen.

One major downside of this pen is the price.

I would recommend just getting a single pen rather than the whole pack. 

Pros –

  • The mid-firm elasticity increases the control
  • Double-sided brush tip (with different colors)
  • You can create the gradient (ombre) effect on your downstrokes.

Cons –

  • Less ink in each of the sides (due to different colors)
  • The price is higher compared with others

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Medium-large.
  • Nib elasticity – Mid firm elasticity.
  • Ink flow – Medium ink flow.
  • Color choice – Lyra brush pens are available in 24 different colors.

Sample video –  

Summary –

I think that the best way to describe the Lyra brush pen is to say that it’s like the younger sibling of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

It features a felt brush tip, water-based ink, and a second firm (smaller) tip on the other end of the brush.

It has a slightly smaller brush tip and just a third of the color choice compared with the Tombows.

However, it’s nearly half the price of the Tombow Dual brush pen.

So, if you like the Tombows but you are on a budget, the Lyra brush pen is definitely a candidate to consider.

Pros –

  • Affordable
  • Water-based ink – blendable with other colors
  • Fairly easy to control 
  • Second firm tip on the other end

Cons –

  • Requires specific paper; otherwise, the tips fray easily

Reviewing the characteristics

  • Size of the nib – Comes in three sizes, small, medium, and large (I only have the small and medium).
  • Nib elasticity – The tips are quite soft.
  • Ink flow – Medium ink flow.
  • Color choice – This brush pen comes only in black.

Sample video –  

Summary –

The Sakura Pigma Brush Pen will give you a very smooth and pleasurable writing experience.

This brush pack comes with three different sizes – fine, medium, and bold.

However, you should be able to purchase them separately (I bought the fine and medium like that).

This brush pen features a decent brush tip that has a soft to mid-firm elasticity to it.

This means that you should keep a lighter hand when using it because otherwise, you won’t get those clean thick, and thin transitions that every brush calligrapher is after.

One feature that makes the Sakura Pigma stand out from the crowd is the archival pigment ink that is inside these pens.

According to Sakura, this ink is – Waterproof, Dries quickly (no smears), and does not feather nor bleed on most papers.

Despite this unique type of ink, I would still recommend using smoother types of paper for the sake of avoiding any fraying.

Pros –

  • The Archival Pigma Ink 
  • Three available sizes of the same pen
  • Extremely smooth 

Cons –

  • A bit pricey 
  • Comes only in black color


Most frequent questions and answers about brush pens.

Final words

There you have it, folks!

A list with the top 10 brush pens for brush calligraphy. 

I hope that this article managed to shed some light on the different brush pen characteristics and that it will help you find your new favorite brush pen. 

Remember what I said at the very beginning – the best brush pen doesn’t exist!

We all have different tastes and preferences, and to find the one that suits you best, you just need to try them out.  

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10 Best Calligraphy Markers Reviewed and Rated in 2021

Did you know that calligraphy is good for the brain? It boosts your mental health and can be a good skill to acquire. If you like to draw, it’s also nice to have calligraphy skills under your belt that you can use to label your drawings. And to ensure that you do the best calligraphy work, you should have the best calligraphy markers.

There are a lot of good options for calligraphy markers out there. I am here to help you narrow down your choices to the best ones that you can really rely on when it comes to doing neat and precise calligraphy.

Best Calligraphy Marker Reviews 

1. Tombow Pen Dual Brush Markers

You would think that the best markers for calligraphy should be expensive but that’s not actually the case with these markers. They are inexpensive but they are still good enough to help you do calligraphy seamlessly.

This Tombow dual brush pen is reliable. One is a brush tip and the other is a fine tip. I prefer using the brush tips for calligraphy but the fine tips are great for smaller letterings and adding more details to my calligraphy work.

These are felt tip calligraphy pens, so the brush tip isn’t really going to give you the exact same quality that calligraphy pens will give. If you are used to the fibers of a brush pen or a paintbrush, you might be disappointed with these.

I also think it’s harder to achieve thin strokes with these markers because the brush nib is more flexible. Beginners might need to practice more when using these.

I wasn’t disappointed with the colors though. They included mostly primary colors but I like how vivid all of them are. They are also easy to blend. In fact, their blending properties are similar to that of more expensive brands. I still have plenty of time to spread out the colors or thin it out to my desired hue.

The ink quality is good. It seems to dispense just the right amount of ink each time, so you don’t have to deal with a big glob of ink. A little bit of it goes a long way.

The tips are not as durable as I would have liked. Some of the markers tend to fray. However, I like that it has a self-cleaning feature. The ink doesn’t clump up on the tips. You just need to avoid putting too much pressure when using it and just let the brush tips glide on the surface.

I also noticed that although it is pigmented, it doesn’t soak the paper. It doesn’t bleed through the paper. It’s probably because it blends well and then dries quickly. Additionally, the color also doesn’t fade once it dries up. It doesn’t fade overtime as well.


  • Affordable
  • Works great when dipped in water
  • Blends easily
  • Bright colors
  • Don’t easily bleed on paper


  • Might be too soft for beginners
  • Nibs have a tendency to fray

Get these markers if you are on a tight budget and don’t fancy spending too much money on a calligraphy set. It also doubles as a coloring marker set, so you can get a lot of use from them. These are great for budding artists and calligraphists because it comes complete with basic colors.

2. Crayola Signature Crayoligraphy Hand Lettering Art Set

Want to start doing calligraphy but overwhelmed with the many tools out there? You might find it difficult to get started because there’s just a wealth of information and tools that you supposedly need. Well, why not just get this one? I think this is a good starter kit.

These are the best markers for hand lettering because it comes with a complete set. It has everything that you might need to get started including practice pages. You are getting 10 markers with a super tip and ultra fine tip and 2 markers with a brush tip and an ultra fine tip. It also comes with detailing gel pens, art pages, place cards and a photo frame. I think the additional things included in it would also make this an elegant gift option on special occasions.

Keep in mind though that this set only includes two brush pens. If you prefer doing calligraphy with brush pens, you will be disappointed. Most of the markers included are not brush pens. On the other hand, I do like all the markers included in it. The colors are vibrant and pigmented.

These calligraphy markers for beginners will not disappoint with their ink quality. I like how smoothly they lay down on paper. The thin barrel is also easy to hold. Even when you practice writing for hours, it won’t easily wear you out. I think even those with arthritic hands will find these markers easy to use for extended periods of time.

I like the standard markers as well. The brush tips are more on the stiff side, so they can be a tad tricky to use. You need to press down hard on the paper to get it to move in the direction that you want. The standard markers, on the other hand, are more beginner-friendly. The nibs are smooth and they tend to last for a long time.

The guides included are quite helpful. It’s basically everything you initially need to know about calligraphy. It includes metallic pens as well. I think this would be great in lettering cards or gift tags or special occasion letters.


  • Comes with hand-lettering tools
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Thin barrel is easy to hold
  • Cute color options
  • Easy to use even for those with hand arthritis

This set of markers is the best for beginners who are serious about honing their craft. You don’t have to buy anything else. You can just get this and figure out what other things you need to advance your skills. This will teach you the basics. The markers are fairly good as well. They’re not top-of-the-line but if you are looking for something that is good but will not cost so much money, this is a good fit.

3. Kuretake Zig MS34008V Memory System Calligraphy Markers

These markers are just as good as professional calligraphy pens. The traditional pens for calligraphy markers have a tendency to smear. These ones don’t, which is why they are such a joy to use, especially if you just need to do quick letterings. They are easy to use even for beginners.

This set is a good basic set, ideal for beginners. They come with only basic colors but all of them are pigmented and vivid. These are dual tip markers. One side is a narrow tip and the other is a broad tip. It will allow you to get your preferred lettering size.

Although it seems like a basic set, it actually offers a lot of things. First, the ink stays vivid for a long time. Some markers tend to fade after some time. This one doesn’t. This is why you can use these markers for doing letterings that you can frame to display in your home. If you own a calligraphy business, you will also appreciate the quality of the ink of these markers.

These markers are also smudge-proof. I like that the ink dries up well and doesn’t smudge and leave traces behind.

The nibs are durable. Even after regular use, they are still intact. They are made from felt and I can say that they are quite well-made seeing as how they have resisted wear and tear.

The nibs are also bigger and wider than other markers. The wider tips are 5mm and the smaller ones are 2mm. I find these nibs easier to maneuver compared to brush tips. If you are a beginner, you might find these markers easier to use. However, some people might find it too stiff. If you are used to more flexible nibs such as brush tips, you might find them too stiff for you.

I also like that the markers don’t run out of ink fast. After a lot of use, they are still going strong. There are a lot of markers out there that don’t even last for a week. If you are a heavy marker user, you will like these.


  • Includes basic colors
  • Vivid and pigmented colors
  • Does not fade overtime
  • They don’t smudge
  • Markers don’t run out on ink fast
  • Reliable nibs


  • Nibs are on the stiff side

These markers really give you that high-end feel. Aside from the classy design of the barrels, the ink quality also screams high-end. If you want to start your collection of calligraphy markers, try these. They come with basic colors and the ink quality is exceptional.

4. Ohuhu Dual Tips Coloring Brush Marker

This can be considered the best calligraphy set for beginners because of its selection of colors. If you want to have a lot of color options instantly, get this one. It’s affordable and comes with the colors that you can use not just in calligraphy but also in drawing and coloring. This has 36 different colors and each marker comes with dual tips.

I have no problems with how vibrant these markers are. They are all colorful and they stay vivid. They can bleed through paper though, so make sure you use thicker paper. It’s not that bad but if you prefer that the back portion of your paper stays clean, you will have to use something thicker.

These markers come with a brush tip and fine liner tip. The brush tip can be dipped in water to get that watercolor effect. I like to do this when coloring or filling in letterings but this can be just as easily used if you are doing calligraphy work.

I just have to lament the lack of neutrals in this set. I wish there were more light and flesh tones. However, if you prefer rainbow colors, you will like this set.

The firmness of the tips tends to vary, which might be a disadvantage to some people. I think they are flexible enough but others might be firmer than the rest. The firmer brush tips are more difficult to use since you still have to push down harder on paper to get your desired results. Additionally, the firmer ones have a tendency to fray since you are pushing down on it more.

The ink can be blended easily although you need to work quickly since they dry fast. I do like how it dries up fast so that it doesn’t smear. I can also work in enclosed spaces since it is an odorless type of ink. It doesn’t emit an annoying smell that can cause headaches.

The marker barrels are white but you can easily see which barrels belong to which cap because the caps are color-coded. They come with a carrying case as well, perfect for people who are on the go. You can just bring this anywhere you want.


  • Tips are flexible
  • Lots of color choices
  • Good quality ink
  • Dries easily
  • Odorless ink
  • Easy to organize because of the color-coded caps


  • Inconsistent firmness of the brush tips
  • Firmer ones tend to fray at the tips

I would suggest buying these markers if you are looking to expand your calligraphy skills more. You need all the colors that you can get just to make your letterings look more interesting. The colors in this set are impressive and you will love how vivid they are as well. Best of all, this marker set will not cost you so much money and will still give you durability that will make them last for a long time.

5. Tanmit 24 Colors Dual Tip Brush Pen Art Markers

Here is another marker set that will not break the bank. If you are on a budget and you are just looking for a calligraphy marker set that will do its job well, look no further than this one.

It’s very similar with other markers. These ones also have a dual tip. It’s good that it comes with a brush tip and a fine bullet tip. This makes it easier to create calligraphy strokes. If you prefer working with a flexible brush tip, you will definitely like this one. I also like that it comes with a fine bullet tip because I like to use that for adding more details and for lettering. It also comes in handy when doing sketching or drawing.

You get 24 different color options. These primary colors are great for mixing and blending. You can still get a new hue if you mix two colors together. No need to buy too many colors that you might not end up using anyway if you are a beginner.

I like dipping it in a little bit of water or just wetting the tips with a moist Q-tip. That gives a watercolor result that creates more character and depth to your calligraphy work.

These markers contain 30% more ink than your average marker brand. That means it has more mileage and can give you more hours of coloring and calligraphy fun. It’s a good value for your money, especially since it’s already inexpensive to begin with.

The nibs of the bullet tip and the brush tip are also durable. They are responsible for laying down ink smoothly. I was expecting the tips to be too firm because these are cheap markers but I was surprised that they are more flexible than expected. The nylon fibers used for the brush tips are more forgiving, so it was easier to achieve the strokes that I wanted.

It’s also good that the ink is acid-free and does not emit a strong odor. I am very sensitive to marker smell and it can cause headaches quickly when exposed to the smell for a prolonged time, so it’s good to use something with no detectable smell.

I also like that the barrels are black. It doesn’t get streaky easily and can hide smudges. With white barrel markers, they do tend to look grimy when you get some of the ink on the barrel.

The caps also have a flared shape. I like that better because it helps make it easier to remove the cap. I just don’t like that some of the colors on the caps are not the same with the actual color of the ink.


  • Good quality markers
  • Has a nice watercolor effect when dipped in water
  • Lots of color choices
  • Great for beginners


  • Some of the colors don’t look the same as the indicated color on the marker

All in all, this set is a solid calligraphy marker set. They meet expectations when it comes to the quality of the ink and how easy they are to use. I would repurchase it.

6. Reaeon Dual Tip Brush Pen Art Markers

I like using these markers for coloring. You can’t beat the price and the colors included. There are good rainbow colors and earthy colors included in this set, which should suffice if you are a novice artist. However, I find that it’s also good for budding calligraphists.

Aside from its good color selection and low price, there are a lot of things to live about this marker set. These markers have dual tips. It has a 1-4mm brush tip that is just right in creating the calligraphy strokes that you want. The other side has a 0.4m fineliner tip. It’s perfect for adding those delicate touches and details when doing illustrations, sketching or drawing.

It has a water-based ink but you can also water it down some more to achieve a watercolor-like effect. I have tried dipping it in a bit of water and spreading it out and it worked fine. It can be blended easily and dries up without further reducing the vibrancy of the colors. Aside from watercolor paper, it can be used on canvas as well.

I like how flexible the brush is and how easy the marker is to hold. It makes it easier for me to create straight and consistent lines. With other markers, the brush nibs are too firm so you need to press down harder on paper and this can affect the consistency of the lines. I didn’t have such a problem with this one.

What is great about this is that the cap color is the same as the ink. I’ve lost count on how many markers out there have inconsistent color representations, so this is definitely a breath of fresh air. You don’t need to swatch it and then refer to the swatches for the color you need. The colors are accurately depicted on the barrel and caps of the markers.

There are not a lot of downsides to this marker set except that in some markers, the brush tips come off easily if you forcefully remove the cap. They are easy to put back on though so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.


  • Water-based ink applies smoothly
  • Great color selection
  • Brush tips are excellent
  • Easy to control for beginners
  • Brush tips have a good coverage


  • Brush tip comes out when you forcefully remove the cap

You will be hard-pressed to find something wrong with these markers. They are a great buy for people who are on a tight budget and those looking for excellent quality brush tips for calligraphy.

7. Aen Art 60 Colors Dual Tip Brush Pens Calligraphy Art Marker

The color selection in this marker set caught my attention. If you like Copic calligraphy markers, these are very similar to them, especially the outside appearance. It also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the other aspects such as ink quality and performance.

I like the vividness of these markers. They are bold and pigmented. You can water them down a little bit to lighten it up but the ink still remains vibrant and noticeable. A little bit goes a long way. All you need to do is blend it to even it out.

It lays down smoothly. I don’t find it blotchy. It’s really a pleasant experience because the ink just settles smoothly without smudging. There’s not a lot of friction as well with the nibs. The brush tips just glide smoothly on paper.

I just wish the color representation was more accurate. It’s a lot darker than what is depicted on the color caps. You will have to test it out on a piece of paper to see if it’s the shade you prefer. I would suggest doing a color swatch on paper and labeling them. Refer to that whenever you are deciding what color to use.

It’s a good thing though that these markers retain their colors for a long time. They don’t fade overtime even when exposed to air.

All 60 markers fit in its cylindrical case. It’s very easy to stay organized. I also like that you can see the color of the caps immediately, so you can pull out the color that you want without taking out all of the markers. I can also stash the cylindrical case easily in my bag.

The marker caps have a triangular shape. I like this design because it makes it easier to take off the marker caps. I don’t have to use unnecessary force just to remove the cap. This is also good for calligraphy artists who have problems with their grip.


  • Lots of colors to choose from
  • Ink lays down smoothly on paper
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use, even for children
  • Comes with a cylindrical case


  • Colors are darker than what is depicted on the cap

Go ahead and get these markers similar to a Japanese calligraphy pen. They are similar to more expensive marker brands but they won’t cost you a lot of money. With these, you can enjoy high-end quality.

Are you looking for large calligraphy markers? Set your sights on these. They are thicker than your average marker. Some people find this easier to hold, especially if you have young budding calligraphists. If you are teaching to younger kids, this would be a good marker set to give them.

It comes with basic colors. You can add a few more colors later but for those just starting to buy calligraphy markers, this should be a good starting point.

I like that the barrel is black. This makes it easier to keep it neat. It also comes with a clip, so that the marker doesn’t roll off the table easily.

These markers also feature double tips. However, it doesn’t come with a brush tip. It only has two chisel tips. One tip is thicker and the other is better for thinner lines. If you prefer working with a brush tip, you might not like these markers. However, a chisel tip is also great for doing calligraphy. It might even be easier to use if you are a beginner. It allows you to create bold lines and switch to thin lines easily. This smooth transition can’t be easily learned when using a brush.

I like how safe these markers are to use. Because the ink is non-toxic and it is also devoid of acids, I can share them with younger kids because the ink is non-toxic.

The ink lays down smoothly on paper and is very pigmented. Aside from paper, this also works on other mediums such as metal, wood, plastic and stone. It’s a very versatile kind of marker. If you run a calligraphy business, you might find these markers a great addition to your tools because it works on various surfaces.

You should also know that the ink dries up easily. I think this is good, especially for left-handed artists. You don’t have to worry about smearing the ink everywhere. This can happen when the ink doesn’t dry up easily and you accidentally run your hands over the ink.

These markers come with an opaque carrying case. This case is sturdy and can withstand impact. It’s very easy to slide in your bag as well.


  • Good quality ink
  • Dries up quickly
  • Great for left-handed artists as well
  • Doesn’t run out of ink easily
  • Thicker barrels


  • Doesn’t come with a brush tip

If you like the quality of Japanese calligraphy pens, you will like this as well. These are both chisel tips, so if brush tips intimidate you and you are not yet ready to start your calligraphy journey using this often-finicky tip, you can try this one instead.

9. Artbrush Tower Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

It’s nice to have some metallic markers in your arsenal. The metallic sheen of these markers will make cards look more special. You can also use them to write calligraphy for wedding invitations or wedding entrance signages. They make things look more luxurious.

This marker set is a good choice if you only use metallic markers occasionally. It’s inexpensive and you get 10 markers consisting of some basic metallic colors. It also includes a white color that looks transparent at first but dulls out to an opaque color. I think this would look pretty against a black surface.

The ink is very rich and pigmented, although I do find some colors darker than I expected them to be. Also, the two green colors too closely resemble each other that you will have a hard time figuring out which is which. I would have preferred something that is a different shade.

The brush nibs are long and provide good coverage. I find it easier to create the strokes I want because the nibs are soft and flexible. They also stay intake and don’t fray easily even when used on rough surfaces. However, I would suggest not putting too much pressure when using them so that the nibs won’t get damaged easily.

Beginners can easily use these markers. Aside from the flexible nibs, it also has a contoured barrel. It provides more areas for gripping, making this easier even for beginners to use.


  • Great for special occasion calligraphy
  • Vivid metallic colors
  • Comes with a white one that becomes opaque when it dries up
  • Brush nibs are flexible and soft
  • Precise and easy to use if you are a beginner


  • Two of the markers are almost the same shade of green
  • Not good for regular paper

I think everyone who is into calligraphy should have metallic markers. You never know when you just might need something with that extra shine to make your cards and letterings pop out. The quality of these markers is at par with other more expensive markers, especially when it comes to the quality of their nibs.

10. Sharpie Brush Tip Pens

This brand makes some of the best markers. Their brush tip markers are not an exception. These markers are still affordable but they can offer you the qualities that you can find in more expensive marker brands.

This set comes with 12 different colors of brush pens. These are the basic colors that you need for everyday coloring or calligraphy work. I think this would be great for beginners who want basic colors. You can try watering them down a little bit to create a more muted shade or leave them as it is if you want to enjoy their full vivid effect.

What I like about these pens is the brush tip. It’s really one of the best brush tips I have tried. Although it only has one end of brush tip, it can be easily angled so you can create both bold and thin strokes. It also has a flexibility that makes it easy to control. If you are a beginner who is not used to using brush tips, you won’t have problems using these markers.

The tips are also surprisingly long-lasting. You actually don’t need to use too much pressure just to get the angle you prefer. I think that’s the reason why the brush tips last for a long time.

The ink fluidly lays down on paper. It dispenses just the right amount of ink so that you still have plenty of time to blend it in when coloring. It dries up quickly, too, so there are no risks of smudging or smearing. I also noticed that the ink also stays vibrant even after some time. It doesn’t fade easily.

These markers are also some of the few markers out there that don’t bleed on paper. I can confidently write on paper and not worry that it will get to the next page. What I don’t like about this though is that it doesn’t last as long as the other markers I’ve tried. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of ink volume. But since it’s affordable, that might be one compromise I’m willing to give.


  • Brush tips are flexible
  • Dry up quickly
  • Ink is resistant to fading
  • Doesn’t smudge or smear
  • Ergonomic barrel
  • Don’t bleed

These are great starter pens for those who are interested in learning calligraphy. The brush tips are flexible and easy to work with, perfect for beginners. If you like to work with brush tips, you will not regret buying these markers.

What to Look for When Buying Calligraphy Markers

When choosing the best calligraphy marker pens for your needs, I suggest keeping these factors in mind first:

Types of Tips/Nibs

The quality of your calligraphy work will greatly depend on the types of nibs that you are using. Brush tips are considered the best when it comes to doing calligraphy work because it mimics the functionality of a paintbrush. With this, you can really create precise strokes. However, brush tips or nibs might take some time to learn how to use. If you are a beginner, you will have to keep on practicing to get the hang of it.

Another option is the chisel tip. Most dual tip markers come with a chisel tip. This tip is broader and it tapers to the tip to allow users to write thin and thick letterings depending on how they angle the marker. This can be a good tool for calligraphy as well.

Fine tips and bullet tips are not as good for calligraphy because you can’t easily get the strokes needed for this without having to outline or fill up your letterings. However, this can also help add more dimensions and style to your calligraphy work.

Quality of Nibs

Go for markers with flexible nibs, especially if you are using brush pens. If the nibs are not in good shape, they can fray and they can ruin your strokes. If you can, find those markers that come with replaceable nibs so that if the current one frays, you can easily replace it instead of having to buy an entire calligraphy marker set.

Also, make sure the nibs are made from a high-quality type of material. If it is made from a low-grade synthetic material, it will fray easily. If you are a serious artist or calligraphist, you definitely should invest in high-quality tools.

Color Options and Pigmentation

Calligraphy is just more fun if you have a lot of color options for your markers. See to it that what you are buying comes with vivid colors and those that you can easily work with or incorporate in your artworks.

Check to see if the marker colors are pigmented and if the ink is dispensed evenly. Some markers might dispense large amounts of ink and then taper off later, which can make it more difficult to achieve precisely and even calligraphy letterings.

Size and Shape of Barrel

The size and shape of the barrel will determine how easy the markers will be to use. If the marker is too thin, you might have a hard time achieving more complex strokes. For beginners, try something thicker because that is easier to hold. You can practice your grip and your strokes before you advance to thinner markers.

Ink Quality

Choose a marker with good quality ink that can be blended easily. If it is hard to blend, you will also have a hard time creating beautiful strokes. It should lay down on paper smoothly and should be able to create crisp lines. You don’t want the markers to bleed everywhere. It should also dry up easily.

Other Important Factors to Consider

What is a Calligraphy Marker?

A calligraphy marker is a kind of marker that can be used for calligraphy purposes. These are usually double tip markers where one end can be used to make calligraphy letterings. These markers can also be used for drawing and shading. They come in the form of a regular marker or pen but with brush tips, chisel tips or fine bullet tips.

How Does It Work?

Calligraphy with markers is not difficult to achieve. In fact, they are easier to use than paint brushes because you can have more control over the marker. You use these markers like how you would use a pen or an average marker.

If you are using a marker with brush tips, you can try dipping the nibs in water to give you that watercolor effect. You can use it as-is but this method also works for those who like it watered down a little bit.

Angle your marker depending on the brush stroke that you prefer. You can do the same if you are using a chisel tip. If you are using fine tips, you might want to outline the calligraphy strokes first before filling them in.

Let the ink dry and enjoy your calligraphy work.

Who Is This For?

It’s for artists and calligraphy enthusiasts. If you enjoy doing calligraphy work, you might want to try buying these markers. Professionals who get paid doing calligraphy should also consider adding these markers in their arsenal. They are much easier to use and they are quite handy to bring as well.

They can be used by people who do journaling as well. If you enjoy doing journaling work and you tend to incorporate calligraphy techniques, you will like these markers.

What are the Different Types of Calligraphy Markers?

Calligraphy markers can be separated by the type of nibs that they have. Here are some of those that you can choose from:

These markers have a brush tip similar to paintbrushes. They are smaller and more tapered and they can vary in flexibility. Some brush tip markers are fuller while others are slimmer. Others are firmer and some are more flexible. The flexible ones are ideal for beginners because they are easier to use.

These markers have a firm chisel tip that is usually made from felt. It is a thick and wide tip that tapers to at the end. If you angle your marker, you can create thicker strokes. If you write closer toa 90-degree angle, you can get slimmer strokes. It can be harder to use a chisel tip but with some practice, you will be able to achieve beautiful calligraphy work.

These markers have smaller tips that create fine lines. They are ideal for making smaller strokes. They are also easier to use but you might need to fill in some more if you want to get authentic calligraphy strokes.

Why Do You Need Markers for Calligraphy?

You need specific markers for calligraphy if you want to achieve the nuances in calligraphy strokes. You can’t do that by simply using a regular marker. Regular markers don’t provide the same flexibility in strokes as markers for calligraphy. These markers for calligraphy also make it easier to achieve complex strokes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Most Trusted Calligraphy Marker Brands?

You will never run out of choices when it comes to good calligraphy markers. It’s just a matter of personal preference. I would suggest getting Ohuhu for a decent-priced calligraphy marker that does what it says to do. Tombow and Pentel calligraphy pen are inexpensive options as well. There are the more expensive brands like Copic but get them if you want to advance your skills or you want to invest in better quality markers.

How to Use Calligraphy Markers?

Choose the best type of paper. Some calligraphy markers have alcohol-based ink and these markers tend to bleed through the paper. Choose the tip you want to work with.

You can try printing letter guides and then practice writing on them. You will need to angle your calligraphy marker to get the right thickness of the stroke. It would be help if you practiced on a guide first to know how to angle your pen. Let the ink dry completely so it will not smudge on your paper.

For brush pens, you can use them directly on the paper or you can try dipping them in water first to achieve a watered-down effect similar to watercolor. Again, you need to angle your brush tip to achieve the strokes you want.

How Much Does Calligraphy Markers Cost?

Calligraphy markers vary in price. It depends on the brand and the number of markers included in the set. A basic set that comes with primary colors and less than 15 markers can set you back by at least $15. The more markers are included, the more expensive it is. But keep in mind that pricier does not always mean better. There are still a lot of affordable brands that can give you high quality calligraphy results.

Where to Buy Calligraphy Markers?

These markers are widely available. You can find in them your local stores such as Walmart, Target or Home Depot. These markers are also available online.

How to Care and Clean?

These are easy to take care of. You just need to make sure that they don’t leak and that the caps are not left open. You can also try cleaning the barrel every now and then with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol.


The best calligraphy markers are the ones that fit your needs and preferences. There are a lot of good options, so it shouldn’t be too hard figuring out which of the ones out there will really work for you. Just make sure you assess your needs first, especially when it comes to your budget so you can find one that works.

DUAL TIP MARKERS. 21 Calligraphy Pen Set with Free Hand Lettering Guid

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional artist or an aspiring one, this latest set from Cedar Markers is the best one for you! To help you become outstanding at the art of lettering and calligraphy, we’ve created the best book to teach you!

We enlisted the help of one of the finest lettering artists in the world, the famous WINTERBIRD, to create an exclusive guide available only with Cedar Markers, that will assist you step by step on your journey to amazing lettering art.

Each set consists of a beautiful array of 20 distinct colors and a unique blending pen to discover new shades! Every pen has a personalized numeric code allowing you to distinguish between all the colors with ease. For added creativity, every pen comes with two individual tips: a fine line and a brush. This cool feature lets you switch between using brush strokes and pin point art. This exciting set really goes above and beyond all the others!


What do you get?


🎨 DUAL BRUSHES – Options are important while you are perfecting the beauty of lettering and calligraphy!  That is why each pen in this set offers two impressive tips: a fine liner or brush tip, which you can switch between effortlessly, increasing your creative options! Every pen is crafted with a durable nylon fiber to ensure longevity of each delicate tip.

 🎨 CRAFTY COLOURS – Each set includes 20 uniquely dazzling colors, never with any repeats! To help you recall your favorite shades, each pen is complimented with a numerical code to distinguish with ease. When you’re feeling extra imaginative, use our neat mixer pen to compose your own original shade!

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  • Write the letterer Alphabet
  • Connecting letters into words
  • Adding beautiful swirls
  • Make shading and blending techniques
  • Create watercolor background
  • Making a complete calligraphy or lettering artwork from start to finish

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6 of the Best Brush Pens for Hand Lettering & Calligraphy

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Not many of us pay attention to how we write.

Doctors often scribble on their pads, although for genuine reasons, and similarly, others who don’t have the time to practice neat writing.

But there are always enthusiasts in every field.

The modern day hand lettering is a subtle and beautiful art indeed.

And just like a car or a bike enthusiast, who goes through all of the options before settling for one, we’re sure you have done the same.

In the process, you might have come across several different hand lettering brush pens to choose from. But deciding which, and why, is something of a dilemma almost always.

So don’t worry, we have extensively gone through the 6 brush pens, which, in our opinion, are the best of the lot.

All you need to do, is sit back, relax, and just read our guide to select the best brush pens for hand lettering for yourself.

Shall we?

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Best Brush Pens for Hand Lettering & Calligraphy

1.Tombow 61500 Twintone Marker Set

Coming from the well known Tombow, this Marker set consists of 12 brush pens of different colors.

The best part about this product is that the markers are double sided. That means, you have two top choices. One really fine and thin line, and the other, a broad bullet tip, for bold lines and drawings.

Often we’ve seen that, most brushes will lose their form after several uses. But we’re glad to see Tombow going with fiber tip brushes.

This ensures rigidity and maintains their form factor even after prolonged use.

The ink used is a water based ink, and it doesn’t bleed through your typical paper canvas or sheet.

But for every yin, there is a yan.

The tips, we felt, we’re sometimes too strong for the paper, particularly the thicker end. Also, the colors provided don’t form a wide spectrum.


  • Durable tips
  • Two side operation
  • Water based ink


  • Too tough on the paper
  • Not a wide color gamut

2. Liibot Watercolor Brush Marker Pens

Coming from Lilbot, who often have the experience to create amazing products, are the Watercolor Brush Marker Pens.

We liked the fact that they’ve provided 20 different colored pens to choose from and draw. There is also one water coloring brush in the set for rich textures.

Thankfully, the brushes are made of nylon tips. These nylon tips are very soft and can easily create thin or thick lines when needed.

We tried several strokes and textures with the brushes and the tips withstood them all perfectly.

Perhaps the USP of the brush pens is their non toxic nature. It is thus extremely safe and suitable for children.

Also, the ink itself is washable, which ensures quick removal from all kinds of surfaces.

One thing we didn’t like was the build of the plastic used in pens. It brittle and can break if it gets in the hands of a child.


  • Non toxic colors 
  • Easily washable 
  • Soft nylon tips 


  • Brittle plastic used for pens 

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3. SAYEEC Dual Tip Brush Pens Art Marker

Sayeec has provided amazing quality of brush marker pens.  The pens from them, just like Tombow that we reviewed, offer a dual tip approach.

Finer tip of around 0.8mm on one side, and the thicker 1-2 mm on the other side.  We tried combining different stroke lengths and styles for various textures and sizes, and we’re never disappointed.

The color gamut is pretty wide too. You get all the colors from the spectrum like the primary ones, red, blue and yellow, and also available are the secondary colors like violet, green and orange.

The grip of the pens is also very comfortable to the touch. We found it really painless on the fingers to draw with these pens.

Like some other products which use acid and potentially toxic chemicals, this one doesn’t have any such compounds.

However, the quality of plastic used feels cheap for the price you pay. And you may also notice some running issues of ink in finer areas of work.


  • Dual tips for versatility
  • Non toxic 
  • Good color range  


  • Ink running issues with thinner tip

4. Sakura 38062 Pigma Assorted Colors Brush Pen Set

Although the name might sound Japanese, rest assured, this is an all American brand.

This is probably our favourite from the lot. Why? Because of the PIGMA ink.

PIGMA is a unique technology in ink design invented and patented by Sakura in 1982. This ensures that the ink is waterproof, and doesn’t smear on the paper.

The pigment based ink has huge sized molecules to prevent any leakage into the paper. These ink molecy are much as 100 times the normal dye based ink molecules.

And really, the other side of the paper was almost dry and ink free.

Also, who would like to see their creations fade away to time? We’re happy to report that, such is not the case with this ink.

Because of its complex molecular structure, the ink takes quite a while longer than standard dye based ink.

One thing didn’t like, was the amount of ink provided. It dried out quickly after few uses.


  • Modern ink is better than standard dye ink 
  • Doesn’t fade easily 
  • Waterproof 
  • Robust and reliable connectivity that will not disappoint 


  • Cartridges dry quickly
  • May bleed sometimes while drawing

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5. Artline Stix Brush Markers Pens 12 Assorted Cool Set

Artline is a famous brand when it comes to delivering art based products at great prices and quality.

Artline Stix comes with 12 assorted sets of colors. They connect like blocks of several colors in any way of orientation. We tried cross shaped, vertical, and even lateral or bundled.

Your kids, or even the kid in you, will definitely enjoy the myriad options available to choose and draw from.

It basically says so on the pack itself, build and draw!

The colors provided aren’t shy of any variety. There are 12 main colors to pick from a wide gamut.

Stix are also very safe to be around children. They are non toxic and extremely washable.

As we tried our hands at different art forms like calligraphy and hand lettering, to name a few, we’re impressed by the versatility of this product.

One issue we had, was the ‘build and color’ part. Although unique to try, the individual pieces make it easier to lose.


  • Non toxic 
  • Good color options  


  • Can be easily lost by children 

6. Crayola 546203 40 CT Brush Tip Markers

Crayola is perhaps one brand that probably we all have used in our childhood days.

And manufactured by the very same, the packet includes 40 non toxic brushes and tip markers.

The paint enclosure developed by Crayola is unique too. It delivers paint with no squeezing required whatsoever. The ink itself is washable and can easily come off of any fabric.

Unlike some other brands in the same price range, this one from Crayola doesn’t spill or leak, and that is thanks to the great design and build.

In our opinion, Crayola offered the best build of all the brush pens we tested.

And you don’t need to worry about the color either. At 40 different colors, the gamut is wide open for exploration.

However, do keep in mind, the cartridge dries quickly. And sometimes, the colors are too eager to appear on paper.


  • Best build amongst the many 
  • Wide color options 
  • Good for the price  


  • Ink can flow too much too quick sometimes 
  • Cartridge dries quickly

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Things to Keep in Mind While Selecting a Brush Pen

We recommend that you buy non toxic ink brush pens. For you don’t know, when you aren’t watching, your kids might just be too eager to taste the shiny and fragrant piece of plastic.

Also, always look for washable ink pens. Of course, a paper doesn’t require you to wash it, but what happens when your toddlers decide to take the wall on a colorful spin?

It is in exactly those kinds of situations, that washability comes to your aid.

Always look for pens which have a wide color gamut to choose from. A minimum of 20 is our honest recommendation.

One last thing to keep in mind, is the build quality of the pens. You wouldn’t want the pens to run out of ink when in use, or just break off at the first fall, right?

So make sure the quality is top notch. It is easy to decipher so too. Look for pens made of fibre or hard plastics.

To conclude

We hope we were of help today. These six products have been tested and verified by us rigorously. So even if you choose one over the other, the upsides outweigh the downside.

Finally, just keep our guide in mind, as to how to choose the best pens and what to consider while buying. We’re sure there is little chances of your purchase going wrong.

So pick according to your need and enjoy with your children!

Till next time.

Choose the Best Brush Pens for Calligraphy in 2021

It never ceases to amaze the amount of incredible calligraphy art you can accomplish with just a few ideal brush pens.

Of course, regular brush pens may not do the trick. That’s why we’ve selected eight different options that are capable of delivering beautiful results on paper, canvas, sketchbooks, and many more surfaces.

During our reviews, we’ll analyze the pros and cons of each one of these pens. By the end, not only will we know which are the best picks, but also which set will be more suitable for our projects.

Without anything else to add, let’s dive into the colorful world of drawing pens.

Different Types of Brush Pens

Due to the many brands currently in the market and the thousands of pens available, it could be tricky to narrow down the list.

However, you could follow a simple method of organizing the pens under two categories: based on nib/tip and based on ink flow. Here’s what you need to know.

Based on Nib/Tip

Normally, there are three types of brush tips: natural hair made from animal hair, synthetic bristle constructed out of nylon, and felt.

The first two options, natural hair and synthetic bristle are softer than felt. Both take a while to master, which is why they’re suitable for people with some experience.

Then, we have felt tips. These are firm and similar to marker tips, which offer good balance and control for the user. Because of that, tips made of felt are ideal for beginners.

Other features to consider are the tip’s elasticity, firmness, and size. Most commonly, you’ll find fine, medium, and broad tip sizes.

Based on Ink

Good ink flow leads to consistent drawings because there won’t be any streaking or pooling that could ruin the results. Just like before, a brush marker offers three types of ink flow: wet, medium, or dry.

Markers with a wet flow are capable of creating rich lines almost immediately once the tip makes contact with the paper. Alternatively, brush pens with dry ink flow allow the tip to linger on the paper without leaving ink blobs behind.

As you consider markers based on the ink flow, make sure to keep in mind the importance of good pigmentation.

Pigmentation is essential if you want your art projects to look bold and noticeable.

Best Brush Pen for Calligraphy Reviews

Looking for the most valuable calligraphy tools? Take a look at the top calligraphy brush pen sets currently available.

1. Tombow Pen Dual Brush Markers (Bright)

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Let’s start these reviews with a set of bright colors, because who doesn’t like their art looking vibrant? This set offers nine colors, with an additional blender pen to create good-looking effects. Some of the colors included are pink, orange, green, purple, and red, to name a few.

Due to the dual-sided design, you get different tips on each end. On one side, you get a flexible nylon brush tip to create medium or bold strokes. The other side offers a fine tip that guarantees consistent lines. This particular nib is also good for adding detailed drawings to your art.

As mentioned above, the pack includes a colorless blender pen. This item is surprisingly efficient, as it softens and blends colors for beautiful watercolor effects.

Although the set doesn’t have dozens of markers like others would offer, the blender pen allows users to achieve great mixing. The water-based ink gives you the option to use two colors together only to add the colorless blender afterward and create new art.

Much to the user’s convenience, every part of the markers in this set seems to be durable. For example, the nylon brush is capable of retaining its point even after a long time of using it.

The tips self-clean, meaning there’s no need to do thorough maintenance once you finish with your projects.

Despite considering the brush flexibility among its strongest points, it could also have a negative impact on beginners. It takes some time to create the perfect thin strokes often seen in hand lettering and similar art projects. For that, you may need stiffer pens.

Highlighted Features

  • Colors included are vibrant & bright
  • Capable of offering variation in line widths
  • Comes with a blender pen
  • Fine & brush tips for more versatility
  • Self-cleaning tips after use

2. Sakura Pigma Assorted Colors Brush Pen

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The following set is ideal for artists that enjoy the beauty of calligraphy pens and manga drawing. With an 8-Pack of assorted colors, you’d be able to accomplish those and even more projects due to the precise tip and consistent ink flow.

In this set, you get colors like black, red, blue, green, brown, purple, orange, and pink. The tip, as mentioned above, is precise thanks to its ultra-fine design. Besides offering precise lines, the tips move smoothly over a variety of surfaces.

As for the ink, though most will appreciate its constant flow, its quality is perhaps the noteworthy fact. While using the markers, there are no smears, inconsistencies, or bleeding through the surface of any paper type.

Trustable ink leads to more confidence from beginning to the end of each one of your projects.

These markers offer a ton of benefits no one can dismiss. For starters, the pens are waterproof and fade-resistant, making the results look outstanding for a longer time. Plus, the pigment-based ink uses single color pigments dries to pH neutral.

Another benefit worth mentioning is how comfortable it feels using the markers. Their thin design is pleasant to hold, and the pens react quickly, depending on your needs. If you make changes in pressure or direction, those changes would be visible on the ink flow over the paper.

While anyone can use these markers, they’re better as an entry-level set. After weeks of using them, the brushes start to spread out noticeably, which isn’t ideal for professionals.

People that want to commit to art professionally will end up upgrading from these pens shortly after purchasing them.

Highlighted Features

  • Good-looking set of markers with assorted colors
  • Waterproof, fade-resistant & stable ink
  • No smears, bleed-through & no toxicity
  • Consistent ink flow for better results

3. Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers

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The convenience of these markers is one of the reasons why many people prefer it over other options. Not only is this set ideal for adults, but children as well. Kids get to use them as art and school supplies due to the pens’ capacity to complete art projects, classroom activities, and more.

This set offers 12 washable markers in assorted colors. Other than looking vibrant on the paper, the ink is easy to remove, making the set perfect for kids ages three and up.

Despite not having a dual-sided design, the broad tip guarantees proper ink flow to create bold strokes.

Another particular feature kids will enjoy is the design of the markers. Unlike most other pens that have a slim design, these are chunkier, which secures a proper grip. Of course, that may also mean it’d be harder to get toddlers to let go of the markers.

As seen in many Crayola markers over the years, these come with conical tips for more flexibility. With them, you’d be able to create thin lines while still having the option to go for thicker strokes. The colors included in this set are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, among many more.

Since the name of the set suggests the markers are washable, you may be wondering how much truth lies in that. After some tests, the ink does come out, although it may take more than one attempt in some cases. Ultimately, how fast the ink comes out depends on the surface and how dried it is.

Highlighted Features

  • Set of washable markers ideal for kids
  • Twelve vibrant colors included
  • Capable of doing fine & thick lines
  • Tube design ensures proper grip
  • Non-toxic
4. LYRA Aqua Brush Duo Brush Pen Set

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These pens come packaged in a beautiful case, offering a total of 24 colors with a brush-on effect for artists of all ages. The pens have two tips, one broad and another one fine on each side to offer versatility capable of completing a variety of projects.

One of the most interesting facts about these markers is their stability. Over the paper, the tips work flawlessly, delivering the consistency needed to create excellent strokes. Whether you’re using the fine or broad tip, the lines left on the surface look incredible.

The ink has water-based properties, which offers a ton of benefits, as we’ve learned so far. Some of the advantages you can expect are no toxicity, safety for children, and easy to remove if it becomes necessary.

Plus, the water-based ink serves the brand’s purpose for the markers, which is to allow a variety of brush-like techniques.

Overall, these brush markers offer deep rich colors and quality materials that hold their shape. These two features make it easy to draw different lines, especially straight.

The many options in colors available also help increase the number of projects you’d be able to complete.

For example, these pens are ideal for water coloring, brush lettering, planning, and many other tasks.

While the colors are great, the selection lacks some essential choices. Most prominently, there’s no purple offered. Additionally, the red looks a bit more of a pink tone than true red.

Still, those two nitpicks don’t diminish the value of the pens. These pens are capable of creating high-quality art children and adults can enjoy.

Highlighted Features

  • Provide a good-looking brush-on effect
  • Stable tips included for consistent drawing
  • Dual-sided design with fine & broad tips
  • Water-based ink
  • Ideal for artists, designers & more

5. Tombow TwinTone Markers

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Although the dual-sided design isn’t anything new, this set of markers truly takes it to another level. For instance, the 0.3mm extra-fine tip is one of the thinnest out there, providing sharp, detailed lines for incredibly precise art like brush calligraphy.

At the other end, the 0.8mm broad bullet tip delivers bold lines for better visibility.

Additionally, the durability of the tips is yet another pleasant surprise. With durable fiber as the main material, they’re long-lasting and capable of maintaining good shape after each use. You’d be able to use this set of pens for decorating, color-coding, and many more tasks.

The theme of this set is twelve bright colors, including red, pink, green, blue, orange, and more. Other versions available are Pastel and Rainbow, with the first being more creamy while the latter offers more vivid colors. In this case, all of the colors look incredible to achieve eye-catching art.

Besides being safe for artists of all ages, the water-based ink included is quick-drying. Not only will your art look great on the paper after each stroke, but there are low risks of possible smudges.

On a variety of projects, these markers create legible pieces with outstanding color quality.

Another benefit of the water-based ink found in these markers is how reliable it can be. A rich ink that looks vibrant and not heavy, allowing it to sit over the paper without nasty saturation that could lead to bleeding through paper.

After ordering, make sure your order comes perfectly. Some of the markers, especially the bright green, may come already dried out. It’s an issue that most customers have reported.

Highlighted Features

  • Bright & beautiful colors included
  • Dual-sided design for more versatility
  • Ink is quick-drying & non-bleeding

6. Pentel Brush Sign Pen 10 PCs

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What these markers lack in presentation, they compensate for it with a remarkable performance. As you use them to write on paper, the tips of each pen smoothly glide while delivering precise lines. Yes, these aren’t professional-level tools, but they can still accomplish a lot.

The set offers a total of 10 markers with vibrant colors for eye-catching artworks. While writing, the ink flows out satisfactorily, preventing missed spots that inconsistent markers could provide. After many tests, the ink still hasn’t bled through the paper, which is another plus.

Due to the constant ink flow, you can use the markers for many activities. Although these aren’t the typical dual-sided pens, they’re still capable of delivering thin and thick lines. It all depends on the amount of pressure and technique used over the paper.

There are a few interesting observations about the ink. First, there are no toxic chemicals involved, making the markers safe for everyone. Secondly, the ink won’t dry quickly, meaning that you’d have to be cautious while drawing. Otherwise, even the thinnest line could create a mess.

The ideal application for these markers would be non-calligraphy lettering. People won’t recommend it for regular writing because quickly taking notes makes the pens feel scratchy against the paper. Also, the ink may be unevenly light and dark.

Unfortunately, the ink does seem to run out pretty fast. It’s easily the only noticeable issue while using these markers, as everything else is near perfect. For the price and quality, this set can overshine the most renowned brands out there, and rightfully so.

Highlighted Features

  • Set of beautiful markers for vibrant artwork
  • Flexible tips that glide over the paper smoothly
  • Non-toxic & safe for everyone to use
  • Delivers thin & thick lines over different surfaces

7. Sakura XBR-12SA Koi Brush Pen Set

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Although less popular than other brands, Sakura remains one of the few reliable art suppliers that don’t disappoint. In this case, we’re taking a look at the brand’s 12-Pack of assorted color brush pens, which perform fairly similar to an artist’s brush.

Among the many advantages of these pens, we have a resistant tip that springs back to its predetermined shape as soon as you lift it off the paper.  Besides being resistant, the tip is efficient, providing consistent ink flow to guarantee the best results.

The water-based solvent included is also a plus. It’s odorless, as well as highly capable of creating smooth blending between different colors. Plus, the solvent layers the colors to deliver beautiful effects.

Sadly, the color quality isn’t the best. Specifically, the red color doesn’t look as vibrant as you’d expect. Instead, it may seem like a shade of brown instead of bright red.

Another issue is the peach color, which is so light that it’s barely visible on the paper. It works best as a highlighter rather than an additional color suitable for art projects.

Highlighted Features

  • Resistant tips that spring back to original position
  • Many colors offered
  • Water-based solvent is non-toxic & odorless
  • Affordable price

8. XWU Colored Watercolor Brush Pens Set

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As you may know, projects like rock painting require skills, but most importantly, the right set of markers. In that sense, this package offers 20 colored pens and one water coloring brush that offer the precision needed for those type of art pieces.

Besides rock painting, these markers are suitable for scrapbooks, posters, and art on windows.

Particularly, the pens are good due to the decent quality of the ink. On the paper, it’ll flow continuously, providing consistent drawing without missed spots. Additionally, there’s no fading, smearing that could damage your drawings, as the ink will resist against that as well as against water.

The oil-based ink, apart from being highly resistant, is capable of creating appealing drawings. With the high-contrast colors offered, you’d be able to create opaque and glossy lines that stand out on most surfaces, be it dark, light, or reflective.

Also, the ink is non-toxic and odorless. Not only will it be pleasant to use the markers for hours, but there won’t be unpleasant smells either. This particular advantage makes the pens suitable picks for classrooms and small offices.

The tip of the markers does provide other advantages that most artists will like. Most noticeably, the possibility to achieve thin strokes for detailed artworks. Plus, it takes a lot of effort for the tips to receive any damage at all.

Now, it’d be wrong to classify these markers as professional tools. They mostly serve as entry-level to amateur use. The ink, although good, is far from perfect. Lastly, the color quality isn’t as top-notch as seen in other sets of markers reviewed here.

Highlighted Features

  • Good for rock painting, scrapbooks, & window art
  • Quick-drying ink resists fading, smearing, & water
  • Fine tip for precise drawings
  • Colors stand out over dark surfaces

Things to Consider Before Choosing

Before picking a set of calligraphy brush pens, make sure to consider the most important features only true brush pens of the highest quality can offer.

Tip Size

The size of the tip is one of the most important features, as it’ll determine the nature of the activities you’d be able to do with the marker. For instance, fine tips are ideal if you’re looking to buy pens for calligraphy. Of course, it all depends on the artist’s personal preferences.

Also, you can go for dual brush pen sets, which will offer two tips on each side for improved versatility.

Ink Flow

As mentioned earlier in the article, there are three types of ink flows, each one being suitable for specific art projects. If you want consistent drawings, then the wet ink flow type is the go-to choice, as it’ll reduce the risks of streaking and pooling.

Color Quality

The quality of the color is essential. It can be either watercolor, alcohol-based, and oil-based ink. Naturally, if you want the richest and most vibrant colors, you’ll have to pay particular attention to how well the colors look, if they’re bendable and whether or not it is a permanent marker.


What does elasticity mean? Well, an elastic brush tip is equal to a springy tip. It’s the amount of flexibility offered- the higher the flexibility, the more chances the tip has to return to its original shape after lifting it from the paper.

In some cases, the brush tip remains deformed even after removing the pressure.

Number of Pens

The number of markers per set can vary depending on the brand and its purpose. While some brands offer packages with bright and vibrant colors, others may offer more pastel-like options that’d fit better certain types of projects.

Plus, you can acquire either just a few markers or a bunch of them, which naturally impacts the price. Our pen reviews for drawing show a variety of options with a few to dozens of pens included.


Non-toxic markers are suitable for children and adults alike. It’s surprising how even the most popular brands create markers with low levels of toxicity, with Sharpies being one of them.

Always keep in mind to purchase products that are safe for people of all ages to prevent any negative reaction if the little ones get a hold of them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What pens to use for brushing letters?

There are several quality art markers manufacturers out there that you could consider. Some companies to check out are Tombow, Sharpie, Pentel, and Crayola. These companies offer outstanding pens that deliver incredible results for brushing letters.

Q: What’s the best paper for brush pen?

Focus on getting smooth, bleed-proof, and non-absorbent paper if you’re working with brush pens. Bleed proof paper offers two benefits, which are it’ll hold the ink for a longer time, and it’ll prevent the brush tips from fraying quickly.

Q: How to properly store your brush pens?

You could try the method that best suits you. However, we’d recommend storing dual-ended markers and pens horizontally while keeping single-ended markers vertically with their capped tip down.

Additionally, keep color pencils vertically or horizontally in a container. If they fall, the tip may break. You also don’t want light or heat to hit them directly.

Lastly, keep the pens tightly capped and organize them in groups of similar colors.

Q: How to keep brush pens from fraying?

Incorrectly holding a pen will cause fraying inevitably. While using the pens, make sure to hold them back at an angle. This position allows the tip to move with enough flexibility to achieve thin and thick lines.

Q: How to perfectly blend brush pens?

The easiest way would be to buy a set that includes a colorless blender pen. Otherwise, add the two colors to blend while leaving a small space between them. Afterward, use gentle strokes to unite both colors efficiently.

Final Words

For traditional calligraphy, all we need are the right calligraphy papers and the right set of pens.

As seen during our reviews, the products listed in this article offer a ton of benefits with little disadvantages, making them long-term investments for every artist out there.

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Fountain Pens For Calligraphy – How You Should Use Them

Since calligraphy became a fad, hundreds of calligraphy tools have been released as alternatives to the traditional calligraphy pens. Today, even writing tools that were not originally meant to create calligraphy are being customized to do the work. Take fountain pens, markers, and brushes for examples.

But the right pen is the key to beautiful lettering.

Calligraphy is a beautiful art. It requires very little in the way of tools but it is a must for the tools to be capable of giving amazing and decorative results. Calligraphy is a delicate art which requires patience and precision, and the better the pen — the better the end result will be.

But while calligraphy pens were the only ones that gave this desirable result in the past, other pens like dip pens and fountain pens already proved to do a great job too.

Before we look into how you should use a fountain pen in calligraphy, let’s take a look at calligraphy pens and dip pens.

What are Calligraphy Pens?

Essentially calligraphy pens are like a fountain pen that can either be dipped into a pot of ink or can be used with ink cartridges.

Calligraphy pens have different nibs to create different styles of script. Some pens have one dedicated nib whilst others feature interchangeable nibs.

Recently, a variety of calligraphy markers have also become available, which are cheap and easy to use, and give yet another artistic style.

What are Dip Pens?

Dip pen is a writing tool that consists of two parts: a metal point – “nib”, and a handle that holds the nib. The metal nib was made of copper and bronze, while today it is made of steel. It has a slit that leads the ink from a vent hole to the paper and works by a combination of gravity and capillary action. The handle can be made of plastic, metal, glass and even bone.

Dip pen is used for writing and drawing. It does not have its own reservoir for ink. Dip pen is dipped in an ink bottle or inkwell so it could be used. Some people, on the other hand, fill the dip pen with an eyedropper or a syringe.

For writing calligraphy with dip pens people used various accessories to make their writing more enjoyable. A leather writing-pad is a surface which allows the metal pen to “dive” into paper and “glide” more easily.

A rocker-blotter or blotting-paper dried the ink and prevented it from smearing the paper on which it wrote. Inkwell was a container made of glass, porcelain, silver, brass, or pewter that held ink into which dip pen was dipped. It usually had some lid that prevented spillage and contamination of ink. Inkstands hold two inkwells, a place for spare nibs and stands for pens. Some even had a place for a rocker blotter.

A lot of people are using dip pens to do faux calligraphy. The fact that nibs can be interchanged is one of the strongest advantages of dip pens as you can insert calligraphy nibs – which are broad and great for italic and traditional calligraphy – or fine and medium nibs to create modern calligraphy styles.

What is a Fountain Pen?

You can refer to fountain pens as innovations of dip pens. They come in different nib sizes too but most fountain pens don’t have interchangeable nibs. Meaning, if you want to experience broad writing, you’ll have to buy a fountain pen with broad nib, or if you want to try fine lines, then you’ll have to buy another fountain pen, this time, with a fine nib.

Like a dip pen, a fountain pen is a writing instrument equipped with a metal nib that utilizes a cartridge, converter, or another internal reservoir in order to provide a continuous and refillable ink supply.

Fountain pens were introduced in the late 19th century and largely replaced the earlier dip pen, which had evolved from feather pens and which required dipping in an ink well every few lines in order to maintain an ink supply.

Portability and ease of use led to fountain pens being the most popular writing instrument throughout the first half of the 20th century. Since then, people discovered the versatility of fountain pens which can be used not just in simple writing but also in arts. From everyday writing instruments to one of a kind works of hand-crafted art, fountain pens remain an essential writing tool for many business professionals, calligraphers, artists, and pen enthusiasts, or just anybody who likes to write with a pen on paper.

Fountain Pens in Calligraphy

Fountain pens may not be the best for writing traditional calligraphy but they are great tools for modern and faux calligraphy.

While others have the impression that fountain pens are not the right tools to use in calligraphy, fine nibs like the Dryden Designs modern classic fountain pens are appropriate for faux calligraphy. They even make better fine lines than any other tools like fine point pens or ballpoint pens or brush pens.

How to Use Fountain Pen in Writing Calligraphy


First, pull out a calligraphy-friendly piece of paper. Once you’ve got your piece of paper, use a pencil to draw three pairs of equally-spaced horizontal guidelines and one vertical, centered guideline.

For this next step, remember that you’re creating your own modern calligraphy — there are no rules here! Pull out your pencil, then write on your horizontal guidelines using either a larger version of your own cursive style or you can mimic a different writing style.


If you have never used a fountain pen, know that there’s just a bit of a learning curve. But here’s what to remember in a nutshell:


Firmly hold down your calligraphy with one hand while you use gently erase the pencil guidelines on your piece. Be especially careful around the edges of the paper — if you rub too vigorously, the edges have a tendency to crinkle and fold!

Final Tips

Finding the perfect calligraphy pen can be tricky — especially for beginners with so many different kinds of the pen to choose from. So what should you be looking for in a good pen to use in calligraphy?

One of the most important criteria when it comes to choosing the right pen for calligraphy is the comfort. Calligraphers spend many hours practicing and holding their pen, so it’s vital to have a pen with a handle that is comfortable to hold over long periods of time.

Lighter pens are also easier to hold and work with than heavier pens.

Another point to consider is whether to choose a cartridge or dip nib or a converter pen. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks.

Pens that use cartridges are usually more convenient and less messy to use, and as a result, may be better for beginners.

On the other hand, dip calligraphy pens offer more freedom and versatility when it comes to nib and ink choice. Choosing which type to pursue is really down to personal preference.

Liners and capillary pens for sketches


Liners (or liners) are a long-loved sketch material for many illustrators. And all because high-quality liners can significantly diversify the style of your drawing, or even become its basis. Thanks to liners, such an artistic movement as “line art” – line drawings, appeared.

Liners are often referred to as capillary pens because of the special ink delivery system to the nib.Liners can be chosen from a variety of shades for any kind of creativity or writing. Although of course the most popular liner will always be the black capillary pen, the black stroke color looks great on almost any sketch.


Branded liners will never flow even when in contact with the alcohol ink of markers! Now in the PROSKETCHING online store there are many liners of different thicknesses and colors, if you find it difficult to predict which colors you need to choose, then try to order a set of liners formed by the manufacturer.The most popular liners are black liners with a thickness of 0.05mm, 2mm and 8mm.

If you do not know how to choose the thickness of the liner, then proceed from the paper size or sketchbook that you are using. The smaller the size of the sketch paper, the thinner you need to buy a liner. When sketching on a large sheet of paper, choose brighter liners with a thickness of 0.5 mm or more. Also, when buying a liner, it is worth considering the number of small details that need to be drawn at work. You may need to buy several liners for one job.


One of the best materials for working with letters are calligraphy pens. Calligraphy is the progenitor of such a popular style of creativity as lettering. Calligraphy pens come in a variety of thicknesses – from the thinnest 0.05mm to 0.8mm and different ink colors. Also, there are different types of nib pens: fountain pens, brush pens, capillary.

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Brush Pen for calligraphy + 2 refill cartridges, blister, black XGFKP / FP10

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is a unique and one-of-a-kind tool for creating complex drawings, comics, illustrations, manga, calligraphy and lettering.This iconic brush pen has already received worldwide recognition for its minimalist and incredibly attractive design. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen fits easily in your pocket thanks to the durable protective cap Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, so you can be sure that the pen won’t leak.

The tip is made of nylon bristles, which makes the brush flexible and resilient and prevents deformation and breakage. You can effortlessly draw lines of varying thickness, from very thin to thick.And with permanent black pigment ink, your drawings will look brilliantly bright and rich in blacks. After application, the ink dries quickly, does not smudge or spread, and is suitable even for watercolor techniques.

Pentel Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is a very economical model thanks to the device for uniform ink supply from the replaceable cartridge to the nib. The brush does not deform, does not get dirty, and remains in working order for a long time. The cartridges are easy to replace and leak-proof.After installing a new cartridge, point the pen with the stylus downward and wait for the ink to flow to the brush.

The small size and portability of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen allow it to be conveniently used in the most extreme conditions, as well as wherever a muse unexpectedly catches it.

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3 Marker and Water Brush Calligraphy Techniques

Writing with a water brush does not require any special skills. Personally, I was inspired by Ian Wagner’s Beautiful Hand Lettering, which I am currently editing. There you will find many different techniques for painting with a water brush and a marker. For the techniques below, I’ve used Tombow water-based double-sided markers.

There are two nibs in markers: one side with a brush and the other with a round nib.

There is a huge selection of different water brushes on the internet. For example, I ordered this Trasfit synthetic bristle brush set from Amazon. (This is how they look after unpacking).

I chose these three brushes to create my lettering.

Technique 1: Lettering from loops

This technique consists of writing letters in cursive with the addition of loops.After that, a thin layer of water is applied to the written word using a water brush, which makes the inscription more colorful.

With the writing part of the marker we make an inscription, adding loops if possible.

Then, with the other edge, gently apply water to the lines of the letters. It is not necessary to press hard on the marker so as not to blur the inscription.

Now pour water into the inside of the letters. Personally, this process gives me incredible pleasure.

Looks very nice. During filling, all lines inside the loops disappear almost immediately.

Enjoy the work done and wait for the inscription to dry.

Add color

If you suddenly want to make the inscription more colorful, then here’s a tip.

With the selected marker color, circle the outline of all the letters. When doing this, use a thin rod.

Technique 2: Graphic Brush Inscription

In this technique, the inscription is made with a brush with the further addition of water.

Draw with a thick brush with wide strokes.

Add color

To create an unusual effect, apply the selected color directly over the black.

Just outline the already written letters in a different color and fill with water. It turns out a very unusual inscription.

Technique 3: Signature by hand

I was inspired by this technique when I looked at the work of Joanne Sharp. The essence of this technique is that the inscription should consist of fancy letters of different style.

Use your imagination.Draw the letters with a marker so that you can color them later.

As in the first technique, paint over the inner areas of the letters with a water brush. You can also add shadows.

Add color

Use a marker of the desired color to place dots on the inner area of ​​the letters. Then paint with a water brush. You can experiment with different colors.

Add a background for a text box

Now do the same, but behind the letters. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

Bonus Technique: Frame Drawing

Having learned how to make beautiful inscriptions, you probably want to design them beautifully. Here’s an example of how it can be drawn.

First, using a pencil and a ruler, make a sketch like this.

Then outline the lines with a marker.

Add water with our brush.

Now your inscription is ready. In this example, I used all of the above techniques.

If you don’t like straight lines, you can try drawing different curls.

I hope my article helped you!

If you want to know more about the patterns for the frame, watch this video.

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