Popular brush pen: 7 Best Brush pens for Illustrators of Every Skill Level

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7 Best Brush pens for Illustrators of Every Skill Level

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For artists that love to work in ink, there are many different kinds of pens to try—each with its own advantages and disadvantages. While technical pens like Micron Pigmas can help you create consistent lines that are ideal for detailed artwork, brush pens have their own unique qualities that make them a must-have tool for illustrators, cartoonists, and hand-lettering artists.

As its name suggests, brush pens feature a brush-like tip made of nylon or natural bristles instead of a metal nib. So, similar to brushes used in painting and calligraphy, these utensils will perform with varying levels of flexibility, producing thick and thin lines depending on the angle and pressure used. This expressive linework is an attractive trait for both cursive handwriting and drawings, as it creates visual interest for the viewer.

While brush pens may not be as straightforward to use as ballpoints or rollerballs, you’ll find that with a little bit of practice and experimentation, they too can become a favorite tool. Here, we’ve narrowed down our picks for the best brush pens.

Check out our selection below.

Interested in trying brush pens? Here are our picks of the top 7 best ones.

 

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (with 2 Refills)

Pentel | $15.58

The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is a favorite of cartoonists for a reason. Its diminutive size not only makes it easier to carry but also easier to hold in the hand, allowing the artist to create more controlled linework. This is a good choice for brush pen beginners.

 

Kuretake Brush Pen (with 3 Refills)

Kuretake | $34.72

Designed in Japan, the Kuretake Brush Pen is a sleek utensil inspired by traditional calligraphy brushes. It features super-fine nylon bristles that produce smooth, controlled strokes and comes with three extra ink cartridges.

 

Zebra Fude Brush Pen (Super Fine)

Zebra | $2.58

This utensil is an ideal choice for artists who desire a more precise brush pen line. The Zebra Fude Brush Pen features a super-fine tip that is both small and flexible, allowing the user to render more detailed work.

 

Copic Gasenfude Brush Tip Pen

Copic Marker | $6.21

The Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen is based on a traditional Japanese sumi-e brush, which is used in calligraphy. It features high-quality nylon bristles and a sleek design. Plus, this utensil contains water-based pigment ink that is archival and compatible with Copic Markers.

 

Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (Set of 3)

Sakura Pigma | $8.99

Fans of the Micron Pigmas should definitely try adding Sakura’s Brush Pen to their collection. Developed for calligraphers and illustrators, this pen has a fine, flexible brush nib and quick-drying, waterproof, and fade-resistant ink.

 

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Pen (Medium)

Kuretake | $4.32

The Kuretake Bimoji Fude Pen is designed to mimic the look and feel of a traditional calligraphy brush. Available in different nib sizes, this pen allows for a bold application of smudge-proof and water-resistant ink.

 

Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen

Pilot | $5.83

The Pilot Futayaku is a great pen for the artist in search of options. A double-sided brush, it includes one fine nib brush tip and one medium brush tip in its nifty design.

 

 

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The best brush pens to start with Calligraphy (in 2021)

What is a Calligraphy pen, and what should you consider when looking for a brush pen to practice or lean brush calligraphy. Additionally, learn which ones are the best for beginners and get a free 10-page worksheet of the basic strokes at the end of the post!

The wide variety of brush pens or Calligraphy pens offered nowadays while amazing (because you get SO MANY options), make the process of picking the right one to get started SO HARD at times!

Well, that is exactly why I am writing this post! So you can have all the information necessary to pick the perfect Calligraphy pen for you! We will dig into the anatomy of brush pens and some important characteristics to look at when purchasing a new brush pen.

I want to help you so that you can make the best decision when it comes to selecting the first brush pen to purchase to get started in your calligraphy journey!

So let’s lift the frustration and confusion curtain and dig into everything that you should know about brush pens!

In this post, I will cover

BUT before we jump into the brush pen reviews, there are some terms we need to go over just in case! Brush calligraphy VS Brush lettering. Are they the same thing?

In short, NOP!

Calligraphy and lettering are very, VERY different, yes for a beginner eye they might look similar because at the end, no matter the method we are constructing letters.

BUT the way they are constructed is very different depending on if you are doing lettering OR calligraphy. If you want to go deep I have a full post going on the differences, but to make this short and sweet:

  • BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY: Doing calligraphy with a brush pen, writing in strokes to form letters and words, there are no “revisions” and unless you just do it again, there is no “erasing” or “correcting”
  • BRUSH LETTERING: Doing lettering with a brush pen, but also used to describe SIGN MAKING, since they use bushes to create letters. But this is done correcting and many times as part of the “inking” process after a lettered piece has been refined and worked in several sketches.

So as I like to say:

Lettering and Calligraphy are NOT defined by the tools we are using to create the letters. BUT by the method, we are using to construct them. ~ Joy Kelley

Now that this is out of the way, let’s start from the very beginning with brush pens.    

WHAT IS A BRUSH PEN?

A brush pen is a writing tool that has a pressure-sensitive tip that will allow us to achieve thick and thin lines depending on the pressure you apply.

Most times, and just like paintbrushes, the tips of the brush pens will have bristles or the shape of a brush.

I will go over the anatomy and the kinds of inks available below, but first, let’s take a look into a little bit of story of both Calligraphy and the birth of brush pens.  

A BIT OF HISTORY

The history of calligraphy and brush pens, while different, collides in modern times with how popular both are becoming now that they are merged together in current times.

a

– A brief history of calligraphy

Writing letters with a pen is only ONE of many ways that people have thought up to make speech visible.

The origin of Calligraphy with brushes dates back to ancient China during the Shang dynasty becoming more common during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) where it was expected for all educated men and some women to be proficient at it.

The origin of the Western script evolved from Phoenicia in about 1200 BC. adapted in the eighth century by the Greeks, those letterforms would continue to evolve and would be borrowed by the Etruscans and in turn by the Romans.
All the rest of the Western scripts (or styles) evolved from the Roman originals.

For a more extended look into the history of Calligraphy, Check out my post: Calligraphy history: Where does calligraphy come from.
 
 

b

– A brief marker history

In 1910, Lee Newman patented the first felt-tipped marking pen while Benjamin Paskach invented the first fountain paintbrush in 1926.

The 1950s is when markers REALLY became popular with the creation of Magic Markers by Sidney Rosenthal. People started to use Magic Markers for everything —lettering, labeling, making posters, and all sorts of other things.

Soon after, it was discovered that markers had great potential as a new art medium.

From then they have evolved to fill artist needs and the current offering is very wide not only on the kinds of inks but also the tips, flexibility, and elasticity.

ANATOMY OF A BRUSH PEN

Brush pens are a special kind of marker that offers the unique portability of a fountain pen (incorporated ink), the pressure-sensitivity of a calligraphy oblique pen and the maneuverability of a traditional brush.

There are 4 basic parts to a brush pen:

  • Cap: This is the part we use to close the brush pens, in most calligraphy pens, it shows the color of the ink of the pen.
  • Tips or nibs: As we will read below, the tips vary in material and this helps us classify the different characteristics. Some materials perform better when combined with a specific kind of ink or pigment.
  • Body: Generally made out of plastic, the body as the name implies hosts the tip at the top along with the cap, this is usually what we hold when writing.
  • Barrel: The barrel refers to the piece that hosts the ink, in some calligraphy pens you are able to detach the barrel from the top so you can replace ink cartridges (but not all brush pens are refillable or have ink cartridges)

BRUSH PEN CHARACTERISTICS

There are different characteristics that can help us determine what brush pen to get when starting and also decide on the things we like or don’t about them. I find it very important to know what to look for when selecting them or when you want to set them apart.

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– Tip kinds

There are basically 3 different kinds of tips, their elasticity, flexibility, and ink flow depends on the fibers and materials used for the tip. The way the ink behaves when we apply it on the paper also has a direct relation to the material of the tip.

  • A – Natural hair bristles: These brush pen tips are normally made out of animal hair, like weasel hair or sable hair. Natural hair tips are better for water-based inks as they hold liquid for a longer period of time and retain a fine point when wet.
  • B – Synthetic hair bristles: Normally made out of nylon, they are more affordable than natural hair tip pens.
  • C – Felt: Felt tips are some of the best for beginners because their firm, marker-like tips offer good control, the downside is that some of them might need reshaping after a few strokes.

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– Tip sizes

Even though most brush pens will write in different sizes. To generalize, there are 2 groups that we want to categorize the size brush pens: Big pens and small pens.

When we talk about brush pen size, we are not talking about the actual size of the pen, but instead, we are talking about the size of the tip and this translates to the size of the lines (thick and thins) that we are able to make with them, specifically our downstroke (thick).

  • BIG BRUSH PENS: The most popular of the big brush pens is Tombow dual brush pen (in water and alcohol base). But below you can see all the array of big brush pens that are in the market (I didn’t even cover all of them)
  • SMALL BRUSH PENS: There are definitely not as many small brush pens as they are big, but the small ones are some of the best ones for beginners because they are easier to control, and you don’t need much elbow movement to create strokes.

3

– Firmness

Brush pen tips range from soft to firm. This depends not only on the kind of tip (felt, natural or synthetic hair) the size (big or small) and density. Felt tips tend to be more firm, thus far creating more predictable strokes.

Natural and synthetic hair tips offer more flexibility, but they require extra practice in order to control the strokes. These kinds of brush pens are the best when you try to create a textured stroke that is affected by speed and ink flow.    

[ Example of Firmness of a synthetic fiber Pentel brush pen ]

4

– Elasticity

Elasticity is what allows the brush tip to bounce back to the original shape after being used. A brush pen that is non-elastic changes its form once down pressure is applied and requires a constant re-shaping in order to keep using it. A brush tip that is elastic maintains its shape after being used for multiple stokes.  

[ Example of Elasticity of a felt tip Stained  brush pen ]

5

– Pigmentation

A pigment is a dry, powdery substance that once mixed with water leaves color behind. Pigmentation is how many of those pigments are mixed in your brush pen. A rich, pigmented pen, will leave a strong, bright-line, while a less pigmented ink, will leave a more faded color.    

[ Example of pigmentation of a felt tip Stained brush pen ]

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– Ink flow

This as the name implies, is the amount of ink that comes out of the brush tip while being used. Some brush pens have a fast ink flow that allows for fast wet lines no matter the speed you are writing, other brush pens have slower ink flow so you can keep your tip on the paper for a longer period of time without creating an ink blob.      

BRUSH PEN INKS

Brush pens, just like regular markers, can also be categorized according to the colorant content, these 3 kinds of inks are:

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– Alcohol-based inks

These kinds of brush pens, mix ink with alcohol. The color produced by the alcohol-based brush pens dries rather quickly and is relatively permanent. The only way to blend this kind of ink is by using rubbing alcohol, a blender marker or another marker of a similar color.

The blending can be challenging and might still show streaks. They normally have a strong scent, some brands that carry Alcohol-based brush pens are:

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– Water-based inks

These kinds of brush pens, mix ink with water, or water and glycerin mixture. The ink is normally opaque, waterproof and also dries quickly. They are easier to blend and only require water, they are perfect to use as watercolors.

Unlike the alcohol-based brush pens, water-based brush pens are odorless and safe for kids because of the lack of chemicals. Some brands that carry water-based brush pens are:

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– Solvent-based inks

These markers mix ink with a solvent, such as butyl acetate, xylene, or methyl isobutyl ketone. Because of the strong chemicals in these markers, they have a very strong scent that can be irritable to the eyes and lungs.

They are popular for craft projects because they can be used and a very wide variety of surfaces, both porous and non-porous.      

MAKERS, that are NOT BRUSH PENS

The great part about needing a tool with pressure sensitivity to create letters in Calligraphy is that there is not just one tool available to do so.

Regular kid markers allow changes in the thickness of the stroke when different pressure (along with the angle) is applied.

The most popular ones are the Crayola Broad Tip, but I was super pleased to find that other markers like the Måla from Ikea and the Crayola SuperTips work just as well.

The best part about starting with these kinds of markers is that they are very inexpensive, so you can get lots of colors for a low price. This is especially good when you start practicing drills and go over paper and brush pens very often.

It’s incredible what artist can do with these markers, and proves the point that you don’t need expensive tools in order to create excellent pieces.  below are some examples of art created with Crayola markers.

THE BEST PAPER TO USE WITH BRUSH PEN

Using regular copy paper or anything with texture on it will damage and shorten the life of your brush pen, and we want those cuties to last us as long as possible!

My recommendations for practice paper (in no particular order) are:

  • Rhodia pad: This little pad is the most recommended and loved paper-pad among lettering and calligraphy artist because of it’s great smoothness. It comes in different sizes so you can use it for drills or just to create small pieces, it’s more pricey than other pads, but it treats brush pens very well.
  • Canson Tracing paper: This is my favorite paper for inking and also for brush calligraphy since it’s super smooth and it does not absorb all the ink as some others do, but because of this you need to be careful and wait for the ink to dry, or you will have a mess in your hands and your paper!
  • HP Smooth Laserjet Paper: This is definitely the more economical alternative for paper, I use this exact paper to print all my drill grids. It’s a great way to save money while you practice, so you can use your special paper for projects and your brush pens will not get damaged like they do with regular copy paper.
  • Canson Marker Pad: This pad is also a great alternative when using brush pens, it’s definitely not as smooth as tracer paper, but it gets the job done and it’s a lot thicker than regular paper so it will not bleed (or at least not as much) when using super juicy markers or brush pens.

BRUSH PEN REVIEWS

With so many options of brush pens out there, I figure it would be good to first show you each pen, I selected to share the color version of most of them as you can also compare the pigments (and I am a little obsessed with purple and pink).

Big brush pens

  1. Sharpie Brush Marker: I love how juicy these brushes are, if you have thin paper, you might want to put something underneath just in case it bleeds through the page. The pigmentation is lovely and the tip is just a little softer than the Tombow Dual brushes.
  2. Tombow Dual Brush: These are by far one of the most popular brush pens in the market, but if you use them for drills they can get way too expensive, so I recommend only using them for finish pieces. They have a wide range of colors in this pack of 96 that includes all of them. Even though it can be a little steep on the price.
  3. Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush: This pen is a close favorite, and it’s great that you can use with stamps, the pigmentation is great and the tips feel almost like the Tombow Dual brush pens.
  4. Crayola Broad-line Markers: I love how budget-friendly these markers are, they are perfect for drills and the tips are not too soft (sometimes you might need to reshape them though) but other than that are they are perfect, budget-friendly and they last a long time.
  5. Sakura Koi Brush: These are flexible and I really like the colors offered, I did find them a little thin on the barrel, so if you are not used to the thickness, it can be a little weird until you get used to the grip.
  6. Kuretake Zig Brushable: I love that these are dual brushes, but unlike others, they have brush tips on both ends, they just have different shades of the same color. I purchased these ones in Chile, and for some reason, they were much more affordable down there than they are on Amazon. So if you find them at a lower price, you should definitely stock up!
  7. Karin BrushMarker Pro: The one thing that I really need to give props with these brushes is how pigmented and juicy they are. The Sharpie Stained are very close, but I think these take the number one spot for ink flow, the tips are a little softer, but something you can definitely get used to.
  8. Artline Stix Brush: These are advertised as kids brush pens (hence the lego-like body) but they perform very well as brush pens, they are relatively inexpensive (depending on where you get them) and the colors are very rich.
  9. Sharpie Stained: After testing these ones while looking to draw on fabric, I was pleasantly surprised by how soft, juicy and overall pigmented they are. They grew on me and now they are one of my to-go brush pens.
  10. Crayola Supertips Markers: These are the best bang for your buck if you are doing a lot of drills, you can get a full box of 20 for less than $9 (even though the price is always fluctuating on Amazon), they have a ton of colors available, I bought a box of 100 for super cheap during the Amazon Prime Day event.
  11. Uchida ColorIn Brush: These have a super-thin body (the thinnest of all of them), and at times it can be almost uncomfortable to grip, but since I had some pencil grips around, I used those and I had no problems after.
  12. Kuretake Fudebiyori: These are my current favorite brush pens, they have an easy-to-use felt tip and built-in ink supply combine the convenience of a regular maker with the expressive line variation of a traditional brush.
  13. Måla Ikea Markers: I love how inexpensive these markers are and even though they only come in 12 different colors, they are bright and pigmented. Just like the Crayola ones, you need to reshape or rotate the markers as you create strokes.
  14. Copic Sketch Dual: These are definitely on the pricier side, but you are able to change the tips and refill the ink so that it can give them a longer life. They are the favorites for many illustrator artists and fans of comics. They are definitely too expensive for drills, but they could be an option for final pieces.

Small brush pens

  • Sharpie Brush Pen:  While I am not loving some of the colors offered by the new sharpie brush pen, they are a great size and prize for beginners.
  • Pentel Fude Touch Pen: This one is my second favorite fude brush pen, you can also get it in a bunch of awesome colors and that is always a plus! I love how durable they are and they have lasted me way longer than I thought they would.
  • Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Set: This brush pen set is by far my favorite when it comes to learning, it comes in a soft and hard version. Even though the difference is not huge, you can make a little bit thicker downstrokes with the soft tip version. There are two sets of colors offered now, a neon version and the regular colors version. They handle pressure amazingly good and if you use them with the correct paper they can last you a long time.  

Size differences

I also wanted to share what the difference in sizes looks like one next to the other. Since many times we look at them from up close, below you can see the difference in real size for both.

THE BEST BRUSH PENS FOR BEGINNERS

When thinking about the best brush pen for beginners, I can’t help but think that even though I can give you recommendations for what I personally think would be the best one to get you started, there is no right or wrong brush pen for you as long as you are practicing and improving.

Some calligraphy pens might be more challenging at the beginning, but if you are the kind of person that likes to start with the hardest part first, the soft tip brushes might be the ones for you, so you can master the hardest part first, this way any other brush pen would be super easy to use.

And while this approach is not the most common one, I’ve seen many artists take this route very successfully. There are many roads to the same destination, and that is OK =]

What I would personally recommend you is to go the more traditional way.

Start with a pen that is more firm and has a small tip, because it will be easier to control, then you can move to larger and softer brush pens as you feel more comfortable.

When thinking about brush pens for beginners, I like to consider a couple of factors:

  • Firmness and elasticity – how predictable and easy to maneuver the brush pen is. And how well it will bounce back preventing from having to reshape it often.
  • Price: When you are a beginner, you will need a lot of practice and drills to improve, and that requires a lot of ink and brush pens, so the more budget efficient a pen is, the better.

And with those factors in consideration,  my personal recommendations for beginners are:

Drumroll, please!

  1. Crayola Super Tips: Because you just can’t beat the price. And even though they are not “technically” brush pens, you can achieve the same result utilizing the “golden rule” of Calligraphy (thin light upstrokes, full pressure downstrokes).
  2. Artline Stix: The are so easy to maneuver. This one is a medium to big brush pen, somewhat comparable to the Tombow Dual brush pens, but at a lower price (depending on where you buy them though).
  3. Kuretake Fudebiyori: These are my personal favorite currently, I love the pigmentation and to me, they have the perfect flexibility.
  4. Tombow Fudenosuke: While I added this two last fude pens at the end, they are some of my top choices when it comes to getting started, the only reason why they are not at the top is that if you plan to practice a lot, they can get expensive. But the flexibility and thickness are perfect for beginners since you can control them better (they are also available in colors now).
  5. Pentel Touch: I know some people prefer this fude pen instead of the Tombows, but to me, they perform so similar. The main advantage that these had for a long time was the variety of colors, but Tomow fixed that and now offers their fudenosuke brushes in two sets of colors.

Final thoughts & FREE worksheets

I hope this blog post helps you figure what characteristics are the most important for you, and to select the best calligraphy pens for you.

And because I know that the brushes are just a small part of the equation, I set up a free workbook with the basic strokes, so you can practice and improve your strokes and letters.

All you have to do is subscribe to the Newsletter below and the Workbook will be on the way to your inbox.
 

And if you are already a subscriber, you can access this and all other freebies inside the Letter Vault.
 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any suggestions for future articles, just contact me, or share it with me on social media!

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Keep creating!

12 Best Brush Pens Reviewed and Rated in 2021

Are you in the market for the best brush pens? You came to the right place. However, you probably know how many options you have out there and you are feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure of what to buy. The good news is that there are a lot of good brands that will not break the bank. Now all you need to consider is what’s best suitable for your personal preference and r your unique needs.

You will not want to waste your money on poorly-made brush pens with brush nibs that will fray easily with just a few uses. Let me help you find the best brush pens for calligraphy that are truly worth your money.

Best Brush Pen Reviews

1. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush

If you are wondering between a hard tip and a soft tip to get, you should try this Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen. This is one of the best brush pens for hand lettering and drawing because it offers two brush types. One is a hard tip and the other is a soft tip.

If you are a beginner, you can start working with the hard tip first. Since it is harder, it will give you more control. Once you have gotten used to calligraphy strokes, you can move on to the soft tip. although for me, It’s easy to get used to this brush, and for me, I did not have trouble using the soft tip right away.

I love how clean the strokes these brushes make. They are not streaky, mainly because the brush tips stay intact. They don’t fray easily unlike other brush pens for modern calligraphy.

I wish these pens came with more colors though. You can buy the colored ones but the packs only come with one type of tip. You need to choose between a hard tip or a soft tip. On the other hand, you can use this set as a starting point. It will help you figure out what kind of tip firmness is better for you. Its black ink is very pigmented.

Another advantage is that it doesn’t require too much pressure to get the strokes you want. The effortless glide on paper is satisfactory and makes calligraphy so much more enjoyable. The pen is also easy to hold. It feels ergonomic – no hand pain from using it for a long time!

The only caveat I see here is the low ink volume. I wish it contained more ink. Additionally, it’s also pricier than other brush pens out there.

Pros

  • Has hard and soft nibs options
  • Ideal for beginners
  • Less effort when making fine strokes
  • Easy to use and feels ergonomic
  • Pigmented ink

Cons

  • Not a lot of ink volume
  • Pricier than others

The verdict? It’s worth buying. If you don’t know whether to go with a hard tip or a soft tip, use this as a trial pen. It works well as either a practice pen or a beginner pen.

2. Misulove Hand Lettering Pens

If you are looking for a hand lettering brush pen that you can use to practice your calligraphy skills, I would suggest Misulove Hand Lettering pens. This set comes with 6 pens and it offers 4 different brush sizes. You get one extra fine-tip pen for all those small and wispy details, one fine-tip brush for outlining and sketching, a medium-tip brush pen for regular letterings and 3 brush tips for thicker strokes. With such a complete set, you can practice and improve your calligraphy skills with ease.

The brush tips are a bit on the medium-firm side. However, I find that as you use it, it softens up more. That’s fine with me because the more you use it, the more your lettering skills are harnessed. You need a more flexible tip by then.

It’s very affordable as well. If you are on a tight budget, you won’t feel bad about buying this set. It’s also refillable, so you don’t have to keep on buying them. You just need to buy a bottle of ink. These pens are very juicy. They dispense a good amount of ink, so you don’t have to deal with faded ink or gaps when lettering. I have never had issues with their consistency.

The ink is also non-toxic. It won’t emit a strong scent. Even older kids can use this safely.

The tips are very useful because they are crisp and consistent. However, I do find that with the brush tips, they tend to fray, especially if you use them often on coarse paper.

As for its pen design, I like the tiny specks of glitter on it. It’s very modern. Also, the size of the barrels is easy to hold. Beginners won’t feel tired when using these pens.

Pros

  • Easy to use even for beginners
  • Different nib size options
  • Can be refilled
  • Great price
  • Makes consistent strokes
  • Juicy pens

Cons

  • Bigger brush pens can fray easily
  • Can become more flexible over time

These pens are worth trying if you are looking for the best calligraphy brush pens for beginners. The different nib sizes make them ideal for those who are just starting to learn how to do calligraphy.

3. Aen Art Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens

If you are looking for the right brush pens for drawing, this set is worth buying. It comes with 18 pens with all the colors you might need for drawing. These pens feature dual tips. One is a fine tip for adding those small lines and details while the other is a brush tip.

These are not the most brush pens for modern calligraphy though. It requires a little advanced skill to create more dimension with this brush. However, it’s still good for lettering.

I still recommend getting this because of the vivid colors that you will get. They are accurately depicted, so what you see is what you get. With more color options, you should be able to create beautiful letterings and drawings.

This product also has a good ink flow. The non-toxic ink flow gushes out of the brush pen with ease. I also like that it doesn’t bleed through. I have tried this on different kinds of paper and I did not have issues with bleeding. It doesn’t have an unwanted smell and all the colors are very pigmented, making this such a great option for coloring and drawing. This product can also be used for journaling.

It has a comfortable grip. The size is just right. My hands don’t slip on the barrel. However, the caps are a little difficult to remove and to put back on. If you put too much pressure, the caps might break.

Pros

  • Vivid colors
  • Lots of color options
  • Dual tips
  • Non-toxic ink
  • Great ink flow
  • Comfortable grip
  • Does not easily bleed through

Cons

  • Caps are difficult to remove and put back on
  • Not the best for calligraphy

If you are on a budget and you want more color options, I would suggest these brush pens. They fall short when it comes to calligraphy standards but I would still buy this again to try more colors. The ink quality is superb and it has a good amount of ink that can last for a long time.

4. Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch

Pentel brush pen is a must-have if you are building your calligraphy collection. These calligraphy brush markers bring a lot of features to the table. First, these are gorgeously-made pens. I like how they are designed. The caps even have a hook to make them easier to insert on pages. I have used these on different surfaces and tried them for coloring, journaling and calligraphy and they deliver the expected quality.

What I like about these is that the brush nibs are more forgiving. I find it easy to create thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes. I have tried other brush pens but it is still a challenge for those brush tips to do these strokes. I didn’t experience that difficulty with these Pentel pens.

It doesn’t hurt that these pens come with very saturated colors. All the colors included are very pretty. They double as coloring markers as well. I also like that the ink is water-resistant. You can dip them in water if you prefer a watercolor effect. They blend so well, very similar to watercolor paint.

As a beginner, I find these brushes for hand lettering very easy to use. There was a time when I accidentally left the cap off and the nibs and ink didn’t dry up. Be warned though because these pens tend to dispense more ink than your average marker. Because of that, it might be trickier to achieve precision. It’s not a big turn-off but it’s worth noting if you are striving for perfection.

These markers do not bleed through. However, you can still see some slight ghosting effect.

Pros

  • Easy to create thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes
  • Saturated and vivid colors
  • Water-resistant ink
  • Can be used for water coloring
  • Easy to use
  • Comes with flexible tips
  • Tips do not dry up easily

Cons

  • Releases a lot of ink, so the precision might be compromised
  • You can see a little ghosting

You won’t regret buying these markers. I highly recommend beginners to buy these modern calligraphy hand lettering markers. They stand out from the others with their vivid colors and easy to use brush tips.

5. Dyvicl Hand Lettering Pens

I don’t know about you but when doing letterings, I love having more options when it comes to size. It gives me more flexibility and range when it comes to what I can do. This set of typography pens does just that. It’s one of the most value-for-your money pens because this one comes with 8 pens, all boasting of unique sizes. It includes 1mm, 2mm and 3mm nib sizes. The soft brush tip is great for letterings while the extra small, small, medium and large nibs are good for creating more dimensions and strokes in your calligraphy.

I don’t find it very pigmented. If you look closely, it’s more of a dark grey color rather than a jet-black hue but it’s not a big deal. If you find that it’s not too heavily black, you can always add a second layer.

On the other hand, it has a nice ink flow. The ink is also non-acidic, so it stays vibrant for a long time. There is no fading to deal with.

The brushes in this set also come with a soft tip and a hard tip option. I find that ideal because if you are a beginner looking to improve your skills, you can just buy this set and start with the hard tip. Once you become more experienced, you can use the soft tip ones.

All the pens are appropriately labeled. It’s easier to find the tip size you want to work with.

It’s not a refillable ink kind of pen, which is a disappointment. You would want these kinds of pens to have a refillable ink. However, it is inexpensive and it seems to have a large ink volume.

Pros

  • Comes with different sizes of nibs
  • Come with a hard tip and a soft tip option
  • Affordable set
  • Great for both beginners and experts
  • Has labels at the tip
  • Smooth ink flow
  • High ink capacity

This is a great choice for both beginners and professionals. Go ahead and check out what else it can offer you.

6. Ohuhu Art Markers

These modern pens for calligraphy are a must-buy for artists. One set comes with 60 different colors to create beautiful letterings. It’s the perfect option for the modern-day calligrapher because the pens have tips. One is a fine tip and the other is a brush tip. I find this great for drawing and watercolor art as well.

All 60 markers come in a barrel-style casing. I love this packaging because it’s very compact and I can easily fish out the markers that I need. The colors are all beautiful. There are no duplicates but there are some that are close to each other, which can become transitional colors when blending or making gradient art. The caps are color-coded and labelled, so you can easily see the colors that you want to use.

The brush tips are quite flexible. As a beginner, I find this easy to use. It does have a learning curve. You need to get used to the stiffness of the brush but after much practice, creating the strokes that you want is easier.

I like the fluidity of the ink. It’s not overly thick, which makes blending a dream. If you are planning on using this for artworks and drawing, you will like the consistency of the ink as well. But like other markers, it needs to be activated. You need to press down the tips and then shake it to ensure that the ink will flow. It might also occasionally need to be shaken if you find the ink flow somewhat obstructed.

The caveat is that some of the colors are not as pigmented as indicated on the caps. It’s only just a few colors and I rectified that by just doubling the shading or adding more pressure when writing. Additionally, some of the brush tips come imperfect. You might need to fine-tune the shape of the tip by writing it on paper.

Pros

  • Great color choices
  • Flexible tips
  • Great transitional colors
  • Easy to remove caps
  • Can be blended with ease

Cons

  • Some of the colors are not very vivid
  • Some of the brush tips are imperfect

All in all, this is a good set of brush lettering pens. It’s very versatile and you can do many things

7. Arteza Real Brush Pens

If you are looking for brush lettering pens that come close to the real brush calligraphy pens, you won’t be disappointed with this set. This set comes with 48 different colors. I love all the colors included. They are all vivid and saturated. The pens all look elegant and the brush tips are long and uniform. These pens also have a nice and sturdy packaging.

What I appreciate the most from this brand is the brush tip. For a modern calligraphy marker, it has soft and flexible brush nibs made from soft nylon. It allows users to create different strokes and it’s also very easy to work with. The set helps do letterings and watercoloring with ease. If you prefer thinner lines, you can angle it so that the edges of the tips don’t touch the paper. If you want thicker strokes, you should lean it down more.

The set comes with a colorless blender. The colors blend nicely although I find that if you use too much water, it tends to scatter. A little bit goes a long way. I suggest just misting the paper with water and that will do the trick.

There are times when the ink will not flow well although it’s not such a big caveat. You can give it a little shake and the ink will pour out.

It’s nontoxic as well. It doesn’t have a smell, at least none that I can easily detect. I can even work in poorly-ventilated rooms without worrying that the smell from the ink is too overpowering.

Pros

  • Closest thing to real calligraphy pens
  • Vivid colors
  • Soft nylon brush tips
  • Comes with a sturdy packaging
  • Can be used to create watercolor effects
  • Blends nicely

Cons

  • The ink sometimes doesn’t flow smoothly

These are professional-looking pens. There are not a lot of bad things I can say about these pens. If you are looking for brush pens that are very close to real calligraphy pens, you should set your sights on these ones. It comes complete with everything you need to learn how to do calligraphy. The color options are also superb.

8. Talens Ecoline Brush Pens

If there is a contest for the juiciest pens, the Ecoline brush pen can easily win. Indeed, these pens are juicy. They pack a lot of punch when it comes to ink volume. It has more character as well when it comes to ink quality.

When you lay it down, the first ink that comes out of it is vivid but fades as you finish your strokes. I actually like this effect because it gives the strokes so much more character. It also creates a watercolor-like effect without actually dipping the pen in water.

I love the design of these pens. It’s easy to identify the colors. The barrel is thicker than standard markers, so they are actually easier to hold.

On the other hand, the brush nibs are not as beginner-friendly as I hoped. It’s particularly trickier to do thin upstrokes. I would say practice will make these brush pens easier to use. Just give yourself more time to adjust to the use of these pens.

Just a warning though – the ink dries up easily, leaving you with not enough time for blending. If you want to blend, you need to work quickly. However, I do like that it sets quickly. I do not have to worry about smearing wet ink all over the paper. When using standard marker paper, it doesn’t bleed through. There is some slight ghosting effect on thinner types of paper though.

The color selection of these pens is just right for basic calligraphy and coloring needs. If you are looking for more options, get the set with more pens included. But for those just starting to build their calligraphy pen collection, this should be a good buy.

Pros

  • Rich and vivid ink
  • Thicker barrel
  • Does not easily bleed through
  • Sets easily
  • Has a faded effect

Cons

  • Not the best for beginners
  • Not ideal for blending

You can’t go wrong with these pens. They might be a little bit more difficult to use for beginners but you will eventually get the hang of it. The quality of these pens trumps the slight difficulty of using them.

9. Tombow Pen Dual Brush Markers

While on the hunt for brush markers that can be used for both coloring and calligraphy, I came across this set. It’s very affordable, so it wasn’t hard to buy it. I was glad I purchased because these are perfect for the purpose I had in mind.

This set comes with 9 different colors and a blender pen. These are dual tip pens. One side is a brush tip and the other side is a fine tip.

Unlike other similar markers with a brush tip, this one doesn’t come with a felt tip but a nylon fiber brush tip. I think that comes really close to real calligraphy pens. However, the tips are quite flexible so they are a little tricky to use for beginners. I find that it’s easy to make thick strokes. However, if you are transitioning from thin strokes and then going to thick strokes, it can be more difficult.

I do like that it has very vivid colors. If I dip it in water, it dilutes the color a little bit but doesn’t take away its vividness. With some markers, once you water down the ink, the color will get washed down. This one remains vibrant. It can be a good alternative to watercolors.

It blends nicely, especially if you dip it in water. The blending pen included does its work. Make sure you clean the blending pen after using it.

I also find the fine tips good for detailing. If you also need markers for sketching, the fine tips of these markers will serve you well.

Pros

  • Colors are vibrant
  • Easier to make thick strokes
  • Creates a pretty watercolor effect.
  • Easy to blend
  • Affordable
  • Dual tips

Cons

  • Transitioning to thick lines from thin lines can be tricky

Overall, it’s a solid set. It has some flaws but those can be easily overlooked by its fine points such as the vividness of the colors and its easy blending abilities. It’s a set that you will love to use over and over again even if you have more expensive markers in your arsenal.

10. Aen Art Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens

I’ve had good experiences with this brand and this set did not disappoint. This set comes with 24 different color options, just right if you are a beginner and you don’t really need to have a lot of transitional colors. Everything is pigmented and rich. I did not have issues with broken lines because the ink comes out well.

The ink has a nice consistency. It’s not very thick. It’s also non-toxic, so there is no need to worry about inhaling toxic fumes from the ink. You can even lend this set to kids or give it to them as a gift.

These pens have dual tips. The brush tip option is firm and is very pointed. I like this for making thin lines. However, when it comes to doing calligraphy, it can be quite difficult to use if you are a beginner. It’s harder to control its longer tips.

I can say that these pens are quite sturdy. They have been used often and subjected to a lot of rough usage but they still held up well against damage.

Unfortunately, the ink is quite strong and tends to bleed through paper. I would suggest using a thick kind of paper.

Pros

  • Very rich colors that last for a long time
  • Pointed tips for thin lines
  • Sturdy pens that can withhold rough usage
  • Ink comes out nicely
  • Doesn’t leak

Cons

  • Might be more difficult to use because of the long tips
  • Tendy to bleed through

These markers are great for people on a budget but still need reliable brush tip markers. They are more ideal for coloring and for drawing and not so much for calligraphy but if you are starting to build your calligraphy pen arsenal, they would be a good addition because there are a lot of good color options. It might be more difficult to get the hang of using them but you will eventually get used to them.

11. Art-n-Fly Dual Tip Black Brush Pens

This is a dual-tip pen that is a great choice for modern-day calligraphers. You have two options when it comes to doing calligraphy. One is the long brush tip that is capable of making bold strokes. The other is a thinner end which is better for making upstrokes and correct minor mistakes.

What I noticed right off the bat is how well the ink flows. It has a beautiful consistency. It’s not too thick that you will be left with clumps but not too thin either that the ink gets too runny.

The ink lays down beautifully on paper. It has one of the smoothest inks I have ever tried. I did not have issues with streaking. There are also no gaps. Even beginners will find this brush pen easy to use.

Despite how thin the barrel is, it actually holds a lot of ink. It’s also easy to hold, so even if you use it for extended periods, it’s not tiring on the hands.

On the other hand, the ink tends to oxidize and fade after some time. It’s not a dealbreaker but it’s definitely worth noting if you are using this pen for professional use.

Pros

  • Dual tips
  • Great consistency of ink
  • Ink flows easily
  • Writes smoothly on paper
  • Has a nice ink capacity
  • Firm brush tips
  • Easy for beginners to use

Cons

  • Thinner than standard markers
  • Ink tends to fade a little

Give this brush pen a try. It has the right features and firmness that you will like in a brush pen. Its ink consistency and quality are some of its best features. It’s definitely a value for your money.

12. MisuLove Hand Lettering Pens

I would suggest getting these pens for beginners. If you are not sure what kind of tip to use for your letterings, you can try practicing with these pens instead. This set has 8 pens with different kinds of tip sizes. You can choose the thinner tips for your upstrokes and the brush ones or the thicker nibs for creating thicker letterings.

What I like about this is its smooth ink. It has a good consistency. However, it tends to dry up easily, so if you want to blend, make sure you do it quickly. I do like its quick-drying ability though. That way, it won’t get streaky. If you are left-handed, you will not have to worry about smearing wet ink all over the paper.

The ink, once it sets down, doesn’t budge. It’s waterproof. It can be a good partner for watercolor pens when coloring. If you need to use a black ink but don’t want it to get washed down, you should use this first.

It also doesn’t bleed easily. I have tried it on different kinds of papers and it did not bleed through. I guess that’s because it dries up quickly.

As a beginner, I did not have issues using these pens. The brush tip is more on the medium-firm side, so it is easier to direct where I want it to go.

The only thing that I noticed is that under brighter light, it’s not very pigmented. I prefer something more solid. It’s not very noticeable but if you want a real black hue, this might be a bit of a letdown.

Pros

  • Smooth ink that doesn’t skip
  • Comes with different tip sizes
  • Waterproof
  • Doesn’t bleed easily
  • Dries up easily
  • Ideal for beginners

Whether you are a professional or a beginner calligrapher, you will appreciate these pens. The various tip options make them a versatile choice. You can practice different strokes with these pens which are also long-lasting andare easy to control. If you plan on expanding your calligraphy arsenal, you should consider getting MisuLove pens and team it up with colored marker pens for a complete collection.

What to Look for When Buying Brush Pens

If you use the following factors as a guide in choosing the right brush pens for lettering, you will not have a hard time picking out the ones that are perfect for your needs.

Permanent versus Water-Soluble Ink

The ink type is an important factor to consider. Some brush pens come with thick and permanent ink. That means the ink will dry up easily and will stay there permanently. An alternative is the water-soluble ink. These are brush pens for watercolor. If you spray a bit of ink or you dip the tip in ink, it has a watercolor effect. These brush pens are perfect if you want a watercolor effect on your art or you are looking for more blending capability.

Also, you need to check whether the pens dispense a good amount of ink without the need to constantly activate the ink. It should dispense uniform amounts of ink so that you won’t be left with big globs of ink or have to deal with faded lines and strokes.

Line Consistency

Isn’t it annoying when the brush tips can’t stay intact? If it spreads out or goes in different directions, it’s hard to create clean strokes. This is why you should look for those with uniform tips to make sure they go in the direction that you want them to go.

Level of Brush Nib Firmness

Brush pens come with different kinds of nib material. Some make use of real brush tips with fibers that are soft and flexible. Others come with firmer nibs. They are made from synthetic materials. For beginners, it is better to get those that are more flexible. That way, you have more control over the brush tips. They are also easier to use even for experienced artists and calligraphists.

Size of Nibs

Think about the sizes of brush nibs that you will use when doing calligraphy or art. Do you need thick brush tips? What about thin ones? The thick ones are good for making bold letterings while the thin ones are ideal for adding small details and creating more dimensions.

Replaceable Nibs and Refillable Ink

Ideally, you would want to pick brush pens that have replaceable nibs and refillable ink. The nibs, no matter how durable they are, will still wear off after some time. Rather than buying the entire set again, you can choose a set of brush pens with nibs that can be replaced.

You will also save a lot of money if you get those that come with refillable ink. You need only to buy ink bottles and refills. These brush pens can last for years.

Also, we should consider how much ink it can hold. If the barrel can hold more ink, it saves you so much trouble from having to refill it.

Comfortable Barrel

It is important that the barrel is comfortable to hold. Therefore, you should pick a barrel design that you find the most comfortable. Some people find those with contoured edges more comfortable because they have more surfaces to grip. You should be able to angle the brush pens to your preferences without struggling. Also, kindly remember to go for those that will not cause hand fatigue.

Other Important Factors to Consider

What is a Brush Pen?

A brush pen is similar to a marker or a regular pen. The difference is that it has brush nibs. The nibs can be made from real brush fibers or from a felt material that is made to look like a brush. These brush pens can be used for calligraphy as an alternative to the traditional dip pens. Since they already have ink in their barrel, they are much easier to use.

How Does It Work?

These pens can be used in the same way as regular markers. Simply open the cap and then use the pen directly. There may be some pens with ink that need to be activated. This means you need to press down the tip lightly to allow the ink to flow.

You can angle your hands when you need to do different kinds of strokes. These pens have flexible tips, so they should be able to create different types of strokes and fonts.

Who Is This For?

These pens are for artists and calligraphists. If you are a newbie and you are just beginning to try calligraphy, these pens can be a great option to get used to doing the strokes before you start using the dip style pens. Those can be hard to control for beginners. But with these pens, you have much better control over the pen.

This can also be used for journaling or artwork. You can dip the pen in water to create a watercolor effect. Rather than use a separate brush and watercolor palette, go for a brush pen instead. It’s perfect for coloring your drawings, making landscaping art, and doing beautiful calligraphy.

Unlike dip style pens with a limited option for colors, these pens usually come with different color options. There is no limit to what you can do with these pens.

What are the Different Types of Brush Pens?

There are different types of brush pens for coloring and calligraphy when it comes to the materials used. You can choose from natural hair, felt and synthetic bristle. Natural hair pens are usually crafted from animal hair while synthetic bristles are made from fabricated materials such as nylon. Felt tips are usually better for beginners because they are firmer and very similar to regular marker tips. Once your skills advance, you can switch to synthetic or natural hair.

They can also be categorized when it comes to their firmness. You can choose between soft, medium-firm and firm bristles. Felt tips have stiffer properties, so you can have more control over your strokes. Nylon tips that are loosely packed tend to have better flexibility.

Why Do You Need Brush Pens?

Brush pens are indispensable if you love coloring and you love making art. You also need them in your arsenal if you plan on doing a lot of calligraphy. They are easier to bring compared to traditional sets of calligraphy pens since you no longer need to bring bottles of pens. They are more convenient to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Most Trusted Brush Pen Brands?

You won’t have a hard time finding good brands of brush pens because there are a lot of quality options out there that will not break the bank. Try brands like Tombow, Aen Art, Pentel and Ohuhu if you are looking for good brush pens that will not cost a lot of money. If you have more room in your budget, you can go for the more expensive ones such as Copic. They are pricier but you will get your money’s worth with their replaceable nibs and refillable ink systems.

What are Brush Pens Good For?

Brush pens are good for calligraphy. Because the brush tips mimic the tips of calligraphy pens, they can copy calligraphy strokes. They can also be used for coloring. You can use them on their own or you can dip them in a little bit of water to create a watercolor effect.

Anyone can use these brush pens. You can also use them for writing and journaling. Also, they can be used for coloring on coloring books or creating letterings on cards. There are so many great uses for these pens.

Are Tombow Brush Pens Worth It?

They are worth the price. What sets a Tombow brush pen apart with others is the versatility of their brush tips. You can find those that come with both a hard tip and a soft tip. If you are a beginner, you can start with the hard tip so you can control the pen better. Once you get used to it, you can switch to the soft tip to create different kinds of strokes.

How Do You Write Calligraphy with Brush Pens?

Beginners can start by printing some guides. You can follow the strokes indicated in these guides, making sure that you angle your brush pens accordingly. Brush pens can be used directly on paper. There is no need to do preparations because the ink will flow right away.

Another technique that you can do is to dip the pen in water. This will water down the ink to create a watercolor effect. You can start writing as soon as you dip it in water. Some people like spraying the paper with some mist and then applying the brush pen directly on the paper. The water droplets will water down the ink. You can spread the ink with a blender or a colorless brush.

Where to Buy?

These markers are available everywhere. They are available in book and stationery stores. You can also easily find them in the art supply aisle in Home Depots and Walmart. If you don’t want to go to shops anymore, you can buy them online. Amazon has them in store.

How to Care and Clean?

Remember to place the cap back on. You risk drying the nibs and the ink if you leave it open for too long. Store it in a case to prevent losing them. You can also wipe the barrel clean with tissue paper soaked in a little bit of alcohol to remove ink residues.

Conclusion

Finding the best brush pens doesn’t have to be difficult. You can start with the above-mentioned brush pens. Try different brands because you never know what really works for you if you don’t give them a try. Keep honing your craft. You might not be an expert in calligraphy and drawing right now but if you keep using your tools and you try different techniques, you will eventually improve your skills.

The Best 5 Brush Pens That Every Lettering Artist Should Have

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It’s a jungle of brush pens out there and it’s not easy knowing which brush pen is the best. This guide will walk you through the pros and cons of the 5 best brush pens on the market.

 

 

When I first started hand lettering, I had no idea what kind of brush pen I should get. There were so many of them and understanding the differences between them where hard.

After spending a lot of hours researching the pros and cons of the different pens, I finally settled on a brand. Then I spent a couple more hours debating which colors to order. I mean, the pretty colors are almost more important than the features of the pen, am I right?

When I received my new, pretty-colored brush pens, I still didn’t know how to use them. In fact, I was using them wrong for weeks until I watched the Basics of Hand Lettering Series, where I learned how I really should be holding the pen and drawing the lines of the letters. But that’s a story for another day.

The point is, it’s a jungle of brush lettering pens out there and as a beginner, it’s difficult to know which one is right for you. But after hours of reading and researching different pens, I’ve found the top 5 brush pens for you to choose from!

This post is part of my 31 Days of Hand Lettering Series. You can read the rest of the posts here!

 
 

 

If you’ve been reading and researching hand lettering, then you’ve likely come over the Tombow pens. It’s a versatile, high-quality pen that really has become a true classic in the lettering community.

But why do so many hand letterers love these pens?

For starters, they have two sides. On one side, you’ll find a flexible brush tip and on the other side, there’s a firm fine tip which can be used for adding smaller details to your work or fix minor corrections.

And second, it comes in a lot of colors. 96 different colors to be precise!

These pens can be a bit difficult to use for beginners. If you do get these pens, I’d recommend you get comfortable with the small tipped brush pens first before you move onto the larger tipped ones.

You should also be aware that the flexible tip is very easy to fray. And since these pens aren’t at all cheap, you need to use the right kind of paper to extend the lifespan of the pens.

For brush lettering, you really can’t beat the Tombow Dual Brush Pen.

 

Pros:

  • The brush pen has two tips, one flexible tip, and another firm, fine tip 
  • It comes in 96 different colors

 

Cons:

  • Not using super smooth paper will fray your pens fast 
  • It’s not refillable

 


 


The Tombow Fudenosuke has a small brush nib that is much easier to learn with than larger nib brush pens. If you’re a hand lettering newbie, then this is the pen I’d recommend you get.

The Fudenosuke is smaller than the Tombow dual brush pen and has a flexible brush that allows you to use it for both hand lettering, calligraphy and art drawings.

It comes in three options: Hard Tip, Soft Tip, and Twin Tip, and as of October 2018, they now come in colors. You can check out all the different colors here.

If you’re not sure which tip to get, I’d recommend you buy the Hard + Soft Tip Combo pack so you can see which you prefer to use.

Want to learn how to use a small brush pen? Join my Free 30 Days of Small Brush Pens Challenge here!

 

Pros:

  • Beginner friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Very affordable

 

Cons:

 


 


 

 

Sharpie Brush Pens can be a fun and inexpensive alternative to your regular brush pens.

These brush pens have a snappy tip which makes it quite easy to transit from thick to thin strokes and maintain the stroke consistency.

For these pens, you’ll need to have extra paper underneath your project or practice sheets because they do bleed.

It takes several minutes for the ink to completely dry, which may be a con for some, but it also makes the pens great for blending colors.

 

Pros:

  • Beginner friendly
  • Comes with a free case for the 8 and 12 packs 
  • Good blending capabilities

 

Cons:

  • It’s not refillable
  • The ink smear easily

 


 


Pentel makes wonderful brush pens and the Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen is quite an economical and affordable brush pen. The pen is refillable so when the bristles get worn, you just replace it instead of buying a fully new pen, which makes it last longer than other brush pens.

The ink is waterproof and is perfect if you’d like to add watercolor to your hand lettering projects.

The brush tip is made out of individual hairs which will require more control to achieve the desired effect. 

 

Pros:

  • Waterproof ink 
  • Refillable
  • Comes with 2 black in refills

 

Cons:

  • Require a bit of practice to achieve full control

 


 


 

 

The Crayola marker doesn’t have a brush tip, but it’s still one of the most popular pens for lettering.

It’s a very beginner friendly pen and probably the cheapest pen on the lettering market.

When you use the Crayola markers for hand lettering, you can forget everything you’ve learned about using pressure like with other brush pens. Instead, you’ll need to combine both pressure and holding the pen in different angles to give you the thick and thin lines.

 

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good ink flow

 

Cons:
  • Bit of a learning curve
  • It’s not refillable

 


 
 

If you decide to invest in some quality brush pens you’ll also need to take care of them. Storing markers the right way will extend their life span and make them last longer.

Unless you enjoy spending money on pens that you only can use a few times, make sure to store them correctly!

 

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The Best Brush Pens to Learn Hand Lettering

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “What pens should I start with as a beginner?” When I first started hand lettering, I had no idea that there were so many different types of brush pens out there! My biggest suggestion to everyone is to try ALL the pens. Not only because it’s fun, but also because you may like a certain pen that someone else doesn’t like depending on your style. I will review my favorites here, but you get to try them all for yourself. 

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To see the pens in action, check out this video:

The Best Brush Pens to Learn Hand Lettering

Pentel Touch Brush Pen

Pentel Touch Brush pens are very similar to the Tombow Fude soft nib. The soft nib makes it easier to get thicker down strokes and it’s still easy to control the upstrokes. It comes in 12 colors so you’re not only stuck to only black. These are small nibs so it doesn’t work well for larger designs.

You can get these individually at Michaels, but I haven’t seen the pack of 12 colors there. But you can find them on Amazon or at jetpens.com. You can also find the 12 color pack at Target! It’s not as inexpensive as Amazon, but it’s Target.

Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Nib

The Tombow Fude hard nib was my very first REAL brush pen (after Crayolas which aren’t technically brush pens). I used to love this pen more than the soft nib, but now I like both depending on my mood. The hard nib makes it easier to get the thin hairline upstrokes. But you can’t get as thick of downstrokes as the soft nib. It looks a little more precise than the soft nib if that’s the style you’re going for. They only come in black and they are for smaller desins.

You can find these on Amazon or also find these at jetpens.com. I’ve also been seeing these at Hobby Lobby lately. The price is comparable to Amazon when you use the coupon. 

Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Nib

Most beginners prefer the Tombow Fude soft nib over the hard nib in the beginning. I would suggest getting one of each to see what you prefer. I would describe these to be the same as the Pentel Touch brush pens but they only come in black.

You can also find Tombow Fudenosuke soft nib on Amazon, Hobby Lobby, and Jetpens.

Sharpie Stained Brush Marker

Sharpie Stained Brush markers are actually fabric markers but I’ve never even used them on fabric. They are really juicy and hold a lot of ink so they can bleed through some papers. The nib is very bendy but bounces back really well. They come in neon colors but I mostly use black. These are a medium nib but the nib is so flexible so you can letter medium or large designs. These are so satisfying to letter with!

Sometimes Hobby Lobby has these individually or you can find them on Amazon in a pack with all the colors.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Tombow Dual Brush pens are some of the most popular brush pens and for good reason. They come in 96 colors and you can get smaller packs of certain color palettes. The nib is longer so it does take some practice to get used to. They blend beautifully and work great for watercolor. They have a fine point in a matching color. I have found that I actually use the fine nib more often than the brush tip.

There are many places to find these. Amazon is great, my favorite pack is the bright set. You can buy the individual colors at Michaels or Blick. You can find different color packs at Hobby Lobby.

Artline Stix Brush Markers

I have a whole post dedicated to Artline Stix Brush markers here. These were the first large brush pens I fell in love with. They come in 20 colors. The nib is a medium nib so it is a little easier to control than Tombow Dual Brush pens. If you struggle with Tombows, I would suggest trying these to practice with. They blend well and give a natural, faint ombre look.

Artline Stix can be hard to find in the US but Amazon has been pretty consistent with keeping them in stock lately.

I love these pens so much I made a video just about them:

Crayola Supertips

Some people have liked Crayola Supertips better than the broadlines as beginners. I liked the broadlines personally. But they’re so inexpensive that there’s no harm in trying both! I love that there are so many colors. Since the supertips have a smaller nib, you can get smaller designs. But the contrast between the thick and thin strokes isn’t as big as it is with the broadline.

You can find these almost anywhere including Walmart. Here they are on Amazon.

Crayola Broadline

Crayola broadline are my favorite brush pens for beginners. They’re still my favorite and I’m not a beginner anymore. I love that they’re so easy and inexpensive to get. You can put different amounts of pressure on the nib to get varying thicknesses and you can still get really thin upstrokes. They come in lots of colors and blend easily. They do have a different feel from actual brush pens, but they are great practice before you are ready to spend more money.

Once again, you can find Crayola broadlines almost anywhere including Amazon.

Honorable Mentions

Watch my video above to see these brush markers in action.

Tombow Fude Dual Brush (black and gray)

Zebra Fudes (various sizes, I get mine at Daiso)

Kuretake Bimoji Fudes (various sizes, Hobby Lobby has a good price with the coupon)

Kuretake Zig Brushables (I love these but can’t find them on Amazon. I got them at Hobby Lobby with the coupon)

Crayola Brush Markers (These are new and they are similar to Tombow Dual brush pens but the nib is smaller and the fine tips are different colors)

Marvy Uchida Colorin markers (These are amazing! The nib is so flexible and bounces back fast so you can get a huge contrast in thick and thin. Amazon or Hobby Lobby)

Sakura Micron Pens (These are perfect with watercolors because they are waterproof so they don’t bleed. You can find them at all art stores and Amazon.

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

3 Best Small-nib Brush Lettering Pens for Beginners – Bunbougu

Do you feel overwhelmed when you are looking for a brush pen to start your brush lettering with?

Today we can find a huge range of brush pen options. For large-nib brush pens, you may know about the popular Tombow dual brush pen. However, there is not much information when it comes to small-nib brush pen. For brush calligraphy beginners, small-nib brush pen is highly recommended as the small nib is easier to control than large nib.

We reviewed 3 best brush pens series we picked for small lettering. After reading, you will be able to choose which one is the most suitable for your practice.

#1 Tombow Fudenosuke – Hard Tip

Brush Nib

The elastomer brush of the Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip brush pen is firm but responsive to pressure. It requires a fair amount of pressure to produce a thicker line. Because of this firmness, the brushes are useful for beginners – they offer good control over the strokes. 

The Fudenosuke tip has a slight scratchiness of fibre on the page, but a pleasing scratchiness, not an annoying one.

 

 

Colour and Ink

The ink flows well, but the pen isn’t too inky and wet. The brushes are dry enough for strokes to be textured rather than completely solid. This renders the direction and heaviness of each stroke visible, adding visual complexity to the writing and producing an authentic brush-lettering look. 

There is a good range of 10 colours for small nib brush pens. The release of the coloured Tombow Fudensouke sparked much excitement in the brush lettering community because the black version of the pen was already enormously popular. The colours are fairly standard but with a slightly non-standard hue to them – they are vivid but slightly muted in tone. The ink is also water-resistant. 

 

External Design

The size of the Fudenosuke makes them especially useful for bullet journaling. It’s much easier to fit small writing into A5 and A6 journal pages. The pen-like size of them pens themselves makes them very portable. 

The pens look like standard markers but there is a visually appealing element to their design The bright glossy colours of the cap and the end contrasts beautifully with the glossy navy of the body. The barrels are made of recycled polypropylene plastic.

 

#2 Pentel Fude Touch

Brush Nib

The brushes of the Pentel Fude Touch brush pens feature excellent flexibility. It allows for expressive line variation, yet is easy to control because the brush springs back to shape instantaneously. Being firm, the brush requires a fair amount of pressure to produce thicker lines. This makes it easy to control the stroke, making this brush pens beginner-friendly.  

 

Colour and Ink 

The pens are quite inky (inkier than the Tombow Fudenosuke and the Pilot Fude Makase) and draw fairly solid lines. They do create some colour variation within the stroke with fast strokes but most of the standard-speed strokes come out solid due to the relatively heavy ink flow.

The colours are of a fairly standard ‘Western’ colour palette,  but they are wonderfully vivid tones of each colour. 

 

 

External Design

These torpedo-shaped pens aren’t in the running to win a beauty contest. The sparkliness of their barrels belies the sophistication and beauty of their brush strokes and the complexity of their ink colours. But the beautiful writing that they’re capable of producing far outweighs their failures as objects of beauty. And the hexagonal shape of the barrel makes them comfortable to hold.

Surprisingly, the colours of the pen bodies do not closely replicate the colours of the ink but are a more muted version of the colour. 

 

#3 Pilot Fude Makase Color Brush Pen

Pilot’s Fude Makase Colour brush pens won the 2017 Good Design Award  — and with good reason: they are exceptionally good fine-tip brush pens, and they exude an understated beauty, 

Brush Tip

The Fude Makase’s brush tips are very fine and can draw extra-fine lines. The brushes are responsive to pressure, enabling you to create relatively thick lines as well. The Fude Makase’s tips are fine enough to make them useful as writing pens. The fineness of the brush tip also makes them easy to control, in contrast to thicker-tipped brush pens like the Tombow Dual Brush. It is the finest tip of the three brush pens in this review. 

The felt brushes feel very smooth and luxuriant to write with. 

 

 

Colour and Ink 

The brushes are fairly inky — more so than the Tombow Fudenosukes and a bit less than the Pentel Fude Touch. The medium ink flow allows for some variability in the colour saturation within fast-written strokes, allowing an authentic brush lettering look. Most strokes are fairly solid. 

The 8 colours that are available are fairly standard colours, but they are beautifully vivid and deep colours. 

 

 

External Design

These pens are beautiful. Their design features Japanese aesthetic, yet there’s something sophisticated about the way the ecru-coloured barrels taper subtly towards the end. The ink droplet-shaped ‘window’ of transparent plastic, which shows the colour of the ink, adds a subtly sophisticated touch of beauty to this pen. The stylish coloured pocket clips add both style and functionality to the pens. 

 

Where To Go Brush Pen Shopping in Singapore

Last week, we talked brush pens — the beginner-friendly, the fun and the icky. But now you know what you want… The question remains: where’s the best place to go brush pen shopping in Singapore?*

Obviously, you don’t want make your way to a store only to realise it doesn’t have the brush pen you want! To save you that trouble, I put together this neat little post cataloging my favourite stores and what brands they carry.

*Sorry, international peeps, I’m not well-versed in the stores available. If you’re in the U.S., Amazon and JetPens are your best friends. If not, try this list.

1. ArtFriend

Let’s be real. ArtFriend is the first place that pops to mind when we think art supplies — and it doesn’t disappoint. You can find quite a number of Kuretake and Pentel brush pens here, and even a few Akashiya Sai. Not a huge variety but enough to get your started for sure.

Brands You Can Get Here
Kuretake, Pentel, Faber-Castell, Akashiya Sai, Tombow

Where Is It?
ArtFriend has three outlets: Bras Basah Complex, Plaza Singapura and Clementi Central

2. Straits Art Co. Ltd

This hole-in-the-wall store is better known for paints and paper but I come here for two reasons. The first (irrelevant) reason is pointed pen nibs. The second? Ecoline.

Straits Art is the only place in Singapore I know of that stocks Ecoline, both in liquid watercolour form and brush pen! If you know me, you know that I adore Ecoline, so naturally, Straits Art makes this list. It doesn’t hurt that their service is fantastic as well!

Brands You Can Get Here
Ecoline, Kuretake, Pentel

Where Is It?
Straits Art is located at 420 North Bridge Road, near Bugis MRT, opposite the National Library

3. Overjoyed

Hands down my favourite place to get anything brush lettering related, Overjoyed stocks so many types of brush pens that I’m spoilt for choice. Most of the pens I covered in the Ultimate Brush Pen Review were purchased here.

They’re also the distributor for Rhodia, I believe. Bonus points? Their online store is great! You can just order everything online and have it delivered to your doorstep.

Brands You Can Get Here
Zebra, Kuretake, Tombow, Pentel, Pilot, Faber-Castell, Artline, Sakura Koi, Sailor

Where Is It?
Overjoyed can be found online or at Short Street, near Rochor MRT.

4. Tokyu Hands

With so many stationery brands coming out of Japan, you bet there’s a Japanese store (or two) on this list! Think of Tokyu Hands as a high class Daiso, or a more colourful Muji, and you get the general idea!

It isn’t a stationery store, but it does have a huge stationery section that includes a great variety of brush pens. Not on the scale of Overjoyed, since Tokyu Hands is focused on Japanese brands, but worth checking out — plus it may be a lot more convenient than Overjoyed for some!

Brands You Can Get Here
Zebra, Kuretake, Tombow, Platinum, Pentel, Pilot, Sailor

Where Is It?
Tokyu Hands can be found at Orchard Central, Suntec City and Westgate

5. NBC Stationery and Gifts

Like Tokyu Hands, NBC is definitely not an art specialty store. It’s more of a stationery store — in the cutesy direction, no less.

Nonetheless, it does stock a variety of brush pens. Tombow and Sakura Koi are pretty common here, but availability varies from outlet to outlet.

Brands You Can Get Here
Tombow, Sakura Koi, Kuretake, Pentel, Pilot

Where Is It?
NBC has way too many stores to list here. Click here to find the one closest to you!

6. Paper Market + Made With Love

Scrapping stores also have brush markers. Yes, I know right? It isn’t a huge selection most of the time, but you can still get a few brush pens here.

It’s also where you’d find your embossing supplies, if you ever wanted to do heat embossing!

Brands You Can Get Here
Tombow, Pentel, Kuretake

Where Is It?
Paper Market can be found at Plaza Singapura or Raffles City, and Made With Love is located at [email protected]

7. Popular

Our favourite neighbourhood bookshop. Yes, Popular does carry brush pens too! Their variety has been steadily increasing over the past year too but it does vary from outlet to outlet!

Brands You Can Get Here
Tombow, Kuretake, Artline, Pentel

Where Is It?
Popular has way too many outlets to list here. Try their flagship store at Bras Basah Complex (near Bugis MRT) or find the one nearest to you!

8. Daiso

Last but not least, the famous Japanese $2 store does carry brush pens! Unfortunately, getting one really depends on your luck.

My best friend swears that the Plaza Sing outlet carries Tombow Fudenosukes but I’ve only seen Zebra pens occasionally. Their staff also can’t really tell you when a specific item is going to come back in stock so… Good hunting!

Brands You Can Get Here
Tombow Fude, Zebra, Daiso house brand

Where Is It?
Daiso has 13 outlets in Singapore. Check this list to find one to try your luck at!

Which is the best for brush pen shopping in Singapore?

If you want to haul a huge amount of brush pens? Overjoyed. But, there are always price differences, so here’s what we’re going to do!

I created a Google spreadsheet with stores and brush pens, and so far, I’m working to fill it up with what I know. It’s open to all, so feel free to add in more information as you shop — team effort, you know!

Over time, this will hopefully be a great ‘price comparison’ chart for everyone to use.

Have fun and happy lettering!

90,000 Overview 8 calligraphy brush pens

Brush pens, or brush pens, are unique tools for creating calligraphy. Basically, it is a brush with a large supply of ink, allowing you to work on the lettering without having to think about the need to dip the brush in ink.

If you seriously decided to do calligraphy, then sooner or later the brush-pen will definitely appear in your arsenal of calligraphy and lettering tools.

TOMBOW FUDENOSUKE is one of my favorites.The brush is made of a special polymer. Not too soft, at the same time not hard, Tombow Fude is perfectly balanced. It is produced only in small sizes and is intended for hieroglyphic writing. Japanese and Korean schoolchildren use these brushes for daily practice. I highly recommend this brush for small calligraphy.

KURETAKE ZIG LETTER PEN COCOIRO is an excellent brush with replaceable cartridges. An interesting feature of this model: the cartridge is an almost ready-made handle, onto which a light plastic case is screwed, which allows the handle to be more comfortable in the hand.There are 2 types of cartridges available for CocoIro – with a soft bristle tip and a very hard polymer one. The first is similar to the Pentel Color Brush, the second is reminiscent of the Tombow Fude. This brush pen is one of the best for small size lettering. The cartridges last quite a long time and are inexpensive.

COPIC MULTILINER size M – medium hard brush, very firm and glides well on paper. Available in two sizes – S and M. The only problem is that, like many Copics, it dries very quickly.Please note that this model is not the same as the Copic Multiliner SP.

PENTEL COLOR BRUSH is a must have, a favorite tool of many modern calligraphers. The brush is made of nylon fibers, is very soft and requires constant ink flow adjustment. If the ink dries up, just squeeze the cartridge lightly. Of the undoubted advantages of this model, I can name its availability in Russia. The cartridges can be easily refilled using a syringe. Pentel Color is great for small to medium sized calligraphy.

TOMBOW ABT – perhaps the best windlass on the market, and therefore very popular. The so-called Dual Brush – one brush is large and flexible, the other is small and stiff. The strokes are moderately contrasting, the ink lasts for a long time, and is inexpensive. This model has very few competitors.

FABER CASTELL PITT – small brush, medium hardness. Dries up fairly quickly, glides on paper worse than its Japanese competitors. Definitely not one of my favorite brushes.

ZIG KURECOLOR is the closest competitor to Tombow ABT, this brush is slightly denser and slightly shorter. The strokes are rich and contrasting, the ink flow is very smooth. The Kurecolor fits perfectly in the hand thanks to its slightly thicker body.

PENTEL TOUCH is a brush pen in the literal sense of the word. Compact and lightweight, it has a rigid polyurethane nib and is designed for small size writing. Touch, like ZIG CocoIro, can be successfully used for the practice of classic scripts (Engrosser’s), as it allows you to simulate the strokes of a pointed metal nib.The brush is filled with a water-based ink that flows very evenly and gives a great rich color.

Author: Artem Stepanov

Brushpins (brush pens) for painting

MARKER BRUSH

The brushpins are a single-sided sketching marker with a brush tip. With this tool, you can control the thickness of the line yourself and it will be a real pleasure to draw sketches! Often, artists replace capillary pens or thin liners with brush-heads, which are able to create a rather thin interesting “live” line and fill small areas with color thanks to the unique brush tip.

BRUSH TOMBOW ABT DUAL BRUSH PEN

Buy a Japanese marker brush – Tombow ABT brush pen, it has highly pigmented ink in 96 shades of the palette. The Tombow ABT brush pen is a reversible brush marker with a bullet pen and a brush pen. The comfortable brush pen makes this brush pen truly versatile for sketching and painting in any style.

BRUSH PITT ARTIST PEN BRUSH FABER CASTELL

The legendary brush pen – brush marker from the manufacturer Faber Castell was created for true connoisseurs of the brand.Pen Brush Brush Palette Pete Artist Pen Brush includes 60 popular beautiful marker colors. This brush pen does not dry for a long time due to its design, it has a waterproof ink that, after drying, cannot be washed out by a drop of water.

TOUCH BRUSH LINER

The Touch ShinHanart brand, loved by sketchers all over the world, has presented its line of brush liners – the Touch Brush Liner. They also have a brush pen and are perfect for sketching with the Touch Twin and Touch Twin Brush markers of this brand.You can choose and buy Touch Liner Brush from 7 popular colors of the palette. The Touch Brush also has a waterproof ink that won’t smudge when dry.

At the moment, the catalog of the online store of markers and sketching goods PROSKETCHING contains a large number of brushpins of different colors and shades. If you choose alcohol markers as the main material for sketches, then alcoholic paintbrushes of the same brand will perfectly harmonize in your work without leaving streaks.

Sailor Fude Nagomi Brush Pen (Medium)

Sailor Fude Nagomi Medium Calligraphy Pen in a calm pearlescent light blue shade with a medium fiber nib. Inside in black carbon ink.

Ink: water-based pigment black.

Tip type: fiber, medium.

Hardness: low.

Materials: recycled polypropylene and polycarbonate.

Dimensions: 16.5 x 142 mm (including clip).

Weight: 9.8 grams.

Packing: hanger 50 × 200 mm. Total weight 12.6 grams.

Calligraphy Japanese brush pens from their creator! Sailor Pen Co. (Japan) invented this type of writing instrument in 1972 and is still the leading Japanese developer and manufacturer of brush pens (called fude-pen in Japan and brush pen in the English-speaking world).

Here we need to make a remark. The fact is that a lot of brush pens are produced in Japan and all over the world.But. Most of these brush foams … are made from off-the-shelf, off-the-shelf components. The writing units are produced by some companies, the ink by others, the design is developed by design agencies. Sometimes it’s even easier. You just order a batch of pens in China and put Japanese labels on them. Or German. There are even brands “especially for Russia”. Moreover, both large and small companies practice this. Not every company is able to maintain its own production of all components. As a result, you can buy a dozen pens from different companies, which, in fact, will be, if not the same, then almost the same.And usually the consumer does not even know who is the real manufacturer of the most important components of the brush pen: the nib and ink (or ink).

Sailor is one of the few companies that designs and manufactures its own brush pens entirely in-house. For this, the company has all the necessary production assets. The range of Sailor brush pens changes quite regularly. In recent years, eminent Japanese industrial designers and calligraphy masters have been involved in the development.And it just so happens that a relatively small company, in the niche of calligraphic brushpins, clinging tightly to their sailor’s paws (Sailor means “sailor” in English), retains a leading position.

The new (and as usual, it will likely be released for a relatively short time), the Sailor Fude Nagomi brush pen series was developed by Sailor with the help of a charming, talented and highly popular Japanese calligrapher named Ryofuka.Ryofuka is a kind of Japanese phenomenon: a kawaii calligraphic fashion model.

The stylish design of the series, and it really stands out against the background of the products of other companies, is probably better not to describe it in words, but in photographs. In the new series, great attention has been paid to ergonomics. Usually inexpensive handles do not suffer from some ergonomic delights. They are not intended for professional calligraphy work. Here we see an ergonomic curved grip (grip area).This shape of the grip makes it easier to hold the handle in the Ryofuka’s recommended position, about 3 cm from the tip. The water-based pigment ink flows smoothly and consistently to the felt tip.

Sailor Fude Nagomi pens are available in two versions: standard models in which the body colors are inspired by nature in Japan, and Ryofuka models, among which there are pens with pink and red bodies chosen by Ryofuka. Each pen includes a brochure with calligraphic tips and examples from Ryofuka showing the correct brushing technique.Well, the truth is, the girl does not speak Russian, but maybe it’s for the better?

The Sailor Fude Nagomi series includes several brush pens. How to understand them?

Fude Nagomi pens are available in three main types:

1) Six of the most budget pens, three of them are basic models with different tip sizes, the remaining three are Ryofuka models, they differ from the basic ones in pink-red shades of the bodies. These pens are not literal brushes.A fairly rigid “brush-like” fiber tip is installed in them.

2) Double-sided brush, also in two versions, basic model and Ryofuka model. This pen is two # 1 brushes combined in one body. A hard “brush-like” fiber tip is also installed here.

3) Three Fude Nagomi Hontsukuri pens. These pens can be called brush pens. They are fitted with nylon “hair” tips.

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Paint brushes

the main

The right tools are great results!

Professional painting tools
Brushes with natural, mixed and artificial bristles

To obtain a high-quality and durable coating, you must carefully prepare the surface and choose the right reliable and high-quality painting tools!
Using professional brushes allows you to save time, work easily and efficiently!


mako® / MAKO PAINT TOOL (Germany)

MAKO LASUR PROFI
Flute brush with mixed bristles
Width / Brush Price:

Special blend of synthetic and natural bristles,
wooden handle.MAKO brush is used for antiseptic and decorative coating of wood.
Quality level: ***** Top quality.
Brush type: Flutter. The density of the brush bristles is 90%.
Frame type: Brass plated.
Brush thickness: 18 mm.

354460 – 60 mm
RUB 250

354480 – 80 mm
RUB 370

354499 – 100 mm
450 RUB

MAKO LACK PROFI
Flute brush with natural bristles
Width / Brush Price:
Light natural bristle, wood handle.Brush used
for varnishes and oil paints.
Quality level: *** Very good quality.
Brush type: Flutter. The density of the brush bristles is 90%.
Frame type: Brass plated.
Brush thickness: 18 mm.
353460 – 60 mm – RUB 300

353480 – 80 mm
450 RUB

353499 – 100 mm
550 RUB

ANZA / ANZA PAINT TOOL (Sweden)

ANZA BASIC
Mixed Bristle Brush
Width / Brush Price:
Outdoor brush with mixed bristles with plastic handle.
Fits ANZA extension cords.
Bristle length: 49 mm
Thickness: 20 mm 90 160

314190 – 100 mm
450 RUB

314192 – 120 mm

500 RUB

PAINT TOOL WOOSTER / Worcester (USA)

Pro Vantage
Straight brush with synthetic bristles
Width / Brush Price:
Hardwearing polyester nylon brush.
A very popular brush for 15 years. Provides
excellent paint quality on all surfaces.
For all acrylic and alkyd paints and varnishes.
Copper-plated steel metal rim.
Hard light plastic handle.
3257-2 1/2 – 65 mm – 350 RUB

3257-3 – 75 mm
500 RUB

WATERPROOFINC BRUSH
Flat bristle brush
Width / Brush Price:
Natural gray bristle.Steel metal
copper-plated bezel. Black hard
plastic handle. Thick and long
bristles are firmly attached to the brush.
Z1103-3 – 75 mm
RUB 430
PLASTIK HANDLE KOTER ™
Flat bristle brush
Width / Brush Price:
White natural bristle. Tin plated steel metal
bezel.Black hard plastic
owl handle resistant to water and solvents. Thick bristles are firmly attached to the brush.
1327-3 – 75 mm
450 RUB

1327-4 – 100 mm
550 RUB

Natural bristle brushes are best used for paints, oil based glazes and natural wood oils. Natural bristles naturally have split ends, and the rough surface of the hair increases the ability to pick up and hold paint.On contact with water, natural bristles swell, become stiff and lose their elasticity, so natural brushes should not be used for water-based paints and varnishes.

Synthetic brushes are less susceptible to wear and produce a smooth painted surface. Fibers of synthetic brushes absorb and hold paint not only with the outer surface, but also with the inner cavity of each individual fiber. This allows for increased paint pick-up and subsequent recoil and ultimately increases productivity.Synthetic bristle brushes do not change their shape and are recommended for use with water-based paints, glazes and varnishes.

Mixed bristle brushes combine the best properties of natural and mixed bristle brushes: good paint pick-up and high wear resistance. Mixed bristle brushes are suitable for all types of paints, both water and oil based. Different percentages of natural and synthetic bristles make it possible to produce brushes for both outdoor use and indoor painting.

What exercises to do with a kettlebell

Men’s Health has already written about how wonderful kettlebells are a wonderful and often underestimated apparatus in strength training. With the help of these exercises, you can see for yourself the effectiveness of strength training, even at home.

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Deadlift with a kettlebell

Deadlift with a kettlebell is one of the best complex exercises for strengthening the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and upper body muscles.This exercise is called the back chain exercise because it mainly works on the back muscles of the body.

How to Perform:

  • Stand with a kettlebell between your legs, shoulder-width apart. Place your heels firmly in place.
  • Lower your body by pushing your pelvis back and bending your knees. At the same time, keep your back straight.
  • Grasp the weight handle with both hands. Take a breath.
  • Straighten up by contracting your glutes, back muscles, and thighs.Exhale.
  • Lower the weight in the same way as you dropped it before.
  • Do the following repetition.

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( Read also: 5 tips on how to train a powerful grip.)

Russian twist with a kettlebell

This exercise should be performed carefully and with correct technique. The abdominals and lower back are most involved here.Always warm up before starting the Russian kettlebell twist.

How To:

  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet near your hips.
  • Hold the kettlebell at chest level and leaning back, hold the body at a 45 degree angle. The elbows are located near the body.
  • Raise the legs bent at the knees from the floor and alternately turn the body to the left and right, rearranging the weight together with the turns.
  • Do as many reps as you can.

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Goblet squats with kettlebells

Goblet squats (aka goblet squats) can be used at any level of physical fitness. This exercise works well for the muscles of the legs and buttocks.

How to:

  • Raise the kettlebell to chest level, holding it with both hands.
  • Keep your elbows close to your body with your eyes looking forward.
  • Legs are slightly wider than shoulders, toes point towards the knees.
  • Begin squatting by pushing your pelvis back and keeping your back in a neutral position.
  • Your body weight should be supported by your entire foot. Do not lift your heels off the floor.
  • Continue squatting until your hips are below parallel – this is important to maximize glute activation.
  • Pause briefly at the bottom, and then return to the starting position by pushing off the floor.

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( Read also: How to train lagging muscles.)

Standing one-arm kettlebell press

This exercise is aimed at working out the muscles of the shoulder girdle. However, it also involves other muscle groups.

How to Perform:

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Raise the kettlebell to chest level so that it is on the outside of your arm.The brush should not bend outward or inward. Keep your back straight and your abdominal muscles toned.
  • Extend your elbow and lift the apparatus up. Extend your arm slightly while pressing. Move your other hand a little to the side for better balance.
  • Slowly and under control, return the working hand to its original position.
  • Complete the planned number of repetitions.

( Read also: 3 popular reasons why there is no progress in training.)

HEADMAN Painting flat brush “Standard” nat. bristles 1,5 “(38mm)

HEADMAN Painting brush” Standard “, natural bristles 1,5” (38mm) | Consumables🔨. Wall and ceiling finishes

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