What are the best brush pens for hand lettering? Not all brush pens are created equal! Read on for the very best – from top of the line to affordable quality!
When you’re just beginning with lettering there is a lot to learn! One big decision you’ll have to make is what pens to buy. I started off lettering with plain, fat Crayola markers.
Yep! They were laying around the house, and I’m incredibly impatient. So off I went on a Crayola jag.
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Crayola lettering is a lot of fun, but there’s a certain point when buying another box of Crayolas just doesn’t cut it.
There are so many gorgeous brush pens on the market, and I want all of them! But which ones will you like? Which brush pens are the best?
Is there an inarguable best brush pen? No. Your favorite brush pen will come down to your style and personal preference. Let’s take a look at the most popular pens, and then you can decide for yourself.
Best Brush Pens: Alcohol and Water based Options
You will find that there is a wide range of prices in pens. These pens don’t simply differ in price. The ink, tip flexibility, opacity, and general feel of the brushes are quiet different. The top-of-the-line pens for lettering:
Alcohol-Based Brush Pens
Two brands that you might hear about often are the Copic Caio and Touch Twin Tip Marker brands. They are similar in quality and price, and they will each make you go, “Ahhhhhh,” every time you pick up a marker.
I found a video from Brushes and Bunnies comparing the two to give you an idea of what you’re working with. This video introduces Touch as the cheaper alternative, but at the time of this post (about a year after the original video was made) both brands are very close in price.
Watercolor Brush Pens
If you’re looking for a more luxurious watercolor brush pen experience, try either the Windsor Newton Watercolor Markers (don’t get the black barreled Windsor Newton Brush Pens for lettering) or the Kuretake Zig 12 Pack Brushables Dual Tip Brush Pens.
Similar in price and style, one big difference is that the more narrow barreled Zig has a dual brush tip giving you two colors in each pen. The Windsor Newton Watercolor has a brush on one end and fine tip on the other in the same color.
These brands are both known for their exceptional brush pens with flexibility and rich, consistent color. Great for a luxurious lettering experience.
More Affordable Watercolor Brush Pens
Standard Size Brush Pens
You’ll see the Tombows everywhere. With the most colors to choose from in any brand, they are far and away the most popular brush pens on the market. The Tombows also offer a brush and a fine tip.
The Fudebiyori is a beautiful pen, and my personal favorite brush pen for lettering. The barrel and nib are both shorter and thinner and, in my opinion, easier to control. They also come in metallics which are really fun.
Brush Pens for Small Lettering
You can see these four pens in action in the video below from How to Hand Letter. You’ll clearly see the differences in thickness, but you might notice a bit of a difference in the amount of ink and the flexibility of the tip, which will help you decide.
What’s your favorite? Which ones have you tried? Tell me in the comments below!
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