Brush Lettering~A Few Favorite Brush Markers

Hi everyone!

Today, I want to tell you about my obsession with brush lettering. (And, maybe you'll  become obsessed too!)

favorite brush markers for brush lettering~anartfulmom.com


A couple of years ago, I began learning pointed pen calligraphy and fell in love with the freedom and creativity of modern hand lettering.  And now, lettering has become even more fun for me with brush markers.  The same brush markers I've had in a craft bin for years and used for stamping... (Maybe you already have some of those too?)

JetPens.com recently posted a helpful little brush lettering intro page and video. (I just bought a few new pens from them, so I'll be showing you some of those soon.)  I picked up some great tips at Ray of Light Design, too. And, of course, you can spend hours at youtube and blogs watching and learning.  I saw the quote in the first photo at Kristina Werner's blog  I wrote it with my Tombow brush markers, using a blending technique from one of Kristina's videos. Although, in this picture, you can't really see the different colors all that well.

There are several different brands and sizes of brush markers out there, and when people ask me which one I recommend, I tell them that it depends on what you plan to do with them.   They are so much fun.

Here are some of my favorites. (These are just a few of many choices out there.)

In the picture below, the Koi Coloring Brush is at the top, the Faber-Castell is in the middle, and the Tombow is on the bottom.  All three of these markers have brush tips, and I love each of them for different reasons.

best brush markers and pens for brush lettering~anartfulmom.com

The Faber-Castell brush markers (middle blue one in the picture), have smaller brush tips than the Koi and Tombow markers.  The Faber-Castells allow me to write smaller letters, and they are pigmented India ink so are very lightfast and archival.  (Be careful when you buy these, because the company also makes markers that are not brush markers, but the barrels look the same. The brush markers have a B on the end.)

The pink one at the top is the Koi Coloring Brush, and the green one on the bottom is the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. These are both dye based markers, so they are wonderful for blending and watercolor techniques. The Koi markers are a little shorter in length than the Tombows, and the Tombows have slightly bigger brush tips than the Koi Coloring Brushes. The Tombows are slightly more difficult to control for beginners, but come in many, many colors and are perfect for bigger lettering.

Having a background in pointed pen calligraphy helped me a lot as I was learning brush lettering, because the same principals apply.

Tips:

Try not to hold the pen too upright (to protect the brush tip), and the key is to put VERY LIGHT pressure on the brush as you do your upstrokes and heavier pressure as you do your downstrokes. That's what gives you the thick/thin line variations. (Even if you just write slowly in your normal handwriting, while using light pressure on the upstrokes and heavier pressure on the downstrokes, you can get the thick/thin line variations.) Practicing upstrokes (thin lines) and downstrokes (thick lines), before you try to actually write letters, will help you get the feel for it.

I'll have more about brush lettering for you soon! Have you tried brush lettering yet?  Do you have favorite brush markers/pens?

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21 comments

  1. You did an amazing job! Cassidy is good at brush lettering. My mom has used it for her art business when she used to do sign-in boards and centerpieces. It's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! I'm enjoying it so much. It's kind of addictive!

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  2. Your handwriting is gorgeous!!

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! I learned the strokes a few years ago when I first learned pointed pen calligraphy. That has helped a lot with my brush lettering.

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  3. Great post, would love some of these pens too....used to use the chiseled ones years ago. Thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday and wonderful to "meet" you! Hope you'll be back with more great posts!

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    1. Thanks! So nice to "meet" you too!

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  4. Your lettering is so pretty. I tried calligraphy, but I spent too much time obsessing on the mistakes rather than appreciating the results. I have a whole set of Stampin' Up! markers, but I rarely use them. Fortunately, my son is having a great time with them. He has discovered he can make his favorite video game characters on graph paper, so he's having a good time with that, so at least they aren't going to waste.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's very easy to focus on the mistakes. We tend to notice our mistakes much more than others do. I'm glad your son is enjoying the markers!

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  5. Pam, Thanks for linking up with us this week for Brag About It! We are delighted to have you join us. I have not tried lettering with these kinds of markers before, but would love to give it a try. I had success with calligraphy years ago and using these markers looks like fun! And so colorful too! Pinned to share.

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    1. Thank you Laurie! The markers are really fun, and I'm getting a little addicted. Thanks for pinning!

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  6. Great job, Pam! I've done a little lettering and always love to have new ideas for markers to try.
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thanks so much Virginia! Also, thank you so much for featuring me!!

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  7. I had some of the Tombow markers for my birthday and I've been practicing sporadically ever since. I've joining the instagram daily challenges from by Dawn Nicole which are lovely, although I never seem to manage every day! It's fun but I do think practice makes perfect and I'm a long way form perfect !! I love reading about what products other people like to use so this is really helpful, thanks.

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    1. Thank you Julia! (Love your name, btw. It's my daughter's name.) Practice really is the key. I've been trying some other pens too. Right now I've fallen in love with the Pilot Petit Mini Fude Brush pens.

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  8. I have wanted to learn this style for a while but always push it to the back of line as there are a lot of things I want to do. You have inspired me to make this a new priority! I caught up with you through Create With Joy's Friend of the Week and am now a follower!

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    1. I'm so glad you have been inspired! I'm also glad you found my blog, and I'll come have a visit at yours!

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  9. Hi Pam, this is Terri from Second Wind Leisure. thanks for stopping by earlier! I love this post and used to do calligraphy before they invented the cool pens. Your lettering is done very well!

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    1. Thank you so much Terri! So glad you came by.

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  10. These really make a beautiful brush script! I love the colours and the outcome. I want to make some wall art with these pens. Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/08/07/mens-watches-outfit-personality/

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    1. Thank you for your nice words! They are some of my favorite colors.

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  11. Hi Pam,
    Thanks for your tips on brush lettering.
    Would love to try it out sometime! :)
    Amy

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