The Best Markers for Brush Lettering and Fun Techniques

Hand lettering has always been a passion of mine, and when I get into something I really, really get into it!  (Do you hyper-focus like that?)

I posted a few of my favorite brush markers a while back,  and I have more for you today. (One of them has a little extra fun included.)

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The Zig Kuretake Brushables are way up at the top of my favorites list because they are pigment ink, so they are  archival quality and much more light-fast than watercolor. (That means that your artwork, envelope, journal, scrapbook, etc. won't fade quickly.)  The Brushables have a dual brush tip, and the second color is a 50% tint of the other side. (So great for shading.)  The tips are a bit firmer than some of the other large brush pens out there, which makes them easier to control.  Great choice for beginners and experts alike.  AND, they come in a bunch of colors.  Lightfast, photo-safe, easy to use --- I LOVE them!

I free-handed the above quote, using the Brushables for the brush lettering, and the bullet tip of a black Tombow Dual Pen for the black lettering and doodles.

Blick Art Materials has the Brushables for sale individually and in sets.

Another fun favorite is the Pilot Petit brush pen.  They are cute little tiny brush markers that come in really pretty colors.  Cute is the operative word here.  And fun! They are such a manageable size, and the colors are soft and gorgeous.

Can a pen be cute?   Yes!

I also love the Zig Scroll and Brush.  One tip of the Scroll and Brush is a brush tip, of course, and the other end has a "scroll" tip that writes 2 lines at once.  I fell in love with this scroll tip years ago. With one stroke, you will get a double line effect.  I use it for italic (broad nib calligraphy, which is less popular now than it used to be, but I still love it), borders, and decoration.  It's so much fun!  Even if you don't know broad nib calligraphy, the scroll end lets you create so many fun embellishments and decorations.

Borders are easy to make with the scroll tip, once you get used to the double lines.  It works best if you hold the pen at a 45 degree angle.

And brush tips are always fun for raindrops, water, and hearts!  Think bullet journals and scrapbooks.
A final favorite is the Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pen. No photo here, but still a favorite for smaller lettering.  (Make sure you're getting the brush tip --They also have a similar marker with a bullet tip.) The Pentel is much like the Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip, which I like also. The main difference is that the Pentel comes in many different colors.  A very easy to use brush pen with a firm brush tip. Wonderful for envelopes!

If you try some of these lettering or decoration techniques, please give it a chance before giving up!  Some of you will have more natural ability than others, but anyone can do this with practice.

And, remember, you can even use Crayola markers for brush lettering, as I did in this post.)

Have fun!

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  1. These are really cool. I’m not very talented for drawing or painting but I’m tempted to buy a few of those makers and try to make something - maybe cards.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

    1. No talent necessary, Teresa! Yes, definitely try some cards--it's so fun!

  2. Does the ink leak through to the back of the page? I'm looking for ones that don't. Great post with nice information. Saw it at Friendship Friday Blog Party & Social Media Boost 333 and I'll follow your FB page. Sure hope you'll do the same.

    1. Thanks Nancy! They didn't bleed through my paper, but I use the HP Premium Choice laserjet paper. My Essentials bullet journal has thicker than average paper too.

  3. A pen can certainly be cute! And what it writes? Magic!
    My mom is an artist and Cassidy is too and Scarlet is following in their footsteps. They have all the cool stuff like this.

    1. It's fun stuff for sure. I've always gotten a little carried away with fun artist tools, but I can't say I've regretted it! I love how you are all so artistic in your family!

  4. I dabble in handlettering, I get obsessed for a few weeks, then don't do any for weeks! I know a little practice every day is a much better idea but .... life gets in the way!
    Thanks for these recommendations and thanks for joining us at Handmade Monday :-)

    1. I get that completely! I do the same thing, because there are so many things to get in the way. Thanks for the commment!

  5. I do love the look of these pens. They make your work look beautiful. Very Creative :)

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays. Hope you can join me for The Wednesday blog hop today.


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