The Best Markers for Brush Lettering, Journals, and Scrapbooks

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?)  Brush lettering is my current passion.

best brush markers and brush pens for brush lettering

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Be sure to use smooth paper with your brush pens, to protect the tips from fraying.  I recommend the HP Premium 32 for practice.  The Rhodia Pads are great for practice as well and come in various styles (dot grid, etc.)  For blending techniques and for finished pieces, the Strathmore Bristol works well.

The Tombow Dual Brush pens are some of my absolute favorite brush pens.  They are wonderful  for blending and watercolor techniques.  They have a large brush tip at one end, and a fine tip (not brush) at the other end, which makes them extremely versatile. These come in many colors.

The Zig Kuretake Brushables are also high on my favorites list for brush lettering because they are pigment ink, so they are  archival quality and light-fast. That means that your artwork, journal, scrapbook page, etc. won't fade quickly.  Keep in mind, though, this also means they won't work well for blending techniques. like the Tombow Dual Brush Pens will.

The Brushables have a dual brush tip, and the second brush tip is a 50% tint of the other side. (So great for shading.)

The best brush markers and brush pens for brush lettering

I wrote 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.

The best markers for brush lettering

The Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen tip is similar to the Tombow Dual Brush Pen tip but just a little smaller.  The pen itself is a little smaller too.  It also comes in many colors and, like the Tombow Dual Brush Pens, is great for blending and watercolor techniques. It has a single tip, which makes it less versatile than the Tombow.

For smaller lettering, one of my favorite brush pens is the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pen . Previously only available in black, I am so happy that they now come in colors! These are available in soft or hard brush tip in black, and the colors are the hard brush tip.  (The hard tip gives a little finer upstroke.)   I'll be using these a lot in my journals.

The best markers for brush lettering

The Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pens are similar to the Tombow Fudenosuke pens, above.  I love these too and have sets of both.  (Make sure you're getting the brush tip for the Pentels --They also have a similar marker with a bullet tip.)

Finally, the Zig Scroll and Brush is a fun choice if you like both brush lettering and italic lettering. One tip of the Scroll and Brush is a large brush tip, of course, and the other end has a "scroll" tip that writes 2 lines at once and is great for italic letters.  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.

The best markers for calligraphy and flourishing

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.

If you try some of these lettering or decoration techniques, please give it a chance before giving up!  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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