My Most Used Brush Pens and How I Use Them

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Hi everyone!

I am really loving the Spring-ness outside! I am enjoying the warm (er) weather a lot!

I have had some questions before about what brush pens I use. Today I shall be showing y’all what my most used brush pens are. Also, a little bit down the way I will be showing y’all how I use brush pens in (every. single. way. possible.😜) some different ways.

I will link to each pen’s website when I give their description. Be sure to check them out, they’re all great!

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I have only been doing brush lettering for the past 6 or 7 months, and it’s now my favorite (or one of my favorites) hobbies. I love how you can use it in all different ways: letters, artwork, journaling; there are so many!

I mainly use it for designing letters and for journaling and for art, but I like to write with the harder ones, like the Tombow fudenosukes and Baokes below. (It can become quite wrist-tiring, but still😋)

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The first ever brush pen I started with I still have: The Marvy Le Plume II. It is double sided; the brush nib on one side and a pen nib on the other. (Most of the other dual sided pens have bullet nibs. That’s the main reason I like this pen.)

Level: Beginner 

Link: Marvy

Price per pen: $2.59 (on Marvy website)

Rating (by me😛): ★★☆

The brush nib is, well, not the greatest. It is felt, which most are, but this one is easily frayed. I’ve only ever tried black, and the pigmentation isn’t the greatest (The black comes off more grey looking than black)

I really liked this at first, before I tried any others, but now that I have a variety I really just…don’t like it at all. It’s a bit difficult to use on the up strokes. It is a nice skinny pen, though, which is good when writing. I also like the pen tip on the other side. It’s almost like a Micron 03 which I use for line art during illustrations. It’s nice because you can write on the outside of a card and the inside using both tips!

This is quite pricey for the quality, though, which I don’t like. I wouldn’t recommend this to a professional, but it’s a good starter for beginners. I liked it a lot when I first started.

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Tombow ABt Dual

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Link: Tombow USA

Price per pen: $3.19

Rating: ★★★★☆

I really like these pens. I got the primary colors pack for my birthday last June along with a tutorial book, and I loved these so much more. I recently got the 96 pen set, and I use it day and night😂 Tombow constantly comes out with new colors and packs, and I love their website.

However, they are quite pricy per pen, and they can fray easily when used wrong or used a lot, which is sad.

The brush tip is felt, and is very firm, which I like a lot. The bullet nib is great, too!

I would recommend these first to anyone who asks. Definitely go check ’em out!

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Koi Coloring by Sakura

Level: Beginner

Link: Sakura of America

Price per pen: Varies ($2.00 on some sites, $3.50 on others)

Rating: ★★★

I bought two Koi’s from Dick Blick awhile back, just to test. I like them okay, except they give such a thick line when in full pressure, and aren’t double sided.

The aren’t quite ask expensive, however, which is good. And they haven’t frayed yet, which makes me glad. I love their vibrant colors and the fatness of the strokes is nice sometimes(:

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Baoke 20, 21, 22 + 23

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Link:  Amazon

Price: $10.00

Rating: ★★★★

Now, I was running out of one of my Fudenosuke pens (coming below) and I wanted to see if there were any brands I hadn’t tried yet. I went ‘a searching’ on Amazon for pens and I found these, and I was much pleased. I really like number 21, 22 and 23 (bigger number bigger size), but the number 20 reminds me a lot of the Marvy Le Plume II.

I use number 22 and 23 all the time, and I love the different sizes. These are also great quality for such a good price.

I definitely recommend!

Tombow Fudenosuke Hard and Soft Tip

Level: Intermediate

Link: Tombow USA

Price (together and per pen): $6.98/$3.49 

Rating: ★★★★☆

By far, my favorite brush pens ever. I love how firm they are and how dark black they come out. I use them on every thing and I just LOVE them.

The only bad thing is that when they dry out they give a scratchy, faded look to your lettering that you don’t always want with a pen.

I wouldn’t recommend these for first time letterers, though, for they have a plastic nib and can be damaged if not used properly. Other than that, they’re great!

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Now, as for how I use them, I will show a few ways(:

You can make tiny little works of lettering art. I love making ATC’s to send pen-pals!

Post: Some Recent Art

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I make lots of cards with lettering on them. I also like to illustrate with the colored ones.

Post: Some Photos (And something new!)

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Illustrations and card designs are super fun.

Post: (Pen-Pal) Letter Art 

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Those are just a few ways I love to use brush lettering. There are many, MANY more ways, though, such as bullet journaling, crafts, and watercolor work. (They’re water based, so when water added they give a watercolor look!)

Here are also a few recent pieces of art I’ve done. (I’m just ‘a throwing it all at ya!)

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I really liked painting this one(:
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I did the sky of this one with the Tombow Dual Brush pens(:

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That’s it! Thank you so much for reading! I really enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions, be sure to let me know!

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Do you have any of these pens? Do you like the look of brush lettering? Do you like rice or salad? 

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