My favorite lettering pens –
I have a lot of people ask me about PENS! What are my favorite to write with, which ones are best for black, color, thick, thin, etc. I’m a visual learner so I thought some visuals might help display what my favorite pens look like – I hope this lettering pen roundup helps you figure out which pens you’d like to try! Also, for a roundup of different lettering techniques – see some of my videos here.
My biggest piece of advice for lettering anything nicely – no matter the pen – use thick strokes when you go down, and thin when you come up. Really exaggerate the thick and thin to give your writing a lovely lettered style. Without that variation it will just look like cursive.
The first pen I love is a Tombow Fude Pen – it’s the best at imitating calligraphy (in a marker format).This print looks like calligraphy – it’s so pretty:
Next up is probably my all-time favorite lettering pen – this Aquash Waterbrush pen. You can use it with any color, it writes smoothly, and has lots of size options. See how I made the below print – the pen allows for a lot of color variation. See my youtube video here specifically about Watercolor Brush Lettering!
These Tombow Dual Brush Pens are a classic go-to lettering pen for beginners. They have a forgiving tip that helps you learn the thin and thick strokes easily. I love how this Let’s Do This print came out: