The Best Brush Pens For Beginners

The THREE best brush pens for beginners.

The Best Brush Pens For Beginners

One of the questions that I get asked the most frequently is, “What are the best brush pens for beginners?”. I thought I would help you guys out and show you the three brush pens that I think are the best for beginners and some reasons why I think so! You may already have seen that I think it’s easiest (and cheapest!) to start lettering with the Crayola markers you may already have around at home- but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have brush pen recommendations!

The Best Brush Pens for Beginners

  1. Pentel Fude Touch
    The Best Brush Pens for Beginners

    This is my absolute #1 favorite brush pen that I will recommend very first if you ask me this question. Why? Because this pen is small & easy to manage, but it creates beautiful letters. I love that I can write more words in a smaller area because of this little pen! The tip is firm enough that it is great for beginners, but still has a brush pen’s flexibility. The size makes it easy to manage & it even comes in various colors if you’re looking to try something different!
  2. Zig Clean Color
    This brush pen was a total surprise to me. I had never heard of it, but I received a 12-pack of them for Christmas! I loved that they came in so many colors, they are small, and they have real bristles for the tip! It’s like using a brush, but you never have to dip it back into the ink. You can many different styles of lettering out of this vibrant pen! I had a group of friends over to try out all of the different kinds of brush pens that I have and this was most often the favorite!
  3. Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip

    This brush pen is similar to the Pentel Fude Touch (#1), but comes in both Soft Tip or Hard Tip. I have not tried the hard tip, but I do love the soft tip! This pen is almost the exact same size as the Pentel, but the tip is just slightly bigger. I like that it is small & easy to use, especially for beginners. It allows for beginners to get a handle on the way to hold the pen and what kind of pressure to use without fear of bending the tip because it’s so small. This pen can handle a lot of the pressure of you learning a new skill and won’t get ruined if you make a few beginner mistakes!Hopefully these mini-descriptions have been helpful so that you can hear about three different pens that you probably see most often on my Instagram page!




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Step 2: Start Lettering with Crayola Markers!

Lettering With Crayola Markers

Did you miss the first step? Click here to start with step one!

So, you’ve got your Crayola markers* now. And I know what you were thinking…I had no idea that you could letter with Crayola markers when I first started! I thought that you had to have fancy brush pens to even remotely start brush lettering!

SO. Go grab those Crayola markers again. This time you’re going to create a few different kinds of strokes. These are the strokes that are a tiny little piece of the Beginner Brush Lettering Kit. You’re going to start with those first thin & thick strokes that I mentioned and then move to some new strokes!


Now, I thought that perhaps you’re wondering HOW to create those thin and thick lines with a Crayola marker. I was right there with you, too! BUT hopefully this will help you.

When you are creating a THICK line you want to angle the pen (like shown in the photo below) so that a greater area of the pen will be touching the paper! You don’t want to use the tip and push the tip down for a thicker line- this won’t work as you will probably just bleed through the paper! If you tip the pen to the side, you’ll naturally be able to create a thicker line because there is a greater area to work with!


When you are creating a THIN line you can use the tip of the Crayola marker!


So, here’s another important tip about lettering…

You do NOT need to be writing fast. The pace of lettering is much slower than writing in cursive. You can take your time transitioning between those thin and thick strokes. Take your time creating each letter (we will talk about building letters soon, but not quite yet!). Don’t feel like you need to write fast when you are lettering because it is actually a much slower process than you might think!

AND most important of all, be nice to yourself! You are learning something new and you won’t become a professional overnight! Have some grace with yourself and enjoy the process of learning a new skill. Have some of your friends join you in learning this new skill & encourage each other as you finally start to like the lines (or letters!) you create!

What’s next?!
Use the Basic Strokes to Build Letters

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Hand Lettering Christmas Wishlist

I’m realizing now that this may actually be too late to share, BUT then again…some people need last minute ideas & love to live on the edge.

Thus, here is the last minute Hand Lettering Christmas Wishlist.
The items on this list are either a great thing to get for your loved one who enjoys hand lettering OR are things that I think you should put on your wish list!

A lot of these items can actually be found at Hobby Lobby or Blick Art Stores- so be sure to check there as well as these websites I’ve provided!

  1. FineTec Gold Palette – this gold palette is praised for it’s gorgeous golden shimmer & said to be the best! I have some coming in the mail right now.
  2. Rhodia Notepad – this is the softest paper you’ll probably ever touch. It’s perfect for all forms of hand lettering as your nibs won’t get caught on the paper & the ink won’t blot. It is available in blank, grid, and dot pads.
  3. A Calligraphy Starter Kit
    1. Higgins Eternal Black Ink
    2. Nikko G Nib
    3. Speedball Straight Pen Holder
    4. Rhodia Notepad
  4. A Brush Calligraphy Starter Kit
    1. Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip Brush Pen
    2. Pentel Color Brush
    3. Tombow Dual Brush Pen (I recommend you start with just one)
    4. Rhodia Notepad
  5. Handcrafted Pen Holder (there are many different places to find these!)
  6. Modern Calligraphy Summit Registration ($$$$)
  7. A Calligraphy One-Step-Above Starter Kit
    1. Speedball Oblique Pen Holder
    2. Gillott 404 Nib
    3. Brause Steno Pen Nib (use on the Straight pen holder)
    4. Rhodia Notepad
  8. Handlettered Personalized Return Address Stamp (you can even do some research to see if their hand lettering can be put on the stamp- it CAN be done!)
  9. Resealable Cellophane Bags (if they have an Etsy & sell prints, these would be SO helpful!)
  10. Envelope Drying Rack
  11. Dinky Dips
  12. Pentel Aquash Water Brush – water color brush lettering is made really simple with this pen! I love it.
  13. Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen
  14. Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White Ink
  15. Folded Horizon Pen – I’ve yet to use one of these, but I guess that makes this whole thing a genuine wish list. I’ve been wanting to try a folded pen really bad. I’m hoping to get one soon!

Okay, so by now I’m sure you can tell that I adore Rhodia notepads & have an obsession with brush pens. But I really think that these are some practical ideas of what you can get for your hand lettering loved ones!


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