Let’s Review: Six Brush Pens

Starting a new hobby such as brush lettering can be a ton of fun…until you realize you have no clue where to start. That’s exactly how I was when I wanted to buy lettering supplies.

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In this post, I want to introduce some of the options out there and give you a review of six different pens. If you’re curious about lettering supplies but don’t want to splurge and get ALL of them, hopefully this review will be helpful in guiding your next purchase!

Thanks to @Wildflowerartstudio, I was able to acquire some new pens that I hadn’t previously owned, which is partly the reason why I’m doing this review! I think brush lettering kits like this are so helpful because it provides a variety of brands without you having to buy an entire pack and hating it, or buying an individual pen at a higher cost.

So if you’re interested, check out Wildflower Art Studio and their brush lettering kit! The holidays are coming up, and whether you’re shopping for someone else or yourself, this better be part of that list! The kit is also available on Amazon!

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Wildflower Art Studio Brush Lettering Kit

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Here’s a list of the pens that come in Wildflower Art Studio’s brush lettering kit:

  1. Tombow fudenosuke hard tip
  2. Pentel Arts flexible tip pen – gold
  3. Pentel Arts flexible tip pen – silver
  4. Tombow dual brush pen
  5. Sharpie brush pen
  6. Sakura brush pen

Here’s a quick video of all of the pens in action! *Video is sped up twice as fast.

The first three pens, the fudenosuke and Pentel Arts flexible tip pens are great for beginner letterers. The tips are smaller so you can write “normal” sized letters. You have more control over the strokes and pressure. I really like all three of these pens a lot. The tips are hard so they can withstand writing on something even as rough as watercolor paper.

Tombow fudenosuke pen, hard tip

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The Tombow fudenosuke pen is probably my favorite for everyday lettering. I use this in my bullet journal, and to add lettering to my watercolor works. If you like the hard tip, I would suggest you try out the soft tip, too!

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Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch

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The Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, flexible tip, silver and gold are a close second right after the Tombow fudenosuke pen. The full set of 12 colors is totally worth getting! The colors are vibrant and the perfect addition to your lettering works. The tips won’t fray as easily because they’re a harder tip just like the fudenosuke. If you’re looking to buy something for someone who’s interested in lettering… you can’t go wrong with these pens!

The second three pens are full on brush pens so the tip is very flexible, and are better for writing on a larger scale.

Tombow dual brush pen

Tombow dual brush pen

The Tombow dual brush pen is probably one of the most popular brush pens out there. One end is the flexible brush tip that writes fairly large. The other end is a short, non-flexible hard tip that is great for just normal writing. I initially bought these pens to help decorate and beautify my bullet journal. They come in 96 different colors, including a blending brush. You can buy all 96 at once, or in curated color palettes.

Tombows are so fun to work with as they can blend with each other. You can also use them for cool, watercolor effects. IMG_20170322_082116.jpg

Sharpie pen brush

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Unfortunately, the Sharpie pen brush is not one of my favorites. I first bought it because I had a 50% off coupon. But just like a normal Sharpie, the smell is quite overpowering. The brush tip is also wider than the Tombow dual brush pen, so the letters turn out very thick. The brush also tended to streak when I wrote too quickly. The only upside to these pens is that they’re permanent. So I use them mostly for writing on mailing envelopes to make them look pretty. 🙂

Sakura brush pen

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The Sakura brush pen was one that I didn’t previously own, so I was super excited to test it out! I love the Sakura Micron pens, and I was pretty sure that I would like the brush pen too. And I was right! The brush tip is flexible, smooth, and it just flows effortlessly. It’s probably the most flexible out of the Tombow dual brush and Sharpie.

The only negative I have is that the brush tip did start fraying, even though I used the smoothest paper possible. I guess I’ll just have to get used the streaks.


And that’s the end of the review!

I love that the Wildflower Art Studio’s Brush Lettering Kit comes with all of these pens AND additional resources to help you get started on lettering! Instead of buying all of the pens individually, you can get them all through the kit!

Which one(s) have you tried? Which one is your favorite?

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for the very helpful review. I’m only familiar with the Tombow fudenosuke and dual brush pens. I’d like to try the others. I liked the pen holders (?) that I saw in the video. May I ask where you got them? I’m actually looking for something like that for paint brushes. Do you use anything like that when you are working with your paint brushes?

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for your comment. The pen holders are actually meant for utensils haha! I got them from Amazon. Search for “chopstick rest” and you’ll see tons of options! I use them for my brushes too. 🙂

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