Zebra Disposable Medium

Zebra Disposable Medium

I have the same review for all three of the Zebra Disposable Pens - Super Fine, Fine and Medium -- a great buy, good price point and ones that I think beginners and more advanced letterers alike will use!  They all provide a more firm tip and then the difference in the three tip sizes just varies the "thick" that you can achieve.  I think they're all great for practicing that thin upstroke and I'd definitely put these on your holiday wish list!

Zebra Disposable Fine

Zebra Disposable Fine

I have the same review for all three of the Zebra Disposable Pens - Super Fine, Fine and Medium -- a great buy, good price point and ones that I think beginners and more advanced letterers alike will use!  They all provide a more firm tip and then the difference in the three tip sizes just varies the "thick" that you can achieve.  I think they're all great for practicing that thin upstroke and I'd definitely put these on your holiday wish list!


Zebra Disposable Super Fine

Zebra Disposable Super Fine

I have the same review for all three of the Zebra Disposable Pens - Super Fine, Fine and Medium -- a great buy, good price point and ones that I think beginners and more advanced letterers alike will use!  They all provide a more firm tip and then the difference in the three tip sizes just varies the "thick" that you can achieve.  I think they're all great for practicing that thin upstroke and I'd definitely put these on your holiday wish list!


Pentel Color Brush

Pentel Color Brush

Ya know when there's a really sweet person who likes you? and you just aren't really into them? But you so want to be because everyone tells you you should?  That's me and this guy.

I've had this pen since I started this lettering journey and I just can't get the hang of it enough to love it.  Everyone loves it!  But theres just something about having to squeeze the chamber to get the ink to flow and the flexibility of the real brush tip that doesn't work well for me.  

But that doesn't mean I don't recommend you giving it a go for yourself because I'll tell you that the review from many is that this pen is the bomb diggity.

 

Sharpie Brush

Sharpie Brush

These pens hurt my soul a little bit because I want them to be so awesome!  And for about the first 2 times you use them, they really are.  I still recommend them because I really like the feel of these and the product right when you get them is great.  BUT. they dry out so dang fast.  It's disheartening.  Sigh.  But there are still the typical Sharpie colors to play around with and I do grab these when I know I'm working on a particularly smooth surface to see if I can create the look I'm wanting for that piece (i.e. a bit streaky on purpose).

P.S. the black Sharpie used in this video is very nicely demonstrating what I'm talking about above (boooooo. hiss.)

Distress Markers

Distress Markers

I included Distress Markers into this because they are part of my collection and they technically have the brush tip but it's seem pretty clear to me that they weren't intended to be used for lettering.  In the video below, you can probably see that the elasticity of the nib is affected just with the amount of writing I did on that piece of paper.

So while I don't recommend you purchasing them for lettering - they are AWESOME for watercolor (in addition to their counterparts, Distress Ink pads).  I often use these by scribbling some color out onto an acrylic block (or a Tombow Blending Palette) and then picking up the pigment with a water brush to achieve the watercolor lettering look.


Faber Castell "SB"

Faber Castell "SB"

The Faber Castell "SB" - Soft Brush - is very similar to the Le Pen "B" and the Copic Multiliner "BS" - they all have very flexible, longer tips than most in this roundup and I, personally, don't have as much control with these (as you can probably tell from the wobbly letters this video!)  I don't reach for this pen often and it's surprising to me that I haven't grown to love it when I love the Faber Castell "B" so much.  (With that being said, I link a full set of Faber Castells above because I love their multiliners as well.  In that pack, you receive both a "B" and an "SB" so you could try them out and make your own determination!)

Le Pen "B"

Le Pen "B"

The Le Pen "B" is very similar in feel to the Faber Castell "SB" and the Copic Multiliner "BS."  They all have longer tips that are more flexible than most in this pen roundup.  The Copic Multiliner is alcohol based, however, and "Copic safe."  

Other than that, these 3 are interchangeable to me and I, personally, don't have as great of control with them for any intricate lettering.  However, they are ones I'll grab if I'm trying to achieve that extreme bold downstroke brush calligraphy look.

Pilot Futayaku Medium

Pilot Futayaku Medium Tip

If I could shout from the rooftops how much I want you guys to try out this pen I would.  I love it so much!  Another new one to my stash and I just can't get enough of it.   The pigment is so dark, the tip is so "juicy" every time and even though I feel like I'm not getting AS thin of an upstroke as I can with other medium tip, I don't mind it.  and I just love it.  Get it get it get it!

Pentel Pocketbrush

Pentel Pocketbrush

The Pentel Pocketbrush is a bit heftier in price but I really like this pen when I am reaching for a more flexible tip.  The real brush tip on this pen gives an authentic brush look to your calligraphy and you can't beat the darkness of this black pigment.  The real bristle tip comes to such a point that the potential for thick to thin is high and once you've gotten the hang of the light-handed approach that this pen requires, you can really make it work for you.  I will say, that in my example below, I may not have showcased that to the greatest degree because working in a 4" x 3" paper with this particular pen can be a challenge.  I have better luck when I need to be writing a larger scale with this pen!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen

Tombow Dual Brush Pen

As most already know - this is a great pen for beginners!  The firmness is middle of the road and the elasticity of the tip (the ability to bounce back to its original form) is good with this pen so don't be shy in applying pressure to your downstroke!  As long as you are cognizant of the angle you hold your pen (not too upright), you should be able to minimize the fraying and maximize the life of your pen.

These pens are great for watercolor, blending of colors and they are self-cleaning if you were to blend (2) colors together.  Check out my Instagram video posts for some examples of this!

Kuretake Zig Clean Color

Kuretake Zig Clean Color

These were a really hot item this year in the crafting world and I would say that as a general statement, I like them for use with watercolor techniques more than straight lettering.  They differ from other pens because they have a real bristle brush so you can achieve a really great variation of thin to thick.  However, they almost will always give that brushed look to the strokes so it's not ideal for larger pieces of lettering.

Watercolor lettering with them is great and they have beautiful color options.  I've linked to the 24 set above but they have larger sets available too.  I have the 24 and I think its sufficient because you can always blend colors together to make more!   Whether you use a slick surface like the acrylic block in my video to pick up the pigment or you don't even use water and you blend the colors together with just the tips of the markers themselves, these are versatile for crafting and experimenting with color techniques in your work or hobby.

Kuretake Disposable Medium

Kuretake Disposable Medium

I mentioned that this was a new pen to my collection within the last couple weeks when I posted the Kuretake Disposable Fine tip writeup.  This dual tip pen has both the Fine and the Medium tip and I still think it's a good pen for a beginner to pick up because of the stiffness of the tips.  However, I was noticing (and it may have just been this pen) that this guy dries out faster than normal so I've been careful to only use it on my very slick paper mediums ( like trace, Rhodia etc.)

Kuretake Disposable - Fine

Kuretake Disposable Fine

This was a new pen for me that I only just picked up in the last couple weeks.  I would say it ranks up there as a favorite and must-buy!  It's comparable to the Tombow Fude Hard and a very good one for beginners to start with.

This pen you'll see in the video and photo is a single tip - Fine only.  However, it also comes as part of a dual tip pen with the Medium tip and that pen can be seen in the Kuretake Disposable- Medium Post.


Copic Multiliner "BS"

Copic Multiliner "BS"

This pen is comparable to the Faber Castell "SB" and the Le Pen Brush.  All of these pens have longer, more flexible tips so the transition from thick to thin strokes can be more tricky.  Similar to those (2) pens, this also has a very dark black pigment.  

The one variable with this particular pen is that it is also alcohol based and it is created to be "Copic Safe"  This means you can letter over top of any blended color creations with your Copic Sketch Markers.

Koi Coloring Brush

Koi Coloring Brush

A PMD favorite!  These pens are very very similar to Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  They work GREAT for watercolor and I would say, even more so than Tombow's, they are EXTREMELY "juicy" with ink.  I always feel like this helps to combat the worrisome 'frayed' tip that a lot of us experience.  

You'll notice in the section of the video where I show that it is water-soluble and a good option for watercoloring that this black marker actually gives off a greenish/blue hue when used with water.  There are few other pens you'll see in the rest of the videos that give a more solid black ink watercolor effect than this pen.