My Favorite Pens for Handlettering

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, What pen are you using? So here is a list of my go-to pens and what I like/don't like about them, and links to where to buy them. :) And a quick tip for making your pens last longer.. use marker paper. I could probably write a whole other post on just paper, but for now just know it has something to do with the fibers and your should probably trust me on this one for now. :)

1. Pentel Brush Pen: This pen is a lot of fun. You can easily get extreme thins and thicks. It's ink is permanent and both water and fade resistant. It's a little funky but in a good way. The brush is like an actual brush with lots of bristles. I don't use it every day but I love having it to mix things up every once in a while. 

2. Faber Castell Pitt Art Pen: These pens just make me happy. They come in a bunch of different widths which make it super fun for lettering and adding details. Here is the pack if you want more bang for your buck. 

3. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Hard: This is the perfect pen for hand lettering no matter what stage of learning you are in. It's flexible but not too crazy so it's easily controlled. You can write small or large without any troubles. Nice thicks and thins. Solid black. It just checks all the boxes and I love it with my whole heart. 

4. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft: Same pen as above with a little more flex. I actually recommend getting both so you can try and see which one you prefer. Some days I am completely sold on one and the next, I'm totally sold on the other. 

Or this listing has one of each Tombows so you can try both.

1. Pilot G4 0.38: This is my everyday go to pen. It is also what I use for most of my sketchbook drawings. I am obsessed with how thin it is. It lasts forever. It writes on everything. Always writes smooth. I just love it. I have them all around my house and occasionally buy another box just to stock up cause the thought of being without them scares me. haha. 

2. Apple Pencil: I did say this was a list of all my favorite pens so I have to include this one. It is as close as you can get to an actual pen. I posted youtube videos about it here and here but basically it's what all my lettering dreams are made of. It is worth every single penny and I could play with it all day long if I didn't have to eat or function as a normal human. With all that said though. If you are just starting to get into hand lettering I 100% think you should hold off and learn with pencil and paper first. If you jump to the iPad Pro right away, you will be extremely frustrated. It's just not the same which is fine once you have already mastered the basics but if you try to skip that step, you will just be making things harder on yourself. Lettering makes you use a lot of muscles in your hand that you didn't know were so weak till you try to write on an iPad and your hand shakes like crazy and the iPad picks up every slight imperfection. A pen and paper is actually way more forgiving while still teaching you all the crucial beginning steps. 

3. Tombow Dual Brush Pen: Or this set. Or this bright set is so fun. I have a love hate relationship with these pens. Everyone else in the lettering world is obsessed. I like them. I feel like the colored pens work better than the black. Which is random. And I have to write pretty big when I use them. But I do enjoy using them. And I've gotten a lot better at them with time. But you can't get your thins quite as thin as you would think you should be able to. So just remember that when you are practicing with them. 

4. Pen and Zebra Comic G Nib: Or for a straight pen I use this one. I probably should write a whole post about how anyone who wants to learn calligraphy should start off the old fashioned way with one of these. It really teaches you the concepts of the push down pull up technique and it will really teach you how calligraphy works and how slow you need to go and all the correct techniques. Another post for another day but these are my favs just in case.