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The 5 Best Brush Pens and Markers for Hand Lettering

The 5 Best Brush Pens and Markers for Hand Lettering

Today I am sharing with you the best brush pens for hand lettering! I am so excited for this blog post, I get tons of questions about my favorite hand lettering pens and markers so I am very excited to share them with you all in one place.

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1. Tombow Dual Brush Pens

I believe that Tombow Pen Dual Brush Markers are the best brush pen to use for hand lettering! I love that they are so easy to use, great for beginners. The large flexible brush tip makes hand lettering a breeze.

You can use the smaller tip on the other end for adding accents to your hand lettered design.

Another great feature of this brush pen is that it's water based. This means that when you add water to the ink, you can get cool effects. It works best if you use watercolor paper!

This brush pen is better for when you are writing larger words or phrases because the brush tip is so large.

All of these features are great about Tombow Dual Brush pens, but my favorite is the large variety of colors they offer! They have almost any color, so your options for projects are really endless.

2. Pentel Touch  


The Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch is great for hand lettering on envelopes or small pieces of art. They have les color options than the Tombow pens above, but the main plus of these is their smaller brush tip!

3. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens



The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are very similar to the Pentel Touch I showed earlier. The main difference between these pens and the Pentel pens are the option for a hard or soft tip!

The Fude pens are also available in a variety of colors like the Pentel colors, they are just the Tombow brand version!

4. Water Brush Pens 

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush are SO much fun. I love these! I'm not the best with them, but they are great if you have water color paints. 

With these, you add water and water color paint to the inside of the brush. The color options are literally endless! I recommend using watercolor paper, I have the Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad, 9" x 12" and it works like a charm!

5. Sharpies

Wait, what? Yep, Sharpies are one of the best hand lettering pens in my opinion. They are great for "faux calligraphy", where you add extra lines in to give the lettering a "brush lettering" look. I also love how you can get them in such cool colors, like this pack: Sharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers

More on Hand Lettering

If you're a lettering lover like me, I know you'll love these worksheets and other fun things I offer in the hand lettering section of our shop!

My favorite resource is my step by step brush lettering guide! It can be printed out and used with pen and paper, or used on an iPad! 

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