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Some of the Best Brush Pens for Beginners in Modern Brush Calligraphy

One of the most common questions I hear from people just beginning brush lettering and modern brush calligraphy is, “What are the best brush pens for beginners?”

some of the best brush pens for beginners

Well, to a certain degree, that will depend upon each person, of course. But, some brush pens are just easier to use than others, and I sort of found this out the hard way.

There are varying opinions about this, and everyone is different. I’m in the “start with a smaller brush pen” camp, but some do start with bigger pens. This post is based strictly on my personal opinion!

So, I do have some opinions about brush pens for beginners, based on my own experiences. These pens aren’t just for beginners, though!  They’re some of my favorites in general, too.

I have recommendations for both small and medium to large brush pens below.

some of the best brush pens for beginners

best brush pens for beginners in brush lettering

Hopefully,  with some of these recommendations, I can save you some of the frustration that I experienced.

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Small Brush Pens for Beginners:

Small pens with firm tips are often favorites for beginners. Not only are small brush pens great to learn with, they are perfect for longer quotes, bullet journals, planners, addressing envelopes, etc.

best brush pens for beginners in brush lettering

The black Fudenosukes come in both hard and soft tip, and the colors come only in hard tip.  I prefer the hard tip, as it’s easier to control and gives thinner upstrokes than the soft tip.  It almost replicates a dip pen, because of the thin upstrokes,and I really love the look. It comes in many colors, including neon, and is easy to find. Wonderful for smaller lettering.

This Pentel is a similar size to the Tombow Fudenosuke pen, above. It’s a favorite of many and is very smooth and forgiving. I like this pen a lot, and the colors are beautiful and saturated. The Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip gives a little finer upstroke than this one, but their performance is very similar. Be sure you are getting the brush tip, as they also have a bullet tip pen with a similar name.

I’ve recently discovered this one, and I love it. It has a super fine, sturdy point, and it, too, is great for small lettering. The tip is very firm and easy to control.  One downside of this one is that it only comes in a few colors.  But it’s a great little brush pen, and I recommend it.

You can see how similar the Tombow Fudenosuke and the Zebra Funwari are in the photo, below. The tips are almost the same size. I love both of them.

Medium to Large Brush Pens for Beginners:

For projects that require larger letters than you can achieve with the small brush pens, the pens, below, would be nice choices.  They’re great for beginners because of their firmer tips, which make them easier to use than some of the other larger pens.

The tip on the Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori is semi-firm, and not too difficult to control.  I would call it a medium to large tip. (Not as large as the tip on the Tombow Dual Brush Pens.)  I really like the gorgeous colors and the quality.

This one is a large brush pen. The tip size is somewhat comparable to the Tombow Dual Brush Pens (which I love), but I find the Brushables to be slightly easier for some beginners because of the slightly firmer tip. (Again, not true for everyone.)

Another nice quality of the Kuretake Zig Brushable is the ink is lightfast and archival. It has brush tips on both ends (different shades of the same color), rather than a fine point bullet tip at the opposite end.

Best brush pens for beginners

I hope this has given you some direction in your search for your brush pen purchases. They are some of my favorites, both for the beginner and the more experienced alike.

You  will have your own favorites, but these are some that I think most beginners will enjoy and find a little less frustrating than some others.

Have you tried some of these?

Linking to:

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, LouLou Girls, Wow Me Wednesday at Gingersnap Crafts, My Girlish Whims, Creatively Beth, Wonderful Wednesday at OMHG, Creative Muster at Fluster Buster, Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn, Thursday Favorite Things, Artsy Fartsy Mama, Creatively Crafty at Try It, Like It, French Ethereal, Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode, Friday with Friends at My Hubbard Home, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, Funtastic Friday at Building Our Hive, Blogger’s Pit StopShabby Art Boutique, Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy, Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging, Happiness is Homemade at Decor, Craft, Design, Sum of Their Stories, Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging, Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do, Keeping it Real, Esme Salon, Happy Now at Jenerally Informed, Claire Justine, Zucchini Sisters, Grammy’s Grid

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  1. First of all, your brush lettering is beautiful! Thank you for your honest recommendations for pens that you have found success with! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

  2. What a great resource here! I purchased a few brush markers not too long ago. Haven't had time to sit, and play with them yet, but looking forward to it.


  3. Thanks Pam, I am sure many budding creation makers will love reading this, so we will feature it on the next Blogger's Pit Stop.

  4. Thanks for sharing these tips and brands for beginning lettering, Pam! It's very helpful to know that you shouldn't start off with the 'best' when you are a beginner. 🙂 Happy to be featuring you tomorrow at Tuesday Turn About! Pinned!

    1. These are all actually very excellent quality (well, the Crayola markers less so, at least for brush lettering!) But, they are all easier to control than some other pens. I was thinking it could save people some money, because maybe they won't be going out and buying SO MANY pens, like I did! LOL Thanks so much for the feature!! I appreciate it so much!!

  5. Nice lettering!! These are so fun to use and I love all the assorted colors. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 30. Pinned!

  6. Thanks for your post on Grammy's Grid. I enjoy the Tombow. I agree with you in I wish that I had been exposed to the smaller pens first as I think it would have made learning brush lettering easier.

    1. Hi Lisa, I'm with you — I love the Tombows (big and small!) I enjoy the larger ones a lot, but I wish I had started with the smaller ones!

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