Welcome to the second part of my brush pen demo! If you're looking for more traditional brush calligraphy pens and markers, read the first post.
These pens are less traditional; not all of them were made for brush calligraphy. In fact, most of them are used for illustration, watercolor, or crafts. However, they make up some of my favorite pens to use all the time!
Below is an overview of the specialty pens I have in my collection, as well as photos. Enjoy!
Pentel Aquash Water Brush - Fine, Medium, Broad
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that some of my absolute favorite brush pens are the Pentel Aquash Water Brushes. I own two sets—one for watercolor and one for ink. In my fine pen, I'm using the Speedball Super Black India Ink. This ink is indeed super black and works really well with the water brushes.
I'm using the Higgins Eternal Black Ink in my medium and broad tip pens. While the ink isn't as black, I really love how it looks, especially mixed with watercolor.
Zig Kuretake Wink of Stella in Gold
I'm embarrassed to say—I've had this pen in its original packaging stashed away in my desk for quite a while, and only uncovered it for this blog post.
I… uh… am in LOVE with the Wink of Stella. Not only is it fun to write with, with a good synthetic bristle brush tip, but the gold is so beautiful. It has a really glittery gold finish and I can't wait to try it on darker paper. While this isn't the best photo, it shows the glitter better than in the video.
Crayola Super Tips Pipsqueaks
Crayola Super Tips do really well for brush lettering. It's a bit tough for me to get good thick-to-thin contrast, but it's still nice to be able to have a bunch of colors at my disposal. In the video I'm using the Pip-Squeaks version, which is essentially the shorter version of the regular Crayola Super Tips thin markers.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen
The Tombow Dual Brush Pens are favorites among the brush lettering community simply because the tips are fantastic and they come in so many colors. I love how these pens write, especially on smooth paper like the Rhodia paper.
These markers also work really well for illustration and blending, and I believe you can also use these for stamping and other crafts!
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen
I originally picked up these PITT Artist Brush Pens for illustration, but it turns out they're fun to use for brush lettering, too. These thinner brush pens are tough to get a good thick-to-thin contrast, but they still work well. I will note that these brush pens fray way faster than some others.
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pen
The PITT big brush pens are so fun to use for brush calligraphy. They're a bit juicier than their thinner counterparts and I believe the tip is more elastic as well.
Copic Sketch Marker
I am honestly not experienced enough to make the Copic brush markers look good with brush calligraphy, but I've seen some beautiful work with these. The markers are alcohol based and non-toxic, and the ink is permanent, so that's a big bonus. Plus, there are TONS of colors.
Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pen
This is another pen that has been hiding in my desk drawer for longer than I care to admit. It turns out I really like this pen as well; the Zig Clean Color brush bristles at the end make for a nice experience similar to the Pentel Aquash fine pen, but the bristles are a little less stiff. Great pen and the ink flow is awesome, too.
Watch the Demo Video for these Brush Calligraphy Pens
Here's the full demo video. Hope you find it helpful!
Pens and Products Mentioned
- Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush Assorted Tips, Pack of 3
- Speedball Super Black India Ink
- Higgins Eternal Black Writing Ink
- Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen - Gold
- Crayola Super Tips Markers
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
- Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pens
- Faber-Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pens
- Copic Sketch Marker
- Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen