Brush Lettering Pen Suggestions

Which Pen

“Which pen did you use?” is a question that a lot of Hand Letterers & Typographers get asked on a daily basis.

So I thought I would share the 6 of my favourite pens that I love using when it comes to Hand Lettering.

From top to bottom:

  • Pentel Fude Touch Brush Sign Pen – You can find these in either OfficeWorks or on (link in the title of the pen). This is probably one of my favourite pens at the  as they are a smaller brush, but thick enough to have the obvious difference between the thick and thin stroke. The strokes also come out very smooth and clear, very little brush fuzziness. Softness level: 7/10 (10 being the softest)
  • Tombow Fudenosuke Brush – This pen can also be found on This brush is very similar to the Pentel Fude, but the only difference is the softness level. With this brush the strokes come out even more sharp. Its softness level is roughly 4/10. So the brush tip itself is quiet firm, but again it still wide enough to have a contrast between the thin and thick strokes.
  • ZIG Brushables – LOVE these!!! They are very similar to the Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen, but a little bit more translucent. Softness level is around 6/10. They are awesome because they come with two tips with slightly different colour shade on each end. Very smooth on paper. Please let me know if you find a place that sells them for cheaper!!
  • Artline Stix Brush Pen – These are so fun to play and write with! Although made for kids, these are a cheaper alternative to Tombow or Brushables, and they essentially do the same thing! The only downside I have found them is that they become fuzzy quicker then the other pens, but because they are technically a $1 each, just gives you more reason to buy new pens! Softness level: 6/10
  • Crayola Ultra Clean Markers – Who would have thought that the old school/childhood markers would come in handy when it comes to Hand Lettering! Guess what? They are super amazing!! I don’t use them very often because the tip isn’t as soft as the other pens, BUT that doesn’t mean that I don’t love them. The pen tip is not a brush, it is just a thick/thin tip. By putting the pen slightly on the side, you will get the super thick stroke, and when you lift it up, the thin stroke appears.
    Softness level: 1/10
  • Pentel Aquash Water Brush – Tip: buy a pack of different tips (small, medium, large, etc.), because they will come in handy for different projects. And at the same time you can explore which tip is suitable for you. These brushes can be used in two ways:
    1. Fill them up with water and then dip into either watercolour paints or mix with calligraphy inks
    2. Fill them with inks. If you are going to fill them up with inks, I would recommend buying a few brushes so that you can allocate a brush per ink colour.
    Softness level: 10/10

Alena ~ Moonlight Creation

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