Cardmaking, Other crafts

A beginner with brush pens

In my review of the Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens I mentioned how I quite fancied getting into brush lettering.

I thought it would be a nice little addition to card making if I could personalise them with a handwritten sentiment but I didn’t like the Faber Castell brush too much so took it as an excuse to place a little Cult Pens order.

I decided to buy a few different varieties of pen, in different colours knowing that as I learnt and (hopefully) got better, different pens would appeal to me.brush pens 4I bought the Tombow Dual Brush because everything about brush lettering talks about this pen! Another popular pen I keep reading about is the Zig Clean Color so I bought that one too. I then stumbled across the Edding brush pen which I bought as it was cheap and finally I picked up the Koi Coloring Brush Pen for something a little different.

I’m glad I picked up such a variety as the nibs are all pretty different so I can try different ones and see which I’m most comfortable with.brush pens 3The Koi and Edding were more like the Faber Castell brush I’d already tried whereas the other two were what I’d call full on brushes.

I gave them all a quick go (including the other end of the Tombow which you can just see on the right).brush pens 1In terms of ink the Edding and Tombow seemed the most consistent. The blues seemed very uneven during use. brush pens 2You can see that a little better here. I’m not a huge fan of the Zig, I think I probably need to be a bit better at writing to use it as I just can’t control the tapered nib well at all. The same is true for the Tombow too – I think I’ll pick that up when I’ve practiced a bit more.

I started practicing a bit with the Koi as it seemed the nicest to write with as while it’s got quite a brush to it, it’s not too large and seems a lot easier to manage. The same is true of the Edding. In fact as it looks like the Faber Castell nib I wasn’t expecting to like it but it’s the one I’ve practiced most with so far. Particularly when it comes to joining the strokes – with the larger nibbed pens I can do the separate strokes but pulling them altogether is really difficult (to me) but with the Koi and Edding pens I can pull letters together a lot easier.

Hopefully this little walkthrough of pens has helped if you’re currently debating a brush pen purchase! I’m going to get some practice worksheets printed out and try to regularly practice and will hopefully be able to do an update post sometime in the summer with some actual brush lettering. If you have any great tutorial links, please drop me a comment below!

Em x

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