Today’s lettering supplies haul includes brush pens, gel pens, a new bullet journal, watercolor brush pens and Karin Markers! If you’d like to see test swatches be sure to watch the video below
Dot Grid Journal
The Rodia Dot Grid Journal was highly recommend by my Instagram Followers, many of whom wanted to see if pens bleed through the paper. I tested most of my new pens and markers in this journal.
I love the smooth paper and am hoping that the journal can actually help prevent my new pens from fraying too much, as I have a tendency to press pretty hard on my stationery.
Zig Fudebiyori Metallics
The Zig Fudebiyori Metallics are not new to me as I first purchased them when I just started experimenting with brush pens. My first set still writes but I had purchased some other metallic markers so I decided it wasn’t fair to compare my two year old set to the newer ones.
It wasn’t a problem repurchasing these for me as they write beautifully! If you aren’t familiar with these brush pens, they are a great size and flexibility for beginners and brush lettering. Using them on black paper really helps the metallic colors stand out!
Ecoline Brush Pen
The Ecoline Brush Pens were another repurchase for me as I get so many requests about them and didn’t want to do a comparison with my older set. One of my favourite things about these markers are that they are dual tipped – the tip can be removed and exchanged for the second one when yours starts to fray!
I find it easier to letter in a larger style with these pens and you get different variations in color and style depending on how hard you press when using these.
Blending these pens works great but I’d definitely recommend using watercolor paper as you’ll notice in the video that my generic paper got a bit torn up.
Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Marker
The Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers are a new product for me but came highly requested. These are more on the pricey side of lettering markers so I hadn’t tried them before as I’ve always loved my Tombow’s.
After trying them they don’t feel similar to the Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens (my original thoughts are that they would!). They are softer and less bouncy, they don’t flatten when I press down to write. The colors are beautiful and I love the way the lettering looks when using them.
Overall, good impressions all round for these markers but the true test will be seeing how long they hold up!
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen
The Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens are another repurchase and have the same dual tip like the Ecoline’s. There are various opinions out there about these brush pens because they do tend to fray pretty quicker, however if you’re into a bouncy style of hand lettering these markers write beautifully.
I love brush pens with bouncy tips and that I can press down really hard with them, so these are right up my alley.
The downside of these pens are the colors. You’ll notice that some of the colors are less bright and very difficult to read which isn’t ideal in hand lettering. The darker shades definitely work better than the pastel ones for visibility.
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen
The Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens are a set I decided to purchase after testing out the black and loving it. I decided to splurge on a full set and the colors are so pretty!
I’ll have to spend a bit of time testing them out which I usually do if my stationery is more expensive as I want to know that they last long. For some reason the black pen is super glossy and the other colors not so much so they will need to be tested out on a variety of paper to see how they perform.
Karin Markers Deco Brush & ProBrush Markers
The Karin Markers Deco Brush are metallic and come in the most beautiful colors. They are really juicy especially if you shake them before use. They compare well to the Fudebiyori’s so I think it comes down to your color preferences and tip style you prefer.
The Karin ProBrush Markers come in a wide variety of amazing colors and are comparable to the Sharpie Stained Markers, however there are some differences. The Sharpies have a firmer tip because they are designed to be a fabric marker and not necessarily a brush pen.
I love this in between size tip and the beautiful color options of this marker. They are a must try! They are super juicy, come in so many different colors and they are known to last a long time before fraying.
Karan D’ache Fibralo Markers
The Karan D’ache Fibralo Markers are new for me and I absolutely love them! They aren’t super small (not a fude size) but you’re still able to get some great smaller sized lettering with them. They are really bouncy and you’re able to get some very thin upstrokes with them😍
I would love to see more of a color variety in these with some richer tones in the future.
Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens
The Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens come in a stunning color variation! These pens write smoothly and they tend to be darker colors so they are perfect for list making or whenever you’d like your lettering to stand out.
Pilot Precise V5
The Pilot Precise V5 are labelled as extra fine and at first they seem to write smoothly. I do tend to write better with these types of pens when I letter slowly so I get a bolder lettering and more ink flow.
If you find that your lettering skips or doesn’t write smoothly with these kinds of pens you could try a smoother paper or simply write slower.
The Uniball Signo Pens come in a great range of colors and they write nicely. They tend to be super fine which usually isn’t my style but I’ve loved them for bullet journaling and bible journaling.
I also purchased these pens in white for when I letter on black paper or over my black brush lettering.
Sangria Watercolor Brush Pens
The Sangria Watercolor Brush Pens were sent to me as gifts by the company – thank you! They have an actual brush tip rather than the felt tip we normally see. I get many requests and questions about these and this type of tip seems to be very popular amongst hand letterers.
These feel different to your regular brush marker and requires a different technique when hand lettering. If you write too quickly you’ll end up with a streaky look so going slow is key.
If you’re someone who likes to do a lot of blending in your lettering these are perfect because of the watercolor effect.
Colorit Watercolor Brush Pen
The Colorit Watercolor Brush Pens come in colors that are more muted which I really love. The great thing about these watercolor markers (any kind you purchase) are that they won’t fray when you use them on watercolor paper.
The stationery supply and pen hauls are for you to learn more about these products so be sure to head over to my Instagram if you’d like to request any testings. I also have tons of resources and pen reviews on my YouTube channel.
I you’re new to lettering or simply want some practice you can find my lettering practice worksheets here: https://etsy.me/2U5ZPbs