The pentel touch brush pen is a great brush pen for beginner hand lettering and modern calligraphy! In fact, they are a favorite among many hand lettering artists, but beginner and more advanced. In this review I’m sharing a few thoughts about them including a video demonstration.
Hey Friends! Today I’m reviewing the first pen in our Pen A Day Challenge, the Pentel Touch. This pen is a smaller sized brush pen compared to many. You can see that the tip is very small and flexible. It comes in lots of bright colors as you can see in the swatch in the video!
I did quickly want to point out one thing about these pens. They look very similar to another pen with a very similar name and I know they can be easily confused. The one that I’m using to review in this video has a flexible tip to create thick and thin strokes and the other one is a firm tip that just creates one stroke thickness. You can see in the closeup that the brush tipped pen has a shimmery body, where the other one is just a solid color. So if you’re confused about which to buy, make sure you get the one that says something about having a “brush tip”.
If you want to know more about this, here is a video where I show you more about the differences between these two pens!
So now that we know which pen to buy, let’s get into the brush pen review. This is one of the first brush pens that I purchased when I first began brush lettering and I still think that it’s a great place to start for brush lettering!
There are a few reasons why I love this pen. First of all, I think that the smaller tip can be a bit easier to control when you’re beginning hand lettering. It’s very flexible and it bounces right back into it’s regular shape, even for someone who likes to push hard on their pens like I do.
The colors are really pretty and vibrant! But one of the things that I love the most about these brush pens is the fact that they have lasted me so long. I do typically try to use smooth paper with my pens, which is one way to help them hold up longer. But I don’t think I’ve ever had one of these brush pens fray! I actually have purchased 2 packs of these and one of them is around 2 years old if I remember correctly.
I wasn’t sure which pack was which so in the video I decided to just test them both against each other and honestly I had a hard time telling what was the new pen and what was the old. I’m not even sure if I was correct, but there were a few of them that just felt like they had a bit more crisp of an upstroke. But aside from that, I think they look great.
You can see in the water test part of the videothat these are not waterproof and will smear if they get wet. I showed this by dragging a paintbrush with some water over the top and the red did transfer over quite strongly.
But the good thing is that they do blend! In the video, I demonstrate the brush lettering technique where you transfer the color straight from one pen tip to the other by touching them together. I like to put the darker color on top and transfer it to the lighter color. Another trick is to make sure that you are holding your pens upright so that gravity can help the ink to flow. You could also try the technique of coloring the darker color onto a ceramic dish or piece of plastic and then pick the color up with the other brush pen that you will then use to letter with. Once you’re done, you can just write off the color as much as you can.
Overall, I think these are a great brush pen for beginners and advanced letterers alike! I will link them below if you’d like to check them out and make sure to subscribe to my channel if you’re not already and want to see more hand lettering videos! I’ll see you again soon for my next pen review!