In my e-mail course, Getting Started with Basic Brush Lettering, I lay out some simple tools: Fudenosuke Brush Marker pen and Canson Marker Paper. That’s pretty much all you need to get started.
Brush Marker Overview
Back to Brush pens–I wanted to share just a few of my other supplies. This video might be hard to see, but it shows some other pens that you might want to try later on. I don’t recommend these pens starting out. There are so many pens on the market now that it would be hard to go over all of them. This is just a simple video that shows how some of them work. I also talk a bit about how you can use pressure and how not to ruin your pens.
Here’s the video if you are interested:
I have some pens that I really love. Since I’m a brush letterer, not a calligrapher, all of my pens are brush pens or watercolor pens. I’ve shown a few in the video above, but here’s a list of them.
Small Brush Marker Pens
Fudenosuke Soft Tip (black)
Fudenosuke Hard Tip (black)
Pentel Sign Touch (Comes in a variety of colors)
PrismaColor Premier Brush Tip (black)
Kuretake Bimoji Felt Tip Brush Pen (comes in various sizes, black)
Thin Line Pens (Detailing & Illustration)
Big Brush Marker Pens
Brush Markers Not Worth Buying
Artist’s Loft Brush Pens
Sharpie Brush Pens
Artbrush Tower Metallic Brush Pens
Faber-Castel PITT Artist Pens
My Biggest Mistake
The biggest mistake I made starting out was buying all kinds of pens I just didn’t need. On Instagram, you’ll find all kinds of recommendations for brush markers. Some of the ones recommended are ones that didn’t work for me. Unfortunately, I felt frustrated by using them and dumped my money down the drain buying them.
The other mistake was using good brush pens on craptastic paper. Printer paper is not a good way to use your brush pens. You need smooth paper like Rhodia Dot Pads, Canson Marker paper, or even tracing paper. Using bad paper shredded all my Tombow pens. I had to go out and buy new ones and they are not cheap.
Do yourself a huge favor and get decent paper and don’t spend all your money on brush pens. Just get one or two good ones to start with and good paper, and that’s all you need to begin. Keep it simple.
Happy Brush Lettering!