A Crayola marker was used in the first lettering video I ever watched. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And I thought for sure it was some special kind of Crayola marker. I even wrote down Crayola Broad tip marker on my shopping list. I was going to check the store to see if that was what it was really called, or if it was some new mysterious Crayola marker. Sure enough they were the same. And my handlettering collection began.
I wish I would have known what kind of pens would be the best and easiest to start learning how to letter. Unfortunately I learned too late that there are lots of pens which are easily damaged when not used correctly, and wasted a lot of money. I wanted to share with you what my favorite lettering pens for beginners are. Here we go…
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Obviously first on my list would be these bad boys! I can’t express how often I overlook my Crayola markers for other tools, and when I do decide to use one again, I wonder why I forgot about how awesome they are. There are lots of perks to these, they are super cheap, especially around back to school time. They come in lots of colors. And I think are one of the easiest tools to differentiate between a thick downstroke and a thin upstroke. Like any tool in handlettering, there is still a learning curve. But I feel like I figured this one out lots faster than some of the other tools. And who doesn’t love all the color options?
The Tombow Fudensuko Pens are another one of my go to pens. After spending lots of money on brush pens, I finally purchased one of these. I was surprised that my lettering was starting to look decent when I had a pen I could easily figure out. If you follow anyone on social media who does lettering, you’ve seen these pens all over the place. They are a lot of lettering artists go to pens, and some only use these pens. You can buy both the hard tip and the soft tip together and try them both out. And when you buy them a totally fall in love with them, you can purchase in bulk and they are really cheap, and you’ll always have one on hand.
Lastly, The Pentel Sign Brush Pens are awesome. They have a small brush, and are perfect for figuring out the downstroke pressure of handlettering. I love that they come in multiple colors so that you can add color to your work. They are a tad bit on the pricey end, especially compared to Crayolas ranging from about $24-28 for 12 pens. But they last a long time and they are very easy to use. They remind me a lot of the Tombow Fudensuko Soft tip, and are just as easy to figure out how to use as the Tombow Fudensuko Pens.
These are the three types of pens I typically recommend whenever anyone asks me what they should buy to start lettering with. Give them a go and let me know what you think!