5 best brush pens for beginners in brush calligraphy

5 brush pens for beginners

Want to learn brush calligraphy or brush lettering?

Have you been practicing with brush markers but just can't get the strokes right?

Are you confused and don't know what to do?

You need to start with the right tools. If you start with the wrong or advanced tools that you don't know how to use, you may give up too early and miss the opportunity to create something beautiful.


Start with tools that are easier for beginners to use. 

I know I know, you want to jump right in and use the fancy schmancy Tombow markers everyone is using. But believe me, this will be very helpful in the long run. 

The key to mastering the Tombow brush marker is to develop some muscle memory in your wrist. The markers are very soft and most beginners just get frustrated because they can't get the pressure right. I know I did, I used to hate them, and only after I stepped away from the Tombow marker and lettered with other tools, specifically smaller brush pens, that I finally developed those muscles and am now able to easily control a soft marker.



I've come up with 5 brush pens you can choose from to begin your lettering practice and develop those sexy muscles. And for the fun of it I included one brush marker, but it's a small one so I sometimes consider it a pen.


From top:

Tombow Fudenosuke (soft tip)
Tombow Fudenosuke (hard tip) Most recommended
PilotPilot Fude Brush Pen (hard tip)
Prismacolor Premier Brush Marker
Zebra Double Sided Brush Sign Pen (fine & medium)

Recommended brush lettering tools, brush pens for calligraphy.


These pens are great for practicing your strokes, work on your thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes. But what is the best one? I would say any pen that has a hard tip.

The Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip is the one I recommend the most.

As a beginner, you can easily control a hard tip and those upstrokes are going to be a lot thinner, making your brush calligraphy look oh so lovely.

Check out the video below to see these pens in action.




You can see the tips are almost identical on most of these, and yes they are very similar, except for the Prismacolor, all the other pens produce pretty much the same thick downstroke, it's the handling that's a bit different.

Don't be fooled by these tips, they may look the same, but they make a big difference.


If you want your letters to look proportional to their strokes, try not to go over 1 inch in height on your strokes. That way your letters don't look too skinny and stretched.

When using a brush pen try to stay under 1in. That way your letters aren't too skinny and awkward.


When you start experimenting with different tools for the first time you may just doodle around and basically waste ink. Which is all fine and dandy, but if you want to get better you need to practice strokes, not doodles.

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You can purchase all of these pens on Amazon, they're a bit harder to find in art supply stores. I've only found the Prismacolor at Michaels.

My affiliate links are located below if you wish to purchase these on Amazon. You still pay the same price, but I get a few cents in return.

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