A Guide to Brush Pens for Beginners and Hobbyists Alike

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Brush pens have become a staple in nearly every artist’s arsenal due to their versatility in everything from calligraphy to fine art drawings. They are available in a variety of tip sizes: nib styles, ink flows, colors, and elasticities. While it takes practice and control to use a brush pen, you don’t have to be a serious artist or calligrapher to create beautiful script.

 

What are Brush Pens?

Brush pens are multifunctional, in that they combine the qualities of a paintbrush and a pen into one simple tool. Although they come in many different styles, they will always be reminiscent of a paintbrush (loaded with pigment). With brush pens, you do not need to mix your own colors or dip into an ink source.

The amount of pressure applied is key in achieving the stroke thickness of choice: Applying minimum pressure, will result in short, fine strokes. Conversely, applying maximum pressure will cause the pen to flare, resulting in a broader stroke.

Zebra Pen offers a comprehensive lineup of brush pens that suit beginners, hobbyists, and those seeking dramatic lettering. Explore our brush pen guide below to find out which options best suit your creative needs.

Uncapped Zensations Brush Pen (showing brush tip)

Zensations Brush Pen

The Zensations Brush Pen is a traditional brush pen that offers a deep, rich, color giving the flexibility to either create a fine or bold stroke by applying minimum or maximum pressure. It is the perfect tool for lettering and/or illustrating.

  • Available in black ink
  • Variety of brush tip sizes: Ultra-fine, Fine, Medium, and Double-Ended Fine/Medium
  • Water-resistant ink
  • Permanent pigment ink
  • AP Certified non-toxic
  • Archival quality

Uncapped Funwari Brush Pen (showing brush tip)

Funwari Brush Pen

Looking for more vibrancy? Create colorful script, artwork and watercolor using the Funwari Brush Pen. The ultra-fine brush tip gives the same amount of control as a regular marker in that you can  create thick and thin lines with just enough spring. Funwari is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike.

  • Available in 6 vibrant inks: Red, Golden Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Purple, Dark Pink
  • Ultra-fine brush tip

Uncapped Metallic Brush Pen (showing brush tip)

Metallic Brush Pen

Add some flair to your hand lettering or craft projects with the Metallic Brush Pen. The medium point size mimics a paint brush, allowing for free-flowing brush lines. The series of colors range from metal to jewel hues, making an impressive impact on both light and dark paper. It is best stored with the cap facing down.

  • Available in 7 metallic inks:  Silver, Deep Blue, Green, Gold, Pink, Purple, Bronze
  • Medium brush tip
  • Water-based pigment
  • AP Certified non-toxic

Uncapped Mildliner Brush Pen (showing brush tip)

Mildliner Brush Pen

Are you a fan of Zebra Pen’s Mildliner Highlighter? If so, you’ll quickly fall in love with the Mildliner Brush Pen. This soft-colored brush pen is dual-ended, brush tip on one end, marker tip on the other. The brush tip resembles a paint brush, giving the flexibility to either create a fine or bold stroke by applying minimum or maximum pressure. Whereas the marker tip provides more control, resulting in consistent lines.

The mild, soft colored ink is translucent which makes it ideal for layering and it won’t bleed through paper. It is available in 15 pastel shades that correspond to its matching Mildliner Highlighter counterpart.

  • Available in 15 mild inks: Blue, Dark Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow, Blue Green, Brown, Gray, Magenta, Smoke blue, Vermillion (corresponds with Mildliner Highlighter colors)
  • Dual Ended Tip: Brush tip and marker tip
  • Water-resistant pigment
  • Acid-free
  • AP Certified non-toxic

Brush Pen Summary

Product NameColor(s)Point SizesUsage Features
Zensations Brush PenBlackUltra-fine, Fine, Medium, Double-Ended Fine/MediumApplying minimum pressure, will result in short, fine strokes. Applying maximum pressure will cause the pen to flare, resulting in a broader stroke.  
Funwari Brush PenGreen, light blue, pink, purple, red, golden yellow  Ultra-fineGives the same amount of control as a regular marker in that you can create thick and thin lines with just enough spring.  
Metallic Brush PenMetallic bronze, metallic deep blue, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic pink, metallic purple, metallic silver  MediumWorks on both light and dark paper
Mildliner Brush PenBlue, dark blue, gold, green, orange, pink, Purple, red, yellow, blue green, brown, gray, magenta, smoke blue, vermillion  Double Ended: Fine/Medium, Super FineDual-ended, brush tip on one end, marker tip on the other

No matter what you are looking for, Zebra Pen has a brush pen or other creative tool that fits your needs. For added inspiration, check out our Calligraphy Tutorials.