Let me tell you about my favorite markers and pens for drawing.
pitt artist pens, brush nib set
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. "Pigmented India Ink that is permanent, waterproof, light-fast, orderless, acid-free and archival (pH neutral)." A bunch of nib sizes, from big brush (largest) to extra super fine (smallest). I use the extra superfine (XS) tip PITT pens in black, sanguine or sepia for writing on paper, lettering, line work, doodling, mandalas and sketching. An inexpensive luxury. If you draw with them, you can watercolor immediately without running. There is no bleed. I keep them in my backpack, purse, on the table...
5x8" moleskine, pitt pen
I like that the ink dries immediately to minimize smudging. The line is consistent and smooth. Brush nib PITT pens are popular with art journalists - they write on most surfaces and come in 48 colors.
Faber-Castell pitt pen nib sizes: Brush, Medium = 0.8 mm, Fine = 0.6 mm, Superfine = 0.4 mm, Extra Superfine = 0.1 mm.
Pentel Slicci Pens. Thin, elegant lines that stay just slightly inky so that when you watercolor that day or even the next there's a wonderful flow of ink into the watercolors. Yet little smudge. I adore these pens. Check out EDM #18.
Sakura Gelly Roll Pens Great for writing, doodling, drawing mandalas, sketching. Dry quickly (but slower than PITT or Micron pens) and permanently. The ink in these pens flows smoothly. Sturdy. See my detailed review of Gelly Rolls.
Sakura Pigma Micron Pen. Essential for writing, lettering, detailed line work, doodling, drawing mandalas, sketching. They come in several colors and tips, so they can draw finer lines than PITT pens. They dry immediately and are permanent so minimize smudging. More sensitive to nib damage than PITT pens.
Uni-Ball Signo UM-153, White AND Sakura Gelly Roll, White. Lovely flow and consistent on slightly uneven surfaces. Opaque. My go-to pens for writing and drawing on dark backgrounds. Looks lovely on black gesso, dark acrylic paint, dark watercolors. The Uni-ball is slightly better, because it flows better on super uneven and glossy surfaces. Read Getting Words on Dark Art Journal Backgrounds.
Sharpie Water-Based Paint Markers. If you plan to write on dark backgrounds, you'll need a white opaque marker or a neon marker. Opaque, sturdy and write on anything. Keep in mind that these lines are not THIN and elegant like the Uni-ball or the Gellyroll above. I don't recommend the Sharpie oil-based paint markers. They clog, drip, and smell bad.
Sharpie Ultra-Fine Point Markers. My daughter's favorite for drawing mandalas, doodling, drawing ribbons, drawing anything. I find the bleed-through bothersome on thinner papers, but the color is vivid and saturated and the tips are sturdy. We have the 36-color set.
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