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    Favorite Pens for Writing, Sketching, Doodling & Drawing

    pitt artist pens, brush nib set

    Pitt Artist Pens Faber-Castell PITT artist pens have "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. {Nib sizes: Brush, Medium = 0.8 mm, Fine = 0.6 mm, Superfine = 0.4 mm, Extra Superfine = 0.1 mm.}

    Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. My kids use these for drawing, doodling, making maps and mandalas. They are rich and saturated.

     gelly rolls

    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.

    White Uni-Ball Signo UM-153 and White Sakura Gelly Roll. 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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    Reader Comments (6)

    Good post - I love pen and marker reviews. Also love your Moleskine doodle page. I need to doodle more.

    08.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

    What fun! This is new information to me, lol.. I never knew they came in colors!

    08.6.2013 | Unregistered Commentervicki cook

    This is my favorite pen, also. I don't use superfine because I push too hard and it hates me. I use the fine, and it's fine.

    Love it!

    I love gelly rolls madly
    I love Sigma Microns
    I love paint pens. haven't tried Montana yet, but Sharpie is lovely.

    I am grossly underpracticed in the colored pencil department.

    08.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    I was so excited to see your pen work! I have used Pitt Pens, but just the Black ones- I'm excited about trying some new colors!

    08.7.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Freibott

    Great post. Funny because Pitt pens are my least favourite. I find them very fussy over what they like underneath them. I wish we had better pen selection in our shops. Though for the sake of my bank balance I am glad!

    08.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

    Tammy, thanks for all the good information on the different types of pens!!

    02.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLissa

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