Welcome to the 2nd of the series! So far you have learnt the basic rules of brush calligraphy, and now it’s a good time to learn about the brush pens.
A lot of people think you need fancy pens, or proper old school quill and ink in order to get started with calligraphy. The truth is, you can learn the rules using some basic cheap pens, and you can easily create the most beautiful pieces of calligraphy art. To make it easy, I have compiled a list of the best brush pens for beginners in calligraphy! All these pens are also fairly inexpensive which is a bonus. Let’s get started.
Small Tombow Pens
My favourites Tombow brush pens for beginners are the Tombow Fudenosuke pens. These pens come in Hard Tip (Black), Soft Tip (Black)and Twin Tip (Black & Grey). They are my first preference for beginners. The hard tip is not fragile enough to get ruined easy, so it’s great for beginners who haven’t got the muscle memory to swap between thick and thin strokes smoothly. They are around $6 and they will last a long time (unless your 3 year old takes the lid off and smooshes it into the wall, which will ruin any pen… I speak from experience!). If you want coloured best brush pens for beginners in calligraphy, I wholeheartedly recommend the Fudenosuke Coloured Pens. These pens are just like the hard tip black fudenosuke pen, but they come in 10 beautiful vibrant colours. They have small tips, are really easy to use, and all have water based ink. Water based ink is definitely the best for a beginner, because it makes it really easy to blend the colours together. This is done by using a blending pen or just by layering the colours together. These pens a perfect choice for those that are just starting out in calligraphy.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen
One of the most popular brush pens by Tombow are actually their larger ones, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. These pens come in so, so SO many colours, including one with clear ink which is just used to blend the other colours together. They are quite beautiful and I have seen some lovely art made by these pens. However, they have a bit of a sensitive and softer nib, so it is a little more difficult to learn with these pens (but it is achievable!). Due to the softness, you need really smooth paper or else they tend to fray. Luckily, in the next post I teach you all about the best paper for brush pen calligraphy.
Other Brush Pens
My New Favourite Brush Pen
I wanted to mention a new type of brush pen that I have found recently and I am slightly obsessing over. It’s the Kuretake Fudegokochi. The name is a mouthful when you don’t speak Japanese – but if you get it make sure you grab the one with the “Extra Fine” tip, which is the one with the white body.
It’s a small, firm tip which makes it fairly easy to use when you’re a beginner. The tip creates a smaller and finer line than any of the other pens mentioned here so it’s great for the really elegant, sophisticated looking work. It is really juicy too, which looks gorgeous and makes it a really strong black.
Definitely a must have!
So there you go! These are what I recommend as the best brush pens for beginners in calligraphy. They are accessible, inexpensive and easy to use. Once you get your pens sorted, you can draw up some guidelines and start practicing the basic strokes. If you don’t really want to spend hours and hours ruling up the pages just to start practicing, pop your details on this form to get the password for my resource hub! It’s updated often and gives you worksheets and alphabets to practice along with. This makes it really easy for you to begin your calligraphy journey!
Coming Up Next
However, if you can’t get a hold of a brush pen, don’t worry! There is a post just for you!! Coming up next we have: