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Popular Brush Pens For Under £5

Brush pens have many uses from calligraphy to lettering & sketching. These flexible versatile pens could be seen as bridging the gap between pens & paint, a fountain pen with a brush tip instead of a metal nib. Some have real hair bristles, others are synthetic, some can be refilled using cartridges, others use ink converters. Brush Pens are available in a wide range of colours.

Sakura Pigma Brush Pen

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This is a flexible two in one, it can write like a pen & paint like a brush with ink delivered through the sides & tip. The fine brush nib responds to changes in direction & pressure in an instant making anything possible from doodles to swirls & fine to broad lines. They are a popular choice with Illustrators & Cartoonists & are filled with Sakura's renowned archival quality pigment ink which is quick drying & waterproof. They are available in 9 different colours.

Some of our satisfied customers tell us that the Sakura Pigma is a “Very good quality brush pen, with an excellent tip" & are “Great pens with a super fine brush tip and really dark ink color"

Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen

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This versatile brush pen has a fine tip well suited to drawing consistent lines & use with stencils at one end with a durable soft brush at the other. The brush is ideal for applying colour to large areas.

These Tombow ABT pens are water based, odourless, acid free & non toxic. A single reservoir feeds both ends of the pen ensuring the colour is matched & they are available individually in a huge range of 96 colours as well as assorted packs. The Tombow web site is very informative & you can watch a tutorial here
Note: these pens are not light resistant

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen

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This pen is great for a variety of tasks including drawing on canvas, sketching & illustrations. The pen can be rolled sideways to create a thick line & the high quality brush can be used straight & bent without breaking. With a wide range of over 50 colours to choose from light shades are ideal for varnishing techniques while the darker ones are good for covering large areas.

Other qualities include

  • Consistent & even ink flo
  • Lightfast
  • Acid Free
  • Pigment Ink
  • Odourless
  • Water Resistant

You can see some tips & demos from Franz Spohn in this You Tube video

Copic Sketch Markers

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This Japanese brand is popular with manga artists, crafters & designers. This dual marker has a flexible brush at one end & chisel tip marker at the other. Both tips can be replaced, they are also refillable using various ink refill bottles. These markers come in a huge range of 358 colours, they have a strong plastic body & colour coded caps.

The Copic website is a mine of information, full workshops & tutorials, they will be releasing their new, original manga -- iii Academy. An informational fantasy story filled with colors and comedy! very soon.  You can view it here

It can take some time for a beginner to get to grips with working with a brush pen but there is a lot of info to be found in the form of tutorials & You Tube vids & you know what they say about practice – it makes perfect.

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