Heyo everyone! I hope you’re all doing great and enjoying this post-Christmas period, however you may have celebrated. Today’s post is an extra special one- a guest post from my very sweet friend Izzy! I have been so excited for this post to drop and it’s been so hard keeping it a secret… I almost let it slip a couple of times!!! Izzy recently started a super fun youtube channel where she makes videos about bullet journaling- I love watching them, so I thought it would be fun to have her do a post on the topic! You can also find more on her Instagram. I won’t ramble any longer… over to Izzy!
Hi there! My name is Izzy, and I run the YouTube Channel IzzyJesse M. On my YouTube, I share bullet journal inspiration and lettering show-hows! If that’s something you think you’d be interested in, feel free to check out my Channel.
In this blog post, I want to share my favourite pens for bullet journaling! I am very excited about this, as I love pens and markers and anything to do with stationery. Of course, I have regretfully not tried every marker on the planet (I know… it’s tragic!!) but these are some of my tried and true pens and markers that I think you would enjoy using in your bullet journal.
- Brush Pens — Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pens! Not only do these brush pens come in 107 colours, but the brush nib is easy to do modern calligraphy and hand lettering with, and it comes with a fine bullet nib too! I was gifted a set of 6 of these water-based pens (from none other than the one, the only… Megan of this blog!!) and they were mostly what I used to learn modern calligraphy. The brush nib is also fab for colouring in if that’s your vibe. However, they are felt tipped, which means they will fray over time.
- Markers — Crayola Supertips! These markers come in so many colours, and the triangular-shaped nib helps you get a variation of line. Because of this, you can use them for modern calligraphy as well as colouring in, but it does take a bit of practice if you are used to brush pens for hand lettering. They are a fabulous standard marker for colouring in doodles and I can’t recommend them enough! (Storage hack: The 50 pack fits PERFECTLY into a tin of Chloe’s Wafer Rolls, something Megan discovered!!)
- Gel Pens — BIC Gelocity 0.7mm Gel Pens! I got these gel pens a while ago, and I have to say, for how they perform, they are so underrated!! I never hear anyone talk about them, but I absolutely love them. They are lightweight and have a rubber grip that extends all around the body of the pen, and have a sturdy plastic clip to attach to any loose sheets of paper. The retractable, 0.7mm nib is perfect for writing an everyday note, and the ink is super smooth to write with. My only gripes with these pens are that they only come in 13 colours (tragic, I know!!) and they have a little lip at the bottom of the pen, so if you hold your pen really close to the tip, it might be a tad uncomfortable. These pens are very similar to the PaperMate Inkjoy 0.7mm Gel Pens too!
- Fineliners — Sakura Pigma Microns OR Mipor Pen Lines! The Sakura Pigma Microns are excellent writing pens and come in many different sized tips and some cool colours too! They also have archival ink so your writing will last a long time. The Mipor Pens Lines look almost identical to the Sakura Pigma Microns, but they are cheaper. They also come in different sized tips and have black, archival ink, but I find that these pens feather more than the Pigma Microns (the ink spreads if you write slowly). Overall, these are both really good fineliners!
- Highlighters — Zebra Mildliners OR Stabilo Boss Highlighters! The Zebra Mildliners come in 25 beautiful colours, and not only have the classic chisel tip, but a little bullet nib on the other end. The colours are unique but the chisel tips are a tad shorter than some others, so if your handwriting is bigger, you might have to do two swipes to cover the text, and that can look messy. The tips also pick up ink but that can be scribbled off easily, and the bullet nib is a tad fragile. However, the pens themselves are so aesthetically-pleasing and I have really enjoyed using them! The Stabilo Boss Highlighters are also great, and the tips are slightly longer so they should cover all your writing! The colours are less exciting but they last a long time, so if the longevity of your pen is something you’re concerned about, these are a great option.
So there you have it! I hope you found some pen inspiration and if you are interested in more bullet journal ideas and other exciting artsy videos, you can go to my YouTube Channel for more!
Thank you very much to Megan for inviting me to temporarily commandeer her blog and allow me to blab about my pen obsessions!! I truly hope you all enjoyed and hope you have a fabulous day.