So you want to try creative lettering but you don't know what pen to get. You're overwhelmed by all the choices you see, and you don't want to spend too much money because, hey, you're not even sure you're going to like lettering.
Does that sound right?
I get it! I've spent countless dollars on fine line pens, brush pens, watercolor pens, and on and on. But 98% of the time I reach for one pen. One pen for lettering in my Bible, one pen for lettering in my prayer journal, one pen for creating sketch notes and designs for my art prints.
It's my secret weapon - except it's not so secret, really. But you need to know this if you're just starting out. My favorite pen for all my creative lettering is this:
This little Japanese pen goes everywhere with me, and it stars in almost all of my Instagram videos.
Now let's get the disclaimer out of the way. I'm not being paid by Tombow for this post - although I wouldn't mind it! - I'm not receiving free product for this post, either. But even if I was, I wouldn't lead you astray. I really want to share my best secrets in the hopes that you'll give this creative lettering thing a try.
Here are some pictures of what I've done with this simple little pen:
Bible journaling page
Lettering Prayer Journal entry (with the help of some watercolors)
Creative sermon sketch notes
Sketch that eventually turned into a card design (with the help of some acrylics)
(How to draw a wreath tutorial here)
I keep these pens all over my house and in my purse, so there's always one close by.
Here are some things you should know about the Tombow Fudenosuke before you buy or try:
Unfortunately you can't run out to your nearest craft store or superstore to get this pen. But have no fear, it's easy to order online and available in several places!
So wherever you purchase your Tombow Fude, I hope you'll decide to give it a try. It's a minor investment for a pretty cool tool. It takes some getting used to, but with a little practice and learning, you'll be a lettering genius in no time.
With love and lettering,
*Affiliate links are used in this post. If you try this out, post a picture of your drawing on Instagram using the #krystalwhittenblog tag! I can't wait to see.
Check out my new book Faith and Lettering: An Inspirational Guide to Creative Lettering & Journaling (Amazon link)