I have curated a Beginners Pen Kit for My Hand Lettering 101 Workshops. I explain a lot about the pens/markers in class, but I wanted to document it again for you to reference once you're home!
Hope you find this helpful!
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The Beginners Pen Kits are great so that you can try a variety of different pens at a lower cost, and then once you've found your favorites, THEN you invest your moola getting the ones you like.
There are 6 pens in the Beginners Pen Kit. I chose to do all black pens so that you can better compare the differences, but in this post, I'll also show you the recommendations if you're looking for color.
The first four pens in the Beginners Pen Kit are Monoline pens. Monoline means single line, these pens typically have small widths and no give. They are great for doing Faux-Hand Lettering like we do in class.
Two of the monoline pens are felt or marker based and two are ink based.
Let's start with the marker based pens:
The next two monoline pens are gel or ink based. This is less marker like and more pen like.
The last two pens/markers are considered small brush pens. These are what I call "Training Wheel" Pens for when you are ready to move from Faux-Hand Lettering to Brush Lettering. These are great because the "brush" portion of the marker is small and controlled. Great for learning and practicing. Even if you never want to move into brush lettering, these are great for coloring in your Faux-Hand Lettering letters.