Pens and markers are so versatile for drawing, sketching, writing. coloring, shading, and painting that you can never have enough different kinds. It’s a good thing they don’t take up much room or we’d have to open a separate store just for pens!
(For dip pens, nibs, and fountain pens, see Calligraphy + Fine Writing)
FINE-LINE DRAWING PENS:
Microns are the go-to pen of many artists and designers for drawing and illustration. Durable nylon tips from 0.2mm (005) to 0.5mm (08). Acid-free, archival, waterproof ink.
Some artists have told us they feel Zig pens have more flex in the nib and more consistent ink flow than other fine-line nylon tip pens. Acid-free, archival, waterproof ink.
The ultimate acid-free, archival, waterproof fine-line black pen. Replaceable nibs and ink cartridges mean the same pen lasts forever with no waste. The aluminum body has a nice weight and feel in the hand. A great low-maintenance alternative to steel-tip technical pens.
Pentel Hybrid Technica, Tradio, Stylo:
Three unique and hard-to-resist pens. Hybrid Technicas are ultrafine rollerballs with waterproof, archival pigmented ink. The refillable Tradio pen has a one-of-a-kind flexible angled tip that produces a variety of expressive line widths. The Stylo is a disposable version of the Tradio.
These famous but hard-to-find super-fine metal-tipped pens produce precise lines with ink that’s specially formulated to prevent bleeding or feathering.
Stabilo Point 88:
Fun colorful fine-line markers that last a long time without wearing down or drying out. German-made quality, yet inexpensive! Single markers and sets.
Fine-line colored markers with a smooth feel for writing or drawing. The smaller sized body fits in the hand well with a stylish look.
These double-ended markers (chisel / fine point) have excellent ink flow to lay down even color and durable nibs that keep their shape over extended use. We think they perform better than many higher priced brands!
Copic Sketch Markers:
Alcohol-dye-based markers famous for rendering and illustration. Brush tip on one end, and chisel on the other. Replaceable nibs and refillable ink.
A less expensive, alcohol-based soft brush pen that performs well and delivers bright, blendable colors.
GELS, ROLLERBALLS, BALLPOINTS:
This line of refillable pens has a super-smooth feel for drawing or writing. The quick drying, non-smudging ink produces solid, dark lines. Stick pen and retractable styles.
A favorite for sketchbook journaling with watercolors or colored markers because ink sets quickly and won’t bleed when used with paints. Black ink. Fine (0.3mm) and Micro (0.2mm)
Pilot G2, V-Ball, Frixion:
From Pilot, the inventor of gel ink, fun and functional G2 rolling ball pens come in a range of point sizes and colors. They have a rubber grip for comfortable drawing and writing. V-Balls have a smooth roller and even ink feed. Frixion retractable pens come in several colors of eraseable ink!
Zebra F-301, F-402, and Telescopic:
Sturdy, reliable, refillable ballpoint pens with a metal barrels that have a nice feel in the hand. The ink and tip will produce a range of lines and values with the amount of pressure you use.
Our favorite gold, silver, and white pens create an even, fine line. The opaque ink produces shiny metallics and a true white that look great on dark papers!
These refillable brush pens have bristles like a real brush. The Pocket Brush has softer hairs for more delicate and precise lines. The ink and refills are waterproof. The Colorbrush has slightly stiffer bristles and a larger tip, and a squeezable barrel to produce a range of effects from expressive dry-brush effects to flooded ink blots.
Kuretake Brush Pens:
We stock more than a dozen different Japanese brush pens from Kuretake: black, gold, and silver inks, a range of brush sizes from soft bristles to harder tips, refillable or disposable, and in waterproof or non-waterproof inks. There’s one for every style and preference!
Tombo Dual Brush Pens:
One end is like a soft paint brush for a variety of strokes. One end is a fine tip for lines and edges. Blend and spread the ink with water for watercolor effects. Bright, rich colors plus a colorless blender.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens:
Brush pens and Big Brush pens in dozens of colors as well as a range of fine tips in black, sepia, and sanguine. Also gold and silver metallic bullet tips and an opaque white large round tip. All the colors come from pigments, not dyes, so they won’t fade.
The Aquash is an empty brush pen made to hold water for watercolor painting. It can also be filled with inks for your own custom brush pen in any color!
Acrylic paint markers with a chisel tip for broad or fine lines work well on paper, fabric, wood, and along with acrylic paint. Oil-based round-tip paint markers for non-porous surfaces like glass, plastic, leather and metal. Both varieties have opaque colors and are permanent when dry.
Painters Markers (Elmer’s):
Markers filled with real acrylic paint available in broad tips, fine tips, and chisel tips. Perfect for drawing and linework along on acrylic paintings or on paper, wood, ceramic, plastic, and many other surfaces. Also excellent as a fabric marker when heat set with an iron.
Zig Posterman Wet-Wipes:
Opaque, colorful markers to use on glass, plastic, chalkboards, or whiteboards . Create art or signage on any non-porous surface and wipe off with a damp cloth to erase.
Sakura Pen-touch Metallics:
Gold, Silver, Copper, and White oil-based paint markers in broad, fine, and extra-fine tips. When you need a really shiny metallic look on slick, hard, or glossy surfaces, these are the ones to use!
Empty Paint Markers:
We stock empty paint markers in a variety of sizes and tip styles that can be filled with acrylic-based inks such as FW and Golden High Flow to create your own range of colors, blends, and effects.