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Pen guide – we’ll help you find the right pen!

Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly which pen or pencil you need. It all depends on the surface and what you’ll be using the pen or pencil for. Are you making a mood board, taking notes at a lecture, writing quotations on your holiday photos or drawing patterns in a journal? Check out our pen guide and find the perfect pen for any occasion!

Winsor & Newton’s alcohol-based markers with high-quality ink are for anyone looking for truly professional results for illustrations, sketches and drawings.

  • Double tips: a wide angled tip and a thin pointed tip 
  • The colours are transparent and can be layered to modify the colour strength and create soft transitions. 
  • The ink flow produces completely even and vibrant colour, with no striping. 
  • Use on marker paper, which will keep the ink from feathering and bleeding through as much.

Blend different colours and create beautiful transitions using a colourless blender.

Panduro’s own alcohol-based markers are perfect for beginners and professio­nals alike. They come in a wide range of colours that are suitable for everything from illustrations to mood boards.

  • Double, replaceable tips: a wide angled tip and a thin pointed tip. 
  • The colours are transparent and can be layered to create soft transitions. 
  • An even ink flow allows you to gradually build colour strength. 
  • Use on marker paper, which will keep the ink from feathering and bleeding through as much.

Lighten a field of colour and remove stray ink with a colourless blender.

You can use classic markers, also called felt tip pens, for drawing, colouring and writing. Ultra-fine felt tip pens are perfect for bullet journaling!

  • A round tip is ideal for drawing and colouring. 
  • Drawing pens, or fineliners, have ultra-thin tips so that you can draw the thinnest possible lines and the tiniest details. 
  • A straight tip is used for classic calligraphy, in order to alternate between thick and thin straight lines.

Place a sheet of protective paper underneath the sheet you are drawing on to prevent the ink from bleeding through to the next page. Avoid colouring one area too much, because the paper may tear.

Water-based Posca markers offer unbeatable versatility for art and hobby uses, because the ink adheres to most surfaces.

  • Silk-matt ink that works on glass, metal, wood, paper, fabric, photos, porcelain, stone, plastic and more. 
  • The markers are opaque, including on dark materials, and can therefore be used over other inks once they are dry. 
  • The ink is permanent on absorbent materials and can be wiped off of glossy materials.

Try brushing out the colour with a brush and water, and blend different colours to create new shades.

What do you look for in the perfect pen for writing? Whether it’s a great grip, even ink flow, something erasable or stylish design, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. 

  • An ink pen or ballpoint pen has a ball at the tip that rolls when you write. The ink dries quickly and has a slower flow, which requires some pressure.
  • Gel pens come in loads of colours and have a gel-like ink that flows easily and comfortably from the pen when you write.
  • If you want to write in ink and still be able to erase, a FriXion pen is the natural choice. Simply write, erase and write again.

Try out a FriXion Light erasable highlighter.
White gel pens are perfect for dark paper!

Also known as permanent markers, these markers have a durable and quick-drying ink that adheres to most surfaces.

  • The ink is permanent, so what you write will stay put.
  • Perfect for labelling boxes, parcels and personal belongings.
  • Adheres to plastic, glass, stone, paper, cardboard, metal and more. The ink will wash off glossy surfaces.
  • Choose from round, angled, wide and thin tips

Keep in mind that marker ink might bleed through the page when writing on paper and card.

Just as the name suggests, these brush pens have a brush-like tip. 

  • Many brush pens have double tips: a brush tip and a fine tip for details.
  • The brush tip is soft, flexible and supple. 
  • If you apply light pressure with the brush tip, you will achieve thin lines, while firmer pressure will create thicker lines.
  • Brush pens are perfect for brush lettering, because you can easily alternate between thin and thick lines.
  • Drawing and colouring with a brush tip may produce a heavy flow of ink, so avoid going over the same area too many times and use a sheet of protective paper underneath.

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful lettering. It takes patience, precision and practice. Calligraphy’s distinguishing characteristic is the shift in each letter between thin and thick lines. Work slowly and find your own style.

  • With a fountain pen, ink flows directly from the pen. When the ink runs out, you can refill it with a cartridge or converter. 
  • If you would prefer a slightly more classic approach, then try a dip pen for calligraphy. Then you can alternate between different nibs, which you dip in ink while writing. 
  • You can also create calligraphy using straight felt tip pens. Many of them are double pointed, so you can vary the thickness of the line.