Today I want to share with you my favorite supplies for journaling and lettering, from pens to notebooks! I absolutely love to doodle and write on my journals, both personal entries and Listers Gotta List prompts, and I have tried many supplies over the years. I have received several requests to share my current favorites, so here they are in detail :)
Lets start with the most frequent question - what pens do I use?
My all time favorite colored pens, to use on any paper, are the Uni-Ball Signo gel pens, in the Angelic color line. These are pastel pens, with a white ink base, so they really pop on darker paper. They are very opaque and very smooth, easy to work with and fairly affordable. I usually get them locally in Portugal but I also like to purchase them from JetPens or Amazon.
My favorite white gel pens are also from Uni-ball signo. I really like both the regular size (which I believe is 0.7) and the broad version, with a 1mm nib, perfect to cover larger areas. Again, these are very opaque and smooth, perfect for colored paper. You can also use them to correct little mistakes!
Still within the gel pen category, the Sakura Candy gel pens are my favorites, along with the Uni-ball Signos. They are very comparable and come in similar colors, although some are even brighter and more saturated. They're about the same price but I can only find them online, along with the Uni-ball ones.
Another one of my favorites are brush pens. I have recently got more into them and tried several. The Tombow dual brush pens are perfect! I have the set pictured above (Retro) and the Pastel set, although they come in several different colors.
They have a fine tip marker on one end and a felt tip brush on the other. They are rich and saturated in color and easy to work with, with the pointy brush allowing both thin and bold strokes. They're also blendable but I haven't tried too much of that yet. I get them from JetPens, Ebay and Amazon, just like most of my pens.
The Akashiya SAI watercolor brush pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft, are also my favorites!
Unlike the felt tip Tombow dual brush pens, the SAI pens have actual brush bristles and the ink resembles watercolors. They have rich beautiful colors that are slightly transparent, so they allow layering. They can also be mixed with water to create different effects - they're very unique and easy to work with!
The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen has a shorter, smaller brush tip, similar to felt. It has a rich dark pigment and I really like to use it for smaller lettering and details.
For non-brush pens, I enjoy having the Stabilo point 88 pens. They come in a wide color variety and I like to use them for doodles and detailed creative lettering, as they allow precise thin lines, with awesome color saturation. These might bleed through thinner paper, so keep that in mind! They're very similar to the Staedtler triplus fine liners.
The Sakura Micron pens and the Pilot Hi-Tec-C are my favorite fine point pens, and the ones I use the most on my lettering pages. They're amazing to create details and to doodle. They come in a variety of point nibs, with 005 and 003 being my favorites! The Pilot Hi-Tec-C is a 0.3 point and it's the thinner point nib I have!
Finally, for coloring and lettering supplies, I love my Pentel water brush. It has plastic brush bristels but it work just as well as a regular brush. It might be tricky to control the water flow at first, but it becomes a very convenient tool to have. I like to use with with my trusty Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolors - they're very afforadable and reliable.
Now lets talk notebooks! I currently have 3 "travelers notebooks", although none are actually from Midori. I got these 3 from Aliexpress but I have 2 new ones on the way, from different etsy sellers, that I'll review soon, if you're interested. All of these Aliexpress covers came with notebook inserts, and that allowed me to try notebook styles I'd probably never knew existed.
These are the notebook inserts that I use and like the most - they come in different sizes and styles. I have the black paper (similar to cardstock), plain kraft, grid craft, white blank (slightly yellow-ish) and white grid. I'm not sure exactly about the paper weight but they're great quality and thicker than regular copy paper. The shadowing is minimal on the lighter ones and they can take watercolor pretty well. The black paper is thicker, and it's my favorite for gel pens - the colors really pop but sometimes they transfer to the opposite page , when the notebook is closed, so keep that in mind. To me, the only downside is the staple binding on some of them, as I find stitched binding sturdier. I usually get refills in different sizes from this seller on Aliexpress, for very affordable prices and free shipping (they might take a2-3 weeks to arrive, but they're so worth it!)
My other all time favorite notebooks, are these Slim Kraft notebooks, from YozoCraft. These have beautiful covers, stitch binding and the plain kraft paper is awesome for any pen, except fountain pens, which I find get a little scratchy sometimes. They're just $1.75 and measure about the same as a personal size planner.
And that is all! I tried to give as much information as I can but you can also look up other reviews on youtube - it might be a dangerous enabler tho, so be carefull :)
I've filmed a quick flip through of my Listers Gotta List notebook pages, hope you like that! :) If you'd like to see my lettering pages, please go to my Pinterest album, where I have them all together.
I love trying new pens and different lettering styles, so I'm sure I'll have to update this post sometime in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll try my best to answer!
Thanks so much for reading,
Hello and welcome! I'm Vanessa, the creator behind Petite&Co and Hello Petite Paper. I like to blog about planners, lettering, stationery, jewelry, food, traveling and more!
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