The Brush Pen Buzz
Whether you are brand new to bullet journaling or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ve certainly heard some chatter about Tombow Dual Brush Pens. It seems as though they are mentioned all over the place in the bullet journal community. And in the brush lettering crowd? It’s a staple! But how do you know if these highly recommended pens are right for you? I’m going to break down everything you need to know in my Tombow Dual Brush Pen review.
My Tombow Dual Brush Pen Review
Full disclosure: I am a Tombow Brand Ambassador, and I have been for a while now. However, this post is not sponsored by Tombow in any way and my assessment of Tombow Dual Brush Pens is 100% my own. I just want to make sure you know the full picture before we dig into this juicy review. Now let’s jump in!
Where to Find Tombow Dual Brush Pens
You can likely find Tombows at your local art store, either sold in packs or as individual markers. If your local store doesn’t carry Tombow Dual Brush Pens, then Amazon has you covered! There is a large range of sets with different fun palettes. Here are some of my favorites!
There are a lot of things that to love about Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Let me get into some of the best features of these pens.
As the name suggests, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens have two pen tips. One is a brush tip, which is flexible and allows for huge line variations. The other is a bullet tip, which is perfect for normal writing and drawing.
The Tombow Dual Brush Pens come in a ton of colors, and they’re always coming out with new palettes. If you’re a color collector like me, this is a huge plus.
The Brush Tip
There are a ton of different brush pen brands, but the tip of this brush pen is excellent for beginners or experienced brush letterers alike. The nylon tip is very flexible, strong, and not too bendy or too stiff. I use mine for brush lettering constantly.
You know how when you were a kid and you had that one yellow marker that was stained with a darker color? That doesn’t happen with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. You can blend colors together directly on the brush nibs — even with the lightest colors — and they will always snap back to their original color. Each palette also comes with a clear blending marker that you can use to blend two colors together on paper.
They are Water Based
If you are afraid of staining, you’ll be happy to know that the Tombow Dual Brush Pens have water-based ink. That means that in most cases, you can use water to clean up any accidents. Or if you want to blend with a water brush or get some kind of a watercolor effect, you can!
Brush Lettering and Bullet Journaling
There are lots of people like myself who are into both bullet journaling and brush lettering. Tombow Dual Brush Pens are perfect for both! Use them to add decorations, illustrations, or highlights in your bullet journal and then easily use them for brush lettering, too.
While I love these pens, they aren’t perfect. Here are a few issues that may or may not be a deal breaker for you.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens are not exactly small. While it isn’t a problem to throw one or two in your bag, their size makes it inconvenient to carry a whole set on the go. And when it came to storing multiple sets in my office, I struggled to find a satisfactory solution until I got a pen stand from Tombow.
While these brush pens aren’t expensive by any means, even one pack of 10 could be a bit too costly for students or people on a tight budget. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative, check out Crayola markers instead.
They are Water Based
This might be a pro for some people, but to others, water-based ink is a big fat con. If you’re using Tombow Dual Brush Pens for envelopes, cards, or anything else that might be in danger of getting wet, it could ruin your work — so it’s something to keep in mind.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens are many things, but refillable they are not. Once the ink goes dry, you have to just replace the pen. However, I have never had a pen go dry, even after more than three years of use. The nib usually degrades faster than the ink can dry up anyway.
A Great Addition to Your Toolkit
It can be tough deciding how you want to spend your hard earned cash, but I can happily say that these pens won’t let you down. I have been using Tombow Dual Brush Pens for over three years now, and my collection has only grown. They are fun, sturdy, and they can be used for so many different projects or purposes. If you are thinking of grabbing yourself a set and you want to learn brush lettering, head to my free Fox Den Resource Library for brush lettering printables — or just enroll in my online ecourse Brush Lettering 101!
I hope you have found this Tombow Dual Brush Pen review helpful! Comment down below what product you want me to review next, and head to the My Supplies page to see some of my other favorite materials!
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