Hello Planning Mashers

I know we all here are pretty crazy about our stationery, so here is another post to help you make better choices with your art supplies shopping.

Today, we’ll be talking about the best doodle pens.

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I have quite a stationery collection myself so I tested tons of pens before I chose the ones to share with you today.

Doodling is a fun way to be more creative in your journals. But it’s also a great way to exercise your creativity, to unwind and relax. You can learn more about the benefits of doodling in my post 5 Incredible Benefits Of Doodling Anf How To Get Started.

Having a good pen can definitely make doodling more fun, and before you run out to Michael’s and spend your life savings in pens, let me share with you some of my picks as well as something to be on the lookout for.

Believe me, I was that girl who bought ALL the pens and most of them ended up laying there, never to be used again. 

Oh, and before we get into it, if you’re looking for any tips on doodling, be sure to check my post Beginner’s Guide To Doodling.

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Things To Consider

All pens are different and you have to pick the one that works best for you. 

It’s kind of like with handwriting – if you want to get the prettiest handwriting you need to find that pen that you feel comfortable with

So here are the things you need to consider when you choose your perfect doodling pen.

  • Tip

Depending on what kind of tip your pen has, it’ll have a different way to dispense ink, some tips can jam.

There are also different tip sizes to consider, depending on how thick or thin you want your lines to be.

  • Ink

Some inks are brighter than others, some smudge more. There are also archival inks that stay bright for a long time while others might fade in time.

Smudging is probably the most annoying problem you can have with ink, so I’ll be sure to warn you with which of these pens you need to be careful with.

  • Ink Flow

For me, there is nothing more annoying than having to repeat lines because the ink didn’t flow smoothly.  Smooth ink flow is everything,

  • Grip

Usually, doodling takes quite some time, so having a comfortable grid is very important!

I usually hold my pen like it’s the last connection I have with the living world, so pens with an uncomfortable grid always end up being quite painful for me.

Best Doodle Pens

I tried loads of pens and considered all the things I mentioned above.

Here are my top picks, including the advantages and disadvantages of each of these pens.

Sakura Pigma Micron

These are definitely my favorite ones on this list.

These amazing pens come in different tip sizes and different colors. For doodling though, I prefer the black ones.

A variety of sizes means you can get a bit funkier with your doodles and make them pop more.

Best Doodling Pens, Sakura Pigma Micron | Masha Plans

The ink flows super smoothly and it’s waterproof and fade-resistant.

Finally, the grip is also pretty comfortable, however long I doodle with them my fingers don’t really get tired.


  • Smooth ink
  • Comfortable grip
  • Water-resistant
  • Fade-resistant
  • Different colors


None that I found.

Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliner Pens - Archival Black Ink Pens - Pens for Writing, Drawing, or Journaling - Assorted Point Sizes - 6 Pack
  • The Go-To Tool for Art, Work & Play: Black pens create precise marks that stand the test of time
  • Assorted Point Sizes: Contains 1 of each Micron pen: 005, 01, 02, 03, 05, 08
  • Archival Quality: Pen ink is waterproof, fade resistant, bleed free, quick drying, and pH neutral

Stabilo Point 88

When it comes to coloring pens, nothing beats Stabilo point 88.

These pens come in so many beautiful colors and are very affordable. Even though you can buy them separately, I’d really recommend buying a set – you won’t regret it.

Best Doodling Pens, Stabilo Point 88 | Masha Plans

The ink doesn’t smudge and runs smoothly.

However, the ink runs best when you hold the pen at almost 90 degrees so it can be a bit uncomfortable.


  • Smooth ink
  • Many colors
  • Doesn’t smudge


  • The grip can be a bit uncomfortable
  • Only one size tip
STABILO point 88 Pen Wallet Set, 30-Colors
  • COMFORTABLE GRIP - The famous hexagonal body shape of the STABILO point 88 makes it very comfortable to grip.
  • METAL ENCLOSED TIP - The 0.4mm line width offers you a great deal of control and precision and the metal-enclosed tip provides strength and durability.
  • PRECISE - For drawing you can create intricate details; for writing you can go really small with your font size. It is also perfect for use with rulers and stencils, making it ideal for precise work, structuring texts and taking notes.

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Awesome pens, available in so many colors.

Just like Sakura Micron, these are available in different sizes. One of my favorite sizes for doodling is 1.5.

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The ink is very smooth and covers the area super well. Moreover – the black is dark and bold. However, the ink might smudge a bit, so be careful with that.

The grip is also very comfortable.


  • Smooth ink
  • Comfortable grip
  • Different colors
  • Waterproof
  • Fade-resistant


  • It can smudge
Faber Castell 8 Pitt Black
  • 8 pens-black
  • XS=0.1 mm S=0.3 mm F=0.5 mm M=0.7 mm B=1.5 mm SC=1.3 mm SB=05.5 mm 1,5=1.5 mm

Tombow Twin Tone

One more amazing option for colored doodling pens.

I love these pens for many reasons.

First of all, they come in many awesome colors, rainbow being my favorite one.

Secondly – they also have dual tips, meaning that you’re getting a thin tip and a thicker marker-like tip.

Best Doodling Pens, Tombow Twin Tone | Masha Plans

The colors are bright and vivid, the ink runs very smooth.

When it comes to the tip, it’s pretty similar to the one of Stabilo Point 88 in that you should hold your pen almost at 90 degrees to get the most color.


  • Smooth ink
  • Double tip
  • Many colors


  • Marker tip can smudge
  • The grip might be a bit uncomfortable
Tombow 61501 TwinTone Marker Set, Pastel, 12-Pack. Double-Sided Markers Perfect for Planners, Journals, Doodling, and More!
  • Perfect for color coding and decorating planners, journals and notebooks
  • Double sided marker creates thick or thin lines with two tip choices broad bullet tip for bold lines or extra fine tip for detailed, precise lines
  • Long lasting fiber tips maintain shape after repeated use

Sakura Gelly Roll

These pens are so amazing in so many ways!

My love for these pens started when I used the white pen to fix my Bullet Journal mistakes and ever since, I have never used any other gel pens.

They come in tons and tons of colors and the ink is always so smooth.

Best Doodling Pens, Sakura Gelly Roll | Masha Plans

Another thing I love about these pens is that you can use it in your blackout journal and it looks absolutely stunning!

There is just one trick with these pens – since they are gel pens, they can smudge quite a bit, so you have to be careful and let the ink dry.


  • Smooth ink
  • Many colors
  • Works on black pages


  • Can smudge
Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pen Set, 1 mm Bold Tip, Assorted Colors, Pack of 10
  • CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL: Unlimited possibilities for creative fun with innovative ink styles and colors
  • CREAMY, OPAQUE GEL INK: The opaque ink flows brightly and smoothly on both dark and light papers
  • NO BLEED THROUGH: No bleeding through most papers; ideal for writing or drawing in journals

Pilot G2

Pilot pens have been my favorite ever since high school so of course, I had to include them on this list.

The ink is running very smoothly and the grip is super comfortable.

They are also available in tons of different colors, so it’s a huge plus.

Best Doodling Pens, Pilot G2 | Masha Plans

The thing I have to mention though is that these pens can streak a bit if you use a pencil first. Meaning that you might need to go over some lines, and this can be annoying.

But if you’re ready to dive in without the help of a pencil – these pens are perfect!


  • Smooth ink
  • Comfortable grip
  • Many colors


  • Can smudge
  • Might have to repeat some lines
PILOT G2 Premium Refillable & Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks, 20-Pack (31294)
  • THE IDEAL PEN FOR OVERACHIEVERS: The smooth writing, long-lasting Pilot G2 Premium Gel Ink Pen features a comfortable rubber grip, & is available in ultra fine, extra fine, fine, & bold point.
  • LONGEST LASTING, REFILLABLE GEL INK: Proven to be the longest writing gel ink pen among top brands, the smooth-writing, retractable G2 gel ink pen is a classic choice for all your writing needs.
  • PERECTLY SUITED FOR YOU: If you love the original Pilot G2, you'll want to try our full G2 line of Mini, Metallic, Mosaic, & Fashion gel ink pens in a variety of sizes, barrel designs & colors.

Acrylograph Pens

Last but not least is acrylograph pens by Archer and Olive.

Acrylograph pens are paint pens, so they have a special handling way. If you want to know more about them be sure to check my Complete Review Of Acrylograph Pens.

Best Doodling Pens, Acrylograph Pens | Masha Plans

But here is why they are so awesome – they paint on anything, if you were itching to doodle on some rocks, or maybe decorate your journal cover these pens will help you make it happen.

They are also available with different tips and a lot of amazing colors. The ink runs smoothly and stays on the paper bright and beautiful. 

You have to be careful though because they can smudge. You also might need to shake the pen before using to make the ink flow better.


  • Great ink flow
  • Many colors
  • Writes on any surfaces


  • Can smudge
  • Might need some shaking

If you want to get some acrylograph pens in your collection, I can give you 10% off your purchase if you use my code MASHA10 on checkout.

Did you ever use any of those pens? 

What are some of your favorite pens for doodling?

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