The Best Pens For Bullet Journaling
Once you discover the amazing Bullet Journal world, it’s only natural to explore the stationery market for awesome pens to use in your journal.
Today, I’m here to share with you my top Bullet Journal supplies pics for pens.
There is a lot of stationery out there, but today we’ll be covering just pens.
Before we dive into the world of stationery, let me tell you one simple truth – you don’t need any of these pens to start your Bullet Journal.
To start journaling, all you need is a pen and a notebook, that’s it.
I always recommend starting with minimum supplies, expanding your collection later on as you go, and figuring out what supplies you want to try and enjoy using.
Any of these pens will be a wonderful addition to your stationery collection, no matter your style., let’s talk pens!
And don’t forget to scroll until the end to get your free Ultimate Guide To Bullet Journal Stationery and find all kinds of supplies for your perfect journal.
What Is A Good Pen For Bullet Journaling
The number one thing I see people request from their pens is to have a pen that won’t bleed through the journal pages.
This is where I need to explain something to you – that kind of pen doesn’t really exist. Bleeding doesn’t depend on the quality of a pen as much as it does on the quality of the paper.
That’s why I always advise getting a good journal rather than a very good pen. Your journal is the basis for it all, so if you have a limited budget and want to invest in something – invest in a good journal.
If you have a good quality journal with high paper density, most likely even cheap pens of not-so-good quality won’t bleed. So you could even use your kid’s coloring supplies!
Apart from this big issue, here are a few more things you might think about before buying your pens:
- How can I use this pen – is it multi-use, or can it be used for just one purpose?
- What are people saying about these pens? Check Amazon reviews and maybe reviews from others in the BuJo community.
- Am I actually going to use it?
- Is a well-known brand better than a cheap option? They usually are – they are of better quality and last longer.
Best Pens For Bullet Journaling
With all of that out of the way, let’s dive into the wonderful world of stationery, and let me introduce you to some of the best pens for Bullet Journaling.
I’ll be going by different categories, so if you’re looking for something specific, be sure to scroll down. Here is the order:
- Writing Pens
- Fountain Pens
- Colored Pens
- Brush Pens
- Fude Pens
- Metallic Pens
The Best Pens To Write With
For me, a good writing pen is just as essential as a good journal. These two items are the basis of your Bullet Journal, and you’re using your writing pen every day.
I feel like it’d be great to make sure the writing pen is smooth, and it’s a pleasant experience writing with it every day, so here are my top picks.
If you write a lot and are looking for a good quality writing pen – these are definitely your top choice!
Muji Gel Ink Ball Point Pen
These are so so cute! They are absolutely among my favorites. Apart from adorable Japanese designs, they also are very smooth and come with different nib sizes.
Best Fountain Pens
Fountain pens look so professional and not easy to use, but they aren’t that scary, to be honest. And they definitely can add extra pleasure when you write with them.
Here are the two I’d recommend getting into your collection.
A great fountain pen for beginners, it’s inexpensive and super smooth in writing. It can easily replace your everyday writing pen.
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
This pen has been on my wish list for a very long time. It has all the features of a high-quality pen and has its own unique style. It can easily be a gem in your stationery collection.
Best Fineliner Pens
Fineliners are very popular pens to use in a Bullet Journal. They dry almost instantly and don’t smudge.
Moreover, fineliners usually come in a very vibrant black color that is perfect for doodling or drawing in your journal because it makes your lines really stand out on the paper.
You can, of course, also use fineliners for writing if you want.
Here are some of my top picks in this category.
SAKURA Pigma Micron
Faber Castell Pit Artist Pens
These are a bit more pricey, but it’s totally worth it if you ask me. They are also waterproof and use bright black Indian ink.
Of all the fineliners I’ve ever used, they are the smoothest, so they are my top choice at the moment.
Uni Pin Fineliner
These might be on a cheap end, but they are great! One of my favorite features for these fineliners is how sturdy they are – they bravely withstand my entire body weight (yup I still use my pens like a 1yo and put ALL the pressure while writing).
Another cool thing about these fineliners is that they come not just in black, but also in brown and grey.
Best Colored Pens
Colored pens are my absolute obsession. They are great for doodling, note-taking, planning – pretty much for everything!
I’ve been into colored pens since school times. Yup, I was that crazy girl who had different colors for each type of note, and half of my backpack was my highlighters.
Please tell me I’m not the only one!
But back to business, if you’re looking for some cool colored pens, I recommend you to give them a try.
STABILO point 88
These are great, I have tons in my collection. The colors really bring me back to my school years. Plus they come in a huge pack of 30 colors for a pretty reasonable price if you ask me.
STAEDTLER Color Pen Set
These babies are dreamy! They come in tons of colors, and the case can actually be used as a pencil case, making it very convenient to store and use them while planning.
SAKURA Gelly Roll Gel Pens
Best colored gel pens on the market if you ask me! They are smooth and have so many different colors available, from bright to glittery. Whatever you want from your pen – they have it!
As a little extra, these pens are also the best to use in a Blackout Book if you have one.
Oh, and Sakura Gelly Roll white pen is my favorite way to fix my Bullet Journal mistakes!
PILOT Enso Gel Pen Set
If you’re in the market for high-quality retractable gel pens, these are your go-to. I’ve been using Pilot pens since high school, and I never felt like they were anything less than perfect.
They write very smoothly and have 20 bright colors in this set. Plus, since they are retractable – it’s pretty convenient to take them for outdoor planning or note-taking.
Best Brush Pens
Time to talk about some of my favorite Bullet Journal supplies – brush pens.
They are so versatile – you can use them for lettering, for coloring, or maybe just as highlighters. Plus if you have a dual brush you can use them as markers for more thin lines.
I love bringing colors to my journal pages, and the brush pens below are some of my favorites in doing so.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen
These are some of the most popular on the market and for a good reason – they are fantastic high-quality pens. If you’re looking to invest in good Bullet Journal pens – get some Tombows.
They come with dual tips, which will help you to work on your lettering. The brush tip is sturdy and flexible, which makes it even better for beginners.
They also come in a wide variety of colors, so whatever color your creative side craves – they most likely have it!
It was the first brush pen I got, and it’s still my favorite
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pens
These brush opens are smaller and more portable, but don’t be fooled – they are still just as great as any others on the market!
They have a smaller nip, so they can be used to letter clammer things like daily headers.
The colors are all vibrant and resistant to fading. So if you’re wondering if it’s worth the investment, the answer is yes
Great brush pens with actually two tips. The large one is similar to Tombow Dual Brush pens, and the smaller one will help you with smaller headers like the one on weekly spreads.
And you can get them 10% off with my code MASHA10.
Best Fude Pens
Fude pens are essentially brush pens but with smaller and usually harder nibs.
These are great for doodling and smaller types of lettering, such as maybe a little quote in your weekly spread or your daily header.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
These are the classics and the most popular of the fude pens. They are available with two tips – soft and hard. I’d definitely say they are my favorites when it comes to fude pens.
Even though I’d say the most useful fude pens are black, the Tombow ones also come in a variety of colors, which is a plus.
Pentel Brush Touch
Another fude pen with a pretty flexible nib. They come in a variety of saturated colors and are extremely durable.
ZEBRA Arts Brush Pen
I feel like these are lesser-known fude pens, but they are still amazing.
The specificity here is that they come in 3 different nip styles – hard, soft, and medium.
Best Markers and Highlighters
But let’s step back to the color zone with some of the best markers you can use for your Bullet Journal!
Crayola Super Tips
These markers are amazing. First of all, they have TONS of colors and come at a very affordable price.
Secondly – because they have a very specific tip, they can also be used for brush lettering!
PILOT FriXion Erasable Marker Pens
The Frixion series from Pilot is great and erasable! Yup, any mistake you make with these markers can be easily erased without any trace.
This means that the colors aren’t that saturated and are a bit muted, which I personally love in my markers.
There is a warning to these pens though, apparently if a lot of heat is applied the colors might get erased. I’ve never had this issue myself, but I know some people did so I thought I’d mention it.
By applying heat I mean for example if you use a heat gun for embossing or help you try some watercolors.
Zebra Pen Mildliner
I simply ADORE these highlighters. The beautiful muted colors are perfect for note-taking, and the dual tip makes them easy to use for coloring as well.
Once I got my first pack I couldn’t stop, and now I happily use all colors from their collection.
Tombow TwinTone Marker Set
These beauties come in several colors and actually have a dual tip – a marker and a thin tip.
I love them for coloring and doodling.
Best Metallic Pens
Finally, Let’s finish this list with a bang by talking about metallic pens.
Metallic pens are so pretty, and moreover – you can easily use them for your Blackout Book!
Uni-ball Signo Pen
Acrylograph Pens Metallic Collection
Acrylograph pens are great, and they are definitely my favorite metallic pens at the moment. They take a while to dry, but the wait is absolutely worth it.
Kuretake ZIG FUDEBIYORI Brush Pens
STABILO Metallic Premium Felt Tip Pen Pen
If you’re looking for some good basic metallic markers, these are it. The colors are pretty, and they are smooth on the paper.
SAKURA Gelly Roll Metallic
Sakura Gelly Roll pens are my favorite gel pens, and they also have a metallic set. So it's a perfect match!
All these pens will have you create unique styles and designs in your Bullet Journal. Each of these has its own advantages and can be used differently, so don’t be surprised if you find buying more than just one item from each category.
After all, you can never have TOO much stationery, right?
Looking for some more stationery recommendations? I’ve got you covered.
I have tons of stationery content on the blog and I can talk about it for hours.
But to start with, check out these posts:
- Best Bullet Journal Supplies For Any Artistic Level
- 5 Essential Supplies For Beginners
- 13 Best Notebooks To Try As Your Next Bullet Journal
- 7 Best Pens For Doodling, Sketching, and Drawing
Free Stationery Guide
With all the pens out there, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with the choices and maybe end up getting something you won’t use at all.
That’s why I’ve created this guide, which has the best recommendations for all the different supplies you might need for your journaling.
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