My Favorite Pens for Bullet Journaling
I write small. Like tiny, tiny, tiny. Because of my small handwriting, I love pens that create very fine and controlled lines. I prefer felt tipped pens more than ballpoint because they write more smoothly and consistently and because they don’t make indentations on the page. I'm still exploring and figuring out the world of fountain pens so I don't have much to say about them yet.
When I'm judging a pen I consider the pens durability, range of color, how quick it dries, if it bleeds through the page and if it creates a consistent smooth line. With this criteria in mind, below are a few of my favorite pens to write and bullet journal with.
Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip
This is my absolute favorite pen to write with. I use it for drawing, jotting down notes and journaling. This pen comes in two different versions, a hard flexible tip or a soft brush tip. I’ve never used the soft tip, but I love the hard tip because it allows for super controlled thick and thin lines. If you're new to calligraphy and have a hard time with transitioning from thick downstrokes to thin upstrokes, then I suggest trying out this pen.
Zebra Pen Mildliner
This is a highlighter that comes in a range of unique colors. When's the last time you saw a mustard or slate blue highlighter?! I buy this pen from my local stationery store individually, but I usually see them sold in sets online. The ink in this highlighter is very saturated so it can double as a highlighter or as a regular marker. It's very inky and it's important to remember to give it some dry time. This pen is dual ended pen with a fine tip and a chisel tip that allows for a variety of line weight options depending on how you hold it. The caps stay on extremely well so you don’t have to worry about an inky mess in your bag.
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
I usually use this pen for drawing only, but sometimes I use it in my bullet journal for lettering. It's a black pen that has a large soft brush tip that can quickly cover an area in black ink. It's not very easy to control so I don't suggest it for beginners. The cap twists off so you don’t have to worry about the cap accidentally coming off in your bag. An added bonus is that the pen is refillable and the refill cartridges are easy to purchase.
Marvy Le Pen
I use this pen for writing in my bullet journal in color. I LOVE the extremely fine tip and range of colors it comes in like this cute minty green. It writes smoothly, dries fast, and rarely bleeds through pages. The Marvy Le Pen is cute and compact and easy to transport.
Paper Mate Flair
This used to be my go to pen. It's really easy to find at most stores and comes in a nice range of colors. If I don’t have access to my Tombow Fudenosuke pen then I will usually grab this Paper Mate Flair in black.
Stabilo Point 88
These pens are super inexpensive and come in a wide range of 47 colors. The tip is a very fine felt tip that writes extremely well. The only issue is that it tends to bleed through the page no matter how thick the sheet might be. I have a few of these simply because they come in unique colors that are hard to find in other fine tipped pens.
If you’re new to stationery and bullet journaling and want to get started, these are my pen suggestions:
- Paper Mate Flair in black
- Marvy Le Pen (in your favorite colors)
- Zebra Pen Mildliner highlighter
What are some of your favorite pens to use in your bullet journal or organizer?