If you bullet journal, and are on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, you have likely heard of Tombow Brush Pens! There is a lot of hype, and I know that it can hard to justify spending money on ANOTHER bullet journal supply. That’s why I’ve decided to start doing reviews of popular bullet journal supplies for you to read through to make a more informed decision 🙂
I am a firm believer that you can’t have to many supplies, however…. 😉
Please note that this review is my personal opinion, and that your taste for supplies may differ! Continue reading to see my review of Tombow Brush Pens, and for my guide to using them in your bullet journal.
Tombow Brush Pens – Overall Score: 7/10
Tombow Brush Pen – The Positives:
- Lots of colour options – 96 to be exact!
- Dual tipped (one brush, one fineliner), so easy to implement the colours in a variety of ways in regards to line thickness.
- Great for lettering in your bullet journal, colouring pages, or creating a watercolour effect.
Tombow Brush Pens – The Negatives:
- Not exactly budget friendly – each pack of 10 (9 colours, one blender) comes in about $28 CAD. However, you can often find deals on these at stationery/craft stores. I like to buy them at Michaels when they have their 50% off coupon.
- Fray easy – I made the mistake of using these brush pens the very first time I tried hand lettering. I frayed my black one and now when I go to use it it doesn’t create a smooth straight line 🙁
- Blender pen in each colour package – this is a negative because I buy a pack of 10 every once in a while when I want new colours, but now I have multiple blender pens which in my opinion isn’t necessary. I would prefer if Tombow sold their blender pen individually, and freed up the spot in the 10 packs for another colour!
Overall, I like these pens. They have a lot of colour options, and like the dual tips. However, if you are on a budget or you are a beginner I would suggest to go for a cheaper brand to practice with. I also have the artist’s loft brush pens (from Michaels), and they are pretty comparable in my opinion. They handle similar to the Tombow Brush Pens, and I think they are a cheaper option for those just starting out! I have been hand lettering for under a year, and I still need tons more practice with my tombow’s – it really can be difficult to create the thin and thick lines necessary for hand lettering!
Using Tombow Brush Pens In My Bullet Journal
I do enjoy using my tombow’s in my bullet journal! You’ll see in the photo above all the different ways I use mine. I enjoy the blender pen to create new colours, and I love doodling with them. The pastel Tombows are also great for creating different headers in my journal – particularly for my days of the week! I’m still practicing my hand lettering, but I have so much fun unwinding with these brush pens and all of the pretty colours.
How do you use Tombow Brush Pens in your Bullet Journal? Let me know below in the comments!