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Brush Pen Ink Test


Though not crucial for doodles or writing in a journal, permanence is a necessity for use with watercolors. Inspired by Teoh’s pen comparison, I tested some brush pens that contained their original inks.

After allowing the ink to dry for a minute or two, I applied water to the right side of the swatches to see which ones would move. Two were not waterproof. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it can be exploited to make shadows or to add color to objects. Those that are waterproof won’t mix with paint placed next to or over them. That opens up a wealth of possibilities.

The test paper is Bee 100% Cotton Watercolor Paper. Though I use brush pens more often in a sketchbook, watercolor paper provides a better surface to test a pen that will get used with paint.

For drawing, the Kuretake 630-8670 due to its brush-like nib was the best for my purposes. Unfortunately, it seems to have been discontinued.

The Kuretake Cambio is readily available and comes in different nib widths and colors which makes it a bit more interesting for my doodle notebooks. It also has excellent flow and coverage. When I need to purchase another brush pen, the Cambio will be the one.

From top to bottom: Kuretake ZiG Cambio Shu-Boku in vermilion,  Sakura Pigma Sumi Brush XSDK-TA, Sakura Pigma Brush sdk-br#49, Kuretake 630-8670, Pilot S-50FDF-B,  Tombow ABT N15.

A few of the brush pens tested are available at Amazon. Inkophile earns a tiny commission when you use these links to make your purchases.

Kuretake ZIG XO50-10B Cambio Medium Brush Pen, Black

Kuretake Zig XO50F-10B Cambio Fine Brush Pen, Black

Kuretake ZIG XO50-070B Cambio Shu-Boku Medium Brush Pen, Vermillion

Kuretake ZIG XO50-091B Cambio Usuzumi Medium Brush Pen, Gray

Sakura Pigma Black Paint Brush Pen (XSDK-BR-49)

Tombow Dual Brush Pen, N15 – Black, Brush and Fine Tip Marker

















Brush Pen Writing Samples


Brush pens are fantastic for swirls and doodles as well as lettering and sketching. My small collection earned a bit of exercise this week with the Midori providing the platform. The birds were intrigued, but kept their opinions to themselves.


Four-Letter Words


You know them. The usual four-letter words that add color to emotional moments. I live with young adults and hear them frequently, so much so that most have lost their impact, though they seem to carry over great distances punctuating sentences in premature locations. Ear buds are my defense unless of course the word is directed at me.

I’d like to nominate two more words to the four-letter category: work and life. They aren’t as colorful, but can be said in much the same way. This past week had many such moments. A two-day weekend has been insufficient to recover. Looking forward to a good week as it is only fair that cosmic scales should restore balance for it is unlikely to come from any other source.


Pilot New Brush Pen Dances With Stillman & Birn


Last night there was an unsanctioned meeting of the Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook and the Pilot New Brush Pen. I had very little to do with it. Okay, I held the pen over my Doodle Journal, but that’s all. I swear the two conspired against me and tried all manner of dance steps leaving behind a trail of thick, black ink in assorted poses and contortions. The cheeky pen even danced on its side leaving an intermittent line in several instances.

What does all of this prove? That anything goes when it comes to a Doodle Journal. Anything!

Want to try this at home? YMMV, but Jet Pens carries the Pilot New Brush Pen.


Pilot “New Brush” Pens Have Arrived


The Pilot “New Brush” pen was reviewed last year thanks to Leigh Reyes who sent one as a gift. At the time, they were not available in the U.S., but Jet Pens now stocks them. So if my review piqued your interest, add one to your next order along with a refill or two just in case you enjoy the pen as much as I do.

Pilot “New Brush” fine in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook


Using A Nightmare For Inspiration


Whether writing or painting, working a nightmare, or any dream for that matter, into a doodle journal can provide new subjects for exploration.

Use related words and make them big and bold. Use watercolor or markers to sketch anything that might represent the mood or emotion. Representational or abstract or anywhere in between will do. You might find inspiration for another project from your musings and drawings. Take advantage of fertile ground wherever you find it.

Words on Scarlet Lake

Winsor & Newton Scarlet Lake caught my fancy recently and I started with a rectangle of it painted with an Isabey Quill Mop #4. After that thoroughly dried, I added words with a Pilot “New Brush in Character” brush pen. Then I listed the tools used and added a squiggle border with more Scarlet Lake and a Simply Simmons #2 liner brush. The journal is a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Sketchbook that handled the watercolor wash nicely.

Design-wise the calligraphic border should have gone to the top of the color swatch and ended with a flourish. Exploring the pen’s handling of an uppercase F worked out well, but other letters turned out more unique. More on those at a future date.


The Pilot “New Brush In Character” Calligraphy Pen


Pilot makes a hair-like, calligraphy brush pen that is as soft as anyone could ever want. Leigh sent one recently and my hand is grateful for the ease, but woo-wee is it a challenge to control. However, the reward for perseverance is a line variation that is hard to match even with a good brush.

Pilot New Brush In Character Brush Pen

The pen is called 新毛筆 中字 which translates as New Brush in Character. The pen model number is S-50FDF-B and the refill cartridges are S Shin-15FD-B. It comes in fine and medium widths. Given the flexibility, the fine is perfect for my needs.


Writing with it might take practice, though after a few pages of trial and error, I liked the results. It does have other applications that make it work well in a doodle journal. Try the New Brush over a fully dried watercolor painting to add black lines, dots and dashes. Move the tip slowly over rough paper to achieve a consistent mark or move rapidly to achieve a dry brush or broken-line effect. The soft bristles add character and drama to line work, something less likely to happen with a fiber tipped brush pen.


The only disappointment is that the ink is water soluble to an unfortunate degree. Forget using it with watercolor unless you want a lot of purple mixed with your colors. With a bit of practice, that could be used to advantage if you are in the mood for purple.


I’m not put off by the lack of permanence because the tip is so good. It’s perfect on Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper. No bleed-through and almost no show-through on Hammermill Inkjet 24#. It even performed well in my Apica 6A10 journal. No feathering anywhere. It is a waterbrush style plastic pen, so a gentle squeeze will increase the flow of ink. All of that makes it quite versatile as long as it doesn’t meet water.

With all of the positives to the Pilot New Brush pen, there is one problem. At least in the U.S, it can be very hard to find though I am hopeful a retailer will decide to stock it. At $10 or less, it is a pen worth owning even if it does take time to master.

Note: The adorable cloth is a “tenugui”, a versatile oblong cloth used in Japan for various purposes. This one was a gift from Leigh and was made by Hamamonyo. Beer or latte it’s super cute.

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