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Bullet journaling has become the rage. While most people seem to use it as monthly and weekly planners, I use bullet journaling just to keep myself accountable to creating, even when I don’t really have time. I may not have anything to journal about, per say, but there’s always something I can write down, like the weather, the day, the date, quotes, words, doodles, etc and that in and of itself is an exercise in creating. Sometimes I write down a to do list, other times I write down song lyrics, quotes, or just what I did that day.
Bullet Journal – Dot Grid Hard Cover Notebook, Premium Thick Paper with Fine Inner Pocket, Mint Smooth Faux Leather, 5”×8.25”
I have several bullet journals I keep, each with a differing purpose. This is my favorite and most universal bullet journal. It’s 5×8.25″ so it’s a nice small size, especially for traveling. My favorite part about this journal is that the pages are so incredibly smooth and thick. I’ve not had any of my markers or pens bleed through with the exception of a traditional sharpie marker however I think those are just prone to bleeding through any paper. Sharpie pens are fine though. I like that the cover is a nice hard cover which helps keep the pages from getting bent if you throw it in a purse or backpack. The only thing that could catch you off guard here is that the pages are off white. I have yet to find a journal I like with bright white pages that are of the same quality as this one. These pages can also stand up to watercolor fairly well with minimal buckling, depending on what you are watercoloring.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers:
Most anyone will tell you that Tombow markers are the way to go, and they aren’t wrong. I have two sets of markers and love these. They are definitely hard to learn hand lettering with, so I would recommend on starting on something easier, like the Fudenosuke brush pen first, but if you’re already accustomed to hand lettering with brush pens or paint brushes, these are wonderful. They’re highly pigmented with a nice, sharp, flexible tip on one end (the brush end) and a hard tipped marker on the other. One thing I love about these markers is that they are “self cleaning” so you can hold the tips of two different marker colors together for blending while using and they eventually wash out the color without leaving the pollution from the other and no residual color. These can also serve double duty by acting as watercolors!
Crayola 12 Count Washable Markers
Call it crazy, but yes, I actually still really love my standard Crayola markers. For hand lettering in my journal, I can still get a great result even though the tips of these don’t have the flexibility of the Tombow markers. Let me tell you… there are about a thousand colors, they don’t bleed through paper, they’re economical for those that are starting out and on a budget, or just on a budget period, and they can definitely do the job. My only complaint is that they do tend to dry out faster, but again, they’re economical.
Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen:
Hands down, the Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen is my favorite pen. This was a great pen (better than the Fudenosuke brush, in my opinion) to learn hand lettering on. The shorter, less flexible tip made it easier to train the muscle memory in my hand while allowing me to also feel a sense of control in my movements, whereas the Tombow markers make you feel like you have a lot less control. It’s just the nature of it. Anyway, this pen is fine so you can great nice, thin strokes with it, but you can also press down to get larger strokes, which is nice for lettering that isn’t so big, like you might use a Tombow for. It’s got a nice blackness to it and it doesn’t bleed through the pages easily. On cheaper journal papers, you might find that it does.
Sharpie Fine Point Pens:
These pens are more like a fine tipped marker pen. It’s similar to the Pentel Fude but there is no flexibility in the tip, allowing for you to get a good line consistency. These do not bleed through pages the way traditional sharpie markers do.
Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pens:
You really can’t go wrong with good old Micron pens. I’ve been using these bad boys since art school. They’re comparable to the Sharpie pen above, however these come in a multitude of sizes for various line sizes. It, like the Sharpie pen, has an inflexible tip, allowing for you to get a good line consistency and with this pack having 6 different tip sizes, you can get a good variation. They are also available in a pack with various colors.