When you work in a company full of creative, artistic women, you’re bound to have more than a few pens floating around. At the Lime Ricki headquarters, we all have our favorite pens that we use for everything from writing in our paper planners to hand lettering to penning birthday cards. We’re pretty particular about them, so we want to let you in on our secret knowledge of the best pens, when to use them, and where to get them!

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Best Writing Pens

Every single one of us at Lime Ricki uses a paper planner, so we need a plethora of good writing pens to jot down notes and launch dates on our calendars.

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Pilot G2 Ultra Fine Gel Pen

This one is just a good, solid everyday pen. It’s thin so you can fit your writing in small spaces and have lots of control.
Get it at Target.

Uniball Vision Elite Black Rollerball Pen

If you like more of a thicker, dark stroke that goes on smoothly and evenly, this pen is for you.
“If I don’t have this pen with me, I’ll avoid writing in my planner until I have it back. It’s that good.” – Shannon
Get it at Target.

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Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker

You’ve most likely used one of these Sharpie markers before – they go on dark and evenly, but make sure to use them on thick paper so they don’t bleed.
“I buy my sharpies at Target in multipacks, and I put washi tape on them so no one (aka my kids) steals them.” – Colette
Get it at Target.

Best Hand Lettering Pens

When you want to get serious about create art and calligraphy, you’re going to need some special pens to practice with. Check out the picture below for an example on how these pens write (listed from top to bottom)!

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Tombow Fude Brush Pen, Fudenosuke, Hard

This pen has a small, semi-hard tip, great for addressing envelopes or using for smaller lettering.
Get it on Amazon.

Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pen

This one has a softer tip and is really easy to write with in a variety of styles.
“This is such a durable pen, which makes it perfect for long practice sessions and to try out new things.” – Nicole
Get it on Amazon.

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Pilot Fude Brush Pen Kofude, Soft

This brush pen has an ultra fine tip but a soft, wide brush, so you can get ultra-fine strokes and wide strokes. It’s a fun one to experiment and practice with.
Get it on Amazon.

Kuretake Felt tip Japanese Fude Brush Pen No.55

A pen with a large, soft brush tip on one end, and a hard, small tip on the other end. It’s fun for fancy calligraphy and lettering, and has a nice black pigment ink.
Get it on Amazon.

Best Doodling Pens

These pens are colorful and can be used for those subconscious phone doodles or to practice calligraphy – whatever your heart desires!

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Aqua by Spectrum Noir Artist’s Water-Based Markers

These are fun to play with because they blend into a watercolor look when you add water! They can also be used without water as standard brush markers.
Get them on Amazon.

Sharpie Brush Tip Marker Set

This is a good, standard set of brush tip markers, although they may be hard to track down in stores due to their popularity!
“I use these ones for labeling things around my house, like our freezer jam and things but now I can make them look fancy!” – Alacia
Get them at Michaels.

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In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

These have a fine tip on one end and a brush tip on the other end, and each set comes in coordinating colors, so you don’t have to worry about what to put together!
Get them at Stampin’ Up.

Do you have a favorite marker or pen? Leave us a note in the comments so we can try out more, and don’t forget to follow our Quotes & Words board on Pinterest for our favorite hand-lettered artwork!

Shannon

Author: Shannon

Say hello to Shannon, Lime Ricki's social media & marketing manager. Most days you can find her hiking the mountains, listening to as many podcasts as she can get her hands on, or trying out the new ramen place on the corner. She's passionate about Lime Ricki's mission and loves a good secret swimming hole to explore with her husband and pup.

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