Some of my Favorite Writing Utensils

Some of my Favorite Writing Utensils

I recently added the Organizing and Planning category to my blog because I found myself reading about different kinds of pens yesterday, comparing them on Amazon, and voila, I lost two hours.

Oops. Mildly obsessed?

Since I love researching and reading so much about different kinds of planners, stationary, bullet journaling, etc. etc. I thought why not share this with the world, and maybe save someone some time? Also, I can't be the only one -- someone will geek out with me right? This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click through and buy something, I will get a very small commission. In the long run, maybe I can pay off my student loans ;)

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Black

I love these pens for taking notes, and writing down to-do lists in my planner. They are really fine, .4mm, and aren't crazy expensive. I wouldn't recommend using them for note-taking during an extensive class, they might feel a bit scratchy, but for meetings or other uses I really like them. I also like that they fall under Prime shipping, because who can wait longer than 2 days for office supplies? Hint: not me. I also recommend these for detailed drawing/doodling/etc.

Staedler Triplus Fineliner, 10 color

These are great pens if you want something that has minimal bleed through (usually none if you use quality paper and don't try to color something) and still has a fine point tip. Although they are .3mm, they seem thicker than the Hi-Tec-C. The triplus relates to the triangular shape of the pen, providing a bit more comfort for writing. I've used these for planning, for card making, to-do-lists, etc. I haven't had a problem with them drying out at all, and I've had them for over a year.

Zebra Mildliners

Usually called "midliners" (omitting the first L) in the bujo community, these are highlighters from Japan that are unlike the loud, crazy colors you see here in the U.S. While the obnoxious yellow, pink, and blue highlighters are useful, they are often painful to the eye and bleed through paper. They are basically fun-suckers. They suck the fun out of planning IMO. Behold, mildliners! I have the brighter, pastel colored 5-pack, and if I wasn't so broke I would buy all the colors (: I think there's a lot to be said for these in terms of their utility, and these are the highlighters I used when I studied for my RD exam. If you aren't a fan of color coding using different colored pens, or are interested in prioritizing tasks in your bujo, these are for you. These can also be a great way to add small pops of color to a minimalist bujo as shown here.

Tombow Brush Pens

Fair warning, buying these pens will not automatically make you an expert with brush lettering. I made that mistake thinking that these pens would arrive and BAM, I would have beautiful hand lettering skills. You still have to practice (sad face). Having said that, it will make hand lettering much easier if you're willing to put in a little bit of practice. An interesting way to use these is also as highlighters! You can see that here. These are called Dual-Tip because they also pop open on the other side as a thin marker! How handy. If you're interested in adding some flair to your bujo or want to take your card-making to the next level, 10/10 would recommend.

Brush lettering vs faux calligraphy, courtesy of Tombow's Dual Brush Pens!⠀- little_coffee_fox via Instagram

Brush lettering vs faux calligraphy, courtesy of Tombow's Dual Brush Pens!⠀- little_coffee_fox via Instagram

Arteza Waterbrush

This is an alternative to the Tombow pens, or it could be an addition! One of my friends watercolored a card, and it looked so beautiful I had to check it out! Also, people on instagram are fabulous with these. I would say many people use them for hand lettering as shown below, but you could also use them for decoration like here.

My wish list (what I want to try):

1.  Micron Ink Pens
2. Pilot Precise P-500 Gel Ink
3. Some sort of Calligraphy Pen

Future post - how to achieve bujo expert status without breaking the bank!

What are your favorite tools? What are you dying to try?

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