What’s blue and black and red all over? Pens! But they don’t have to be. No need to limit yourself to stock ballpoint pen or Sharpie colors—liven up your planners, architectural drawings, illustrations, journals, and calendars with splashy color, thanks to colored fine-tipped pens! Artists, illustrators, educators, fashion designers, architects, and doodlers alike can choose from an array of gel and felt-tip colored pen sets. Our roundup below will help you find the right set for all your needs.
1. iBayam Fineliner Pens
The iBayam Fineliner produces a smooth, smear-proof mark that works equally well in an intricate architectural drawing and in the pages of a well-loved planner. The water-based ink causes minimal bleed-through and comes in vivid colors. The metal-clad 0.38mm marker tip facilitates a precise and bold fine line, perfect for anything from detailed renderings to color-coded class notes. Another plus of these super-fine pens? They’re durable: the nib doesn’t dry out even after extensive use. A plastic carrier case with a fold-over snap closure makes toting this versatile set of 24 easy.
2. ARTEZA Fineliners Fine Point Pens
Want the rainbow at your fingertips? These fine-point pens in 102 colors come in a durable, three-tier tin to keep your set organized. The acid- and odor-free ink is fast-drying, nontoxic, and smudge-proof so your lines stay clean on the page. The 0.4mm tip is encased in metal to ensure precision detailing and an ultrathin line. The pen’s triangular pen shaft is designed for a comfortable grip to let you work for hours at a time without fatigue. Something to watch out for: The colors on the caps don’t always match the ink, and the pastel pens write darker than advertised. Another caveat? Because the ink is water-soluble, these are not the tools to use for pen and watercolor works.
3. MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set
Another water-based ink pen, the MyLifeUNIT fineliner comes in a set of 10 bright colors, all housed in a useful vinyl carrying case. The 0.38mm tip yields minimal bleed-through and produces a smooth, bold line, and the quick-drying ink guarantees a smudge-proof mark. The ergonomic pen barrel is designed for a comfortable grip. An added bonus? It’s OK if you forget to recap these pens once in a while! Although it’s not recommended, the MyLifeUnit Fineliner pens can be left for up to 18 hours uncapped due to their dry-safe ink.
4. Tanmit 240 Refillable Gel Pen Set
If you’re searching for a bigger toolkit, look no further than the Tanmit 240 refillable gel pen set, which offers 120 nontoxic and acid free colors, including glitter, metallic, neon, pastel, fluorescent, and rainbow hues. These pens contain 20% more ink than other gel pens, guaranteeing long life, an even flow, and smooth line. Doodle, draw, and decorate to your heart’s content and don’t worry about your pens drying up—each one comes with a bonus refill for double the usage! The set comes in foldable snap pouches, ensuring portability and organizational ease. Pen tips range from 0.6mm to 1mm for a variety of line thicknesses.
5. SkyRainbow Fineliner Color Pen Set
Looking for the top of the [fine] line so to speak? SkyRainbow’s Fineliner Color Pen set is the best of the bunch. With a metal-clad tip and a felt nib, this pen produces a bold, sharp line and comes in 12 vivid colors that match those on the caps. With minimal bleed-through and fast-drying, smudge-proof ink, these pens are perfect for note-taking, illustration, signing, underlining, and doodling. The felt tip is durable and the ink long-lasting: no need to worry about running out of ink or splitting the nib in the middle of a project. The water-based ink is both acid-free and nontoxic, and the 0.4mm point enables precise detail drawing.