Love the look of watercolor but not the mess? Achieve the same painterly effect without the hassle with watercolor brush pens. Versatile, portable, and beginner-friendly, watercolor brush pens are an easy alternative to a full watercolor set and are a beautiful medium in their own right. Watercolor brush pens allow a full range of styles. It’s up to you whether or not to dip the pen in water before use to achieve a watercolor-like wash, or leave the tip dry to simulate dry-brush technique. You can also change the line weight by adding or removing pressure when bearing down on the tip. Whether calligrapher, painter, illustrator, or doodler, the information below can help you choose the best brush pen set for your needs.
1. Arteza Brush Pens
This brush pen set offers 48 rich colors. The pens’ flexible nylon hairs achieve the painterly effect of a paintbrush but maintain the precision of a pen. Create spidery fine lines by using the tip’s tapered point, or bear down with more pressure for a weightier mark. The water-based ink is nontoxic and blendable. Dip the brush in water to simulate a watercolor effect or keep the nib dry to yield a more vibrant color wash.
2. Benicci Watercolor Brush Pens
These watercolor brush pens come in 26 vibrant colors and have flexible nylon tips. These pens are more similar to markers than paintbrushes, but the refillable water brush included in each set allows you to blend colors to achieve a more painterly effect. If you’re looking for a comprehensive set, this is a good pick. Each set comes with a watercolor paper pad and a convenient carrying case, and comes in a paper gift box. The water-based ink is mess-free and nontoxic, and doesn’t stain clothes or skin.
3. Decospark Watercolor Brush Pens
Decospark’s brush pen set includes 20 vivid colors with flexible, durable real brush tips. The water-based, nontoxic ink is fast-drying and smooth-flowing. Though the ink doesn’t smudge or smear, blending is easy. In addition to 20 brush pens, each set comes with a plain water brush with refillable water storage barrel so you can achieve a watercolor effect with precision. An added bonus: These pens are leak-proof; the barrel is designed with extra sealant to ensure mess-free portability. Take care to recap after use, as these pens will dry out.
4. Ohuhu Watercolor Brush Pen Set
Ohuhu brush pens are the closest thing to watercolor paint brushes on this list. The set includes 36 very soft, flexible nylon brushes in an unbeatable range of color for the price. The brushes produce extremely satisfying results no matter the width of stroke or line. Packed with a 12-sheet watercolor sketchpad and a nylon-tipped water brush for creating even more effects, this is a good choice for those looking to get a watercolor effects without the mess. Educators, beginners, and professionals alike will be very happy with this set.
5. Crafty Croc Watercolor Paint Brush Pens
The best of the bunch? Look no further than Crafty Croc’s Watercolor Paint Brush Pens. The set includes 24 colors that span the spectrum. Achieve a sfumato effect by using either the small or the large refillable leak-proof water blending brush. The plastic traveling case makes toting these vibrant pens in backpack, briefcase, or portfolio a snap. The nylon brush tip mimics a real watercolor brush, and the water-based, nontoxic ink is easily washable from clothes and skin.