I've been really enjoying my bullet journal and journaling/sketching more regularly. I purchased these Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Pens ($61.89 on Amazon) last year and these are my go to brush pens for coloring and decorating my journal. I love Japanese pens and these do not disappoint!
I have limited space in my condo and it's always hard for me to get out all my watercolor supplies when I want to get artsy. I love these pens because they store easily in their box and I can grab the box or just a few colors and take them on the go. I bought the 48 color set because it had more shade range and also included the flesh color peach tone that was perfect for coloring skin. I used these last year in my Hobonichi Cousin and the pens didn't bleed through the paper. I love the light gray for making shadows under my drawings for depth.
I just don't have time to draw in my journal everyday so I decided to skip having a Hobonichi this year even though I really *love* the paper quality. Instead, I am using now an Erin Condren Journal (with the dot grid) as my everyday bullet journal, but I have yet to draw in here. There's something about the Hobonichi paper that just literally makes you want to draw. I"m going to make it a point to do this more in the coming month and try to use my bullet journal more freely, instead of just literally bulleting my tasks. Although I have to say, the bullet journal technique is really efficient for me to get stuff done.
Here's a sample of how the pens work. You can use the fine tip to draw lines or use the sides to press down more for really soft watercolor washes.
I let Chloe use these pens too when she wants to. She knows she has to be really careful with these as they aren't her regular markers. She knows she has to put them all back into the box and onto my shelf when she is done. It makes me proud to see her drawing her set of gemstones and coloring them in with these brushes.
The Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Brush Pens coming in various size sets from 12 pens ($19.88) to 80 pens ($102.99). I think the 48 set is the perfect mid-range as you get a variety of shades and the box isn't too big to store. You can purchase them on Amazon but some of the versions of the pens ship from Japan so take note of where it is shipping from, as you may need to allot for extra time for it to arrive. (It's well worth it!)
Purchase the Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Pens on Amazon.