How to Use Tombow Brush Pens

How to Use Tombow Brush Pens

Are you wondering how to use a Tombow dual brush pen? If so, this is the post for you.

These brush pens can be a fantastic addition to your art supplies, adding depth to your work – a Tombow brush pen is becoming more common in modern calligraphy and for good reason.

They add incredible depth to hand lettering on marker paper and developing your brush calligraphy skills can enhance your artwork greatly.

So, let’s take a look at how to use these brush pens. 

Preparation Steps For Using Dual Brush Pens

Here’s a list of things to make sure that you have before beginning to use your dual brush pens:

  • Watercolor or lettering paper (This thick paper is the best paper to prevent water brush pens from bleeding through).
  • Tombow dual brush pens
  • A blending palette to mix colors (a plastic paint palette is best)
  • A brush pen or colorless blender 

The additional supplies, like the colorless blenders, are great for adding more detail to your work. 

How to Use Your Tombow Dual Brush Pen

Direct Blending

  • Start lettering your desired word using a lighter color, such as yellow, orange, or light blue.
  • Use a darker color and write over the entire word, either slightly above or below, to create a depth effect. 
  • Be sure to only use a small amount of the darker shade, as a little goes a long way.
  • Use a colorless blender to blend the darker and lighter shades together to create an ombre effect.
  • Blender pens work best for shading accurately and adding fine details to your work.

Also read: Best Oil Pastels For Blending

Contact Blending

  • This next technique involves touching two tips of two different pens together. 
  • As a result, you rub a little bit of one color to a colorless blender brush end which can be an easy way to blend your colors.
  • Write your desired word on lettering paper. 
  • You can experiment with rubbing different colors to the colorless blender to see how the effects are different. 

Watercolor Paper Blending Techniques

  • Start by using your lightest color to write the word for watercolor lettering.
  • Next, use a dark color to go over the whole word.
  • Keep a small bowl of clean water near you so that you can dip the brushes in it to clean them between blending.
  • Once your colors are on the page, add a small amount of water to the page. This works to help the Tombow markers blend together more smoothly. 
  • Tombow pens are effective when it comes to blending with this method due to how they’re water-soluble. 


So, that concludes our post on the best ways to use Tombow brushes for calligraphy. These are one of the best tools to have in your marker case, and there are many techniques on how to use them.

You can implement the tips mentioned throughout this post and make sure to use the right type of special paper that includes watercolor paper or lettering paper.

Be sure to follow the steps mentioned throughout this post. You should also keep in mind that using these pens will require some patience. The more you practice, the better your blending skills will be – simple, and very soon, I can assure you these will soon become one of your favorite art pens to include in your set.

Hopefully, the methods that we’ve provided are useful in helping you to feel more assured about giving it a shot yourself and adding wonderful depth to your artwork. 


What’s the best dual brush stroking method for hand lettering?

It’s best to avoid using long heavy strokes when you first start writing. Instead, apply the brush lightly to the page, and you’ll notice that your lettering looks smoother and more natural. 

A blender pen can then be used to improve the shading and depth between colors.

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