Best Pens for Bible Journaling – Guest Post by Denyse Paterniti

Hey all! Today’s post is a guest post from my friend/co-worker/partner-in-crime. She knows ALL of the artsy stuff that I don’t! (Pst.. to all of you out there that like me, aren’t very artistic, a partner like her is a good person to have!) Read her full article here and then check out her website! Links are all at the bottom of the article!

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by Denyse Paterniti

Let’s talk about some of my absolute most loved pens for Bible Journaling!

Here are some examples of some of the most talked-about pens. The pictures show the writing on the actual page AND the back of the same page (to show bleed through).

As I talk about more supplies, markers, paints…etc. I will expand on these pages. And, YES…I already know,  I have a problem with Bible journaling supplies…

Bible journaling pens

A few things before we continue:

  1. The Bible pages you see were not ripped out of my Bible that I use for journaling. I purchased a torn up Bible at Goodwill to use for my tutorials.
  2. I’m a heavy-handed person so please keep that in mind when reading my reviews.
  3. I lay all my pens and markers on their sides so they will last longer.
  4. These are MY OWN opinions and all supplies you read about where purchased by me. (You do not need all these pens. I suggest you purchase what you can afford).
  5. I do have Amazon affiliate links and the small commission I receive from purchase goes to purchase supplies for someone in need that wishes to journal.

Now let’s get to the good stuff!!!

** If you want to prevent bleeding or shadowing you will want to prep your pages with Gesso. For a tutorial on Gesso you can read it—-> Here

Zebra Brush Pen

Journaling pens

I love the flexibility of this brush as well as how well it glides on the Bible pages. It’s great for lettering. There is no bleed through but as you can see there is some shadowing. This is a great overall pen for journaling.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen & Dual Brush Pen

Bible journaling Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen 

This pen flows nicely on the Bible pages and the ink dries very fast. If you are heavy-handed like me you will like the hard tip but if you are light on the hand then the soft tip is for you. They are ink based and are great for hand lettering.

My suggestion though is if you are going to use them in your Bible, you will want to prep your page because they do bleed and have quite a bit of shadowing as you can see.

Tombow Fudenosuke Dual Brush Pen 

This is a brush tip and fine tip pen. I just love the dual brush pens. It’s an all in one go to lettering pen. You use the brush tip for bold strokes and the fine tip for smooth straight lines. The pen writes smoothly and are water-soluble so you don’t want to use them when water coloring. They will shadow quite a bit through your Bible pages as you see in the lettering.

Studio Series Colored Micro-Line Pens

Best pens for Bible journaling

Bible journaling pens

Great pens for the price. They are thin and great with fine lines. Drys quickly and has very minimal shadowing on the journal pages.

Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens

Staedtler Pens

No smearing and waterproof. Two of the best words if you use watercolors when journaling. So run that wet brush over your creation.  Great for detailed lettering and as you can see there is little shadowing. The metal tip is longer so you can use it against a ruler & templates. They also come in 6 different line widths.

And, if you leave the cap off…no worries! They can sit for about 15 hrs without drying. How do I know? One guess. 😉

Sakura Pigma Micron, Graphic & Brush Pens

Sakura Pigment journaling pens

These are my go to pens! They are quick drying, waterproof and fade resistant. They come in a variety of tips and colors. The Micron are great for fine lines and the brush is super for hand-lettering. The graphic pen is a nice dark pen for bold, thick lines.

They do not bleed through the pages but you will have very minimal shadowing.

Prismacolor Premier Fine Liners

Prismacolor Bible journaling pens

This was my first set quality pens and I still love them. Waterproof, smear proof and they do not bleed through. I think they are perfect for Bible pages because they write smoothly, which is great for those thin Bible pages. Very little shadowing especially if you are drawing over the words. The ink does not fade and they dry very quickly so you don’t have to wait to create!

Sharpie Fine Point Pens

Bible journaling sharpie pens

I do a lot of sketching for printables and these are my #1 go to pens. They are perfect for fine lines, non-smearing, smudging or bleed through. In the Bible, you will have very light shadowing. These pens are perfect for details and hand lettering.

Sarasa Gel Pens

Gel Pens for Bible Journaling

I just love the smoothness of these pens. The ink is quick drying so it doesn’t smear or smudge and that’s perfect for a person that ends up with ink and pencil all over her hands. Not to mention all the fun colors they come in. I don’t use them in my Bible journal too often. They do have some shadowing but they can have the potential to bleed through if you don’t keep your pen moving on the page.

Stabilo Fine Point Pens

Best pens for Bible journaling

These are fun pens and they come in 30 colors and are a good quality pen for the price. I love to draw with them. They will shadow and can cause some bleed through if you darken in to much on the Bible pages. They do not color in very well but they are perfect for detail. These are not gel pens they are fine-liners that come in bright, vibrant colors. The pens do not smear and they glide smoothly.

Sakura Gelly Roll Pens 

Sakura Gelly roll pens bible journaling

Fine point gel ink pens. They write smoothly and once dry become permanent. These waterproof pens come in a variety of colors and shimmers. Great for doodling. You can write over markers as I did and you do not get any bleed through and very little shadowing. Remember they are a gel pen and the heavy you apply the ink the more shadowing you will get.

The American craft brand from TJ Maxx come in glitter and shimmer but they do not dry very fast and will smear. Not worth the cheap price to me. I’ve ruined art by smearing ink with my hand.

If I didn’t mention a pen and you know a good one… PLEASE SHARE!!! I’m always up for a trip to Hobby Lobby.

HAPPY heARTful Journaling!!

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