The Best Pens to Start a Bullet Journal

  • Claire OBeirne
  • Jul 15, 2020

One of my current new obsessions is looking at doing a bullet journal (or BuJo) - and scrap booking! Turns out though, I'm not the greatest at finding where to start.  So I reached out, and the lovely Em from Planning with Em has kindly curated the following post of the best pens to start a bullet journal!   If you're like me, and just starting out, or looking some new fancy gear to add to your kit - please continue forward!

The Top Pens to Start a Bullet Journal

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My Top 5 Pens For Bullet Journaling


1. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

These brush pens were my first ‘real’ pens that got for bullet journaling and I have used them ever since. The 2 pack includes one soft tip pen and a hard tip pen. They are both really pigmented and perfect for calligraphy. I recommend these for bullet journal beginners and pros! You can purchase them on Amazon here


2. Muji 0.5mm Gel Ink Pen

I have only been using these Muji pens for 6 months but I LOVE THEM. They are great for drawing fine black lines and outlining doodles. They are inexpensive but great quality! They’re really smooth to write with and comfortable to write with. The only complaint I have with these pens, is the fact it smudges when you highlight over it. This is easy to solve by just waiting for the pen to dry (I can be a little impatient sometimes)! You can get them on Amazon right here! 




3. Crayola Super Tips

Crayola Supertips are some of the best pens for beginner bullet journaling! They are super easy to use and great for learning how to do calligraphy. The tip of the pen is cone-shaped and pointed so you can vary the thickness of the pen strokes! The tip will give you thinner lines and writing on an angle will give you thicker ones. The colours are so vibrant and don't bleed through the pages which is great! Get these amazing pens here


4. Litchitree Watercolour Brush Pens

If you are looking for some brush pens that are a bit more pigmented, these watercolour brush pens are amazing! They are a little bit pricey but in my opinion, they’re worth it. You can get 100 pens for a reasonable price on Amazon! You can find them here


5. Tombow Dual Brush Pens Pastel

I love pastel colours and brush pens so these are the perfect combination! Tombow has some of the best brush pens and they are amazing quality. However, they are quite pricey for the amount you get but I think they are worth it! Check them out on Amazon for a reasonable price:


Although these pens are all great, I don't think you need to have expensive pens or branded pens to bullet journal! A simple ballpoint pen is enough to start a bullet journal today!



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And that's a wrap up on The Top Pens to Start a Bullet Journal! Thank you so much Em! I admittedly was a little selfish and asked for this post for myself as I've just started.  There may have also been a slight splurge on the Tombow pens over the past few weeks (but they're so good!), so I absolutely recommended them.  Do you do bullet journalling? Maybe you've just started to consider it? OR maybe scrapbooking is more your thing? Let us know in the comments what your must haves are, and if you agree with the pen choices!


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  1. Helen

    August 8, 2020

    Just wanted to pop by and wish you all the best with your bullet journal! They’re such a great organisational tool when used consistently ☺️ My new favourite BuJo pens are Zebra Midliners- cool and refined set- it’s just really unusual to get red or grey highlighters so these are great. I also have some Stabilo metallic fine liners which are gorgeous- though best used on thick paper. In terms of general BuJo advice, don’t go too fancy straight away; start simple and then once it’s a habit get more creative. I think it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed by all the amazing spreads people share but it’s ok to start simple while you’re getting the hang of it ☺️ all the best again!

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