Brush Pens Face-Off: Pentel vs Tombow

Brush pens are great. Seriously, if you don’t have at least one brush pen in your pencil case, you really should.

Today I’m going to compare two very popular brush pens: the Tombow Dual Brush Pen and the Pentel Pocket.


Tombow: acid free, water based ink. Pros: great if you like shading, or if you want to use it alongside your watercolors. Comes in a variety of colors. Cons: you need to be very careful because it smudges very easily! You need to wait a little bit longer for it to dry completely if you want to use it just for line art or inking.

Pentel: waterproof ink, refillable cartridges. Pros: dries quickly and it’s permanent, but you can still dilute it with a water brush when it’s still wet. Cons: Only comes in black.

Brush tip

Tombow: has two tips, a nylon fiber brush and a bullet tip. Pros: Having 2 type of tips in one. Cons: the brush tip is quite stiff and doesn’t allow very dynamic line weights. The tip wears down easily.

Pentel: soft synthetic brush. Pros: the ink flow is very smooth, and the soft brush is perfect to produce a variety of line weights and strokes. Very durable tip. Cons: doesn’t perform too well on textured paper.

price & extras

Tombow: USD $2.50, £2.75, €4. The pen body is quite longer than regular pens so it isn’t quite as portable; it is disposable.

Pentel: (comes with 2 cartridges) USD $13.50, £11, €13. You need to store it horizontally otherwise you could experience too heavy or too dry ink flow; it is refillable.


It’s quite hard to pick one over the other because although they fall into the same category, you can tell they’re very different pens. In my case, my favorite is the Pentel one, and shock horror, I don’t even get all the hype about the Tombow ones.

All things considered, my verdict is: if you can, buy them both and use one or the other depending on what are your needs in that moment, despite their flaws, they’re both very good pens. If you want to commit to only one of these, instead, I’d say go for the Tombow if you’re more of a casual user (it is definitely more budget friendly), and maybe if you’re starting to get an interest in lettering; go for the Pentel if need more control over your line work, and if you plan to use it extensively and for a variety of applications.

And you, do you have a fave brush pen you'd like to recommend? ☺

ƒ. xx

Let's Do More in October!

A while back I read on Eli’s blog that she was joining the BlogTember Challenge, a challenge created by Brave Love Blog to motivate yourself to write more and to give you the chance to tell more about yourself while also getting to know other fellow bloggers.
Unfortunately I found out about it when it was too late; although there aren’t rules and you could join whenever, I didn’t really had time to plan anything ahead and I was sure I wouldn’t have been able to stick to the schedule.

This leads us to this post, and to my decision of doing something similar in October: I will be posting something every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and today I’m posting my schedule so that if any of you is interested, you can come along!


Oct 1st - Meet the blogger (A few or a lot of things about you)
Oct 3rd - Your inspiration (fave blogs + IG accounts.. etc)
Oct 5th - Something you love at the moment
Oct 8th - Favourite books
Oct 10th - Your playlist of the month
Oct 12th - One of your favourite quotes (illustrate, make a poster.. etc)
Oct 15th - Your winter bucket list
Oct 17th - Your wishlist
Oct 19th - Teach us something! (A tutorial, a DIY, a recipe.. etc)
Oct 22nd - A day in the life (Share a day in your life through pictures, drawings.. etc)
Oct 24th - Desk tour (A bit of workspace porn never hurt nobody!)
Oct 26th - Something you collect
Oct 29th - Your pets
Oct 31st - Free day, write/share about anything you want!

There are no rules, you can use all the prompts or just some, or you can even transform this into an Instagram photo challenge! Moreover, you can just take the chance to pledge to do more of something this upcoming month, and it doesn't necessarily have to be blog related. For the occasion, here's an handy dandy printable to make your pledge feel more concrete!

If you think you might give this a try, let me know so I'll make sure to keep an eye on your blog ☺ I'll also have a link up system under every post so you can link your blog posts there as well. On Instagram I'll be using the hashtag #DoMoreInOctober, so if you want to share something there, feel free to use it too!

ƒ. xx

Freebie Friday: Floral Coloring Book Page

Coloring books for adults are the thing right now. I personally much prefer drawing itself over coloring, so I’m a bit hesitant to invest in one. To test how much I would enjoy it, I decided to use some old scans of my “flower phase”, and made this printable that I’m going to share with you all today.

this is a mockup.

this is a mockup.

→  click here to download it  ←

Once you finish coloring, you can also use it to make envelopes or wrapping paper ☺

Do you own/enjoy any coloring book?

ƒ. x