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As you can see I have a mild obsession with pens, and these aren’t all of them either! I like to use pens and color pencils to add color to my journal. They also have a practical use because different colors symbolizes different tasks/events in my journal. When my kids were younger I assigned each of them a color: Jimmy was blue, Connor was red, Hillary was purple, my husband, Tom was orange, and my stuff was green. So when I looked at my planner I just wrote out the event, I didn’t have to put anyone’s name next to it. It worked really well for me. Today, I only have to keep up with Tom, Jimmy and myself so I don’t use that system anymore. All of my events and tasks are in black, and I use color for everything else.
Here are some of the writing instruments I personally use:
- Faber-Castell (S) – I use this for my everyday/black journaling. The “S” is for super-fine, it’s a .03mm tip.
- “Staedtler 20 Brilliant Colours” – I use these wonderful colors everyday as well, mainly for drawing, tracking, and doing faux calligraphy. These are also a .03 mm tip.
- Color pencils – I use all sorts that range from Crayola to Prismacolor. I am experimenting with shading with those right now. I use them mainly on my weekly pages.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers set for my brush lettering. I’m starting to experiment with different colors on my daily layouts. It’s my way of practicing with them daily. The entire set is a little pricey, so I am currently working on adding to my collection by buying a small set of markers a month.
- Micron 05 – I use these because they have different colors (shades) with the Staedtler pens. I also use these for shadows and drawing.
- Gel Pens just for fun. I have the Metallic set and the Glaze set. I need to incorporate these more often, because I just love working with them. The metallic adds a shininess to my pages, and the glaze adds a kind of boldness to the page. I love the way they write, because it’s so smooth.
- Pilot Varsity Fountain Pens – I use these for highlight different words in quotes or Bible verses that I write in my bullet journal.
Most of these pens I had before starting bullet journaling, so I experimented with what I had. Personally, I would use a comfortable pen that you can take with you, because if it’s convenient, you will use it more. My weekly and daily lists are written with the Faber-Castell black pen and I keep it in the pen loop of my journal. I love the way it writes, and it’s not too thick.
Not shown is my biggest secret: white out – yes, I use white out on my mistakes. I am a perfectionist at heart! I have always used them in planners, so this isn’t anything new, and I do keep one in my purse too! Overall, I would recommend buying a few different pens and experiment with them. Make sure they are waterproof, and it doesn’t bleed through your paper.