Colorists Will Love These Vibrant New Brush-Tip Sharpie Markers
Create thin lines, bold strokes, and vibrant detail work with these flexible brush tip pens from Sharpie.
By Thea Voutiritsas
Sharpie is known for their wide range of high-quality permanent markers, available in a nearly endless array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Now, they’ve added a new brush pen to their line, designed for a variety of artistic projects.
The new Sharpie Brush Pen boasts a flexible brush tip designed to create thin lines and bold strokes. It is recommended for drawing, coloring, and hand lettering. It claims to be smear-proof, fade-resistant, and water-resistant. The pens are available in 14 colors, but the set we tested out—which comes with a sturdy zippered case—only includes 12. Unlike those traditional grey-barrel Sharpie markers, these brush pens are not filled with permanent ink, but they are water- and smudge-resistant. Plus, they bleed through paper less than typical Sharpies and don’t have that signature overwhelming Sharpie odor.
The Paper Test:
We tested the Sharpie Brush Pens on three types of paper, checking for pilling, streaking, and bleeding (which classic Fine Tip Sharpies are notorious for causing!). Here’s how the brush pens compared:
Standard Copy Paper
The Brush Pen Sharpies applied smoothly onto our standard 20-pound paper. They didn’t cause any pilling or tearing, even after second and third passes over the same spot. The ink dried quickly, so it didn’t smear onto hands or across the paper. As expected, the pens bled through the paper, but not nearly as much as the traditional gray barrel Sharpies do.
Digital Copy Paper
On our favorite 28-pound digital copy paper, the brush pens had smooth application once again, but this time the coating on the paper was a bit slick. If you’re using these on coated paper, the pens may be a bit more difficult to control. The ink dried quickly and didn’t smudge. This time, the ink bled through the paper slightly, but not near as much as it did with the standard copy paper.
It should come as no surprise that cardstock stood up the best to these pens. Even with the amount of ink the pens deposit, they didn’t bleed or feather on this thick paper. However, the paper absorbed a lot of ink, so the colors were slightly less vibrant. Despite the absorption, no color showed through on the other side.
Without a coating on the paper, the brush pens were much easier to control. Coated cardstock may make the pens a bit more difficult to control (but because of the coating, the colors may appear more vibrant). Overall, we preferred the way these marker-slash-pens performed on paper with a bit of texture because they were easier to control.
Pros & Cons
We found these brush tips to be flexible yet durable with a vibrant color payoff, even when using the thinnest part of the brush tip. It was easy to create thick and thin lines, as well as wavy details and a variety of lettering with these pens.
If you want to blend with these, it’s best to move quickly and not expect a perfect gradient. Blending takes some back-and-forth work between colors, which caused the paper to pill. It’s probably best to avoid blending dark and light colors. Stick within the same color family to avoid overly-staining the tips and ruining the markers.
And just one piece of advice: The packaging suggests storing the markers horizontally to keep the ink evenly distributed in the cartridge and tip, and after testing the markers after being stored this way versus vertically, we back up that suggestion 100 percent.
So, What’s the Verdict?
Sharpie’s Brush Pens are fantastic on coloring pages and perfect for thick and thin line work. It was easy to cover a large area with the broad side and fill in precise details with the pen tip. They were incredibly intuitive to use, as more pressure created a thicker line, and less made a thinner line. Regardless of how much pressure we used to change the line weight, the color intensity remained consistent.
Learning to use a felt tip brush pen does take some getting used to, and at $32 on Amazon, they may not be the perfect price point for beginners. (For anyone looking for a slightly better deal, we’ve also seen them for sale at Target for $19.99.) However, if you like line art, calligraphy, or sharp detail work, these Sharpie brush pens could be your new best friends.