The strength of the pen tip is directly linked to the writing comfort.
Let’s select the best one while checking whether the performance and strength of the pen tip match your ideal.
There are three types of pen nibs: hard brush type, soft brush type, and brush type.
“Hard brush type” recommended for beginners
The hard brush type features a writing feel similar to felt-tip pens and magic.
It is easy to handle, so if you are a beginner with a brush pen, we recommend that you select from the hard brush type.
Not only can you write stable characters with a stiff brush tip,
upward brushstroke (hane),
It is relatively easy to express beautiful characters that are conscious of.
Since it is a hard core material, the thickness of the line cannot be adjusted by adjusting the force, but it is an advantage that the thickness of the characters can be easily maintained.
In Japanese culture, the hard-brush type is most suitable for addressing New Year’s cards and invitations, and as a front cover for a ceremonial bag.
“Soft brush type” that is ideal for unique characters and pictures
Although it can be used like a felt-tip pen, the soft brush type requires some practice and skill.
Compared to the hard-brush type, the softer pen tip requires some amount of force adjustment.
The level of difficulty increases, but the range of expression expands.
However, some practice will be needed to express a beautiful upward brushstroke (hane) or sweeping (harai).
It is also easy to write thick lines, making it ideal for addressing envelopes and glue bags.
Also, it can be used for “solid painting” when drawing illustrations, so it is also useful as one for finishing.
Those who are accustomed to handling brushes are “brush type”
Characterized by writing comfort similar to a brush.
In addition to upward brushstroke (hane) and sweeping (harai), the strength of the line can be freely expressed.
Recommended for experienced calligraphers.
If you are accustomed to using brushes, you can also save the effort of preparing ink.
Depending on how you use it, even professionals can reproduce the beautiful characters that you are not good at. It will be the best one for those who are particular about beautiful brush letters and who want to use it for art.
However, since it is the most difficult type of brush pen, it is not as easy to use as a felt-tip pen.
Practice is required for beginners to master it.
Check ink type
There are mainly two types of brush pens, dye ink and pigment ink.
Depending on the ink used, not only the finish of letters and illustrations but also the writing comfort will change.
Dye ink is characterized by good color development and spread.
Since it is easy to handle, it is easy to handle even if you are a beginner, you can express beautiful brush letters.
Although it has the disadvantage of bleeding easily, dye ink can be used as long as it is written on a postcard.
However, be careful because it is not suitable for use as an illustration.
Pigment ink is attractive for its fast drying property.
Pigment ink is also ideal when you want to use a brush pen as an painting material.
Even if a lot of ink comes out when using the brush type, you do not have to worry about bleeding.
It is suitable not only for letters but also for illustrations and overpainting.
How to use a brush pen
The brush pen and chopsticks are held in the same way, but the brush pen is about 3 to 4 cm from the tip of the brush.
If you write it like a felt-tip pen, it may not look like a brush character, so be careful.
When writing letters, the point is to run the brush while keeping in mind the strength of the lines, even with the hard brush type.
You can express more beautiful calligraphy by writing conscious characters for sweeping (harai), stop (tome), and upward brushstroke (hane).
One way is to “write broken characters” to make the appeal of writing with a brush.
Let’s enjoy the expression unique to calligraphy that conveys the warmth.
In addition, the brush pen has thicknesses such as thin, medium, and bold.
“Thin type” is suitable for art materials, “Medium type” is for everyday use, and “Bold type” is suitable for the beginning of writing.
However, the thickness of the line varies greatly depending on the amount of force when writing letters, so the thickness of each product should be one point when choosing a brush.