Testing Markers for Brush Lettering

Markers for Brush Lettering

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying brush lettering with markers so I wanted to try out a few different brands to compare them.

To test out these different markers and how they work with brush lettering, I made a video writing out example lettering swatches using each color that I can use as a reference later. For each one, I cut out a piece of American Crafts cardstock to size and taped it to the back of each package of markers. I find this super helpful when I’m looking for a specific color because it’s more true to how it will actually look than the color on the caps.

Watch this video to see how each of the markers writes and to hear my extended thoughts on working with them!

Crayola markers

I’ve seen lots of photos on instagram and pinterest of people using these classic Crayola markers from my childhood to create lovely brush lettering designs, so I wanted to try it out! It does take a bit of getting used to even though the basic principles are the same, but this is a pretty good, inexpensive option that you can find almost anywhere.

Yoobi brush pens

These Yoobi double-sided markers are fairly new to me. They’re at what I think is a pretty reasonable price point and you can buy them at Target, so that’s awesome. The colors are very vibrant and bold and the tips feel slightly stiffer than the Tombows.

Tombow dual brush pens

These are the markers I’ve been using most often lately and I have the 96 pack - there are so many colors available!

For those of you who have been wanting to start brush lettering, don’t get discouraged if you don’t like your results right away! If you spend just 15 minutes a day practicing your brush lettering with your favorite tools, you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll improve after only a few weeks. Gaining confidence with a skill like this takes practice and trying new types of markers will take some getting used to.

If you have any favorite markers that you love to use, tell me about them in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you. 

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Sharing everything I know about brush lettering!

Brush Lettering

You all have been asking me for a long time to create an online workshop and I've finally done it! Well, it's been nearly a year in the making, and I am so excited to finally introduce - A Modern Take on Brush Lettering. It was highly requested since I've taught it in numerous places throughout California, Florida and Hawaii. Since I can't travel everywhere to teach it in person, we thought this would be the next best thing.

The Creative Life Brush Lettering

It's something I've been working on for quite some time. We've packaged it all into a self-paced workshop that you can take in the comfort of your own home. There's over 40 minutes of exclusive video content and a printable workbook. One of the things I really wanted to do was to make this class accessible for many people, so we've kept the price point really low. If you decide to work on this course a little each day for the next month - it would be less than $1 a day. And you'll have access to the materials whenever you want, as we have put this onto The Creative Life platform, where we also have a free Creative Handbook and The Creative Life: Documented.

Amy Tangerine brush lettering class

Here's a little video I just posted on YouTube:

Thanks as always for your support - can't wait to get those creative juices flowing with you in the Brush Lettering workshop!

My Favorite Watercolors

Amy Tangerine's favorite watercolors + free download

If you've been following this blog, my Instagram or YouTube channel, then you'll know how much I love this watercolor set by Artist's Loft. They are a fantastic beginner set with many beautiful colors. They're functional and photograph so well! I broke out a fairly new set to do some scripting with this waterbrush. There's also a free download and video below!

You can also see the five reasons this set is my favorite on the Michaels blog.

I've made just the quote into a free download, and you can feel free to use it as is or try the straw technique or any other way of decorating. Hope you enjoy the video and if you use the printable and share it on social media, please use the hashtags #amytangerine and #fangerine so I can see it!


2 challenges


Always pretty motivated about a fresh start to a new month, I wanted to do something creatively different for April. I think it's really important to make being creative a priority just for the heck of it on a daily basis. I've formed a creative habit which leads me to spending 15 minutes getting creative just for me. While going through my Instagram feed, I noticed some challenges taking place that seemed like things I could tackle. So I decided to take part (and I bet some of you are already playing along) in two challenges. 

I'm using a Midori Traveler's Notebook in blue that my mom brought back from Japan. You can see that there are many choices of refills and page types, so you can choose the one that suits you. I'm doing the #creativemidorichallenge by @livelifeandcreate on the left side and the #listersgottalist challenge by @theResetGirl on the right side.


Apologies in advance for not listing all the supplies and where they came from. It's a mix of supplies I have on hand that may not be available anymore. For me, I just need to do this project with the things I love. 

Here's what you can still get: Midori Traveler's Notebook | Sweet Stamp Shop Plan Travel set | happy place + cloud/sun stamp set | Amy Tangerine roller stampKelly Purkey alphabet + numbers | Archival Ink in black - best ink pad for stamping and using watercolors | alternative watercolor options – Colortopia Watercolor Set | this one | and this one | I use a #2 paint brush.

Thanks for looking and thanks to @livelifeandcreate and @theResetGirl for such fun challenges! Are you playing along  too? 

A little shop update!

Amy Tangerine's planner

Back in December, my mom took a trip to Japan with our friend Cathy. Of course they had an amazing time shopping, shopping and shopping. She took along an empty suitcase and brought it back full of fun goodies. Having been a lover of Japanese stickers, pencils and pens all my life, it's been awesome having these items to use in my studio. I've enjoyed using the various stationery supplies in my scrapbooks and in my planner.

Since there is SO much good stuff, we decided to pack them into little kits and make them available for you in our shop. You may remember this Instagram post with the gold brush pen - well, it's included in my favorite pens set. Happy shopping!