Best White Pens and Inks for Lettering and Calligraphy. I tested a bunch of them so you don’t have to! And the winners are…
Best White Pens and Inks for Lettering and Calligraphy
This post has been years in the making. As in, that’s how long it’s been since I added it to my list of blog post ideas and actually completed it. But it’s done now, so that’s what counts, right?
Presenting: The Best White Pens and Inks for Lettering and Calligraphy. I tested a bunch of them, so you don’t have to!
A Note on Paper
As you can see, I tested them on both Black Paper and Kraft Paper. Paper type, weight, brand, etc. all probably makes a bit of a difference, but I feel really comfortable crowning winners that I think will be the same for nearly all dark and kraft papers.
So without further ado, the winners are…
Pens/Markers/Inks are listed in the order they appear on the papers.
Category: White Pens
- Pilot Juice 0.5mm (Get it here)
- Sakura Glaze (Get it here)
- Sakura Gelly Roll 0.8mm (Get it here)
- Sakura Decorese 0.6 mm (Get it here)
- Pentel Hybrid 1.0mm (Get it here)
- Uniball Signo Broad 1.0mm (Get it here)
- On Black Paper: The Uniball Signo Broad comes out on top! The Sakura Glaze is the runner-up. It’s not fully opaque until it’s totally dry though, so that gave the Uniball Signo Broad an added edge.
- On Kraft Paper: For visibility, it was a tie between the Sakura Decorese and the Pentel Hybrid. The Decorese was a bit clumpy and inconsistent though, so the Pentel Hybrid wins.
Category: White Paint Markers
- Uni-Posca Paint Marker 0.7mm (get it here)
- Sharpie Paint Pen, Fine Point (Get it here)
- Uni-Posca Paint Marker 2mm (Get it here)
- Raymay 2mm (Get it here)
- Pitt Artist Pen 101 (Get it here)
The winners were the same on both papers. Any of the first three paint pens are excellent choices, depending on how thick you want your lines and how much detail work you plan to do. While the Uni-Posca 2mm is brightest (and thickest), detail work would be easier with the Sharpie. For really fine detail work, I’d opt for the Uni-Posca 0.7mm.
The Category: White Inks
I tested three types of Dr. Ph Martin’s Inks. Mostly because these are all inks I already had on hand. So if you have a white ink you love, share it in the comments of this post!
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink (Get it here)
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White (Get it here)
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Pen White (Get it here)
Which one would be best on wood?
I’m often asked which markers I like best for making wood signs. The truth is, I strongly prefer to stencil my wood signs. I just don’t find that the felt tips of paint pens lend well to working on wood. I usually create a stencil of my lettering using my Silhouette CAMEO machine. Then, I use the stencil, White Chalk Paint, and a spouncer to apply the paint. It looks the most professional by far! I’ll work on a step-by-step tutorial for that in the future. ?
I hope you found this White Pens test helpful! And again, if I omitted a White Pen, Marker or Ink you love, let everyone know about it in the comments. Thanks so much! ?