My 9 all-time favorite pens and markers

Hey there!

Today I’m going to talk about my favorite pens to use for bullet journaling. This is a list of my favorite pens so far, but I’m curious to know what pens you use most in your bullet journal. So don’t hesitate to comment below ;).

Uniball Jetstream Sport 2
Uniball Jetstream Sport SXN-155 black

First of all I’d like to talk about the pen I write with every day. I had to search a long time to find a pen that fit for me, and this one is definitely it!

It’s the Uniball Jetstream 0.5mm. It’s writes very smoothly, dries very quickly and is perfect for taking notes on the go. I also like that it lasts a really long time and is not too expensive. I think you can also find them in different colors, so I’m definitely gonna check that out.

Next up is a collection of my favorite black pens for writing and drawing.

Fineliners overview

1. Copic Multiliner SP

I love love love the copic multiliners. They are my all-time favorite pens for drawing and illustrating. They aren’t cheap, but they are designed to last a lifetime. The nibs and ink cartridges can be replaced, and that’s what I love most about them. The ink is water based, so it is resistant against water and alcohol. They come in a wide variety of sizes from 0.03 up to 0.7 and BS.

2. Faber Castell PITT artist pens

The Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens are one of my favorites too. I like the fact that the ink is really black and the pens are perfect for drawing and doodling. I have a small set which contains 4 different nib sizes: S, F, M and B. This set thus contains a brush pen too. I only have the black pens, but they come in other colors too. they’re perfect for multiple projects and are designed to work with other mediums also.

3. Sakura Pigma Micron

Another one of my favorite pens are the Pigma Micron fineliners in different sizes. I mostly use them to draw out my layouts in my bullet journal or to add little details to drawings or for my lettering. The ink is permanent and fade resistant. The ink will not bleed or run when water or other liquids are spilled onto it after the ink has dried. You can also find them in different colors.

4. Staedtler Pigment Liners

If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, I definitely recommend the Staedtler Pigment liners. They are great for writing, sketching and drawing. The ink is also waterproof and when the ink is dry it shows no bleeding after highlighting, so they’re perfect to use in combinations with markers and highlighters.


My favorite colored pens and markers. Can you guess my favorite color?

Colored pens overview

1. Stabilo .88 Fineliners

I love these fineliners because of the huge variety of colors they come in. I use them for writing (for instance, when I use color coding) or when I like to doodle in color. You can find them in 47 different colors and they have neon colors too! How cool is that :).

2. Huhuhero Fine Line Drawing Pens

These pens I got from one of my best friends and I’m amazed by how good they are. I’ve never heard of them before but I must admit I use them a lot! They come in 10 different colors and have a 0.38 fine tip. They’re perfect for color-coding, mind mapping and adding little details to your drawing or to draw fine patterns.

3. Tombow Twintone Markers

These pens are AMAZING. I have the pastel pack which contains 12 beautiful colors (again, thank you so much Sheryl, for getting me these! <3). These pens have two tips, one very fine tip and on the other side a bullet tip. The fine tip is 0.3mm and the bullet tip 0.8mm. It is PERFECT for color coding (and that’s exactly what I use them for), but also for fine writing and adding fun decorations in your bullet journal. The ink dries really fast!

4. Zebra Mildliners

Of course I couldn’t leave these out… Yes, I followed the hype. But I have no regrets. They are by far my favorite highlighters. I’ve tried the stabilo highlighters too, but I love the zebra mildliners so much more because of the colors and the fact they don’t bleed in my bullet journal. I mostly use them for headers or to mark important things. As of right now, I have 3 packs, but there is a fourth, but that’s one seems not easy to find.


All pens were tested in a Leuchtturm 1917 and showed no bleeding. Some pens ghost a little, but that doesn’t bother me.

I hope you found this post useful! Leave your comments below 😉







  1. May 25, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Out of all of these I only have the Micron pen but I love it so much I use it for every page! Might have to check out some of the other pens you posted about! Thanks for sharing!

    • Marieke
      May 25, 2018 / 6:50 pm

      The micron pens are really good!
      You don’t need a lot of pens, what works for you is great 😉
      I’m a pen addict hahaha !
      If you decide to try out one of the other pens, let me know 😀

  2. May 26, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I’m a pen addict too! hahahaha I’ve tried all pens you mentioned, except the Copic Multiliner. I like the Pigma Micron, but I think the nibs are a bit fragile (at least for me, with my heavy hand). I also love the PITT pens for the same reason as you – they’re really black. Another one that I’m currently in love is the Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment. It’s really black and waterproof. The only problem I have with all of them is that they smudge a little with the crayola markers. I think that’s weird because all those pens are waterproof.

    • Marieke
      May 26, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Yay for pen addicts!
      I only recently discovered the Coptic multiliners myself. I only know one place to find them. The nibs are also fragile, especially the really fine ones. But I like the fact that you can replace them 🙂
      And yes they tend to do that too when I use crayola’s! But maybe it’s because the crayola’s themselves are not waterproof? (Hmm I have no idea 😂) thanks for recommending the Faber Castell Ecco pigments, I’ll definitely have to try those 😀

  3. May 27, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    There are so many good pens on this list! I especially love my Faber Castells. And you mentioned some that I haven’t heard of and will have to check out—the Uniball Jetstream sounds great! I use the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen for most of the writing in my bujo, but I would love to have a good black pen that dries quickly that I can use for school, as I wouldn’t want to bring a fountain pen to school.

    • Marieke
      May 27, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      So glad you find it useful 😀 I love my Faber Castells too 😊 I also use a fountain pen for writing sometimes, but for quick note taking and fast drying the Uni-Ball Jetstream is perfect!! I love love love it has a very fine tip too 🙂

  4. May 31, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    I Love the pilot juice pen in 0.5 for writing got the 12 pack also uni style fit pen love it to death cuz got different sizes an you only need one barrel or buy them in a pack … so many variations you can choose from. 😍 Got reviews on them on my blog. 😉

    • Marieke
      May 31, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      I’m definitely gonna check it out!! Thank you

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