Now that we're all thinking about amazing notebooks and journals THE BEST NOTEBOOKS? 📓🖊 I'd love to hear your recommendations on pens and illustration (or, dare I say, Adult Coloring Book) markers as well. Same protocol as my notebook list: please include a photo and a link to where you buy yours, if possible.
  1. I've always loved PrismaColor Premiere markers like these with both large and fine tips on opposite ends of each marker. But they are expensive and bulky to haul around.
    I buy them at a local craft store called AC Moore
  2. For fine, black and white illustration/comic book inking, I use Micron Pigma pens with tips of various fineness-es.
    Likewise bought at AC Moore
  3. For kind of everyday work/life notetaking, I kind of love Uniball Vision Elites in various colors, though these kinds of pens sometimes leak when you are up in aero-planes.
    Staples has these
  4. I've also heard good things about Stabilio markers? Yes? No? Maybe? Thoughts?
  5. For writing, everything on this list: BEST WRITING UTENSILS
    Suggested by   @k8mcgarry
  6. These biros pair perfectly with the Clairefontaine notebooks I mentioned in the other post. In fact, my current novel was written with these pens and those notebooks. Plus, the ink is a really lovely bright blue when they're new.
    Anyone know why the ink doesn't stay as bright for long, and if anything can be done about it??
    Suggested by   @bookishclaire
  7. Pilot G2 gel ink
    These write so smooth and never get leaky. Not as fine a point as the Pilot V7 (which I also love), but definitely my go-to for letter writing and underlining in books.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  8. For me it's always Le Pen. Fine point, tons of colors, never get tired of them. I keep a constant rotation on my desk.
    Suggested by   @kiraandlulu
  9. I do my lettering with a PaperMate Flair pen, but I also love Stabilio and for solid colors (white/gold) the best are Uni-Ball signo
    Suggested by   @LauraM
  10. Another great find is C W Pencils in NYC. They carry hundreds of pencils from all over the world. ✏️✏️✏️✏️
    Suggested by   @kiraandlulu
  11. Pilot precise v5 in black
    Really dark, crisp lines that make all my notes and doodles look amazing. The only thing is they tend to show on the other side of the paper but that doesn't bother me
    Suggested by   @yikes
  12. Sharpie Ultra Fine Point
    Different from the Sharpie pen, these are great for for adult coloring books
    Suggested by   @emicita
  13. Muji capped gel pen 0.5 is a god amongst pens (and comes in pretty colors!). Doesn't bleed through paper and writes so smoothly.
    Suggested by   @mjengel
  14. uniball micro deluxe
    my favorite
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  15. le pen
    mostly because of the name and fun colors. Not 1/2 as good as the uniball micro deluxe though!
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  16. zebra Japanese calligraphy marker
    these are awesome for writing and drawing though I'm not sure if the ink is acid-free. I get them at Daiso for $2 ea which is an insane steal
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  17. prismacolor permanent acid-free calligraphy
    this is what I use when I sign books, but I really would prefer to use the Japanese pens above instead. but again, questionable ink, might disappear.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty
  18. I received a Muji Compact Fountain Pen as a gift, and it showed me the light! Minimal, inexpensive, lighter than a BiC, small enough to go anywhere, & writes so smooth! Fountain pens FTW.
    Suggested by   @HLouiseM
  19. Pentel Hybrid Technica -- I was all about the G2 until I "borrowed" one of these from my husband. It never smudges!
    Suggested by   @joannegrr
  20. Uni-ball Signo um-151
    Suggested by   @celesteballard