Review of Altenew Watercolor Brush Pens

Hi friends, today I have a review of the new Altenew watercolor brush markers. These pens are actually a fine tip ink filled water brush meaning when you run out you can refill them with liquid watercolor or wash them and reuse the pen as a water brush. I want to mention that because I love being able to reuse a product once empty or refill it. These pens come in a variety of themed sets and I was sent the Spring Garden set to review.


  • Refillable, ink refills available for purchase or you can buy the markers with the ink refills for a discount.
  • Individual ink refills available
  • High quality reusable water-brush.
  • Fine point on brush
  • Easy to squeeze to get started however I recommend starting the ink flow on a palette so you don’t get a surprise blob of ink on your work.
  • Colors blend and mix well
  • Very clean and transparent color


  • As with most markers of this ilk they are probably not lightfast so more suitable for cardmaking, art journaling or sketchbook work and not art that will he hung on the wall for long periods of time as fading may occur.
  • The marker only has a tiny dot indicating the color on the label and the ink looks march darker than it is so I recommend taping a swatch of the ink on the marker as I did in the review for quick and easy color identification.

Bottom line:

I think the fact that these brush pens are good quality, have a fine tip and are refillable make them a solid value. There is an initial upfront cost as with most media but would be very economical over the long run. As with any supply though, it’s only a good buy if you actually use them and they make your other supplies more useful. They are very similar to the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers so if you like those but want a finer tip you will like these too. Since these pens are filled with a liquid ink you may not like these if you want a more slowly controlled ink flow like you would get with the Arteza or Zig Real Brush pen with a felt in the barrel. I did not find the Altenew watercolor brush markers difficult to control but there is a lot more ink ready to go at your disposal than a marker with a felt inside so I wanted to mention that. I hope you found this review helpful and til next time happy crafting!

Disclosure: Art materials were sent to me at no cost for the purpose of review. Affiliate links used.