Pairing: writing instruments and creative self-expression

Although pens are a readily available tool in the hands of all consumers around the world, they are still a crucial and valuable tool for artists and writers. Choosing the right pen for the right activity can unleash creativity, allow room for experimentation, and aid in the production of creative art forms.

Using the right pen can make the creative process more relaxing and enjoyable. Likewise, not using the right stylus for a task can lead to frustration. On National Ballpoint Pen Day, BIC Cello research expert Erini Petratou shares recommendations on which types of pens are best for your next self-expression and creative activity.

  1. If you’re a writer looking to jot down thoughts and ideas on the go, a ballpoint pen is your best companion. Its smooth flow, light weight and various color options will enhance your writing experience. Creative supervisor and renowned writer from Mumbai, Puneet Mehrashared his thoughts on ballpoint pens stating: “I prefer to use a ballpoint pen for writing because they are easy to handle, write smoothly, and most importantly, the possibility of ink smearing is greatly reduced.”
  2. Gel pens are an absolute must for line art and intricate illustrations. The fine tip and pronounced power ink make it an excellent choice for artwork and intricate detailing. Gel pens often feature a firm grip around the feed and thrust center of the barrel for better control and navigation. The variety of colors means these can be used for shading and producing 3D effects. Likewise, the high viscosity of gel pens allows for the effortless blending of colors and the creation of different shades. Illustrator and mandala artist from Kolkata, Titirsha Malcommented on the use of gel pens saying: “I used to draw my illustrations in black and white with black gel pens. The gel pens make the illustration sharper and the bold black helps achieve the look of the illustration.
  3. If you doodle constantly, rollerball pens are your go-to product. With their special tip and a fast, clean flow of ink, they are ideal for scribbling lines and abstract shapes. With rollerball pens, even if you hold the pen at an angle, the ink flow will remain the same. The ink in rollerball pens is also smudge-proof, making the experience inevitably seamless and stress-free.
  4. For art lovers who do calligraphy and like to draw sketches, fountain pens are the answer. Fountain pens are known for their high precision and smooth line. They also offer variation in line width – making them bold or thin by changing the angle of the pen – giving artists the ability to focus on detail. Ankur Mishra, author and founder of Kavishala, recalled his love for fountain pens because they enhanced the writing experience and made him feel more creative and deliberate with his thoughts. Similarly, when asked about her favorite type of pen for making mandalas, Chetna Singha mandala artist and art educator from Delhi, said: “I like to use refillable fountain pens. They also come in different nib sizes, which makes them perfect for creating mandala designs and details.


BIC Cello, the manufacturer of Cello pens, is India’s market leader in writing instruments. The company is focused on developing innovative new products and ink flow systems, delivering significant value to customers’ writing experience. BIC Cello’s expanded portfolio now includes a range of world-class products including permanent markers, whiteboard markers, color markers, mechanical pencils, rollerball pens, fountain pens and stationery products for office and school. The company sells over five million pens a day and has a strong presence in over 70 countries around the world. BIC Cello’s strong and growing distribution network ensures that its products are accessible to all demographics and geographies.

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