Reported by Jo-Anne te Raa
I am a huge Sharpie fan. It’s not a pen we can buy here in Holland so it’s the FIRST thing in my cart when I visit Target! If you understand my Sharpie love then you will know what I thought when this little beauty fell through my door:
In a sleek stainless steel casing, to all intents and purposes it looks like a VERY expensive pen. It looks cool in my bag and funky in my scrap tote! I can’t really judge, from a pricing perspective as to me most things craft wise are cheaper in the USA compared to where I live. Priced at $6.99 and the refills at $1.99, I do think it’s competitive. I do love the idea that it’s refillable, giving the “green” amongst us another reason to buy!
To test it out I decided to go back to my roots – scrapbooking. I started using the Sharpie range, originally, because of my love for photo altering. It’s a great pen to use when you want to put a pen through a little more than you average black marker can handle.
For this layout I scratched the background of my photo away, using a Tonic tool (this works better on cheaper photo prints). I then added color with water-soluble, pastel crayons.
With a baby wipe I smeared the color into the scratches, creating a perfect journaling background. After letting this dry and settle I added my journaling.
What I really like about this pen is the amazing ease at which it flowed across, what is in fact a very difficult background. My regular Sharpie wouldn’t struggle but would need a great deal more manipulating and time. I expected that this pen, being a thicker nib, would take longer to dry but it really didn’t. It’s a pen I would order via the internet to have here in Holland. I really have taken to this pen and have used it in a million different scrapbooking tasks. I do hope it comes in different nib sizes as I would like some finer pens too, to use daily at work. This one is too thick for that as it does soak through the paper.
Overall I would give this pen an 11 out of 10!
I also got to play with the paint pens. Well I got to take the lid off!
I was covered in “paint.” So was my table and a layout I was working on. I don’t want to give this a bad review as it might have been the shipping of my pens or even that these were new samples. But I was not happy. I think the review of these, out of commercial fairness I should leave to a fellow reporter!
So based purely on my stainless steel Sharpie:
- Beautiful casing, sleek, trendy and enviable.
- Not your regular Sharpie, so I do think its competitively priced.
- High performance and long lasting finish.
- Perfect for altered journaling techniques
- Efficient and seems to last forever!
- I hope it comes in more tip sizes
- It’s so attractive you will need to guard it…..someone may try to steal it!
- Some might find the price a little steep
Overall I loved this product and was very impressed. It is definitely on my “need to refill” list!
Try it out and let us know what you think! Visit the Sharpie Blog, it’s a great way to keep up with all the new releases….have fun!!!!