I had never used any Close To My Heart products before I received this package of dye and pigment inks, My Acrylix stamps and a clear block, and muslin drawstring bags – perfect for making gift bags and tags. I couldn’t wait to get started! Continue Reading →
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Reported by Cassandra Darwin
I love pens. Always have. Probably always will. And after buying hundreds of different kinds I know that some are (much) better than others. Here is a quick comparison of just a few that I happened to have handy – I tried to narrow the selection down to dark colors with pigment ink. First I’ll do a quick review of each pen, then describe a water test I conducted, and finish with summary of all the important facts.
Starting from the top of the picture:
- Acid-free and archival pigment ink
- Available in 10 colors
- 0.5 mm fine tip for writing and drawing
- Easy to hold, smooth writing, and color coded on both ends of the pen. Have not had any problems with bleeding on different paper media.
- Pigment ink that is waterproof and compatible with Copic markers
- 4 nib sizes for colors and 7 nib sizes plus two brush sizes in black (0.05 black was tested)
- Available in 6 colors
- This is like the Rolls Royce of pigment pens. Compatible with every medium, writes smoothly and easily. I plan to get more sizes and may look into buying the more expensive refillable version.
- Pigment ink is acid free, archival, waterproof, and fade proof
- 6 nib sizes (black 0.45 and 0.5 mm sizes were tested – although my chart below has the wrong sizes listed)
- 15 colors available
- This has been go-to pen for a long time. I have even been using some of the same pens intermittently for 10+ years without any sign of drying out. My biggest complaint is that the nib sizing numbers don’t correspond with the nib size – size 08 is actually a 0.5 mm nib.
- Archival ink that is waterproof and fade resistant (not pigment ink)
- The Classic Gelly Roll (solid cap) comes in two nib sizes and 11 colors
- The five other varieties of Gelly Roll (clear and glitter caps) are avilable in 40+ colors with a variety of metallic and pearl finishes
- $1.39 – $1.69
- These are certainly the most affordable option in my comparison, and maybe even the easiest to find in stores. But the roller ball gel ink does require steady pressure to get an even writing line. And the Metallic Gelly Roll did not survive my water brush test (below).
Pigment Pro from American Crafts
- Acid-free archival pigment ink
- This pen has been discontinued, but I wanted to include it because this was my first time using it. I’m not sure if it had been sitting at the store for too long, or what the story was. But I pulled it out to use it for the first time and it was all dried up!
Click the image below to enlarge see writing examples for each of the pens.
I figured it would be a good idea to test with a wet paintbrush to see which pens can be used with watercolors and markers. Below is a writing sample for each pen on watercolor paper.
Then I used the water pen to get each line of writing thoroughly wet. All of the pigment pens passed with flying colors. But of the Gelly Roll pens, only the Classic version resisted the water – the other metallic varieties had a little to a lot of smearing from the paintbrush.
- Flame Red
- Gold Ochre
- Straw Yellow
- Fern Green
- Twilight Blue
- Royal Purple
- Rose Carmine
- Lamp Black
- blend with water
- achieve colour graduations
- a handy color chart
- how to use the blender marker
- what types of paper work best with the markers
- brief description of the nibs
|AquaMarker Blender Pen|
I decided to test the markers on cold-pressed watercolor papers to see what type of results I would get.
First Project – Tag
The ink will not stain the stamp, if you clean the stamp immediately after using it. I used the stamp above and applied the ink directly to the stamp to stamp the image onto the box. The AquaMarker pigment inks showed up great on this cardstock. The box came out great. I glued some buttons and rhinestones to the box. Then used some of my favorite ribbon to finish wrapping up the gift box.
- Work fast, these pigment inks do dry up quickly.
- Use a paint brush if you want to control the amount of water you get on your project.
- There are some great YouTube videos on how to watercolor using the AquaMarkers and other similar markers. You can compare results with other brands while watching these great videos.
- You can take the small circle stickers they sell at the office supply stores and place them on the nib covers and color them in with the corresponding nibs to make spotting the right color easier.
- These colors are completely portable, which is a plus when you want to work outdoors or to take traveling for those last minute inspirations.
- Easy to use.
- Can be purchased as individual markers or in sets of 5 or twelve on the Letraset website.
- They are addictive and you will want to play with them a lot.
- They are not easy to find.
- You have to be mindful of the type of paper you use these on.