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Friday, March 28, 2014

Who Is The Fairest Of Them All? (White Pens)

Graphic used courtesy of © JetPens.com 
Every once in a while I come across a fabulously useful post about tools we all have in our collections.

Sometimes those tools are underutilized because we purchased a so-so tool and we can't figure out what all the big noise is about.

White pens fall directly into that category. If you don't have a great one, they're hard to get excited about.

All white pens are not created equally and being the owner of a number of the so-so pens that are now collecting dust in my studio, I was thrilled to see this marvelous post about all different types of white pens from JetPens.com.

They list different uses as well as their favs (which happens to be the Uniball Signo Broad* which just happens to be my favorite!).

Bookmark it the post, print it, read it and you too will have more info than ever before on which white been works best for each project!

Speaking of using white pens, Warren Ludwig just posted an awesome tutorial on his blog, LUDstuff! on using a white Sharpie Poster Pen for painting silver eating utensils (spoons).

*If you're new to watercolor and how you might use the Uniball Signo Broad Pen read on. I use the pens to recover whites lost in the painting process or to create sparkle in a sketch. Since the ink is water-soluble, it can be softened to eliminate hard edges or to complete lift or melt if I get the ink in the wrong spot.

If I need more coverage (opacity) or permanent coverage, I opt for the Sharpie Poster Pen as the ink in this pen is acrylic and once it's down, it's down! If you opt for this route just be aware that it does alter the paper surface.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to dust off my white pens and do a little creating!

Please note: I am not affiliated with JetPens, Uniball or Sharpie Pen companies in any way.  

2 comments:

  1. I tried the Uniball Signo while in AZ and it didn't do well drying before I could get any marks on the page but now that I am in CA I think I need to give it another try. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. Thanks for the links and the info Laure - I purchased white ink (acrylic) to be used in crow quill pen...not sure why but may pull it out and open it and see what kind of sparkle I get! Sometimes I look at my supplies and wonder when I made that order or purchased that certain art tool what I had in mind. Seems like by the time I get home or they arrive I have moved onto another project and therefore some art supplies lie unused until I read a post or and art book, etc. that may remind me of what I was going to use it for (LOL)! I am a such sucker for something new - so jet pens here I come.

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