Friday, January 24, 2014
A Study of Pens
The ones I like best for laying down a good solid line and which write on anything are the acrylic paint pens. Only a few brands have really fine nibs, most have wider nibs for applications on posters and other larger work. My faves in this category are Sakura PenTouch, Sakura IdentiPen (dual nibbed, fine and ultra-fine), and Sharpie Paint ultra-fine.
Uniball Signo UM-153 in black and white are probably the best gel pens, their gold is a winner as well. These write really well on most things, but they're not waterproof...which can be a problem.
I have countless other brands of pens in my collection, as well, and I'm always adding more. Some I write with occasionally only. And I weed through my collection periodically to get rid of the ones that don't work for me. Another factor that I take into consideration is how the pen feels in my hand. Some are simply too thin and hurt too much to write with for any length of time.
The ones I mentioned above are the best I've found for the art applications I've been using them for. Pens for just writing have their own idiocyncracies and are too numerous to mention. Except to say that I prefer my handwriting with Sharpie Ultra Fine Point pens, but the nibs break down easily and the pens run out of ink too quickly. Thank goodness, though, they're only about a buck a piece at Blick.
The best selection of art pens is at Dick Blick. The best selection of writing pens and many art pens is at Jet Pens.