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Art Supply Review: Uni Posca Paint Brush Pen (PCF-350)

Calligraphers are always looking for the perfect white ink, but what about the perfect white brush pen?

I’ve only ever seen a few, and so I had to try out this Uni POSCA when I saw one.

It's an ink-based brush pen that uses a pump system to deliver the pigment. Pretty unique, huh?

Stats

Quality Where Does it Stand?
Ergonomics/Feel It has a normal pen body, so it handles normally.
Tip Type Felt
Firmness Medium
Ability to Flex Stiff
Tip Size Medium
Sharpness Blunt
Ink flow Medium
Pigmentation Medium
Bleed No bleed
Watersolubility Waterproof
Copic/Alcohol Marker Proof Yes
Smell No smell
Lightfastness Very Lightfast
Acidity Acid Free
Toxicity Non-toxic
Color Availability 60 Colors

Pros

  • It’s a white brush pen!

  • You could use the Uni Posca for accents and really large brush lettering on toned or black paper, which is pretty cool.

  • Totally unintended, but you can mix the pigment from the Uni Posca with pigment from your water soluble pens (like the Winsor and Newton watercolor marker or the Tombow dual brush pen) to get pastel shades. That’s so cute!

  • You can use the Uni POSCA to write on unconventional surfaces. It will even write on glass, rocks, or porcelain. Basically, it will work on any surface you try! (Keep in mind that the paint can be wiped or scratched away on nonporous surfaces)

Cons

  • The white is not totally opaque, and the brush can get pretty dry unless you’re constantly pumping the button.

  • The bristles don’t really come to a sharp point, so it’s hard to get good detail with this brush. [1]

  • Did I mention how much I hate pumping the button? ‘Cause it’s a lot.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I had so many expectations for this price, but I don’t think I’ll be using it very often. I just hate that button, and no matter how many times I press it, I just can’t get the ink to be as juicy and wet as I want it to be.

Bristle brushes are generally harder to control than felt brushes, so I don’t think I would recommend this to a beginner.

In the end, it’s probably easier to work with an actual brush than the Uni POSCA brush pen.

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POSCA PCF–350 - paint, colour, draw, decorate, calligraph - All material markers

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  1. It is also possible that there is a fine point version of this pan, which would make me very excited!  ↩

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Art Supply Review: Faber Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pen

I got this pen specifically because of its lightfastness. I was pretty upset to find out that Copics are not lightfast, and wanted to find an alternative that wouldn't fade on me. So I turned to the Faber Castell Pitt artist pen.

The ink inside is actually India ink, which is pretty cool. That's what gives it its lightfastness. Unlike most markers, which use dyes, this is a pigment-based ink.

It’s not the most popular pen around on instagram, but it's very easy to pick up in Europe for an OK price. So this was one of the first brush pens that I tried to letter with.

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Stats

Quality Where Does it Stand?
Ergonomics/Feel It has a normal pen body, so it handles normally.
Tip Type Felt
Firmness Medium
Ability to Flex Stiff
Tip Size Medium
Sharpness Blunt
Ink flow Medium
Pigmentation Medium
Bleed No bleed
Watersolubility Waterproof
Copic/Alcohol Marker Proof Yes
Smell No smell
Lightfastness Very Lightfast
Acidity Acid Free
Toxicity Non-toxic
Color Availability 60 Colors
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Pros

  • Very highly lightfast. Actually, some of the shades are so lightfast that they should last longer than 100 years!

  • Depending on what kind of paper you use, you can blend with these colors before they dry. It’s kind of difficult though.

  • I love that this comes in a range of grays, which is great for shadows and shading. I also love the fluorescent line, which is more of a novelty than anything else, but it’s fun!

  • Since they are waterproof, you could layer watercolors on top of the Faber Castell Pitt artist pen without worrying about it smudging or bleeding, which is awesome!

Cons

  • The tip of the pen is not conical, like some other brush pens. Instead, it’s kind of long and skinny. I find that I don’t really like this style for brush lettering because it doesn’t give you very thick down strokes.

  • When you first get this pen, it feels very stiff. However, with use it loosens up. The problem is that the very tip also becomes more and more blunt. That is super annoying when I’m looking for a sharp line. [1]

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is not one of my favorite brush pens, but it’s not one of my least favorite either. It’s a little too stiff for me and a little too blunt after a while.

However, it’s one of the only brush pens with a felt tip that I know of that is actually lightfast.

I wouldn’t recommend this to beginners because it can be a bit unwieldy, but it’s definitely an awesome pen to complement your collection.

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  1. Apparently, there’s a way to fix this problem: Sharpen your PITT pen - YouTube  ↩

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Art Supply Review: Winsor and Newton Watercolor Marker

I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I bought this!

Something between a watercolor marker and a Copic marker? An alternative to the Tombow dual brush? Something to allow me to do watercolor lettering without lugging around paints and water?

Well, this pen is none of those. And that's not necessarily a bad thing!

Stats

Quality Where Does it Stand?
Ergonomics/Feel It’s a bit thicker than normal pens, so that can be a bit uncomfortable.
Tip Type Felt
Firmness Medium
Ability to Flex Medium
Tip Size Broad
Sharpness Medium
Ink flow Wet
Pigmentation Dark
Self Cleaning Unknown
Bleed No bleed
Watersolubility Watersoluable / Not Waterproof
Copic/Alcohol Marker Proof Yes
Smell No smell
Lightfastness Very Lightfast
Acidity Unknown
Toxicity Non-toxic
Color Availability 36 colors

Pros

  • Holy cow! This thing is pigmented. Just like the Faber Castell Pitt pens, these watercolor markers are actually formulated with pigments. However, instead of Indian ink, these markers use the same pigments that are used in watercolor paints. I really didn't expect the color to be so intensely pigmented, but they are wonderfully deep and rich. It is a very very wet pen.

  • In terms of handling, I would say that this is somewhat like the Tombow dual brush pen but a bit stiffer. It gives wonderfully thick downstrokes.

  • This is actually meant to be a watercolor marker, and the intense pigments definitely would result in beautiful hues for painting or sketching as well as calligraphy or hand lettering.

  • The colors blend out very easily with a bit of water.

  • You might not care about this if you're not into watercolors, but the fact that each brush is labeled just like a tube of water color would be makes it really easy for me to understand what is going on inside of the brush.

  • The color label is very accurate, so you don't have to second-guess what color will be coming out on the paper.

Cons

  • The nib is nice and flexible, but only to a certain point. It seems to stop somewhere halfway up the brush, which is kind of weird.

  • The tip of the brush is not very sharp, so upstrokes are not as thin as I would like.

  • Something about the brush seems a little squishy or unstable, so it's a bit harder to control than the Tombow dual brush pen.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Actually, this was very close to having five stars. I mean, high lightfastness, non-toxic, no odor, what’s there not to like?

However, I have a bit of difficulty managing this pen in comparison to the Tombow dual brush pen, so it gets knocked down one star.

Still, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a highly pigmented, lightfast brush pen.

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Water Colour Markers | Winsor & Newton

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Art Supply Review: Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen

The Tombow Dual Brush Pen is one of those brush pens that you see all of the time if you follow calligraphers and hand lettering artists on Instagram. It also seems to be a big hit with many crafters.

So, I was pretty excited when I finally was able to buy one. Be calm and a ton of colors, and I have to say that they are worth all of the praise. The colors are gorgeous, and the brush has tons of flex. I think I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try brush lettering.

Stats

Quality Where Does it Stand?
Ergonomics/Feel It’s quite long. That seems to make it unwieldy for some, but it’s okay for me.
Tip Type Felt
Firmness Medium
Ability to Flex Medium
Tip Size Broad
Sharpness Medium
Ink flow Wet
Pigmentation Light
Waterproofness Not Waterproof
Lightfastness Not Lightfast
Acidity Acid Free
Color Availability 96 Colors!

Pros

The Tomboy Dual Brush ABT comes in a rainbow of colors! Since it is a water-based pen/marker, it has a lot of other abilities besides just putting down ink. You can blend colors with the Tombow and even do imitation watercolor patterns with it!

Not only that, but the squishy felt head gives you very smooth calligraphy, so it kind of erases your imperfections. Very nice.

Probably my favorite thing about this pen is how the colors fade out at the end of the downstroke. It gives this pretty gradient effect to your writing.

Oh, and since it is double-sided, it has another site which is not flexible, but you can use it for faux calligraphy or adding details to your lettering.

Cons

I haven't had this problem yet, but some people say that the tip doesn't last very long. apparently it's very easy for the felt tip to start fraying, making it unusable for lettering.

I wouldn't ever use this pen for something I was creating for a client since it is not lightfast, and would fade with time.

Also, since it is water-soluble, you couldn't use this underneath watercolors or any other water-based media.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

This is overall a great pen, and I can see myself buying a whole bunch of them in the future! I also think that this would be of very good beginner brush pen because it is easy to handle and makes very smooth calligraphy or hand lettering.

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Merry + Bright // Free Wallpaper for December 2015

It feels like the year went by in a flash! Just yesterday it was the beginning of November, wasn't it?

2015 is coming to a close and it's time to look back on the year and look forward to the next one. This has been the first year of my calligraphy training, and I'm so thankful for all the things I've been able to learn throughout it.

I hope that you are all enjoying these cold (or for some of you, not so cold) days ahead and having a very merry and bright December!

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