I hope you have had a peaceful and blessed weekend. We've had some warm and humid weather this weekend, but that is all to change tomorrow. What's that saying....if you don't like the weather, wait a minute!
Tonight I decided to conduct a little experiment. I love to color and I got a lovely new set of 48 Prismacolor pencils for Christmas. I'm also getting more into doodling and word art, so I wanted to know what pens I have will work with the colored pencil/odorless mineral spirits technique without bleeding. This was a very quick, spur-of-the-moment experiment, so please excuse my super messy scribblings and coloring!
I used a piece of Canson Mixed Media 98lb paper for my test. Then I proceeded to write in all the different black pens that I have. I used the following:
- Uniball Signo Gel Pen
- Staedtler Ballpoint Pen
- Foray StyleMark Fine Felt Tip Pen
- Sharpie Marker
- Zig Millenium Pen (mine is almost dead)
- Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Marker
- Bic Mark It Marker
- Copic Multiliner
- PITT Artist Pen
Here are some closeups of each pen experiment. I'm pleased (and surprised) to say, that none of the pens lost their integrity by bleeding or fading. I was most surprised by the Stampin' Up markers because they are water based, so I expected them to bleed. What a nice surprise they didn't, because I have them in all the colors! Yay, me! I used standard odorless mineral spirits and a paper stump blender (sometimes called a tortillion), and I deliberately went over the outlines and drew the color outside the lines. I wanted to be sure of the integrity of each ink.
Now my mind will be at ease regardless of which of my black pens I reach for when the word art and doodle bug strikes me! How about you? What's your favorite black pen?
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