For some time I've been in search of the 'perfect' white paint pen...I like to use them in my art journal but also on canvases and I prefer them to be opaque, not an easy find. Fortunately (or unfortunately when I consider my budget), Michael's recently opened in my community so I've been making a few trips and trying out some new ones. When I had experimented with the Sharpee Oil Paint Marker previously I liked the results but the pen didn't even last through one small project before it stopped working and paint blobbed onto my painting. Luckily I could incorporate the accident but I don't want to have to do that...nor do I want to purchase a new pen for each project I work on. Plus it is oil so I wouldn't be comfortable painting over it with acrylics as they might flake or peel in future. I've also tried gel pens but they tend to clog on acrylics.
So, looking at the project above, I will start at the top and work my way down. The top paint marker, which I've mentioned previously, is a Fine Painters Paint Marker from Walmart. So far this one has lasted the longest, is permanent and dries quickly but even though it says opaque, it isn't always. And it is a little bulky.
The next one down is the Gelly Roll which is okay but quite fine. I think I would like it a little thicker on my paintings but it works well on both canvas and painted paper. I'll see how long this one lasts
The third one down is the Ranger White Opaque Pen which is much like the Gelly Roll. Also works fine but I would like thicker lines.
Then there is the Souffle by Sakura which leaves a wonderful opaque, not-too-thin or not-too-thick line but it goes on fairly clear which I find challenging to work with...I guess I'll have to play with this one a little more until I figure it out.
And finally, my latest acquisition is the Liquitex Paint Marker, a chiseled marker that works like a dream so far. I like the fact that I can write thin or thick lines depending on the angle of the marker and am looking forward to see how long it lasts.
Not only do I enjoy writing with paint pens but I love tracing stencil patterns with them so if anyone has any other suggestions, I would love to hear from you!
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