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Art Journal Basics & Beyond – Pens

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I recently realised that one of my AJBB posts never actually went live. Ah, isn’t technology grand? Anyway, here it is for you now, better late than never. Right?

I’m here today to share some of my favourite pens and pencils for use in my art journal. As always, this is not a comprehensive list of whats on the market, but purely my go to goodies.

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Colour – I am a huge fan of the Gelly Roll pens by Sakura. They come in a range of styles – Souffle, Original, Metallic, Glaze etc – but my faves by far are the Moonlight pens. The vibrant, opaque colours are uh-mazing.

Black – Finding the right black pen for art journaling can be a nightmare. Some skip, smudge and fade. I have tried many and my top pick, hands down, is the Pilot Permaball. It writes on just about any surface and is permanent when dry. Sadly, it is rare as hens teeth, so I’ve been searching for others to replace it. The Fudeball is good if you’re after a thicker line, while the Uniball Insight are a great thinner alternative.

White – When it comes to white pens, you cannot go past the Uniball Signo, or white Gelly Roll. Both write beautifully if you simply slow down a little, and regularly clean the tip.

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Aside from the obvious HB, there are a few other pencils that I love to use. I adore the Stabilo ALL pencil – or what Dina Wakley refers to as the magic pencil. It’s a very soft waxy pencils that can be blended with your fingers much like an oil pastel, but it really comes to life when activated with water. It is delicious! I love my trusty Prismacolour watercolour pencil too, in black. To me, it is much like the Stabilo, but not quite as blendable.I also love using charcoal, both black and white, and recommend the Generals brand.

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Of course, I couldn’t do a pen post without including my favourites – paint pens! My favourites by far, are the Sharpie water based pens, but Posca & Montana are close behind. I was recently introduced to the Sakura Permapaque pens courtesy of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and have fallen in love with them. They have dual tips and offer great opaque coverage, without the mess that sometimes comes with traditional paint pens.

So there you have it, a peek inside my pen stash. If you havent tried any of these, I suggest you do. Heck, I will even give you permission to run out now and splurge ;)  Have you got a favourite that I havent listed? I would love to hear about it!

Happy arting!

Melita

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3 thoughts on “Art Journal Basics & Beyond – Pens

  1. So true on the black pen … I’ve been using Pentel and Uniball but they are not waterproof and the Pentel takes a long time to dry, but I love the dark lines. The search continues and the collection grows! Thanks for posting

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