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Which Fineliner Pens are Good to use with Copics / Alcohol Markers?

We recently were contacted by one of our customers Anspire who is a very talented digital artist who has recently delved into more traditional art.

She has been doing a comparison of various fineliner pens used in conjunction with alcohol markers and thought our readers might be interested in her findings.

Naturally we were delighted to hear from her and she has some surprising results.

Hello,

My name is Anspire and I make art and videos about all sorts of creative stuff. My latest obsession are alcohol markers and I am proud to announce I have collected all Spectrum Noir pens. I also own a few Copics and plan to expand my collection.

I am a primarily digital artist so when it came to traditional art, I was a complete beginner. It was not long until I finished my first few drawings and I realised my fineliner was feathering and smudging as I was coloring. Alcohol markers were obviously different from water-based ones and didn’t behave the same way.

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A couple ruined drawings later, I decided it was enough and I went online and browsed Tiger Pens for options. I picked nine pens to review, all in black but in different sizes and waited for them to arrive so I could make my comparison video about with fineliner pens fare well with these types of markers.

Below is what came out of it, and if you are interested in the full version, you can find it linked at the end.

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Fineliners tested with Copics

Pen brand Size Price* Did it smudge? Did it feather?** Compatibility
Pigma Micron .05 ££££ Yes No None
Kuretake ZIG Millenium .005 £££ Yes No Low
Edding 1880 .02 £££ Yes No Low
OHTO Graphic Liner .01 £££ No No High
Staedler Lumocolor permanent S £££ Yes Yes None
Staedler Lumocolor non-permanent F £££ Yes Yes None
Uni-pin Fine Line 0.05 £££ Yes No Medium
Berol Finewriter N/A ££ No No High
Stabilo point 88 0.4 £ No No High

* ££££- more than £2; £££ – more than £1.50; ££ – between £1.50 – £1, £ – less then £1

** Feathering happens when the ink does not smudge but moves around on the paper, making lines thicker and blurry.

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Fineliners tested with Spectrum Noir

Pen brand Size Price* Did it smudge? Did it feather?** Compatibility
Pigma Micron .05 ££££ Yes No None
Kuretake ZIG Millenium .005 £££ Yes No Low
Edding 1880 .02 £££ Yes No Low
OHTO Graphic Liner .01 £££ No No High
Staedler Lumocolor permanent S £££ Yes Yes None
Staedler Lumocolor non-permanent F £££ Yes Yes None
Uni-pin Fine Line 0.05 £££ Yes No Medium
Berol Finewriter N/A ££ No No High
Stabilo point 88 0.4 £ No No High

* ££££- more than £2; £££ – more than £1.50; ££ – between £1.50 – £1, £ – less then £1

** Feathering happens when the ink does not smudge but moves around on the paper, making lines thicker and blurry.

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Overall, three pens stood out, all of them on the cheaper side.

Pen brand Size Price* Did it smudge? Did it feather?** Compatibility
OHTO Graphic Liner .01 £££ No No High
Berol Finewriter N/A ££ No No High
Stabilo point 88 0.4 £ No No High

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I must add all pens feel and look great but for the sake of this post which only looks at how well they fare with alcohol markers, the other six were incompatible.

If you are interested to hear more about each one and see how they did for yourself, please check out the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf6PaZLlskQ

Follow Anspire for more:

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Jess at A Planner by Nature opens up about Bullet Journaling.

Angela at Paper Lovestory takes a quick scan of Platinum Blue-Black fountain pen ink.

Barb at Art Journal Cafe gets down to selecting an art journal.

Fufaraw displays a collection of Pelikan, Parker, and Sheaffer fountain pens.

Michelle at Seaweed Kisses lays out her favorite pens for journaling. (Click through to video.)

Elle at The Acculturated Housewife searches for the ultimate gel highlighter.

And All Other Tasks tries to match a ballpoint pen to the Field Notes Expedition series.

Nickole at EveryThink Else gets the blues with Pilot Iroshizuku fountain pen ink.

The World In Pens

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● The accumulation of discarded pens concerns some students in India, so they’ve collected nearly 10,000 of them to display and hopefully convince fellow students to cut back, according to The Hindu. (They’re trying to promote the use of pens made from paper, instead.)

● The Trail-Gazette profiles the owner of an unusual – and brilliant – business in a small mountain town in Colorado. It’s a combination coffee shop/stationer that sells Moleskine notebooks and Retro 51 pens, among others, along with its cups of coffee. Continue reading

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Pao at The Serial Doodler searches for feathering in Smells Like Sunday notebooks.

Matthias at Bleistift stages a dance-off between the Mitsubishi 7700 and the Staedtler Noris colour.

Joanna at My Precious Krafts gives high marks to the Studio Oh! Deconstructed Notebook.

Pete at Pete Denison tries to get comfortable with the Pilot Decimo capless fountain pen.

Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek just can’t join up with US Military Memo Books.

The Gadgeteer wishes for more choices in the First Draft Co. notebook.

Margana at Inkophile experiments with the Speedball Elegant Writer.

Amanda at Paper Pens Ink unfolds her new traveller’s notebook.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens deems the Lamy Pico ballpoint pen useful.

George at My Supply Room scores with the Levenger L-Tech 3.0 rollerball pen.

The World In Pens

● Lamy’s introduced a new high-end pen range – imporium – and the Naples Daily News highlights a Florida stationer that is one of only 12 in the US to carry the pens.

● BlogHer joins the adult coloring craze with a few useful tips on getting into the habit, including one common-sense bit of advice that works: Keep your coloring book where you can see it and be reminded to use it.

● ITV reports on a London artist who is collecting articles of clothing and stories about the owners for an installation project that mixes handwriting and hand-stitching. When finished, the Stitch Lives of London will feature 215 garments with the owners’ handwritten stories stitched into them. Continue reading

Penthusiasm!

Margana at Inkophile takes on cheap paper with Noodler’s Black fountain pen ink.

Matthias at Bleistift encounters the Deli No. 7083 pencil in Shanghai.

Amanda at Paper Pens Ink gets skeptical about left-handers and smeared ink.

Joanna at My Precious Krafts sticks to her Daiso Kraft Scrapbook.

Cody at The Pen Haul weighs the Kaweco Sport fountain pen and finds it a little light.

The Unroyal Warrant inks up a vintage Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point fountain pen.

Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek makes friends with the Field Notes 56 Week Planner.

David at Too Many Inks shows off the Pelikan M320 Ruby Red.

Ray at Fountain Pen Quest changes inks in the Visconti Homo Sapien Bronze Age fountain pen.

Rhonda at the Blog of Rhonda Eudaly accidentally tries out the Uniball Signo Broad gel pen.

Penthusiasm!

Rachel at Rachel Rites explains the Bullet journaling system.

Lito at Palimpsest delves into the history of Shaw & Sons stationers.

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! finds Field Notes notebooks to be serviceable.

The Unroyal Warrant explores the Namiki Custom Impression fountain pen.

Nifty at Notebook Stories likes the look of Best Made notebooks.

Sarah at A California Yankee… opens up her pen case full of fountain pens.

No Pen Intended finds love with the Pilot Vanishing Point limited edition fountain pen.

Ray at Fountain Pen Quest fills his Sheaffer Balance Oversize with Montblanc Irish Green ink.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens field tests the PocketJot notebook cover.

The Weekly Pencil finally lands a Palomino Blackwing 211 pencil.

The World In Pens

A Bic spokeswoman takes to Chicago radio station WBEZ to explain the company is on a “mission to save handwriting” and why that matters.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station write in their journals (not by hand, though) at least three times a week, and those journals are later analyzed by behaviorists, according to NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Artist James Charles has a show running in New York, and Beautiful Decay profiles some of his work drawing pop culture figures on US currency.

Malaysia’s The Artsy Craftsy offers up an overview of junk journaling, a mixed media way of keeping track of the memorable moments in your life.

Using pen and paper externalizes internal thoughts, leading to a focus on higher-order thinking skills, according to educational psychology professor Grace Koo, writing in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Urban Sketchers Chicago lays out 10 reasons to do more drawing, including improved hand-eye coordination, and lists some groups that will help keep you motivated.

A member at the Wet Canvas forum has written a detailed guide to the types of pens artists use, along with some recommendations for the best pens for the job.

5 Green Pens We Recommend

A couple of months ago, I wrote about teachers and students using green ink as part of a feedback system that focuses on improving work, instead of just highlighting mistakes.

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That made me a little curious about green pens, since I didn’t really have much experience with them. The few I’d used were pretty unimpressive, mostly because the ink was so pallid. So I decided to take a run through a bunch of green pens to find the ones that worked the best.

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The Pen Warrior sent me a package full of disposables from most of the major brands we carry: Pilot, Pentel, Uniball, Bic, Paper Mate, Staedtler, and Stabilo. There were 18 all together, in a variety of hues. Most were stick pens. Continue reading

Penthusiasm!

Brad at The Pen Addict backs the Tactile Turn Gist fountain pen.

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! doodles with Private Reserve Spearmint fountain pen ink.

Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk clicks through the Sharpie Pen Retractable.

Matthias at Bleistift cranks up the M + R 0981 pencil sharpener.

Cody at The Pen Haul fills his Clairefontaine Pocket Notebook.

Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek dresses up the Levenger Steath Circa Foldover.

Suzanne at Twenty Four at Heart lists her favorite pens for various art projects.

Christine at Pentulant swabs some Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-ho fountain pen ink.

George at My Supply Room recommends Pentel Graphgear mechanical pencils.

Mary at From the Pen Cup stops being serious with Uniball Signo DX Hello Kitty gel pens.

Penthusiasm!

Rob at Rob’s Art Supply reviews learns to control the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

Margana at Inkophile glides across the page with the Platinum #3776 Century Yamanaka fountain pen.

Heather at inlovewithjournals swoons over the Franklin-Christoph notebook.

The Weekly Pencil runs into trouble sharpening his Koh-i-Noor Toison D’or 1900 Series 2B pencil.

The Passionate Penman turns his attention to the Sakura Pigma Micron 005.

Lito at Palimpsest takes us back in time for P & J Arnold fountain pen ink.

Tina at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee charts a bumpy course with the Pilot Waverly Nib.

Michael at Inkdependence almost likes Noodler’s Dostoyevsky fountain pen ink.

Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek wishes J. Herbin Bleu Azur fountain pen ink were darker.

Christine at Pentulant dives into the Jinhao 159 fountain pen.

Rhonda at the Blog of Rhonda Eudaly sweeps up with the Midori Eraser Mini Cleaner II.

The World In Pens

Business 2 Community makes the case that doodling is an effective tool to improve communication, increase productivity and spur creativity in the workplace.

A Flavorwire article from a couple years ago making its way around social media again shows the hand-drawn/hand-written plot outlines of several famous authors, including J.K. Rowling and Joseph Heller.

The Providence Journal profiles a doodler who developed his craft into a regular business selling pen-and-ink sketches on the US festival circuit.

All4Women explains why journaling is good for your mental health in a succinct 12-point list that covers everything from stress management to panic attacks.

The Sprachen blog explains in depth how to start and organize a language notebook for tracking your progress as you learn multiple languages.

Seinfeld’s “All I said was I liked the pen” holds the No. 1 spot on the Pentel blog’s top 10 pop culture references to pens. (On a related note, a few years ago, we rounded up some of the best movie/TV fight scenes that involved a pen.)

This interview with Swedish poet Emina Gaspar-Vrana on the Memopipwrites blog contains one of the best lines ever about pens and writing: “Who needs a shrink when you have a pen?”

Kinja asked readers to vote for their five favorite pens and the Pilot G-2 made the top of the list. Maybe their readers just don’t know pens.

Penthusiasm!

Lito at Palimpsest shares a Kate Chopin letter griping about the tiny invisible hairs on her pen.

The Passionate Penman block-prints his respect for the Tombow Mono 100.

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! splashes through some J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey fountain pen ink.

Patrick at The Cramped gets to the point with the new Field Notes Planner.

Ray at Fountain Pen Quest experiences disappointment with Toucan Bright Green ink.

Maybelline at On Fountain Pens finishes delving into the meaning of Iroshizuku fountain pen inks.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens feels no intensity from Diamine Red Lustre fountain pen ink.

George at My Supply Room finds his match with the Retro 51 cat fountain pen.

Matthias at Bleistift appeals to his Swedish readers to identify a mystery pencil from television.

Tina at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee learns new appreciation for her drawing pens.

The World in Pens

Pilot Pen continues its campaign to make pens sexy by returning to New York Fashion Week with gift bags and a dress festooned with pens, reports World Branding Forum.

Smile Politely introduces Chicago-area artist Katie Funk, who designs unusual mandalas, including one made up of mostly nudes, for her coloring books.

Moleskine fanboys/girls might be excited by the new Livescribe special edition that includes a Moleskine-branded Livescribe pen, an Evernote premium subscription, a Moleskine notebook and a few other goodies, according to The Next Web.

A college student offers some tips for personalizing notebooks – like how to use Scotch tape to make your notebook cover a dry-erase board – in the Daily Star of Bangladesh.

In the most unsurprising news story ever, the Telegraph reports that kids who don’t write letters also don’t think letter-writing is fashionable.

The Korea Herald tells the story of an artist whose installation art about handwriting consists of having people walk into an isolated room and transcribe literary works with a pencil.

Good news from the Atlantic: Artist Jason Polan’s project to draw Every Person in New York has been turned into a book with 30,000 of his drawings. (In 2011, Jason told us about the pens he uses.)

Create great nail art on the cheap with Pilot Choose gel pens, according to BlogHer.

Penthusiasm!

Tina at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee test drives the Pilot Parallel pen.

Angela at Paper Lovestory stocks up on stationery for the new school year.

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! spends a week in Italy with his pencils.

Nifty at Notebook Stories unlocks Pete Doherty’s prison notebooks.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens weighs the Lamy Logo fountain pen.

Michael at Inkdependence samples Franklin-Christoph Terra Firma ink.

JD at Kicking Ass and Taking Notes works out a system for organizing notebooks.

The Unroyal Warrant reviews the Namiki Yukari Royale Vermilion fountain pen.

Maybelline at On Fountain Pens chronicles the Montblanc Writers Edition Leo Tolstoy 1868 fountain pen.

Matthias at Bleistift gets technical with the Zebra DelGuard mechanical pencil.

The World In Pens

Teacher Josh Giesbrecht makes the case in the Atlantic that it isn’t technology causing the decline in handwriting; it’s the humble ballpoint pen.

The Wall Street Journal recounts the story of how a man tracked down one of the Parker pens Admiral Chester Nimitz used when he signed Japan’s surrender to the US at the end of WWII. (subscription required)

Sharpie and Paper Mate pen companies spend more on advertising in the US than any other brand, according to an interesting article in Broadcasting & Cable.

Looks like Donald Trump writes all his poison pen letters in Sharpie, says this article on Mediaite.

Religion News Service explores the idea that adult coloring is not only good for your mental health, but may also boost your spiritual well-being.

A college student heaps adulation on a showing of drawings by Kurt Vonnegut (yes, drawing, not writing), in a column for the Cornell Daily Sun.

MPs paid an artist £17,000 to create an amazingly detailed drawing that depicted the Britain’s 2015 election, and the Mirror offers a close-up examination of all its bits.

Doodling in the workplace can aid productivity and help communicate big ideas to your co-workers, according to Business 2 Community.

Penthusiasm!

Brian at OfficeSupplyGeek clicks through the Rite in the Rain mechanical pencil.

Ray at The Fountain Pen Quest runs Faber-Castell Garnet Red ink through his Christoph Model 20.

Christine at Pentulant offers a close-up of Rohrer & Klingner Konigsblau ink.

Rhonda at The Blog of Rhonda Eudaly gives good marks to the Sakura Ballsign Knock gel pen.

Angela at Paper Lovestory admires the Pilot Vanishing Point.

Nifty at Notebook Stories opens up her latest completed Moleskine sketchbook.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens fills her fountain pen with Pelikan Edelstein Topaz ink.

Stephanie at Rhodia Drive points the way to fountain pen fandom.

Peaches at the Pentel Blog dresses up ordinary notebooks in tissue confetti.

Mary at From the Pen Cup marvels at the Montegrappa DC Comics Penguin Fountain Pen. (Sorry DC, couldn’t help it.)

Penthusiasm!

Ian at Pens! Paper! Pencils! uncaps the Blank Forces X1 and X2.

Matthias at Bleistift introduces us to his Lamy Line Friends.

Austin at Art Supply Critic finds the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen manga set to be incomplete.

Angela at Paper Lovestory recalls the stationery she used during her first two years of medical school.

No Pen Intended gets serious with TUL pens.

Amanda at Pens Paper Ink judges Sheaffer calligraphy pens.

Lito at Palimpsest calls attention to the pen seller of Beirut.

Azizah at Gourmet Pens sizes up the clear Gama Jumbo fountain pen.

Stephanie at Rhodia Drive recounts the reviews of J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor ink.

Michael at Pensninks explores iterations of the Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen.

The Pilot Murex Is The Sexiest Pen Alive

By Russ Stutler, stutler.ccThe other day, I happened onto the site of Japanese pen guru Russ Stutler. I’d visited it before, but there was one page I’d never noticed, ’til now.

His photos and article about the Pilot Murex fountain pen.

Regular readers know that I am not a fountain pen guy, in general. I’ve tried a Kaweco and a Waterman and various disposables and enjoyed using a few of them, but nothing that really got my heart racing.

However, I have always wanted a Pilot Vanishing Point, not because they were retractable, though that helped, but because of their style. They were just the coolest looking fountain pens I’d ever seen, and, unfortunately, pretty pricey.

The one thing I never loved about the Vanishing Point was the placement of the clip.

And then recently, I saw Stutler’s collection of Pilot Murex fountain pens. They’re stainless steel, even sleeker and sexier than the Vanishing Point and, because they’re capped, don’t have the awkward clip placement.

Just looking at this pen makes me feel like I’m driving Speed Racer’s car. Continue reading

Kit Pens Made With Deer Droppings?

Deer droppings pen by Stuart KingKit pens don’t get much respect, especially from hardcore pen geeks. And sure, not without reason. They often use generic nibs, fittings and refills mass-produced to less than exacting standards.

But that’s not totally fair, either. Some kit pens have beautiful barrels, lovingly crafted by hand into genuine works of art. Such pens may be less about the writing experience and more about the aesthetics.

These are not those pens. Or, at least, not entirely.

While browsing pens online, I came across some handmade specimens that were just so odd, I had to share them with you. To wit: Pens with barrels that contain crushed animal droppings. Continue reading