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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:

    [embed width="123" height="456"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf6PaZLlskQ[/embed]

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  • Popular Brush Pens For Under £5

    Brush pens have many uses from calligraphy to lettering & sketching. These flexible versatile pens could be seen as bridging the gap between pens & paint, a fountain pen with a brush tip instead of a metal nib. Some have real hair bristles, others are synthetic, some can be refilled using cartridges, others use ink converters. Brush Pens are available in a wide range of colours.

    Sakura Pigma Brush Pen

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    This is a flexible two in one, it can write like a pen & paint like a brush with ink delivered through the sides & tip. The fine brush nib responds to changes in direction & pressure in an instant making anything possible from doodles to swirls & fine to broad lines. They are a popular choice with Illustrators & Cartoonists & are filled with Sakura's renowned archival quality pigment ink which is quick drying & waterproof. They are available in 9 different colours.

    Some of our satisfied customers tell us that the Sakura Pigma is a “Very good quality brush pen, with an excellent tip" & are “Great pens with a super fine brush tip and really dark ink color"

    Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen

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    This versatile brush pen has a fine tip well suited to drawing consistent lines & use with stencils at one end with a durable soft brush at the other. The brush is ideal for applying colour to large areas.

    These Tombow ABT pens are water based, odourless, acid free & non toxic. A single reservoir feeds both ends of the pen ensuring the colour is matched & they are available individually in a huge range of 96 colours as well as assorted packs. The Tombow web site is very informative & you can watch a tutorial here
    Note: these pens are not light resistant

    Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen

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    This pen is great for a variety of tasks including drawing on canvas, sketching & illustrations. The pen can be rolled sideways to create a thick line & the high quality brush can be used straight & bent without breaking. With a wide range of over 50 colours to choose from light shades are ideal for varnishing techniques while the darker ones are good for covering large areas.

    Other qualities include

    • Consistent & even ink flo
    • Lightfast
    • Acid Free
    • Pigment Ink
    • Odourless
    • Water Resistant

    You can see some tips & demos from Franz Spohn in this You Tube video

    Copic Sketch Markers

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    This Japanese brand is popular with manga artists, crafters & designers. This dual marker has a flexible brush at one end & chisel tip marker at the other. Both tips can be replaced, they are also refillable using various ink refill bottles. These markers come in a huge range of 358 colours, they have a strong plastic body & colour coded caps.

    The Copic website is a mine of information, full workshops & tutorials, they will be releasing their new, original manga -- iii Academy. An informational fantasy story filled with colors and comedy! very soon.  You can view it here

    It can take some time for a beginner to get to grips with working with a brush pen but there is a lot of info to be found in the form of tutorials & You Tube vids & you know what they say about practice – it makes perfect.

  • Copic Ciao Marker June Giveaway Winner

    Lucky no 46 was chosen by random .org as the winner of our June giveaway for the choice of 10 Copic Ciao Markers from 180 colours available in the Tiger Pens Store.Lucky No 46

    So congratulations to the winner Fayre these are great markers and we are sure that you will enjoy trying them out.

    To claim your prize:

    • Please leave a comment on this post
    • Email us your address using the details in the Contact Us link at the top of the page
    • Please include in the email the 10 Copic Ciao marker colours that you would like
    • You have one week to claim your prize

    Thank you to everyone who entered for those who were not lucky this time around if you wish to buy Copic Ciao Markers they are available in our online store.

    Watch this space for our next giveaway coming soon.

  • Tiger Pens Store June 2012 News Round up

    We have been busy beavering away over here at Tiger Pens and thought it may be a good idea to do a quick round up of everything that has been happening recently at the Tiger pens online store.

    Uni Signo Broad UMN-207To start with the Uni-ball Signo UMN-207 Broad 1.0mm is finally in stock. It was released by Uni-ball UK earlier this year and I don’t think that they quite anticipated the demand for it. So we were eagerly awaiting a slow boat from Japan to arrive with new stock. Continue reading

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