The Graphik line painter pens from Derwent are a lot of fun.
The colors are bright and the paint flows out of the Graphik pens without any problems. The reviews on the Blick Art Store’s website only rate them as 3.5 out of 5. Customers complain about the pens leaking but I do not have that problem. Or at least I have not had that problem as of now. When you first get them, you pump the nib a couple of times to get the ink to flow. Periodic shaking keeps the pigment mixed.
In the video, I state that I do not know how many colors there are. According to the Blick website, I found out that there are 20 colors. The colors that I have, Brickroad, Tom, Herring, Paradise, and Minted are bright and clear. The nib is very small so I do not recommend using them to fill in large areas because of the small nib and because they do not have a lot of ink. The yellow (Brickroad) is a bit harder to see on white or cream paper but shows up well on a colored background.
If you want to use them for line work, as in Zentangle® they would be great.
On slick surfaces, they take a moment to dry.
In the video, I demonstrate in a Moleskine that has a coated paper. I also demonstrate in a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed-media paper journal. The pen soaks into that paper faster than on the Moleskine paper. But it still has to dry completely before becoming permanent. You can use that to your advantage if you want to blend the ink around the paper. The pens work very well over acrylic paint. They are perfect for adding detail to a final layer in a mixed-media piece of artwork.
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