I came across these pens at Make it 2017 and I just had to try them out. I’ve been looking for a Copic marker alternative that wont break the bank or overwhelm a beginner with every shade of colour imaginable and I thought these pens could be it.
The Alcohol markers come in packs of three easily blend-able colour sets in sets of primary and secondary colours, skin tones and monochromatic colours (including a colourless blending pen). For a beginner this is perfect as each pack contains a light mid tone and a darker shade. However, if you are n artist or love colouring it may be more prudent to start building a larger collection such as Copic Sketch pens which come in 358 shades.
The pens have a oval shaped smooth barrel which gives them a stylish look and ergonomic design. I sometimes have problems with my hands cramping up and dexterity but found that even using these pens for a prolonged period of time didn’t cause a problem. The other positive with the shape is that unlike other brands such as the Copic Ciao pens stay were they are on the desk and don’t roll around.
The pens are duel ended including a chisel tip for broad colouring and a bullet nib for more detailed work. Ideally I would have preferred a pen which has the brush tip for increased control and the ability to colour finer more complex images, such as the Copic Sketch (or at least had the ability to convert to one like the Spectrum Noir). However, after using these pens I was pleasantly surprised at their ability to get into the harder to reach parts of my delicate stamps without bleeding the colour everywhere.
Like most other pens the caps are colour coded and match the true colour of the pens quite well. Although, the colour code written on the lids can be quite difficult to read on some of the pens especially compared to that of the Copic Sketch.
One of the major down falls of these pens is the fact that like Pro-markers they are disposable. So far replacement nibs and brushes are not available and they can not be refilled unlike both Copic and Spectrum Noirs. Although this is not such a problem when comparing the price points of these markers compared to the competition; for a set of 3 pens at the craft show I paid £3.25. Compare this to the price of individual Copic Sketch at £4/50, Pro-markers at £2.75 each, or Spectrum Noirs which have to be bought as a pack of 6 for £8.00; it works out much cheaper at just over £1.08. Allowing you to quickly and cheaply build a useful working collection.
Below is an image stamped with memento ink onto non-coated generic white card stock which I have coloured using the pens.
What are your favourite ways to colour your stamps and images?