Color Pens


Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
— Pablo Picasso

Woohoo!! Thanks to our friend Erin, who mentioned this article about the benefits of coloring from a psychologists point of view - According To Psychologists, Coloring Is The Best Alternative To Meditation. A must read article!!

About a month ago, we posted an article about Pirasta - Let's Color America big poster our fans were amazed and excited to learn more about this poster. Let the excitement continue, here is part 2 of the article – What are the best pens for your coloring poster or book?

We have tested over 10 different brands from various shops, and we are excited to show you our favorite for coloring pens.

Here is the list of brands and the approximate price per pen that we used.

1.    BIC Brite Liner Grip XL Highlighter - $1 (US)
2.    Diaso TWIN Fluorescent Pen - $1.2 (Japan) 
3.    Deleter NEOPIKO - $ 2 (Japan)
4.    Kuretaka Zig KURECOLOR - $4 (Japan)
5.    COPIC CIAO - $3 (Japan)
6.    MUJI Hexagonal Gel Ink Pen - $3.25 (Japan)
7.    Sharpie Industrial - $3 (US)
8.    Daiso POSTILA - $1 (Japan)
9.    SAKURA Gelly Roll Metallic - $1 (Japan)
10.  Kuretake ZIG Memory System Writer Metallic - $4 (Japan)
11.   STAMPABLES - markers with stamps $17 a set (US)

And here is the list of shops we visited in San Francisco:

DIASO | 570 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Japanese $1 store)
BLICK | 979 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Maido Stationery & Gifts | 845 Market St #420, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Westfield Mall) 

So, what is considered the best coloring pens? We’re looking for smoothness, no bleeding through paper, good for details coloring, colors that are pop, not dull. We will illustrate these points with the color pen and the coloring next to it. 

photo | softiescuties

photo | softiescuties

BIC® Brite Liner Grip™ XL Highlighter in yellow. We love this pen for its vivid yellow and smoothness. It is a pop color. As you can see in this cheerful pineapple. Note that the chisel tip may be too wide for detail coloring. You might color outside the line if not color carefully. 

photo | softiescuties

photo | softiescuties

Next up - Muji pens. These pens are very fine point. They are very good for small detail coloring. We used for Golden Gate Bridge and it took a while to color. This red color is absolutely stunning. Very close to the real Golden Gate Bridge - wouldn't you agree?

photo | softiescuties

photo | softiescuties

Next up, we recommend two Neopiko pens a RED and a GREEN. As you can see here the green Hawaiian skirt, it is pretty smooth, no strong or light stroke and pretty consistent. 

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photo | softiescuties

Next up, our #1 favorite pen - SAKURA Gelly Roll Metallic in term of price, extremely smooth writing, consistent ink flow to the very last drop and the color is flat, it is like printing on the paper and if you look at head down angle you'll see the color is pretty shining.

Bottom right is the ZIG Cartoonist Kurecolor Fine & Brush pen. We recommend to get one bright yellow for skin tone. As you can see in the body of the mermaid and the Hawaiian lady.

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photo | softiescuties

photo | softiescuties

photo | softiescuties

Doesn't this sun wearing sunglasses make you smile? Here we used the Sharpie Industrial black around the sun. COPIC Ciao marker yellow is the sun face and TWIN brown yellow for the sunglasses.

Noticed we also used Sharpie Industrial black around the planet. We suggest don't be afraid to use black. Black can be a pop color as you can see here.

photo | softiescuties - various color pens that we used but not our favorite.

photo | softiescuties - various color pens that we used but not our favorite.

photo | softiescuties

photo | softiescuties

Here is what our coloring workstation look like - a yoga mat, some tissues if ink gets on your hands, the big poster and cups to put things in order. 

We will show you when we're done..until then happy coloring!!