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Art Journal Every Day: Pen Talk

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One of the most frequent questions I get is about pens.  Which ones do I use in my art journal?  I used to have some favorites, but they've changed over time as my needs and style have changed.  So, I thought I'd share a little bit about what I'm using right now.

Journaling Pen: Pilot Permaball from Scarlet Lime

I first came across this pen at the Roots & Wings retreat.  Christy Tomlinson and her husband, Ben, were waxing poetic about its perfection.  I was skeptical.  They gave me one to try out and I promptly went home and ordered two dozen of them.  It is waterproof, super black, and writes over paint and so many other surfaces easily.  I can't imagine journaling without it at this point.

White Pen: Sharpie Poster Paint -- in two sizes

I am a devotee of the Sharpie Poster Paint white markers.  They're super opaque and write over anything!  They're waterproof when dry, but have a long open time so you can smudge them around when you want to.  I often use the larger of the two markers to create the highlights on a face in my journal.  I draw a quick line and then smudge it with my fingers and it looks like paint.  They're fab!

Markers: Permapaque Dual Point and Copic Sketch Markers

Virtually any heavy black outline you see in my art journal was done with a Permapaque.  I love the dual tips -- a bullet tip for detail and a chisel tip for filling stuff in.  They come in lots of colors (I'll confess that I don't love the metallics).  They're fairly opaque, have no odor, and dry quickly to a matte finish.  I use them all the time.

The Copics are alcohol ink, so they write particularly well on non-porous surfaces like painted pages.  They're waterproof once dry and transparent.  I love using them to create shadowing.  The brush tip is especially good for that purpose.

I shared this face from my journal a few weeks ago:

I used a Permapaque for the black outline, a white Sharpie for the highlights, and all the shadowing was done with a Copic marker.

This lettering sample that I shared yesterday...

...all the pen work was with the Scarlet Lime pen, the red and green are Permapaque, and the white is the Sharpie. 

Do you have favorite pens to use in your art journal?

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