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Art Journal Every Day: My New Favorite Journaling Pen!

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday

If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek.  Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here.

As art journalers, we know that pens are of tantamount importance.  Long ago I wrote a long post about my favorite pens for art journaling.  It's one of the most frequently asked questions I get: What's your favorite journaling pen?

My perfect journaling pen has to be super black, have a tip that will stand up to abuse, write on top of paint (essentially plastic), be fairly permanent aka waterproof, and be relatively inexpensive.  It's a lot to ask for.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love and adore the Scarlet Lime pen because it fulfills all of those requirements. However, I've been searching for a replacement for a while since it's no longer available.  I've tried lots and lots of pens that others have kindly suggested.  But nothing really worked as well for my art journaling needs.  And while I thought I bought a lifetime supply many years ago, I'm down to my last five pens.  Gasp!

I've been desperately buying pens at Staples and Target and Dick Blick to see if anything can replace my beloved Scarlet Lime Pen.  I've probably spent more than $200 on pens of all no avail.  Sigh.

However, I believe that my assistant Suzanne has found the magical replacement pen!!  (I may or may not have done a dance when she showed up with the pens in her hand.  There may or may not be a video of me crowing about the pens later that evening and dancing around my mother's kitchen.  I'm just saying...there was much rejoicing!)

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Art Journal Every Day #artjournal #artjournaleveryday
Watch the video to see my explorations of the Pilot Multiball Pen:

One commenter on YouTube pointed out that: "Mistakes can easily be fixed by wiping the ink with a wet cloth within six hours of writing. After the six hours has passed, the pen marks become permanent. What a great blend of both worlds!"  So I think that explains why the pen in the video washed away when soaked with water.  Good information to know!

Have you tried the Pilot Multiball Pen?  What do you think?

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