Ball Point Pen or Fine Liner what is your Preference?
Did you know? Acid free pens are the norm today in most Art Supply stores
John W. Gardener once wrote that ‘Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.’
It is true that life has a certain finality that is more akin to a ballpoint or fine liner pen than a pencil. With such sentiment in mind, let’s examine the exciting world of pens. For everyday use, art, and everything in-between, most of us are experienced with using pens of one type or another. However, when it comes to artistic expression, the kind of pens you use can make a big difference as to what your final result looks like. We know how final a pen mark can be. To ensure that you make the right mark, we carry an incredible range of pens and fineliners that can even help you answer the age-old question, ball point or fine liner?
Ultimately, whether you select a ball point pen or fine liner has to do with a number of different things. Ball point pens typically use a thick, oil-based ink. The ink goes through the ball point at the end of the device and transfers effortlessly (most of the time at least) onto your surface. Ball point pens can be found just about anywhere. While there is a lot available even in the art supplies market, finding the right ball point pen can be an interesting. Do you like the ink to flow from the barrel, do you want broad or fine strokes or maybe colour? Are you after a shimmer and a shine that gel pens create, do you want to draw or write on a dark surface and need a good quality white pen? Or are you after acid free pens also known as archival pens that will write on a photograph or newspaper article with ease that will last the test of time? The different types of pens available in the art supplies market is endless and that’s why expert advice is key.
Or are you really after a fine liner or some might say marker that has a fibrous tip that is also classed as a type of pen? Artline, Copic, Micron, Uni Pin, Staedtler, Zig are all different branded types of fineliners. From my experience one isn’t really as popular as the other, it basically comes down to personal preference and what you need to make your mark on. Some sizes and colours may vary from brand to brand. Providing a wide range of sizes from extra fine pens, .005 and going to 1, brush, and beyond, all of these brands have an incredible reputation for quality and are used in a wide range of industries. For example Micron fineliners are popular among illustrators and crafters who love cross stich, how far apart is that from one medium to the other? It is mainly the sepia tone with the Micron pigment pens that they love, Copic Sepia fineliners will do the same thing but they haven’t been around in the art and craft industry as long, the quality of ink in these pens allows them to make light markers on the fabric that can barely be seen, this is then easily covered with a stitch. Then we have other pigment pens that are popular among illustrators and watercolour artists. These are bleed and waterproof, perfect for making fine sketch type markers over watercolour paintings.
Life with the Eraser
Art provides the incredible opportunity to play, to see what works and what does not creatively. While John W. Gardener may be right about life not having an eraser, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t experiment. As we are firm believers that there are no mistakes in art, for all your fabric pens, paint pens, ball point pens and anything in between we can guide you in the right direction.
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