There are a number of ways to add some accents to a finished page – glitter, metallics, and of course, a hint of white.
A white pen, used sparingly, can make a coloured page come to life. Whether it’s a sparkle in an animals eye, stars in the sky, or a bright reflection, white definitely has its place!
But what to use to get the effect? There are a number of white pens available at the moment. I have three different brands here to you show you how they work in action!
Sakura Gelly Roll
Gelly Rolls are the créme da la créme of gel pens. With a 0.4mm nib and a huge range of effects and colours, they are very popular amongst colourists.
The white gel pen is the most transparent of all three, so you may have to use a few layers to gain the opaque effect. I found mine was a bit difficult to get the ink to flow, but others have said they flow fine, so it may be user error or just a faulty pen.
Uniball Signo White
Uniball has quite a range of specialty pens, including metallics and pastels. The white gel pen has a 0.7mm nib, standard nib size. There is also a ‘Broad’ white pen available that has a 1.0mm nib.
I found this the best middle ground – not entirely opaque, but not transparent either. The ink flowed freely and dried quite quickly.
Posca Paint Pen
The only one that isn’t a gel pen, the Posca Paint Pen actually has acrylic paint inside. It is available in a huge range of nib sizes, from 0.5-8mm. I’ve tested the 0.7mm here today.
The ink/paint flowed freely, but not too quickly. It dried nearly immediately, and as its a small amount of paint, will not bleed through. The only thing I found was that you have to be careful not to press down while using it. I did once, and ended up with a 2cm round blob of white paint on the page!
The following images are four different mediums, applied as they would normally be on a colouring page and accented with the labelled pen. I’ve done the same patterns and layers of the pens on each so you can see how they come out!
These pens are available from Amazon (US) from the following links –
I hope you’ve liked this review and comparison!