Sunday, 31 August 2008

In search of white pen goodness

Along with the perfect trimmer, the perfect white pen must be among the most sought after of scrapbooking tools. I've collected a few over the last year or so but still the search goes on. So when Vanessa suggested I take a few more and conduct a little group test, who was I to refuse?!

I wrote the samples once to a piece of Staples plain black A4 card and then to a piece of Bazzill Raven.

The Inkssentials from Ranger is a medium tipped pen which writes smoothly and with an even ink flow. It's a lovely bright white on both the plain card and the Bazzill.

The Sakura Souffle was kind of magical. The text was really dull and barely there when it was first written and then, before my very eyes, it brightened up. The pen has a broad tip and writes fairly smoothly with a reasonably even coverage on the plain card although less even on the Bazzill.

The Sakura Gelly Roll has a fine tip. It writes smoothly and with an even ink flow although it's not a very bright white, particularly on the Bazzill.

The Uni-ball Signo UM-153 has a broad tip and writes very smoothly with a very even ink flow. It's a nice bright white on both types of card.

The Pilot G-1 Pastel has a fine tip. It writes smoothly and gives a fairly even ink flow but it isn't a very bright white. Since compiling this, I've discovered that the Pilot G-1 Pastel has been discontinued.

The Uni-ball Signo UM-120 is the little brother to the UM-153 and has a fine tip. It writes smoothly with an even ink flow and is a fairly bright white.

The Sharpie was very scratchy to write with and really doesn't show up well at all. I wonder if this might be better on glossy surfaces rather than the card that I was using.

The American Crafts Galaxy Marker has a very broad tip and was fairly smooth to write with. It isn't very bright and I wonder if this is another pen which may work better on glossy surfaces.

So there you have it. A round up of all the white pens that Papermaze currently has available and a few more besides. If you were still looking for the perfect one, hopefully your search is now over!


Zarah said...

GREAT post! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this - a VERY useful post!

jakey said...

This is great - thanks :-). I'm useless at picking the 'right' pen. Can you do one on black journalling pens please lol!

jakey xx