White pens
I love my white pens, trust me on that – but it’s a love-hate relationship. I would use them a lot more if they weren’t so damn difficult to write with. As you can see from this experiment above all of the three writing pens can write on acrylic paint (that is totally dry) but you have to be careful. Because I got questions about white pens on my previous post I thought I’d share some pen advice today.

When holding a white pen you should always:

1. shake your pen
2. warm it up, kick start it by doing swirly motions on another piece of paper
3. write extremely slow
4. yes, try to be patient and breath
5. don’t press but let the white ink flow out on its own
6. go back and fill in where it didn’t take

If the ink doesn’t come flowing out, try to talk to your pen and tell it how much you love it. This might work.

My latest white pen is the Zig Posterman, waterproof pen by Kuretake. Meant for non porous surfaces like ceramic but because of the hi-opaque pigment ink I like it a lot, though the “fine tip” (1 mm) is not very fine. Then I also own a few white writing pens:

Just write very slowly
Uni-ball signo by Mitsubishi is often recommended but the easiest to find is the Gelly roll Med by Sakura. Today I liked the Gel-pen by Tombo best.

So, in conclusion: white pens are awesome – but difficult to use. Maybe you’ve got some other favorites, or advice?

** Also see the post Favorite Pens for Mixed Media for more recommendations. I’ve written about all kinds of pens because I fall in love with and buy new ones all the time.

What creative person doesn’t love & collect pens? I say: you can never ever have too many!