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030207 Black Paper Pen Marker Crayon Test

This is a bunch of scribbles & doodles from trying out different pens on black paper. I want to first say that this is Strathmore paper, which I just can't stand. I just bought some Canson Black paper but haven't tried it out yet. There's several types of Gelly pens here. DId you know that there were different types? While most of them will put down nice color on black, they skip, get thin and are otherwise inconsistent. My favorite was a silver/blue pen that had a lightning bolt on the cap - and while it laid down a perfect silver line, sadly, the silver smudges when dry. There's a Pilot Extra Fine Silver marker here, and it's pretty nice except when it starts to sputter & run out. (Then you need to shake it to continue.) Nice to doodle with but don't get into something detailed or you might end up disappointed. Crayola crayons are too waxy, and other than the white, are pretty much useless on black. There's a Stabilio yellow multi-surface marking pencil that did ok, but not great. Next up are the Caran D'Ache Neocolor Water Soluable crayons. They were pricey, so I only bought 2 - purple and white. Wow Wow Wow. They are niiiiiiiice. Oh - and they can be blended with a wet brush, and you can do wet on wet with them. This is a mighty bad-ass product. I want more. Lastly, is the winner - el cheapo China Markers/Grease pencils in white and red. (Of note is that I've also tried various colors of Prismacolor colored pencils and some laid down better than others - but they are not represented here. Same goes for my Cray-Pas oil pastels.)

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Uploaded on March 4, 2007