Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wink of Stella Brush 'find of the year'...

Hi girls and guys, hope your well. 

Here I have a review of our Wink of Stella Brushes. It has been done by Quinn McDonald, the owner of QuinnCreative.

This pen may be my find of the year. It is the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen by ZIG® Kuretake.

The pen is a brush, and it comes in 12 colors and clear. The ink in the pen is a rich color mixed with microscopic specks of gold glitter.
Because it is a brush, it is flexible and can write both a fine line and a broad one, which makes it excellent for hand-lettering.

I bought the black pen and the clear one. The black pen puts down a rich, dark line of ink with a super-fine glitter in it. I’m not normally a glitter girl, but this ink is perfect. Neither harsh nor overdone, the color is distributed evenly, goes down smoothly and looks elegant.  The pen is also comfortable to hold, with a tapered body and a finger grip that can be squeezed to start the ink flow.

The clear ink is what surprised and delighted me. In the sample above, which admittedly doesn’t show the glimmer at all, the clear ink went over a dark green Tombow waterproof ink on the letters L, M, and N.

No smearing, just a snail-trail of sparkly glitter evenly and cleanly put down. The glimmer in the clear pen is multi-colored and the glimmer in the black seems to have more gold tones.
Using the clear brush pen, you can highlight whatever waterproof pen you want to. There is no bleed through and no feathering.  You don’t rinse the color out, you simply recap the pen. 

These three pens are ones that will become staples for my art journaling and sketching.  In the hand-lettered example, the black pen did the thick part of the letters A through K; the clear covered the L through N; the Linemarker made all the fine details; the leaves and flowers were done with a Tombow 280 or a Distress Pen in Victorian Velvet by (Tim Holtz). The Distress Markers are not waterproof, so if you run the brush pen over them, they will smear.

I still have to test the longevity and the ability of the pen to be left uncapped for an hour or so, which is possible in my way of using them.

Thank you Quinn, we really appreciate the review, it means a lot to us when people go out of their way to say such lovely things :) 

All the best, Becki x