Vlog: New Moleskine & Kuretake Brush Pens and Markers!

Have you ever discovered a new clothing store, walked in, and said, “Now this is my style?” Everything in the place just screams your name, and you’d turn the store into your closet if you just had the cash to buy it all out? Well, that’s how I feel about art supply stores. I don’t really care to shop for clothes, but paintbrushes, acrylics, pencils—now that’s my style! And that’s exactly what happened when I’ve discovered Jet Pens. I finally put in an order and received a bit of a haul!

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EmK’s Jet Pens Art Supply Haul

The main reason that I purchased these supplies is because I was able to try some Kuretake brand pens and markers via my Art Snacks subscription, and was extremely pleased with those supplies—especially the Kuretake No. 7 Brush Pen that came in my June 2016 Art Snacks box. This haul included 16 Kuretake Zig brand brush pens/markers. I chose to pick up a small set of the Clean Color FB markers, a supply that contains water soluble ink, which makes for a lovely addition to my mixed media art journal pages. The other main part of my haul was a group of  Kuretake black brush pens, which is a curated selection by the Jet Pens website as a “sampler,” i.e. different styles of pens made by the  Kuretake company. They have a few of these “samplers” on the site, but the Kuretake Brush Pen Sampler was the one the that caught my eye. And finally, I also picked up a pen case…because it was green and adorable and I’m just a wee bit ridiculous.

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Jet Pens Kuretake Black Brush Pen Sampler

In the video found in this post (or HERE on YouTube), I swatch out all of the pens and markers, share the secret of what makes my new pens case so awesome, and tell you the difference between each of the black brush pens found in this small collection. I also share with you my preferred technique for using the Clean Color FB markers, and proudly show off a pretty terrible portrait that I attempted to create in my new sketchbook. This video should be especially helpful for those of your curious about Kuretake brand supplies!

Jet Pens doesn’t sell exactly everything I’d like to keep in my closet (or rather, studio), but I’m a sucker for most of the things on the site. The pens, markers, pencils, sketchbooks, ink, and, well, you get the idea! I’ve been frequenting it for about two months, building up a “wishlist,” one of my favorite things about the site. But I also really appreciate that the website has a blog in which the posters create guides, how-to articles, and compare and contrast multiple tools available on the site; I’m all about research, and the Jet Pens blog makes it easy. I had read some of the blog posts before ever looking at the available supplies, and think it’s a pretty great resource for the curious artist. No, I’m not being paid to say this, I’m just strangely passionate about the statistics and facts concerning art supplies.

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Are you a Kuretake or Jet Pens fan? If so, leave me a comment and let me know what pens, markers, or other tools that you love! I’m always trying to find the next great supply!

Working With a List Palette

When working on backgrounds that consist of large blogs of colors, I like to choose pens and markers that I know will complement my spread to create small line work. I choose varying hues of the colors already found on the page, and use neutrals to contrast against the vibrant or pastel hues. My writing utensils range from cheap ball point pens, to expensive markers. I use paint pens, markers with bases of alcohol and India ink, and even highlighters! If it comes with a cap and fits in my hand, it’s likely to be used on my spreads.

Writing Utensils, Including: Uniball Pens, Sakura Gelly Rolls & Permanpaque Pens

Writing Utensils, Including: Uniball Pens, Sakura Gelly Rolls & Permanpaque Pens

Whenever I’m working with pens and markers on top of a pre-painted spread, I am already aware of my established color scheme and know what color utensils I’ll want to work with. For example, this spread was yellow, pink, and green; I pulled out my multiple collections of pens and markers, then chose yellow, orange, pink, and green writing utensils from my stash. After this, I queued up my markers in color order and created a list, writing the name of each marker/pen with the named utensils. This allowed me to compare all color types to one another, and gave me a reference to compare against my pre-painted spread. I call this a list palette.

A List Palette

A List Palette

Once my list palette is created, I place it close to my journal spread so that I can see which colors will clash against the background and which ones will provide an attractive contrast. For most spreads, I use white and black pens/markers without question, and this spread was no different. However, I did find it more difficult to choose colored utensils, as the pastel background was somewhat outside of my comfort zone. Besides the neutral colored pens, I ended up only choosing 4 others. I happily realized the tip types to be varied, giving me the ability to keep my line work diverse and interesting.
If you’re interested in seeing this process, watching me create some doodled chaos in my art journal, or would like hear some public domain folk music: view the video below.