I was absolutely gobsmacked when a packaged arrived from Edding yesterday, and I saw how generous they had been. I asked for any of their products to review, and they sent me a huge selection! I am so grateful and beyond excited to try them out!
Edding are a German maufacturer well known for producing high quality. I certainly found that to be the case at any rate!
I got stuck in straight away with my Tattoo colouring book, as there was a page full of the same design for me to test them all on.
First of all: the Fine, Broad, and Brush Colourpens, and Colour Markers.
As you can see, colour-wise they're all identical. The difference of course is the tips.
What I love about these is that whatever image you have to colour- whether it's small and intricate or poster-sized- you know you're going to be getting the same colour tone throughout the Edding range. I hate it when a pen runs out mid-way through a picture and the other pens you have just aren't the same shade! There's no worrying about that with Edding. There is an impressive 40 different colours to choose from in this range!
The pens themselves are a delight to use, particularly the brush tips as they slide so smoothly across the paper and the flexibility of the nib really does feel like using a paintbrush! Covering large areas quickly is easy, a huge plus! Colours are bold and vibrant, and the water-based ink means they wash out of most textiles and most importantly, don't bleed through pages. They're also safe to be left cap-less for 3 days without drying out, and are odourless!
The only thing I would say with the brush tips is not to go over the same area twice if possible, as the tip area is so wide and wet with colour that it can soak the paper a bit and cause feathering- but that's all about technique, not the pens themselves.
Nib sizes are 0.5-1mm (fine), 1-2mm (broad), variable (brush), and 3mm (marker).
Now onto the Metallics!
These metallic pens, inset in a very practical tin, are just brilliant. They're extremely lightfast (resistant to sunlight), so the colour comes out thick and bold and isn't affected by whatever lighting enviroment you're in. They would work best on dark paper, but I haven't got any of that at the moment unfortunately!
As you can see on the picture with the hearts, I had to try and be very precise as these will cover black borders with no problem. The nib is 1-3mm, so these are probably best to use on designs which don't have too much border. I'll use these to add shine to mandalas or for making details pop, but I wouldn't use them for colouring large areas of paper as they do create lines. They don't bleed either :)
The gel rollers come in a pack of 7 (16 shades available), and have a fine 0.7mm nib. They glide across the paper with ease, and again would look stunning on black paper. The rubber grip makes them comfortable to hold, and they're great for glamming up the more precise details on pictures.
These fineliners, perfect for complex detail at just 0.3mm, are again beautifully presented in a quality tin. They would be great for illustrations, too, and come in 16 brilliant colours (I received the 10 pack). You can't deny that Edding produce superior materials; the sheer variety of styles shows just how importantly they take colouring, sketching and art in general. Edding have surely manufactured every pen medium you could ever need, there are tonnes more different pens in their range!
Lastly, I bring out the big guns- the Gloss Paint markers that will write, colour & draw on just about any surface! Glass, metal, plastic, paper- they're even water, light and heat resistant! These would be fantastic for colouring on laminate or transparencies, if you need to do a presentation for example. They are not pens I will use for everyday colouring of course, but it's great to have something so versatile in my collection.
Each pen is made of metal, and you have to shake them first to get that lovely thick colour ready to use. I tested them on plastic as you can see in the photo, and the result is rich, broad colour. The bullet-style nibs are 1-2mm, so they're surprisingly thin, and dry very quickly. Also, the ink doesn't smell strong at all, as you might expect with this type of pen. Available in 14 different colours!
I hope you have enjoyed my review of Edding pens, I urge you to have some of these in your hoard, as the quality really is wonderful and they're not expensive. I can see these fast becoming my go-to pens, especially those brush tips :) Watch out for future colouring book reviews that will feature these pens in more action!
These products were given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can purchase Edding products online through various websites, including Amazon.