Today I have a mega review for you featuring lots of products in the Zig range, including Wink of Stella, Brushables and blendable alcohol pens. Kuretake, a Japanese company founded in 1902, have consistently been considered to manufacture some of the best art materials available to artists and crafters. So without further ado, lets get started!
For the first time ever, I've found a pen that contains not only one colour but a lighter tone of that same colour in one pen! Yep, the waterbased Brushables pens have twin-tipped brushes that are dual purposed- one of them colours a bold, bright pigment whilst the other end produces a colour that is a 50% lighter. This gives endless shading possibilities, because you no longer have to find a similar-but-lighter colour to highlight and contour.
These double-ended pens have a fine 0.5mm end and a broad 1.2mm tip that are perfect for getting into smaller areas and adding extra detail to your colouring pages. I find this is brilliant for keeping consistency over both large and small areas, as you're using exactly the same ink shade across the board. Also waterbased, these pens come in a spectrum of 48 colours and have firm nibs which are resistant to fraying. As with all Zig pens the ink flows with rich colour and coverage, making the Writer pen a great alternative to the more popular fineliners on the market.
This is Zig's alcohol-based offering which is perfect for creating seamless blends and merging tones together. Again they are twin-tipped, with a small (but not fine) nib and a brush tip to easily lay down colour over large areas. They come in a massive 135 brilliant colours with some unusual shades that you may not find in other ranges. The brush nib is thick and luscious, with premium quality ink that is quick-drying and permanent. The narrow end has a cap to show the pen's colour, whist the brush end has a larger top enabling to to identify which side you need quickly.
And now for something completely different! These waterbased brush-tipped pens produce shimmering, sparkly coloured ink! The brush tapers off to a very narrow point for you to embellish those tiny areas with a wisp of glitter, and you can squeeze the flexible barrel to vary the inkflow to your liking. I recommend using these on small areas to jazz up your colouring pages and give them a little something extra. The glitter is very fine and not 'in your face' so these create a very subtle effect on the paper. They come in 16 colours including a clear option, so you can add that sparkling shine without changing the colour you've already laid down beneath.
The fine dust glitter in the Wink of Stella pens also comes in easy to use pens, which have a very fine bullet nib instead of a brush. These give you better control over the nib with more precise marking on the page, and come in 15 colours.
Wink of Luna pens come in exactly the same casing as the Stella brushes, but these contain metallic ink rather than glitter. They're also waterbased and come in 9 colours. I love how they feel like paintbrushes with the delicate bristled tip, but this makes them harder to control and I often end up out of the lines.
Here are some pictures I've completed with the range of pens I've shown you today:
I hope you've enjoyed my mega Kuretake review for you today. The great news is that Cult Pens currently have a 3 for 2 offer on EVERYTHING I've shown you today, so it's basically buy 2 get 1 free! Check out the mix-and-match offers page here.
These products were given to me in exchange for an honest review.