Ha, say THAT title 10 times fast, amirite?!
Yesterday I got a ton of questions on my post on Instagram about what gold pen I was using. Which was funny, because I was already in the planning stage of writing this blog post.
Gold lettering is SO pretty. But it is also SO hard to nail, because there are a ton of different “golds” out there when it comes to pens/markers/inks. Today, I thought I’d show you a few of the ones I have in my repertoire AS WE SPEAK. This list is NOT all-inclusive… my wallet just couldn’t handle that. But I have a couple of totally different kinds that I keep around my studio at all times- so I figured I’d just run quickly over the pros/cons of each!
1. ‘STUDIO G’ GOLD BRUSH MARKER
Overall: great colour, but brush tip gets ruined quickly
PROS: This marker is SUPER juicy gold. It is also a brush, which is definitely hard to find in gold. It only costs about $1.50 at Michaels.
CONS: This marker’s tip is extremely flexible- making it harder to use for beginners. It also gets frayed/loses shape really quickly. By really quickly, I mean… usually after 1 word. After pushing on the tip for a good thick downstroke, it doesn’t bounce back (like Tombows do, for example).
2. ‘CRAYOLA’ METALLIC MARKER(S)
Overall: great colour(s), but not versatile for different sizes
PROS: This marker has a nice, vibrant gold. It works really well on black paper. It is not a brush, but with the proper application of pressure on up/downstrokes, you can see a slight difference in thicknesses. It comes in a pack with multiple other metallic colours which is great, and the price point is unbeatable at about $5.99 a pack!
CONS: This marker’s tip is not a brush, so is best suited to “faux calligraphy” or standard lettering. The tip is quite broad and doesn’t come in other sizes- so it doesn’t work well for delicate work. The tip frays fairly quickly if you press too hard on it.
3. ‘RECOLLECTIONS SIGNATURE’ METALLIC MARKER(S)
Overall: versatile different sizes, decent colour but less shiny
PROS: This marker comes in 3 sizes- fine, medium and broad. It’s colour is nice and solid, though it is more matte (not as shiny) as some others. It shows up best on black paper instead of white. It is not a brush, and the tip is fairly rigid, so you won’t see variances in up/downstrokes. It comes in various other metallic colours, sold in a pack, with a price of about $8.99 a pack.
CONS: This marker’s tip is not a brush, so is best suited to “faux calligraphy” or standard lettering. The tip frays/loses shape rather quickly. After a couple of uses, the tip loses its sharp point and becomes less suitable for precise letters.
4. ‘PILOT SUPER COLOR’ GOLD EF (EXTRA FINE)
Overall: precise tip, shiny colour, flow is unpredictable/messy
PROS: This pen is versatile for multiple different surfaces- it can be used on glass, porcelain, etc. and sticks relatively well on them. The ink is nice and shiny, making it fun to use, and the tip comes in different sizes, though this EF is nice and precise.
CONS: The ink dries fairly quickly and is tough to use for ‘faux calligraphy’- going back to thicken certain lines to appear as ‘downstrokes’ creates a streaky effect. The ink also flows out of the tip unpredictably at times- sometimes it blobs, sometimes it doesn’t come out at all. It can create a bit of a mess! It is also fairly expensive- about $12.99.
5. ‘PEN TOUCH CALLIGRAPHER’ GOLD
Overall: great opacity, difficult tip to use
PROS: This pen is has a really great, shiny, opaque gold. It works well on various surfaces and allows you to differentiate between thick/think strokes due to its chiseled tip. The ink runs smoothly out of the pen tip, and doesn’t dry out quickly as tons of other opaque pens do.
CONS: The chiseled tip makes it a bit more difficult to use and requires a different technique than brush markers. It also doesn’t photograph very well – the gold comes out either very dark or very yellow. Price is a bit higher than most gold pens at about $7.99.
6. ‘HAMPTON ART’ GOLD GEL PEN (or any similar gel pen!)
Overall: good for precise work, dries out quickly & appears streaky
PROS: Gold gel pens are great for precision lettering or detailing as the tip is totally unflexible and pointed. They are relatively inexpensive (about $1.99) and easy to find, they come in many different brands.
CONS: Gel pens dry very quickly on the page, making them appear streaky or ‘chip’ a bit when you go over them too many times. They don’t produce very thick/juicy lines and sometimes fade quickly/don’t show up very well. Many gold gel pens also come out very yellowish, and are not opaque.
What are some of YOUR good golds? What would you add to this list that I missed? Do you agree with my comments about the ones above, or have you had different experiences? I’d love to know!