These started as a favorite among graffiti artists, and quickly traveled the world thanks to their versatility, sturdy nibs, unmatched vibrancy and opacity, and ease of use compared to many leading pump-action paint pens. Especially good for wood crafts, DIY projects, and fine-detail work on mixed media projects.
Limited palette that isn't particularly easy to mix.
Great range of colors for a fraction of the cost of competitors. Paint flows seamlessly when shaken, pumped, and handled correctly. Best for non-porous surfaces that won't absorb pigments, though primer makes most surfaces applicable. Comes in an easily portable carrying bag for artists on the go.
More bleeding and paint clogging than competitors — be sure to look at best practices for maintenance.
Oil-based Sharpie markers that flow like water-based inks with added lightfastness, flexibility, and vibrancy. Shake the marker, pump the nib, and draw on nearly any surface that can take it. Five standard colors that mix better than several acrylic-based competitors. Medium tip does detail work and large projects quite well.
Limited palette, with priming recommended for porous surfaces.
50 pens means a greater palette to work with than most competitors. Two tips, fine and medium, allow for full control for large canvases and small projects alike. Case doubles as vertical stand which keeps the paint away from the nib and ready to use with a few shakes and a pump.
Much more expensive than competitors, though worth every penny.
Perfect middle ground between Ohuhu's bargain-based pens for beginners and Posca's user-friendly, artist-quality vibrancy. All the colors needed for a basic, vibrant palette. Case also makes for good display stand, while many buyers laud the way the paint pens work together for mixed media projects.
Large tip great for large, expressive projects, not for small, detail-oriented ones.
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