Pentel Pocket Brush Pen—New Ink ColorsApril 3, 2019
Finally, at last, we’ve all wanted it for so long and now we get it—the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen can now be purchased with gray or sepia ink as well as black ink!
These are Pentel’s hard-bodied pens, the fountain-pen type pen with a synthetic brush tip.
(Some readers seem to be confused about which Pentel I am writing about. For more on Pentel lines of pens see this post link. The fourth photo in that post shows the hardbodied Pentel Pocket Brush Pen with 2 black ink cartridges which is the only way it was available at the time. I am not writing about the squeezy bodied pens from Pentel called either Color Brush or Art Brush. The linked post has more information on those.)
The classic pen body (fountain-pen-type-body) remains the same, the ink flow remains the same. The cartridges are the same, except contain the different ink colors.
The gray pen has a gray cap at the very top of the pen cap, a ring of gray which shows at mid-barrel when the cap is on, and the top 1/2 of the pen body (when the cap is removed) is gray.
The sepia pen has the same adjustments. It should be easy to tell any of the three ink-color pens apart at a glance, except in low light conditions as the sepia is rather dark in color.
Yesterday I got Dick to drive me to Wet Paint where I had a brush pen in each color waiting for me.
When I got home I pulled out some scraps of Nideggen paper left over from book binding and tested both pens to see how the ink flowed and how I liked the ink. I tested first on toned paper because I like to work on this paper with the original black-ink PPBP and know how it dries, doesn’t bleed when washed, etc.
I also put watercolor washes on both the drawings immediately after sketching, which is my typical “no-time-elapse” approach. None of the ink bled into the watercolor on this paper. (You’ll want to test these inks on your favorite papers. As with all water-proof or water-resistant inks, they aren’t waterproof until they are dry, and on some papers because of the sizing that coats the papers this can take some time!)
I also tested on a light cream paper with just washes of water and both inks did bleed every so slightly on that slicker paper which didn’t allow the ink to fully dry before I painted. Nothing objectionable, and probably nothing anyone else would notice once I put paint washes everywhere. Just test your papers.
(I purchased my new PPBPs with the new ink colors at Wet Paint in St. Paul, MN. They currently have their “Make Your Mark Sale” and so there is a discount. They do mail order. Wet Paint’s packaging includes two ink cartridges. Additional cartridges can be purchased.)
I’m so happy I can’t stop smiling. I’m thinking that these pens on Nideggen might be just the thing to take to the 2019 Minnesota State Fair????
I couldn’t wait to write about it. Below is a page spread in my current journal where I pasted in the scraps.