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Fading in the Fast Lane: Art Kure Brush Pens

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Left: Lightfast test swatches made of three Art Kure Brush Pens: Delft Blue, Blue, and Brown. I no longer have the pens so I don't know the exact name of the dark blue and brown. I labeled the Delft Blue strokes with DB everywhere as I wanted to be sure to know after the fading test which blue was which. Click to view an enlargement.

Friends and students know I love to use the Pentel Color Brush even though it isn't lightfast. You can read my comments about that brush pen in my January 15, 2009 post which also contains links to artwork made with it.

Well a couple years ago when I first saw the Art-Kure Brush Pen in a supply catalog I thought, since they referred to it as a "watercolor system," that it might actually be an archival tool…

THESE PENS ARE NOT LIGHTFAST as you can see from the lightfast test. Don't be lured in by their snazzy nomenclature in the promotional copy. This is not a "watercolor" tool or "fine art" tool. This tool produces fugitive results. You need to be aware of that to make a choice about whether you use it.

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