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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Set of 8 Zig Writer Pens

Set of 8 Zig Writer Pens

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake: Zig Memory System, Writer
  • RRP at time of writing: £10-£15

Reason For Buying

I bought my first Zig Writer for Art Journalling, a black one.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Photo Safe
  • Acid Free
  • Archival Quality
  • Lightfast
  • Non Bleeding
  • Odorless
  • Smear-Proof (Once dry)
  • Two ended pen; 0.5 mm and 1.2 mm
  • 48 Colours in the range. (At time of Writing)
  • Colours co-ordinate with other pens in the Zig Memory System ranges.
Zig Writer pen, close up of nibs

Zig Writer pen, close up of nibs

Cons

I don’t have any, one tip you need to store the pens flat as they share a central ink source. If you store them on end the opposite end will go dry.

Build Quality

Superb, well-fitting lids that are still easy to remove. Comfortable in the hand. Nibs last well and are robust. The ink tone is also superb. Strong stable colours in each pen.

Value for Money

These pens are fairly priced for their quality. They may not be the cheapest on the market but their quality and long life make them worth the investment. Also the fact that the colours co-ordinate across other pens is a big plus.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally. So far I’ve only bought a pack of 8, but that’s because I’m lacking budget for more. These pens are available singly or in packs of eight or ten.

Summing up

Superb pens, like the others in the Zig Memory System they are a joy to use. I particularly like the fact that the colour pallet co-ordinates across other pen designs in the range. This is wonderful and a great selling point.

Links

For a list of stockists check the Kuretake website, it will also list the full colour range within the online catalogue.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a video tutorial for more techniques in my Rock n Roll series with Zig Pens. This time I’ll show you how to create butterflies and bows.

 

For the projects on the video I used the following Zig Markers.

  • Brushables
  • Calligraphy Markers
  • Writers

You can also use the Art & Graphic pens too, I didn’t have those until after this film was made.

For more information on stockists and colours in each range, plese visit Kuretake’s website.

Best wishes and thanks for watching, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Brushables by Zig Memory Sytems

Kuretake Brushables

Kuretake Brushables

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Kuretake; Zig Memory System
  • Item: Brushables
  • RRP at time of writing: around £9 for set of 4

Reason For Buying

These pens have been on my wish list for some time, especially after seeing how flexible the nibs were, on a demonstration show on Create and Craft TV. I was lucky enough to be sent some samples and asked to review these pens by Kuretake. 

Pros/Cons

Being a rubber stamper at heart, I put these pens through their paces, not just for lettering but for a whole range of crafting situations. Here’s how I tested the pens and the results

  • For lettering these pens excel, they have super smooth flexible nibs that make expressive styles possible.
  • Colouring Rubber Stamps; Excellent for multi coloured stamping. Resulting stamped image was clear even from a detailed stamp. As when using other pens for this purpose, you will need to huff on the ink before you stamp to keep it wet.
  • Colouring Clear Stamps; These pens work well on clear stamps. I found it best to colour entire image, stamp on scrap card, then re-ink the stamp to use on actual card. This resulted in less beading on clear stamps. Again, they worked well on detailed images.
  • Colouring Stamped Images; On some cardstock the ink did bleed, so do a test on scrap card first. Great on small areas but although the brush tips are great for filling in large areas, as with all pens of this type they did leave lines if you over lap previous strokes. Also being quite so juicy they did saturate the card. Try on card over 160 gsm.
  • Heat Embossing images. I had mixed success with this, small text stamps worked ok if you get the powder on FAST. A lot depends on the paper/card you use and how quick you are with the powder application. Heat immediately as the powder dries fast on the ink.
  • Easy Clean Up; After using the pens on the rubber stamps, if I cleaned the ink off immediately they left no residue on rubber and only slight staining on clear stamps. If you have coloured a larger stamp and the ink has partially dried, you will find some residue of ink. Try using stamp cleaners and it should come off fine. (Not yet tested that).
  • Colour & Ink Quality: Excellent. Bright vivid colours and very juicy pens. Although the pens say they are non bleed, do test them on the card you wish to use them on before you use them on your main project. There was no bleed when colouring a rubber stamp and then stamping onto the card. But for colouring in a stamped image there was some fuzzing 7 bleeding. The same was true if I tried lettering. Just do a scribble test on spare card first ;) There are currently 24 colours in the range.
  • Storage; Big advantage over ink pads, in that the pens are easy to store. Keep them stored flat, so the ink doesn’t all flood to one end or you will get a pen where only one end works! These pens feature double ended nibs, you get a tint of the colour from the other end of the pen. So 2 colours for each pen!
Kuretake Brushables feature double ended brush nibs

Kuretake Brushables feature double ended brush nibs

Build Quality

Brush Tip: The nib is flexible and perfect for lettering, it is forgiving on rubber stamps. The pens just glide over paper making them a joy to use. Some of the pens I received were ex demo and had a furry tip to the pen, this suggests over time they may wear a little. My suggestion would be to keep a separate set for letting than the ones you colour stamps with, as the abrasion from the stamp may cause wear over time.

Lids: The lids fit well and stay in place.

Value for Money

These pens are good value for money, especially as you get two colours per pen. There are 24 colours in the range making a total of 48 (one at each end). Plenty of scope to play with. I would recommend these for new stampers as a top quality product that will last well. A good way to have a generous collection of inks to stamp with.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, and I definitely want to explore more of their range of pens. Especially the calligraphy markers. I use their Zig Writter for Art Journalling and the Zig Glue pens all the time and find them excellent. These are a quality product by a well-respected company.

Summing up

Great value for money, great for travelling as you can take a large selection of colours in a small space. They compare well to the Tsukeneko pens I have, with the advantage of a much more flexible nib. The only downside I can really find is that, although the manufacturers can supply individual colours to retailers, I’ve only been able to find them for sale as sets of 4, in colour tones. I would have bought these pens before If I could have bought them individually or in sets of say 12 in mixed colours.

If you love lettering you’ll love these pens :) I’m off to practice some calligraphy :) :) :)

Links

Kuretake The UK Website with full range of products. You can download a catalogue which will show you entire product range with visual of the entire pallet of colours in the range.

Zig Brushables This is the Brushables page on the Kuretake Website. It includes a video demo of lettering

Lettering Demo; Featuring Brushables

In the coming months, when there is better light. I hope to make my own tutorial video featuring these pens and show you how to use them with rubber stamps. At which point I’ll add the link to the demo here.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

**UPDATE**

When I posted this review on Twitter this morning, Kuretake sent me this message:

KuretakeUK   

@billiecraftroom Great review! Just to let you know that @Hobbycraft now stock a set of 9 different colour ZIG Brushables in a set.

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