ARE THEY WORTH IT? Reviewing Docrafts Artiste Watercolor Dual-Tip Pens

ARE THEY WORTH IT? Reviewing Docrafts Artiste Watercolor Dual-Tip Pens


hello everyone welcome back to my
channel in this video I’ll be reviewing docrafts watercolor dual tip pens
the set of twelve pence actually retails for approximately fifteen euros in the
market which pretty much categorizes them as a cheaper art supply so this
video I’m actually going to be rating and reviewing the actual product itself
as well as the colors and how well it behaves on watercolor paper on its own
as well as together with my other art supplies such as my schmincke watercolor
and my faber castell polychromos and my luminance pencils as always don’t
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ado let’s get started the Pens come in a very hard plastic case which is quite
nice and the Pens themselves do have dual tip as one side you’re gonna have a
brush tip which is perfect for fluid lines when you’re painting and when
you’re blending and the other side is actually a marker tip which is a a
thicker smaller tip that is used for coloring so in order to get a good
consistency in the coloring you can use the marker tip in regards to the look
and feel of the pen I do like the overall design however I have rated it
much lower than I would have initially due to the fact that when I was using
one of the Pens the actual brush tip ended up kind of sucking into the pen
itself and I don’t really know how this happened as I don’t typically draw hard
with my pens so this was kind of a major flaw for me in regards to the colors I
do think you do have a good selection for a beginner set you do have all of
your basics and you can actually blend a few of the colors together such as the
pinks and the oranges and the Reds together with the Browns so you can do
quite a bit which is why I rated it an 8 out of 10 just because it does cover all
of the basics something that I also really liked was when you started to
color with the pens themselves the colors did not appear so highlighter-esque typically with these watercolor pens especially if you’re paying under 20
euros or approximately around that price range you’re gonna come across a lot of
these sort of knockoff watercolor pens that are really really highlighter color
and they’re not true to the color that they portray themselves as which is
something that I typically really don’t like so I was quite happy with the way
that these guys turned out just because the color was just not so highlighter it
wasn’t so popping especially when you diluted it with water you did end up
getting in a soft color so in terms of the versatility of the pen itself how it
reacts with certain types of papers how it reacts with different materials also
how it reacts when you’re using them on dry paper and then adding water and vice
versa adding water and using the Pens afterwards on a wet paper I’m gonna talk
about the different ways that it behaved and I’ll give a score at the very end as
well but in general I did get a mixed reaction when assessing these different
tests and techniques while painting this portrait the first thing I like to talk
about is actually the dual tips themselves so when I started coloring on
the watercolor paper I did go at it on a dry paper I did not add color I just
wanted to see how it would work without adding water initially I so I did use
both the brush tip and the marker tip and both works really well I do have to
say that the marker tip seemed to have more ink flowing out of it than the
actual brush tip so it really actually varied depending on the color for
example the red was really popping for both tips but for example the pink it
seemed to have more ink coming out of the marker tip than the brush tip so
there was a little bit of inconsistencies with the way that the
ink flow would come out from both tips and just to further clarify this was not
an issue of the fact that I didn’t store these markers properly they were lying
face-down in their proper case for the longest time so it was really not an
issue of them standing up and having the ink flow into one tip more than the
other as for the technique of drawing with these pens I did start off with the
pen on dry paper in the night added water afterwards with a watercolor brush
and I did this for the most part for the hair as well as for the face and I did
blend the colors together to try to achieve a more realistic look so I did
blend together some of the oranges the Reds and the Pink’s as well as yellow
actually to kind of get to the skin tone you’re gonna see that it kind of looks a
very saturated in color and actually this is was the look that I was going
for and I did quite like the fact that the colors were vibrant but not
highlighter which was really great and especially when you’d started to dilute
it with water it did end up into a kind of almost of a soft pastel which was
really nice for blending in terms of blending the markers do blend quite
easily and this was quite of a nice plus especially when you’re using the brush
tip so you can achieve some really nice gradient looks and to also yeah I’ve
just basically blended the different types of tones together now the flip
side and this is the part where it gets kind of disappointing was I wanted to
check and test to see how it would work when I added a bit of water to the paper
and then I used the pen on top of the water wanted to see how much ink flow
could be possible and I did the background or I tried to do the
background with this sort of method so you can kind of see here I’m adding with
the marker tips some color and depending on the color there was a lot of vibrant
ink coming out but this maybe lasted for 2 to 3 seconds and then it felt like
there was no ink anymore it felt like the pen actually clogged up so I
actually had to wait for it to dry again in order to paint with the pen once more
so it seems like the water in contact with the pen tip
kind of it just stopped the ink flow for some reason so this was a bit
disappointing and I felt like the only method that really worked well was the
pen on dry paper and then you add water afterwards so to basically summarize
this part of the review I just like to say that the fact that the ink flow is
not consistent with both sides of the pen tips as well as the fact that the
actual pen doesn’t really work that great when it’s in contact with a water
spot on the paper I just have to assume that this pen would not be great to
create a full background just in general actually the pen itself is quite small
in comparison to other brands that I’ve seen so I would definitely not recommend
you know creating a full background with these pens I think that they’re more
suitable for outline work or for smaller features of a portrait for example in
that case I think they work really great also another great factor is that when
you combine them with other types of watercolor brands or just pencils like
faber castell polychromos or the luminance pencils or even just like
other types of inks they do mix together well so for this aspect I do quite like
it but again I think in the future I would use these pens mostly for outline
work and if I want to capture a more vibrant color in a certain part of the
portrait that’s when I would probably use these pens so in terms of usability I do rate this
a 6 out of 10 because I did have mixed reviews or mixed feelings about the
product and Indian I was not really able to achieve as much as I thought I could
I guess it comes down to the pen size the inconsistency with the ink flow as
well as the fact that it just doesn’t behave as good what the paper is what
even if it’s a little bit wet there seems to be issues with certain colors
so all these three factors kind of make me not really want to use these in the
future as much as I thought I would so unfortunately this product is probably
not one of my favorites although I can definitely recommend it
if you guys are looking to get into watercolor work with pens possibly these
are great for typography or any sort of lettering work also if you want to use
them for outline in your watercolor portraits I think these would be really
great uses but generally if you want to achieve a full-on picture with them it
might be a little bit difficult so thank you guys for watching this review I do
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would like me to purchase and review you guys know I’m more than willing to do
this because it’s something that I really love doing but in general um I
don’t really have any other updates for you apart from the fact that I did start
work again and it is quite a busy first quarter of the year so unfortunately I I
kind of stopped doing the live streams I’m hoping to start again at the end of
this month I do have a lot of appointments and I do have a lot of
events happening up until the end of the month so sorry guys I probably won’t be
live-streaming for January but I will hopefully do it in February once more so
I like to wish you guys a lovely day I hope it is nice wherever you guys are in
the world keep drawing keep being awesome and
we’ll see each other very soon

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