Surprising Pens & Inks You Can Use As Watercolors

Surprising Pens & Inks You Can Use As Watercolors

If you want to get into watercolors, but aren’t sure if you should invest in an entire palette, try water-soluble pens and inks that you might already have in your stash! All you need is a paintbrush or water brush to achieve watercolor-like effects. Keep watching to see our top picks. Gel Pens Fine Point The Pilot Hi-Tec-C is a gel pen classic that just happens to be water-soluble. Simply draw with the gel pen and use a water brush to pull out the color. This is a great way to add shading to a drawing without compromising outlines! Vibrant Colors Paper Mate’s InkJoy Gel Pens add a vibrant punch of color to any art piece. They’re smooth to draw with and blend out beautifully with just a bit of water. You can choose from 14 colors. Fineliners Fine Point The Staedtler Triplus Fineliner has a precise tip that writes smoothly, making it perfect for line art. It’s water-soluble at first, but after some
time, it becomes water-resistant. This gives you more ways to use the pen: for a softer look, blend it out with water right away; for more definition, wait a couple hours for the ink to dry and then blend. Vibrant Colors With 47 vibrant colors to choose from, Stabilo’s Point 88 Fineliners will satisfy your color craving. They stay more water soluble than the Triplus do even after time has passed, so you can rewet them later and still get some color out. Brush Pens Felt Brush Loaded with liquid watercolor, the Ecoline
Brush Pen is meant to be used with water. It lays down a satisfying amount of color
and blends seamlessly. The ink remains soluble even after it dries, so you can always go back and work on your art piece. The brush tip is extremely bouncy and responsive, making it great for watercolor calligraphy as well. Bristle Brush Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens feature bristle tips that mimic actual paint brushes. Their ink is vibrant and highly blendable. Use them on their own or mix them with water to create different effects. Fountain Pen Ink Bold Black Our favorite black ink to draw with is Kaweco’s Pearl Black. It’s a rich, dark ink that produces even
shading when blended with water. You can get a whole bottle and use it with
a water brush, or pop a cartridge into your favorite fountain pen. Vibrant Colors Diamine inks come in an astounding amount of colors, all with varying degrees of water solubility. We used Ancient Copper to do this art piece. Check out our blog post on Water Soluble Fountain Pen Inks for even more picks. Let us know if you try any of these inks as watercolors by tagging us on social media @jetpens. If you’re looking for waterproof pens or ink to pair with watercolors, click the card above. Shop all of these products and more at


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  • Srestha Chakraborty says:

    Yep, definitely need these as well.

  • Day Light says:

    I love Art And This I A Interesting Video To Me
    I ❤️ U Jetpens
    I NEED ALL OF THEM!!!! ✨❤️

  • tax jt says:

    Like if u want them

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  • Luddenis wishes says:

    Just love your pens. Been using them forever…

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  • IB says:

    How to buy Jetpens when my country is on the other side of the planet.😅😅😅

  • JetPens says:

    Do you already own any of these pens? Let us know if you try any of these as watercolors in the comments!

    There's one more video in this art series; after that, we'll be releasing a Back To School Series. Click the notification bell so you can watch them right when they come out!

  • Marcos Mejia says:


  • that mimi says:

    Alternative title:
    "Pens that aren't waterproof"

  • MystLadyArts says:

    Awesome vid. I didn't know you can do that with the paper mate pens. Can this work with the Sakura gel pens?

  • anthrojason says:

    This is asking for the opposite of this video in some ways, but any recommendations for fountain pen ink that dries quickly and is water-fast? I keep smearing my ink because I don’t wait long enough. 😅😇

  • schopenhauer1962 says:

    Ecoline is watercolor, but it can't resist light for a long time. It starts fading. The light fastness of Ecoline is mot so great Compared with real watercolor of artist's quality or even student 's quality.

  • Cobalt Nebula says:

    Great content – turn a writing negative into an art positive 👏👏👏

  • Fun with Nuba says:

    Pens are not really used for watercolour if they do not say' watercolour' on them
    This is a down side of pen if they bleed with water

  • StarOnVenus says:

    I never called it watercolor haha. I usually refer to it as an ink wash. Whats good also is getting a brush that holds water and put a little bit of ink and some water in it 😀

  • Vedant Malhotra says:

    The tombows are also water soluble

  • Jennifer Stay says:

    Elegant Writer calligraphy pens (speedball) in black do some amazing things when you get them wet. The ink separates into different colors. Lots of fun to experiment with.

  • K Lu says:

    Why would you use a pen as watercolour? Makes no sense at all.

  • sebeckley says:

    Art piece = painting

  • 夜神月 says:

    Can you make a comprehensive guide of Pentel Orenz?

  • A C says:

    These products are sort of interesting if u want some detail work that's hard to get w regular water color…. But I actually wouldn't recommend them for beginning watercolor. Just start out with watercolor palettes if ur interested in watercolor.

    I'm not that experienced, but I started out w watercolor pencils (get the name brand ones bc generic ones are pretty bad), so I practiced some shading and blending techniques with those.

    However, even watercolor pencils are very different from regular watercolor. You get a lot more freedom in blending and layering and enjoying what watercolors excel at with watercolor palettes (which are really just dried out watercolor from what u can get from tubes). And unlike watercolor pencils, u can start out enjoying the benefits by testing with something cheap like the 8-color Crayola watercolor palettes. You'd be surprised how many shades u can make mixing 8 colors. U can then move to more quality colors with different palettes like Kuretake, Sakura Koi, or Windsor & Newton, etc. which give u a better range of shades (and lightfastness if u care about that as a beginner). For ex, Crayola's red is a red-pink, so it's hard to get a crimson color . Flesh tones are also not common in beginner palettes. If u eventually decide to get tubes, u can also re-use ur travel palette and refill w ur fav colors. Travel palettes also tend to give u a good, basic set of colors to work with which forces u to blend and then makes realize u don't actually need many colors for one painting.

  • iiZoeChu 11 says:

    This is good for pen lovers

  • BirdwithaBrush says:

    This is how I got started with water media! There are some even more basic options – the good ole Pilot Razor Point. Though granted harder to find than it used to be. I think Papermate Flair pens do this, too. Felt tip and water-based ink pens are worth testing! Paper makes a big difference on this, too. Some papers allow you to dissolve the line less or more thoroughly.

  • DabMaster 123 says:

    If you guys don't have them already can you please add the new 7 papermate inkjoy colors?

  • Alabaster1223 says:

    This video helped me find a birthday present for my dad!!! I got him a black eco line and a random fountain pen I had laying around, along with a small watercolor sketchbook and a water brush!!
    Edit: gave it to him yesterday!!! He loved it!!!

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