Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome back! Today I wanted to share with you some tips on how to use the Arteza Real Brush Pens. I really love working with them but it did take awhile to get used to using them. Especially since I had never used anything like them before. The Arteza Real Brush Pens are like the Zig brush markers. I’ve never used those so I don’t know how well they perform when being compared but I’ve heard good things.
I have the full 96 set of the Arteza Real Brush Pens. I purchased them from Amazon for a pretty good price. The colors are very vibrant and pigmented which is fabulous. The tips are real brushes which makes them really easy for me to work with. They are also great for calligraphy and hand lettering because of the brush like tips. There is a wide range of colors in the 96 pack making it a one stop shop.
Now it really helps to have the right paper when working with these pens. I’ve tried my regular card bases which are made of Neenah Solar Crest White paper but the pens don’t work very well on that paper. I’ve tried to blend them out using a water brush on that paper but it doesn’t move well at all. It doesn’t even work well on watercolor paper but I have found that it does work VERY WELL on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. This paper is smooth but takes water nicely. The smoothness of the paper really allows the ink to move and blend very nicely.
When working with the Real Brush pens, I find it’s easiest to work with water brush pens. I like to use these Arteza Water Brushes that you see here. I have tried using regular brushes and dipping them in water like I do when I watercolor but it doesn’t seem to work as well the water brushes do. There are two different kinds of water brushes that Arteza makes but these basic ones are my favorite. I like using these because it comes with a nice fine tip brush, a medium tip, and a broad tip.
There you have it, a short and sweet post today. I hope you find these tips helpful for your own work with Arteza Real Brush Pens or even with the Zip markers. Do you have any tips for working with real brush pens?? I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday! Don’t forget to create every day! XOXO