Friday, July 3, 2009
I have decided to create a new section in my blogs. Art Shop Experiments!!
These posts will share my experiments with products I have just bought at the art store.
Art materials are really expensive and I think it will be useful to everyone to know what works and what is totally a waste of money. I hope you will share with your opinions and your experience on each product.
So let's get started
This week, I tested the Bienfang watercolor brush pens.
I already own a water brush pen and I love it... so I taught putting colors into them will be great too.
So I bought 3 Bienfag watercolor brush pens ( at the price of 3.95$ each). I bought the 3 primary colors thinking that I could recreate all the colors with just these three like with usual watercolors.
Here is the results of my test
At first, I had the remove a small white plastic ring form the pen and pierce a whole in the watercolor reservoir. This was quite easy but them it took forever for my brush to fill with color.
Actually, nothing was happening so a pressed the reservoir and try to push the ink out. It finally came out with it started to drip a bit. I wiped the excess watercolor on a paper and then I was ready to draw something. The brush pen gives a great variety of line weight. You can achieve a very very fine line with them. It really has the flexibility of a good brush. The color are nice and vibrant but the watercolor dried very fast and I could mix the color as much as I wanted. As you can see on my test, I only achieved to created the basic secondary colors.
I'm still not convince buy the Bienfang watercolor brush pen. I think they can be practical but if I need to buy 20 pens to achieve all the colors I want and need... they will become very expensive and not very portable. I think I still prefer my watercolor travel kit for sketches outside of the house.
To me, the Bienfang watercolor brush pens feel more like color inks than watercolors. They don't make the paper wrinkle and I think they can become handy with illustrations on molyskine paper. No wrinkle, vibrant colors... could make great results
So based on these results I give the Bienfang watercolor brush pen a 3/5