This is my second review of products by Arteza. I was not paid for my review and I have not paid for the products they have sent to me.
I was really excited when I received the pack of 48 Real Brush Pens and was itching to use them.
They are blendable and come in an attractive plastic box and I will be keeping my pens in that for storage. There are four trays of pens arranged in their colour families when opened for the first time, and all are clearly labelled with their colour/number on the barrell. There is a very handy chart on the reverse of the packaging giving details of the colours and their corresponding identifying numbers.
I created a colour swatch on some Expert quality watercolour paper which Arteza also sent to me. The paper is fabulous to work with. It is cold-pressed and one side is textured (not overly so) and the reverse of each page is really smooth (perfect for using watercolour pencils). Priced at £23.99 for a twin pack (each pad contains 32 sheets), this is exceptional value for money.
I recommend creating colour swatches because it really does make selecting your colour palette for your projects so much easier. You have a "true" impression of how each colour will look from being applied neat straight from the pen, and how each colour reacts and fades when blended with water.
I was really impressed with how fine the tips of the brushes were, which was perfect for the small intricate detail of the grasses in the stamped image I worked with for my video. I laid down very pale shades initially by applying just a hint of the waterbased ink to water which I applied with the water brush. The water brush is also included with each pack. I was very careful not to be heavy handed with the water, just lightly brushing the dampened nib of the water brush across across each leaf/flower and then blending the hint of colour from the real brush pens with the water, before brushing over that again with the water brush. I was sure to squeeze the water brush onto a piece of kitchen towel and gently dabbed off any excess water before applying to the paper. I let each layer of colour dry, before adding the next layer of colour, gradually building up a gradient of blended shades.
What I did not make reference to in my video review was the fact that unfortunately the pens are not available to purchase "open stock", so if and when a pen runs out of ink, it cannot be replaced individually.
The price point, I think, is exceptional given, firstly and importantly, the quality of the pens, and also quantity of the pens. 48 Real Brush pens for just £29.98/$33.98 is an amazing price. Bear in mind too that Arteza do free shipping. If you wish to spread the cost they also offer a payment plan.
I was very happy with results that I was able to achieve using the Real Brush Pens and will definitely consider buying them again, should my pack of pens run out of ink.
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