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Hi. My name is Lisa and I'm addicted to pens. Now admit it. You are too! We could start a 12 step program but what's the point, really?

I love the pen reviews Kelly Kilmer does on her blog, so I decided to do a pen review of all the pens that Artistcellar carries. We added a bunch recently! We've always sold the Pitt Artist Pens in the 4-pack, so I didn't review those. It's a basic staple for any type of artist. I always carry that pen pack around with me, along with a mechanical pencil and a little clear 6" ruler tucked in the pack. You never know when the urge to doodle will hit! 

I'll start out with my favorite new doodling pen set, the Hybrid Technica 4 pack by Pentel. They are smooth writing ball point pens. I have never been in love with ball-points, I'm super picky about how they write. But these are... divine!

 They come in 4 pen widths, 06, 05, 04, and 03. You can tell which ones I've been using the most!

This is what the line widths look like:

For regular journal handwriting, I prefer the 05. The 03 is a very fine line, perfect for detail work on tangles and doodles. I love that I have a choice in widths.

If you need a bigger, bolder pen width, look to the Fude Ball Pen. Check out that monster tip!

This pen has a big, bold stroke and also writes quite smoooothly. The tip size is 1.5, compared to biggest Hybrid Technica, which is 06. Mixed media artists love these because the ink is rich black and writes over layers of paint and ink. Make sure it's dry before you paint anything wet over it and it will prove to be permanent.

If you need a super bold, super versatile and super fun pen to use, here it is! It's the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. It comes with two ink cartridges to start with. (Soon we will have just the refill cartridges available.)

The tip is a soft flexible brush (a real brush, not a felt tip one) and it comes with ink cartridges you just snap on. No messes, no dipping in ink, just cap and go. Depending on the pressure you put on the tip, you can get different line widths. Manga artists love these! And think of the calligraphy you can create with this one!

A few 30-second doodles to show you the different line widths you can get out of one tip.

This probably isn't a pen you would use to write in a journal, but it's great to keep around for those quick face sketches and fancy lettering. It's just fun to use!

Another pen I discovered that is really fun to use is the Pentel Stylo. It has a really cool fountain pen-like nib. It's great for inky sketching and handwriting/journaling. It makes you feel a little fancy writing with it. You might want a cup of tea and biscuits while journaling with this pen.

The line width is variable depending on how you hold/angle the pen. The horizontal lines in the sample above show the different pen widths I got, just from holding the pen at different angles/pressures. This pen makes me want to write letters on stationary instead of emails!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pen review. I am working on a review of our WHITE pens next, and then maybe our pencils? Let me know if you want to know anything about a specific product, or if you have any questions about a product.

Have a great weekend!





Back in June of 2010 Lisa and I purchased Artistcellar. Our first site was designed in a rush in the two weeks immediately after purchase to get the store re-branded and launched as quickly as we could. It was quirky and clunky, but it provided the initial bones for our store:

In 2011, Artistcellar 2.0 took shape as we expanded into art journaling, mixed media and textile arts supplies. This saw the adoption of the "Artistcellar Blue" background into our branding, as well as hundreds of new products added to the store. In 2012 the site saw an update to accommodate the addition of our own Artistcellar line of distinctive stencils. As Artistcellar continued to grow, other than adding products our site stayed pretty much the same. It was clunky and creaky, but it kept humming along.

During this time we listened to you. We heard your requests for larger stencils, different products and your complaints about the checkout experience. Ugh, the checkout experience! We were never happy with that at all.

So after more than a year of researching and hard work, we're proud to unveil Artistcellar 3.0! Here's some handy dandy new features:

  • Updated design. Our the site matches our muse's vision.
  • A "search" feature to help you find what you're looking for.
  • Simple addition of products to cart without leaving the product screen.
  • A much quicker, easier checkout experience with much less waiting.
  • The ability to create an account for easy ordering.
  • Bigger, better, more awesome product samples.
  • eGift Cards so you can share the love and goodies.
  • The ability to run all kinds sales, so you can get your goodies on sale!
  • The ability to run all kinds of discounts, so repeat customers can get sweet discounts!

But some things have not changed. We still hand select and fall in love with all of the products we sell. We still offer distinctive stencils sure to inspire your muse. We still offer free shipping on qualifying domestic orders over $50. We still offer customer service second to none.

And we still believe that art is not optional. You have to create. We'll lend a hand.


Shhhh!  You're getting to see our new site before anyone else.

Consider this a sneak peak preview just for you because you're special!

Our official re-launch of Artistcellar will be this Saturday, April 18th!

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