Tombow 56149 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, 96 Color Set with Desk Stand. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers with Stand
- Water-based pens ideal for coloring, fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, hand lettering and more!
- Includes 96 colors, including a colorless blender, and a desk stand
- Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker! Brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium or bold strokes; fine tip gives consistent lines
- Included colorless blender pen softens and blends colors, creating a watercolor effect
- Tips self-clean after blending. Acid-Free, Odorless.
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96 piece marker set in desk stand. Preferred by fine artists and crafters. Each brush pen has two tips - a versatile, flexible, nylon fiber brush tip and a fine, hard tip - with a single ink chamber ensuring exact color match. Create fine, medium or bold strokes with a change in brush pressure; or use the fine tip to make consistent fine lines perfect for drawing embellishments, intricate designs, details, and writing. Easily mix and blend ink to create an array of new colors. Blend two ink colors together or use the colorless blender pen to create a watercolor effect. Includes: 95 colors, 1 blender, 1 desk stand. Made in Vietnam and stand made in the USA.
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Flexible Brush Tips
Flexible brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium, or bold strokes making them the perfect tool for hand lettering, illustration, drawing, rubber stamping, and more. Made of smooth and resilient nylon fibers, making them durable enough to take on pressure without breaking or losing their original shape even after extensive use! Tips are self-cleaning, allowing you to mix and blend colors without fear of permanently staining or ruining your marker-simply brush onto scrap paper to clean the tip!
Fine Bullet Tips
Fine bullet tip is strong and firm, giving a consistent fine line perfect for drawing embellishments, intricate designs, details, and writing!
Vibrant Water-Based Ink
Easily mix and blend ink to create an array of new colors. Blend two ink colors together or use the colorless blender pen to create watercolor effects. Or just add water using a paintbrush to create soft subtle color washes!
108 Color Coded Caps
Color-coded caps for ease in organization and quick selection of the 108 colors while keeping tips air tight and fresh! The brush pen cap also features an 'anti-roll' design which is perfect for busy artists and cluttered work spaces!
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Probably the biggest difference to note right of the bat is that Tombows are WATER BASED markers. This means they will perform vastly differently than Copics, Prismacolors, Tria, and many other high-end brands of markers. This isn't exactly a bad thing unless you want them to behave just like the other brands, which are alcohol based. Here are the pros and cons of each:
+Translucent ink makes them a joy to layer and combine
+Blendable with water, which means they can be manipulated with a paintbrush and combined with other water-soluble materials
+Pens last a very, very long time. Mine are six years old, and except for one or two heavily used colors, they are still going strong
+Ink scent is barely detectable, and only then if you're practically sticking it up your nose.
+Does not bleed through the paper unless you really lay it on thick.
-Because the ink is water-based, it will cause the surface of many papers to pill and tear. Using heavy papers or papers with low absorbency (like vellum) can help. One must not apply too much ink at a time or the paper will start to buckle.
-For me, these markers are way more streaky than the Copics, no matter what I tried. Different papers can help with this, but in general you will have to work pretty hard to color large areas evenly.
-I find the palate of 96 colors somewhat limiting, especially since a large portion of the markers are so bright and saturated. I prefer working with more neutral tones, so for me this is a con.
+Probably the biggest difference between these two markers is how much more easily these blend for me. The paper stays wetter longer and two colors sort of soak into one another.
+These will never change the surface of most papers. It might buckle somewhat if you're using something very flimsy and really soak it with ink, but I've never had a major problem with this.
+Come in a HUGE range of colors (358) and four different pen styles
+Made to last, and include ink refills and nib replacements
+Detail color naming system that's easy to understand
-These bleed through the paper like crazy. I always have two sheets of paper beneath my projects so I don't stain my table. I don't consider this a major inconvenience though.
-The colors look slightly darker when wet than when dry.
-The fumes from these things are unpleasant; I'll expand on this later.
-In spite of all the awesome features, these things are really expensive at over $6.00 a pen at most places
-With moderate use, each pen will last about 1.5 years on a refill. With heavy use (daily), they will last a few months. Since refills are available I'm not too concerned with this, but they do seem to run out faster than the Tombows.
In the end, I use my Copics way more frequently than my Tombows. They're just so much easier for me to blend and have more of the colors I need. However, that doesn't stop me from using the Tombows. I use them almost exclusively in my sketchbook since they won't bleed through and stain the next few pages, and their slender size makes them more portable. For some reason I also prefer doing studies and thumbnails in these as well. They are the highest quality water-based marker I've tried, and are widely available. At just over a dollar per pen in this set, I find it hard to imagine a marker so high of quality for such a low price. Just be aware that they require different techniques to blend than many popular brands of artist's markers, and you will not be disappointed :)
*I thought I should mention that I actually have an issue with the fumes from Copic markers. From discussions with my peers, I've learned that is is NOT a typical experience, but if you're sensitive to smells than I would highly recommend Tombows over any alcohol based marker. I was fine for the first couple of months, but over time the fumes began to bother me more and more. After one-two hours straight of using the Copics, I begin to feel mildly ill (slight nausea and faintness). After several hours, I feel fairly sick. Granted, I work with my face mere inches from my paper (I'm really short sighted) and a scarf over my mouth and nose almost completely fixes the problem, but it's something to be aware of.
My box arrived sealed, but had some signs of light shelf wear. Definitely warm from the heat but quickly cooled to room temp. The stand came in its own separate box within the main box, and took a few seconds to assemble. I put all the markers in & counted to make sure all were there - they were and there are an exact # of slots in the stand. Knowing Tombow has at least 12 new colors not in this set and will prob will continue to make more, it would be nice if they had a few extra slots in the stand. Again, not a deal breaker.
I swatched the markers with both tips, just to check for any issues. None! Every color is as how it should be - no issues with the nibs either.
I’m newer to the marker world, and I did some research to find a mid-range item. I’m really, really happy with this brand AND this price - $121 for this set is a steal, considering the chain craft stores sell these markers individually for close to $4 each or a set of 10 for $27, and if you buy all the 10pc sets, you don’t really get a complete set and you end up with multiple duplicates. I had started with the 10pc sets, even only sale I had spent over $60 and realized I only had a third of the collection with duplicates already. I returned those sets to the craft stores and purchased this, and the 12 new colors from another supplier.
I will definitely keep an eye out for any signs of not normal wear & tear but so far, so good. If you’re on the fence, give it a shot; it worked out for me
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Reviewed in Mexico on March 31, 2019
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2017