Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers,96 Color Set with Desk Stand
- Includes: 95 colors, 1 blender, 1 black desk stand,Durable nylon brush tip can create fine, medium or bold strokes and fine tip gives consistent line
- Colorless blender pen softens and blends colors, creating a watercolor effect
- The water-based ink is non-toxic, blend able, non-bleeding, and odorless
- Ideal for professional fine art and crafts
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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 reservoir ensuring exact color match. Create fine, medium or bold strokes by a change in brush pressure; or draw consistent lines for borders, graphics and tight drawings with the fine tip. Create subtle color washes by dipping brush tip in water. Blend colors easily with the Dual Brush Blender Pen. Includes: 95 colors, 1 blender, 1 black desk stand.
Made in Vietnam and stand made in the USA.
From the manufacturer
Whether your drawing, animating, drafting or crafting, Tombow markers are the perfect choice. Complement your creative gene with Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens. The water-based ink is blendable and the resilient nylon brush retains its point.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
96 Count Desk Set
Wide range of 95 vibrant colors and a colorless blender pen. 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. Dual Brush Pens are ideal for artists and crafters. The water-based ink is blendable with water which means they can be used as a paintbrush and combined with other water-soluble material. The resilient nylon brush retains its point stroke after stroke. The Tombow Dual Brush Pen Desk set also includes a desk stand which neatly stores and organizes all 96 Colors. This plastic display is easy to assemble with snap together parts. The Tombow Desk Set is perfect for artists on all levels.
- Ideal for fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, and hand lettering
- Water-based and blendable
- Acid-free, odorless
Flexible Brush Tip
Tombow Dual Brush Pens available in 96 brilliant colors! Use the flexible brush tip like a paintbrush to color quickly and create fine to broad strokes. The nylon brush tip retains its tip stroke after stroke!
The water-based ink colors are easy to create a smooth blending using the Colorless Blender Pen. Get a watercolor effect, blend colors together or cover your page quickly with the many different blending techniques you can produce with the Dual Brush Pens!
At the other end of each Dual Brush Pen is the fine tip for consistent thin lines. Strong and un-mash-able, the fine tip is perfect for adding colorful details and journaling.
Both the brush tip and the fine tip of the Dual Brush Pens are easy to clean by scribbling on a piece of scrap paper, quickly acquiring the original bright colors!
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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.
One of my favorite things about this set of markers is the range of pink-red colors. Pink is my favorite color. I'm like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias - "Pink is mah signature color." lol. So, I am very very pleased when there are tons of pinks in a set of markers, and boy, does this set deliver. There is also a nice mix of other colors - lots of nice greens and blues with plenty of neutral browns and greys to mix things up.
These markers mix pretty well in my opinion, I am no professional by any means, but these markers make it pretty easy to blend and shade. If you use them carefully, you can control the amount of ink by passing the marker 1, 2, or even 3 times over a certain area. Passing it once yields a very bright, translucent version of the color; 2 times it is slightly darker; 3 passes makes the color quite deep and saturated. It is nice - you can have color contrast from one section to the next with the same marker just by controlling how many times you layer the strokes.
I've attached some of my favorite drawings I've colored with these markers. I hope they help you make a decision about these markers.
oh, p.s., I hated the stand at first. I got so frustrated because it fell apart every day and messed up my organization. SO...I glued that sucker with some tacky glue, and it works perfectly now. So if it frustrates you, put some tacky glue in the wells where the stand legs go, assemble the stand, and weight it down with a heavy book. Wait about 24 hours, and you shouldn't have trouble out of the stand ever again!
A couple were dried out! All the rest were perfect and easy to use. I use them on adult coloring books, and free-hand art.
As for the stand, 3 comments:
(1) Yes, it keeps the pens organized, however I found it hard to get the pens to line up in the slots when placing them back in the stand. Each pen goes through a top slot, and then must align with the corresponding bottom slot or else your next pens won't go in if you cross slots at the bottom. Make sense!?
(2) I found a better use for the stand. Instead of storing all 96 pens in each slot, I bought a wooden three drawer pencil/pen storage case on Amazon which I love for my pens; I think they are abour $23.00 and VERY NICE. (I also bought another of the wooded storage drawers for my colored pencils.) And now I have my Tombow stand sitting on my art area, empty. As I color with either pens or pencils, I slip the few colors I'm working with at the time, into the stand slots. Once I'm done coloring, I replace all pens & pencils into the wooden storage drawers. With using only a dozen or so pens &/or pencils, it no longer matters if I align them into the slots perfectly. I like this use, as the pens & pencils no longer roll around on my desk as I switch colors when I set them down.
(3). The stand'/ legs really must be hot glued together. Otherwise it will come apart. No problem if you have a hot glue gun.