So what can I tell you about the Spica Glitter Pens? Being that these are brand new to the market place I have to admit that I don't have a ton of information to share with you. So rather then go on and on about these pens and what they can do, I will once again share the information that has been provided by COPIC themselves as to what the features of these pens are and then add my own two cents worth (and believe me - it is only two cents - LOL!):
- water based pigment ink
- acid free
- micro glass flakes for maximum sparkle (this is such a cool feature - these babies REALLY sparkle in the light. I am LOVING putting the color on a project and just watching it. As the ink comes out there is this amazing little "pool" - for lack of a better word" - of color that quickly dissipates in to the paper leaving the most incredible sparkley finish on your work.)
- twice the writing length of other pens, 360 yds. (Well this is something I just have to take their word for being that I don't have a clue what other pens writing distance is - LOL! But I am thrilled that these will last a longer time being that they are SO enticing.
- perfect for card making, scrapbooks and doodling
- transparent ink - great for color and bling overlays
- 12 bold colors, 1 clear pen
I have tried to make this color chart so that you can get a better understanding as to what these markers will look like. This chart was made on plain white paper and each circle is colored only with the Spica Glitter Pen indicated. To add a comparison I also used the Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen. As you can see the Sakura pen clear really isn't clear. The advantage of the COPIC clear is that it truly is clear. It was REALLY hard to try and show the effect of the clear pen in a picture. All it lays down is sparkle - I was fascinated by this and can hardly wait to experiment more with it.
For all those of you who have placed orders this month the little thank you notes that are included with your order have three of the colors used on it to add sparkle - red, melon and gold.
One of my favorite ways to use the pen is to add highlights to a colored design (be it Prismacolored, watercolored, COPIC colored - whatever) to emphasize, or add details. For example on this angel I have used the pen to add shimmery red highlights to the berries, the plaid design on the dress, and the candlestick. Gold was added to the leaf wings, hair and dots and tassles on her dress, and melon was added to the ribbon on the candlestick. What is interesting is that you won't see the same color line that you get with other product being that this goes on transparent. What I do get is an amazing shimmer with the added interest of transparent color that I just can't seem to capture with my camera.
Hopefully this is somewhat helpful information, but as with all things new it is going to be an experimental process for me to see what exactly I can do with these other then just add amazing bling to my work :D