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Product Review: PaperMate’s InkJoy Pens

Billed as the "the world's most stolen pen," you can see why when you give Paper Mate's InkJoy pens a try.  I was impressed with the clever promotion package that Paper Mate sent.  They included a set of different coloured pens to try all inside a real fingerprint safe!  It was a whole theft prevention kit, with posters as well as a pen crime prevention decal.  Cute!  

The InkJoy pens have vivid inks and are formulated with a "unique blend of ultra-low viscosity inks and writing tips to give you unparalleled smoothness."


I couldn't wait to give the pens a try. The first thing that came to mind was, can I use the pens in my artwork? i.e. art journaling pages, canvases, etc.  Would it work over top of other mediums like paint, gesso, gel medium, etc.? I've gone through lots of pens in the past, and they almost all fail.  So, I experimented with them in a mixed media piece.

I found that both the 300 and 700 series pens worked very well over paint and I was able to add journaling to my artwork, even with a canvas board surface.  See images, above and below.  There were lots of medium layers for the pen to contend with and it drew effortlessly and cleanly over most of these quite well.  I did find that it didn't work as well over top of charcoal and pastels, but then again, I don't think there is a pen out there that would write on top of that.  (Charcoal is dark enough and can be used as a final step instead.)

The InkJoy pens worked great for adding little finishing details in my portrait, on the eyes, the mouth, the hair and elsewhere.  As well, I was able to journal right on top of my artwork without any hindrances.  The ink doesn't take long to dry, but make sure you don't rub your hand on it right away or it will smear.  To finish off the work, I found it best to spray the whole artwork with a matte fixative.  My only request is, they need to make a brown InkJoy pen!

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  1. April 16th, 2012Posted | Permalink

    Hi, What I would like to add is that I love how light these pens are to hold. I have the Inkjoy 100’s and I feel that they are so easy to hold that I feeI I can write and write and write…. I have given them to my son’s for school in the hope that they write more in their lessons! I’m not connected to Papermate but am just another satisfied customer. Good to know they write over paint, etc. Will be giving that a go.

  2. April 16th, 2012Posted | Permalink

    GORGEOUS work Angie!!!!! Wow!

  3. April 16th, 2012Posted | Permalink

    that’s great to know that the pens will work over gesso. I use gesso on all my art journaling pages and the only thing I have found works 100% of the time is my Pitt pen.

  4. April 16th, 2012Posted | Permalink

    I should add that the paint and Gesso has to be dry though!

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