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These brush pens definitely...
May 21, 2010
These brush pens definitely have their pros and cons.


-Excellent Blending (with water & the other colors)
-Great Brushes (that are not too soft or hard and they're not imitation foam brushes)
-Light Weight/Travel Friendly (I take them anywhere and everywhere)
-No Odor/No Mess


-No light-fastness (this is a HUGE deal-breaker for me)
-Not meant for large artwork (painting an entire 8/11" page will be T-E-D-I-O-U-S!)
-Little Ink (For the price you would expect the chambers to be full of ink!!! If I knew
that these were just glorified markers with brush tips on the ends I would have
just settled for Crayola Brand.)

Final Judgement:

These pens allow me to PAINT (actually paint!!!) without the mess and can be used/taken anywhere. While I have my complaints about these pens, I cannot put them down!!! Although these pens will not fully replace an actual water color and brush set, they are so convenient that at the moment I use nothing else!!!
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I've been buying these...
August 1, 2010
I've been buying these in the 5-pen sets. Since I can't spring for it all at once.
But I have most now and boy do I love them.

I love the water-based media and since I like to bike and move around alot I bought these. They let me paint spontanesly whenever I break at the park, without the fuss of using a cup of water and brush and pans taking up room in my pack. (Now I can carry my extra snacks _3)
I like how you can dilute them simply by dipping them in a bit of water, how brilliant they come out, and the small sets are beutifully matched to eachother, and they do blend well.
They don't replace my watercolors entirely, but for the artist on the go they are fun and really worth it.
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I bought this one to...
January 11, 2011
I bought this one to try out before getting the whole set and after the first stroke I wish I had the whole set. If you have used Akashiya's Fude disposable brush or Pentel's pocket brush, this is the same feel. The Pentel brush has more width diversity but that one has longer bristles. It looks really good even before you put water on the ink. If you do watercolors or brush painting this is a good buy. I gave it four stars for not being refillable. The length of the brush is really a good compromise, long so it has a larger ink capacity but not so long that it does not fit in most pockets and needs a special case.
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love them!!!! there the...
March 24, 2011
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love them!!!! there the best and this is my first time using watercolor pencils:), if anything the color is amazing the tips are fine and prefect! and they can work with any medium!!!

tip- they work very well with copic markers and ink pens:)
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i work in water color...
August 10, 2009
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i work in water color and inks, and these brush pens are not only fun but have brought a whole other level of style and look to my art work that i just love!
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The Akashiya Sai Watercolor...
July 2, 2015
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The Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen set travels well and can be used anywhere just do not expect it to handle or completely replace an actual watercolor tube or pan set. I would recommend it for children, budding artists, and weekend hobbyists. The Akashiya Sai brush pens are always ready to be used with no prep required before coloring an inked sketch, so they are pretty mess-free. Naturally you can also use them for painting directly without any outlining tool underneath. They produce a fair amount of organic strokes with varying thicknesses and dry brush effects. My younger students enjoyed coloring with them during my day art camps. For them, the Akashiya Sai brush pens were more like markers that gave them just a taste for the line variation possible with watercolor brushes and waterbrushes. I have had a light blue brush in my tool box for years and it still works. I use it sparingly, mostly to test if a black sketching pen is waterproof or not. If the black ink smears or bleeds into the light blue wash, I know not to use them on mixed media applications. Thus properly capped, the pens can last for extended periods of time without drying. The colors are pretty bright and saturated as they come undiluted out of the nylon brush tip. They dissolve fairly quickly when rubbed with a loaded waterbrush and you can get some line variation by changing the pressure on the brush tip as you draw and color with them. The wash effect seemed more difficult to control than with actual watercolors, and the end result can be uneven and a bit more unpredictable. If you let the ink dry on the paper without blending, it looks very much like marker inks. It is possible to get paler washes by picking it up from wet color previously applied to the watercolor paper. Another method would be to spritz some water on a plastic palette and dip the Akashiya Sai brush pen tip in it to create a color wash. As the brush tip reloads with fresh ink the strokes will gradually get darker. The rigid pens have a rather slow ink flow to reload the nylon brush filaments in the tip, so you get a dry brush effect if your drawing stroke is too fast. While personally I like to work fast and would prefer a faster ink flow, the slower ink flow of these brush pens prevents waste and allows more control for beginners and younger users. They allow users to "paint" anywhere and anytime without cumbersome set up and minimal clean up time. I do not hesitate to allow my 7 year old nephew or younger students to borrow my brush pen set for card-making or coloring during free-draw time.
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The case is easy to fix....
May 30, 2009
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The case is easy to fix. Slide the tray out, and turn it around so the brushes will be cap-up. Then, before you slide it back in, cut off just the top end of the tray, so the brushes can slide out of their tracks.
There are advantages and drawbacks to not having to stop and dip the brush.
I started out sketching the flowers from the yard, as I have since I was a little girl. I had an epiphany: every brushstroke is a Brushstroke. If I had realized it 50 years ago, I might be an art teacher today, instead of a chemistry teacher. Or maybe, it was as a chemist and a teacher that the philosophical insight arose, and it just came to the surface while I was holding a brush.
As a chemist, the continued fluidity of the water-based ink delights and amazes me.
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Beautiful, quality pens....
September 5, 2008
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Beautiful, quality pens. We bought this as a gift for my sister. Shes a professional artist who uses mainly water colours and travels alot. She is sure to love these beautiful brush pens. There is nothing like this available in Australia, not even remotely close. Hooray for Jet Pens! I am VERY tempted to buy these for myself as well. I probably will :)
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These work great! Even...
April 23, 2015
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These work great! Even though other reviewers have lamented the lack of lightfastness, at least for the moment, the colors are as bright as ever.
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These are not a great...
March 8, 2015
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These are not a great watercolor brush, if you're looking for that, I strongly recommend Neopiko 4 watercolor brushes. When I add water to most of these colors, they separate into their individual pigments, which I find detrimental to the way I watercolor. I do not recommend these if you intend to attempt actual watercolor techniques.
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