August 28, 2019 100

White Pen & Marker Comparison (2017 update)

White Pen & Marker Comparison (2017 update)

– [Kristina] Hi
everyone, Kristina here, welcome to another video at
my YouTube channel and blog. Today I’m going to
be revisiting a video from many years ago where
I compared white gel pens, and this time I’m going
to be using the white ink pen sampler from JetPens. They come in a bundle
and you get quite a few different pens to compare. Full disclosure, JetPens
sent these to me, so even though I didn’t
purchase them personally, I am going to give
you my honest opinions and tell you which
ones I liked the most and what I would recommend
for each of these pens. So this first one is the
Uni-Ball Signo Broad. If you’ve seen that
video from years ago, this was the clear winner
for the most bright and easiest to use, and
I don’t know that I would keep it in this
category for this video. Kind of a spoiler, but I
think it works really well, but there were some
other surprising pens included in this pen sampler
that I really enjoyed, including this next one,
which is the Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip DX. This one has one millimeter
tip, so it’s a similar line weight to the
Uni-ball Signo Broad, and I found it to be of
a similar brightness. Now it didn’t, looking
at it onscreen, I’m seeing that
there are some areas that fade just a
tiny bit, but I think it’s very comparable to
the Uni-ball Signo Broad, and almost better in some
cases because the ink flow was a little bit
more consistent. You’ll see a little
bit later in the video that all of these have
instances of skipping when you write too
quickly, but I found that the Pentel Hybrid had a
little bit of a smoother feel when I was writing with it. So that was one pen that
kind of surprised me, I had never tried this
pen before, and I thought it worked really, really well. This next one’s the
Sakura Gelly Roll Classic, and this one I’ve been
using in my crafting and envelope projects
for quite some time. Of all of these pens
that I’m using today, that is the most fine-lined
pen, so I really like it for writing in smaller
letters or an address on an envelope or
something like that, or very, very small
details on a stamped image. I think it works
really well for that. This next one, which is
the Sharpie Water-Based Paint Marker is one of
the thicker line weights and this is actually a
fade-resistant marker, and you can use it
on multiple surfaces, not just on paper, and
so it’s really versatile in that way. I found that it was a little
bit harder to write with, maybe because I wasn’t
expecting it to be so thick, but it was still a good marker. This next one is the
Posca Paint Marker, and this is the medium point, which is interesting because
it’s the thickest line of all of the markers and
pens that I’m comparing in this video. So I would probably
reserve this for posters or bigger projects that would
need a larger letter for it. Also wanted to mention that
it’s interesting to see what the Posca medium
point is compared to the medium point of
the Sakura Gelly Roll, because they consider that
a medium weight as well, so huge difference
between the two. The Posca Paint Marker
is much thicker. They do have a different
version though, this is the extra fine
Posca Paint Marker, and I did want to mention
with both of these paint markers that
the tip of the marker is kind of porous, it
has a little bit of a scratchy texture, so
depending on the surface that you’re writing on,
you might get some little splatters of paint. I got a few little splatters
when I went to write with this Posca Paint Marker. And you can prevent
that by slowing down and tipping the
marker a little bit just so that it doesn’t
scratch the paper, but that is something
to be aware of. So this is the Raymay
Fluorescent Board Marker, this is a two
millimeter as well, and this marker in particular
I almost didn’t include it because it’s actually
not meant for paper. As you can see all of that
white, bright white color is seeping into the paper. This is a marker that works
better on blackboards, glass, and acrylic,
anything that’s non-porous. That’s what it’s meant for
and that’s when it will stay bright white, but I
did like the look of it on this black kind of
seeping into the paper. I thought it looked a
little bit like chalk on a chalkboard, so I did
wanna include it here. This last one is a
Sakura Decorese Gel Pen. This one’s a little
bit different as well. It’s meant to work on paper,
metal, glass, and photos, so it works on a bunch
of different surfaces and I would say
with the exception of the extra fine
Posca Paint Marker, this is the most fine tip
one that’s meant to be used on slick surfaces. But the thing that’s
interesting about this one is that the line weight
changes depending on how fast or slow you’re
writing, so it really varies. So I had four favorites
for a fine line kind of what I would
use for my projects, and the projects I’m
thinking of are like addressing envelopes,
or adding small details onto a scene or image
or a stamped image, or just writing on a
black surface in general. So there were four that I
thought were my favorites, and all of them are really
good, they each have their strengths and weaknesses. I would say that
the Posca Extra Fine is the one that skips the least. I had no skipping issues at all, and I had a really consistent
line weight throughout. It was very easy to
use and there are a ton of other Posca colors
to choose from, so if you wanted to
do a black envelope with lots of really
colorful details on it you could use all Posca pens and you’d have a
really great result. The Signo Broad,
the Pentel Hybrid, and the Gelly Roll, they
all skipped a little bit, with the Gelly Roll
skipping the least once you got it going. So I do like to scribble a
little bit off to the side before I start using these. So like I mentioned before,
the Posca Extra Fine can splatter a little bit
if you’re not careful, so I found that slowing down
and also tipping the marker so it’s at more of an
angle as you’re writing really prevents all
of those splatters. So I think overall I
would say that this Posca Extra Fine is my favorite
of all of the white pens that I’ve shown
in today’s video. I think it’s the one that
I will reach the most for when it comes to
addressing envelopes or adding details
on stamped images, things like that,
and I chose this one because it doesn’t
skip, and because it has a really even line and
it stays bright white. I think it’s a really great
result, so the overall winner for me this time is
the Posca Extra Fine. Before I wrap up this
video, I wanted to show you a little bit of experimentation with the Sakura Decorese pen. I wanted to see how thick
of a line I could get if I slowed down, and it’s
actually quite a bit thicker than my original kind of
sampling of writing out this with this pen, I
thought it’s interesting. And this particular pen has
kind of a raised appearance and if you do it super thick
like this, you can actually run your fingertips
over it and you can feel the ink a little bit. So because of that, it does
take a little bit longer to dry, in fact all of
these need a minute or two to dry after you’ve used
them, so you aren’t going to be able to go over
these right away at all, any of them. You do have to let them dry,
but this one in particular can smudge pretty easily. It’s a really pretty pen, I
wanted to show it on camera. It’s got a fun kind of
angled tip on the end. So here’s the comparison of
all of the different markers that I’ve shown today. I did wanna mention
that I did not show one pen that is included
in the white pen sampler from JetPens, and that
is the Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen, it might
not be Gelly Roll, it might just be Glaze,
and that’s because that one does not stay bright white,
and so for the properties I was comparing for today,
that one didn’t really apply. So I’m just gonna show
you this little example of using some of the
different pens here, and also wrap it up
with all of my thoughts. So like I said before,
I think the winner is the Posca Extra Fine. However, if you’re going to
be doing only small details on your projects, and you
want a really fine line, the next one that
I would recommend is the Gelly Roll Pen,
and that’s because it, like the Posca Extra Fine,
it doesn’t skip as much, especially if you kinda scribble
off on some scratch paper before moving onto your
project, and it stays fairly bright white. I think it does a
pretty good job. So if you were going to have
two pens in your crafting or writing stash, I would
say you definitely need the Posca Extra Fine and
also the Sakura Gelly Roll. I think both of those
are fantastic options. That wraps up my video for
my 2017 White Pen Comparison. Hope you guys enjoyed. I will see you over at my
blog and in my next video. And thanks for watching. (calm guitar music)

100 Replies to “White Pen & Marker Comparison (2017 update)”

  • Ruth Gauss says:

    I love my Gelly Rolly – glad you like it, too! I might need to pick up the Tosca! This is the first I've heard of it!

  • bethany towers says:

    Omg your videos are so satisfying to watch!!! I wish my hand writing looked like yours! Haha

  • Katherine Metcalf Davis says:

    I acquired 2 boxes of the Posca paint pens, both fine and medium tips. I've used the fine tips for little details and this video was very helpful! Thank you, Kristina 🙂

  • Maggie Baxter says:

    Hi Kristina ~ Great informational video. It takes so much for the guesswork out of trying to figure out which of the many white pens would best meet our needs. Thanks for taking the time to share the process with us. ~HUGS~

  • jrd says:

    Your video was very informative, as were some of the comments. Thank you.

  • Renee VanEpps says:

    Thank you Kristina – I really liked how the Decorese pen worked in this video so I think I'll try that one along with he Posca.  In the lettering at the very end – I wonder why the pen looked so bright white until you wrote 2017 and then it totally soaked into the paper?

  • Jeannie Dreemer says:

    I'm pretty new to all of this and I am a card maker, so this was very informative. I watch MayMay made it and first saw her do the stitch lines with the white pen. I am glad to have seen this informative video and agree the last pen died as you printed the 2017. I was disappointed in that. Great info!

  • Mariana Diaz says:

    I want to buy some markers but ihave this question—-They sent products to Mexico or there's an extra price to pay for shipping?

  • Christiane Methot says:

    Thank you for this very helpful video. Was looking at buying one soon…. keep up the good work. Love your videos!

  • Patty Devoux says:

    This video was very informative. I loved the gelly roll, got a posca and now since my daughter bought me the Signo uniball,(which I love) I am all set! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  • Pat Cyzauskas says:

    Was hoping u would have included Dylusions paint pens

  • Caitlin Hubbard says:


  • Journals, Pens & Inks says:

    Awesome video!

  • Holly Jackson says:

    Thanks for the video Kristina! I love your handwriting!

  • Brenda Stallings says:

    Thanks. Great info!

  • DeeBee says:

    I like the Signo pen also. That one has been a oldie but goodie since I started.

  • Christine Cox says:

    So cool!

  • Beverly Lausen says:

    My problem with white gel pens is that they dry up so fast. Can you help me with keeping they wet? What brand should I buy to solve this problem.

  • Elizabeth Dindal says:

    Awesome thanks!

  • tornoofo17 says:

    Huh. I kinda want all of those pens now.

  • Knotty Craft Girl says:

    What would be recommended to write with white ink on top on black ink?

  • Rigmor Olsson says:

    Thank you for the comparison! 🙂 I use the Sakura telly roll the most! Have a paint pen from a scandinavian art store chain called Panduro and it have the same type of nib as the Poscas. Love that paint pen in my mixed media stuff! 🙂 Hugs from Sweden!

  • Lettering By Laura says:

    Hola Kristen and Thank You. I have the Sakura Gelly Roll Pen and will now pick up the Posca…I enjoyed your none biased opinion and how you shared your views regardless of how you acquired the pens. Thank You and if I can also mention an honorable mention…lol…The Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker is AMAZING on black cardstock!

  • Rayanna Arthur says:

    Thank you so much for this! It was very helpful! Looking forward to watching more of your videos! Have a great weekend!

  • Perly Gustafsson says:

    Posca have a even finer pen than extra fine (PC-1M) that's called PC-1MR, my favourite this year 🙂

  • Zura Johnson says:

    Thank you!! Great advice and very clear demo and video. ? I'll be back for more tips!

  • Katherine Haught says:

    I've been using the Signo Broad white pen for years, since you recommended it way back when. I have several for back- ups so l'm sticking with it for now. I have been eyeing the Posca pens (all colors) but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Thanks so much for this update.l always want what you're using, because l trust your judgement. At least l want to know your recommendations.

  • Shinigami-Chan says:

    Can anyone tell me how to get the least amount of clogging and skipping from using these gel pens?? They are so frustrating. I see people use them for highlights and their pens write like butter, but when I use them they barely work. The uni posca is by far my favorite. Probably only going to buy those in the future.

  • Wayne Aaron O Cortez says:

    in gonna try the uniball signo since that white pen and the pitt artist pens from faber castell! i didn't like my sakura ballsign 0.6 white pen it clogged didn't work its job and i had to wet it everytime to get it working thanks for sharing your opinions i hope to get ny gifts on my birthday on september can i atleast get a heart or ten likes thanks!

  • Lady Bug says:

    I can't find a white pen :,(

  • The Artful Rogers says:

    ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE POSCA MARKERS? There are another couple of brands that I would seriously recommend. 'Molotow One4All' markers and the 'Montana' acrylic paint markers. They are both refillable and are available in a lot more colours compared to Posca. In my personal opinion, the paint is slightly more opaque as well (bolder, stronger colour). The two companies, Molotow and Montana also sell a wide variety of other art materials, all top of the range stuff.

  • Patrick Grimes says:

    I wonder how these would hold up marking dark wood?

  • ZurdoMantis NuevaEra says:

    Uni-Poscas are so good for graffiti

  • Erhan Achmad says:

    Can I use white marker over a Faber Castell coloured pencils?

  • TayTay BeyNippy says:

    The Sakura Decorese and Signo Uni-ball seem very similar honestly.

  • A Very Private Life says:

    This video sucks.

  • streeture says:

    One of my favorite white markers is missing: the molotow One4All extra fine. I even prefer this one to the posca extra fine.

  • Clara says:

    Is the gelly roll one good?

  • Mykena Nishi says:

    I love your handwriting

  • toyasakura says:

    How to erase marker on black board?

  • Norine Mueller says:

    Thank you

  • kirby says:

    I loved the video ;-;

  • It's Siya says:

    My opinion on the Sakura Gelly Roll vs Uniball Signo Broad is that Uniball Signo is the winner to me. I own both pens. I started with the Sakura Gelly Roll and I found that it would not right on any of my drawings like it wouldn’t work well on colored pencil marker or water color which are the mediums I use. I thought maybe it was just my pen so I asked some of my friends that artists as well if I could borrow their pens. I tried there’s and it didn’t work for me either. I was fed up and I could do nothing with the pen. However the Uniball worked amazing in comparison. It goes on all mediums even acrylic paint. The pen stays bright and doesn’t fade like the Gelly Roll does and it goes on all mediums. My pens ink flow is good as well. It doesn’t skip as much as it showed in the video it only skipped if I opened up and used the pen after a long time but that’s every pen. That is my experience with the Uniball Signo vs Gelly Roll
    These are my opinions no hate

  • Jay_da_WiZaRd says:

    All i have to say is thank you for the recommendations within this video

  • Chogi Wa says:

    I bought the posca extra fine a while ago. it works so bad, and looks very watered down when you write on paper. do you think it may be defected?

  • FinishTheBook says:

    Warning: never use the gelly roll souffle only the classic and the highlight. The souffle was bad like when I used it on a spot where I put down some black marker the ink just seeped in the paper

  • Laura Pryor says:

    Oooo!!! Thank you so much for making this video! It was super helpful!

  • silja lin says:

    When it comes to Posca, they're only good for a little while. The ink becomes watered down over time, no matter how hard you shake it and at some point you can't really see anything on the paper.
    Of course this varies a bit from color to color. In my experience I had the most problems with the light blue Posca and the least with the yellow.

  • Annalise Davila says:

    Every time I tell someone about white gel pens, or white pens no one believes me. Where can you buy them because I have never seen them on a store, yet I see YouTube videos with people using them all the time.

  • artyy lillyy says:

    I love the Pentel hybrid pen it's amazing ?

  • Karl Haakon Haukeland says:

    can your recommend paper thats usable with uniposca and smiliar paint markers?

  • Error. Cam says:

    Gosh it’s whiter than me

  • Elizabeth says:

    Awesome video, VERY helpful!!

  • Melchi Zedeq says:

    I have a Posca 0.7 and kinda sucks….all white get banished….suppose the ink is too thin….very similar to Raymay

  • godblessed } says:

    my uni-ball signo dried in 2 hours from purchase

  • callipso says:

    What kind of black paper did u used?

  • Teagan Olivia says:

    Uniball signo gel pen is so much more pigmented than gelly roll there fore you guys should get it instead because once I switched from gelly roll to the uniball signo pen I was amazed

  • maxfliart says:

    If you were to draw a perfectly straight line via a straight edge,
    which if any pen would work? Thx for the review.

  • Anita Douglas says:

    Why do so many YouTubers pronounce Sakura wrong? It's sah-koo-la. I cringe everytime I hear sah-KUR-a.

  • Kassandra Serrano says:

    Some of my Classic, Metallic, and Stardust Gelly Rolls no longer write, and I did not even use them that much!

    Sakura is overrated. Pentel pens write smoother than Sakura pens. Pentel Slicci metallic pens write smoother than all of Sakura's Gelly Rolls. "Ice Cream Smooth"? More like "Snow Cone Rough".

  • Marta De Haro Gerez says:

    I just bought a POSCA white marker and it doesn't paint at all. It only leaves a transparent residue no matter how hard I shake it or press its tip against the paper 🙁

  • Christa Marie says:

    Just bought the uniball signo ! Can’t wait to use it !! Great video, thanks so much! Now, on to find me a posca xtra fine! 🙂

  • KissMyCreative says:

    That Sakura Decorese looks amazing!! And I've gotta get my hands on some posca markers too.

  • Ilona Krause says:

    Pleas, can your help me: At which Internet company you can order the Gelly Roll Extra Fine – it was always offered only Fine, Medium or Bold. Thans!

  • Yatso Yumi says:

    I don't like the Sakura classic or the sharpie paint because on print paper, it always appears yellowish

  • JohnnyJuan15 says:

    Hi! Do you know any permanent waterproof white ink pen/marker than can be used on fabrics?

  • Rishit's Dazz says:

    Some of the best ones were expensive in the place i live so imma stick with using a white gouache for highlights since I'm a cheapo like Mark Crilley XD

  • PARK JIMIN 지민 is my bias says:

    Why is my sigmo SO SHITTY, TvT and in this type of videos it looks so awsome! I bought it in a store where in no doubt sells the originals. I just picked it out from a rack of sigmo pens.

  • Shruti Mehendi Nail Art says:

    Awesome! Your handwriting is TOO GOOD..!
    Can you please review posca brush tip paint marker pens please?

  • Rosie 47 says:

    It’s not Sa-cure-a, it’s sa-koo-a.

  • Living Ston says:

    Can I use it for jeans etc….

  • Chez Pig says:

    What about on coloured paper?

  • Monika Nieblas says:

    Really well Done girl!!!
    ……[email protected] U……..

  • bridgendesar says:

    Beautiful handwriting, I'm looking for a fine tip pen that can write on smooth black plastic, dries quickly and is permanent, which one do you think would best suit my needs?

  • millana says:

    The pilot super Color White is terrible.

  • millana says:

    I love the uni ball.

  • crystal.pepsi says:

    your handwriting is great

  • Erick Atinaja says:

    OMG !!!.. ILIKEIt where did you buy that i really really like I subcribe your videos and click the bell ??????????????????????????????????

  • •Mmairuu • says:

    Sakura is suck tbh , i hate it

  • Telisha3 Claiborne says:

    Thanks K. I'm headed to the art store right now. Hopefully they have the pens "in-store", so I don't have to order online.

  • W!CKeD Cp3 says:

    I need a white pen gell or marker that can write over pencil , do Thea's work

  • meme killer says:

    The posca brand has sizes up to PC-17K

  • swingy.y says:

    In my opinion, gelly roll gel pens are the best. I've only used about 4 of these brands but I would definitely recommend gelly rolls.
    They aren't too expensive, either, I only paid £1.99 for a buy-one-get-one-free deal on eBay, but unfortunately I forgot the seller. Im sure you could find some for the same price somewhere.

  • mohmm edd says:

    What is the name of the first pen?

  • BSD 4 ever says:

    Does the uni-ball signo broad work on copic markers, like can u see it?

  • Sarah Conroy says:

    Every good presentation. Not too hurried but moved right along. This information is very useful.

  • Lola Nene says:

    I got the gelly roll souffle in white, and it isn't that good.
    It sometimes doesn't write on the paper, and if you keep layering and layering on that area it didn't write on, it will end up rubbing off the part where it didn't write, it would make it worse, and be messy. If it isn't dry, it will stick to paper. Since its 3D, its not usually even in thickness. You can't use it to write over other pens, because the colors will mix and the colored ink will smudge. Would not recommend.

    Maybe this is only my pen, but this is my opinion. I would prefer the classic gelly roll.

  • Catie says:

    I want to draw on black paint with a white pen (to be more precised than if I used a paintbrush) however, I have to varnish my project once I'm done.. I'm worried about smudging. Does anyone know if these pens tend to smudge after you let them dry for a few hours?

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  • lovelyrosebw says:

    I have the white gelly roll pen but I don’t know if I got a bad one or what cause mine doesn’t write really opaque white like I see most peoples do, my is more faded looking maybe it’s not an actual sakura gelly roll pen idk but it’s not very good that’s why I rarely use it

  • Meow Meow Kapow says:

    I did a review with most of these pens as well, and that posca pen was one of the ones that surprised and delighted me! Hadn’t tried it beforehand and it’s been one of my BFFs since.

  • stuffstuffstuffyay says:

    Thanks great vid. Do you know of a great white marker that fits the Cricut machine somehow?

  • Rolly dela cruz says:

    Which one is permanent ink?

  • ART WORLD says:

    Thank you for changing my mind to cancel the gelly roll and order the uni ball ???

  • Molly Taylor says:

    Does anyone know of any white pens/markers that could write over black pens/markers?

  • Mirthe says:

    Are they good on drawings with collor for the lighting?

  • Goodbye says:

    Damn ur handwriting is soooo neat!!

  • [KTB]-fem- says:

    Thank you so much!! This is incredible helpful 🙂

  • Valurkurian Private Investigations says:

    What type of paper are you using?

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