Learn more about the best white pens for watercolors. I tested several white pen options to see which pen covers watercolor the best.
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The Best White Pen for Watercolors
I love using white ink over watercolor paint. It's the perfect way to add highlights and details to a piece that needs a little more work.
The Testing Process
Each pen was tested on top of black ink, watercolor paint, and over gouache.
I tested 2 gel pens, white ink with a dip pen, and a posca pen. Technically posca pens are markers, but I wanted to include a posca pen in the test anyway because it works similarly to a pen.
I've provided links to both Blick and Amazon. Personally, I prefer shopping at Blick because the prices are so much lower.
- Sakura Gelly Roll. (Amazon Link) This pen is affordable and easy to find in craft stores. The Gelly Roll pen has the faintest result over the dark ink, watercolor, and gouache.
Over watercolor, the pen is pale and has a line in the center. It might cover well with a few passes, though.
- Uniball Signo. (Amazon Link) This is my go-to pen for watercolor. This pen performed pretty well over all of the mediums. However, it did a little worse over gouache. (I use the 1.0mm size.)
- Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay Ink with a Dip Pen. (Amazon Link) I know dip pens aren't for everyone, but I love using them in my art. This ink is a little faint, especially over the watercolor paint.
- Uni Posca. (Amazon Link) The Posca pen covered the dark mediums so well. The paint is nice and opaque. (I use the .7mm size.)
My Overall Thoughts on White Pens
I went into the test with a bias towards the Uniball Signo pen, so I wasn't surprised to see that it performed so well.
The Posca was my other favorite pen. It covers so well and was pleasant to use.
Other Alternatives to White Ink
If you don't have any white pens, you can also use white gouache or white acrylic paint (artist-grade, not craft paint.) Use a tiny brush for the best results.
By the way, titanium white is more opaque than zinc white.
What is your favorite white pen to use with watercolor?
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