Today I am reviewing a 10-color Souffle 3D Pen Sets, which is one of the items I received in return for some artwork that Sakura of America shared.
If you are here for the giveaway (a black tile Zentangle® tool set, a set of 6 Pigma Micron pens in assorted colors, and a Sakura pen pouch), please go here.
The colors in the Souffle set are Yellow, Orange, Light Orange, Pink, Purple, Green, Light Green, Blue, and Gray.
As with the Glaze pens, these are considered a craft tool rather than an actual pen. The ink leaves a slightly raised line if you draw or write slowly. The ink is water-based and waterproof (once dry) on most surfaces.
This slow build-up also means the drying time is long, up, a good minute or two, depending on the paper you are using.
You can also use these pens on almost any clean, non-porous surface.
The ink comes out of the pen looking and acting like thick, tinted water. As the ink dries the color becomes opaque. In the photo above, the white on the right is the ink a second or two after coming from the pen, and on the left is the same color ink (white) after it has totally dried.
Patience is key. Let your ink dry before planning too far ahead, because you might change your mind once you see the final effect. The inks can flow into each other if you apply a second line too close to another. This can be annoying if it happens by accident, and you can get some cool effects if you do it on purpose.
Once dried, the ink can be written on, flattened, or punched with a pin for different effects.
You are more likely to use these pens for accents than complete drawings (though I’ve done both).
It is possible to add layers of color, so white/yellow could be used for highlights, and gray for shadows.
Souffle colors on Black Paper
In some ways, completely coloring in a black page is a waste of the black itself, but I like the look and feel of a work like this. It was done on a fairly hard, smooth, black paper, more like card-stock than construction paper. The raised effect is apparent in some areas. I controlled it by the speed at which I laid down the ink, so the flowers and leaves stand out more. It makes me think of the puffy pages you find with some of the children’s book for toddlers.
I couldn’t get a very good representation of the color in either photo or scan. The green and yellow look almost identical here, but in real life they are different. That said, they aren’t too different. Just more so than it looks on the above piece.
This second drawing was done on an ATC-sized piece of black Elephant Poo paper (yes, you read that correctly). Elephant Poo paper is extremely soft and absorbent, and it took two and in a few cases three layers of ink to get color even this bright. However, I made use of that to get two-toned colors. On paper this absorbent, the raised effect doesn’t exist, except where the ink is layered on top of another layer.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend using these pens directly on this kind of paper — why do so if you can’t get the 3D effect? Using them on top of other inks or paints would work though. That said, I kind of like the chalkboardy look even without the 3D.
Souffle colors on Colored Paper
The Official Zentangle® Renaissance tile is a tan paper with an almost gritty surface. It isn’t too absorbent, though more so than on the Bristol Vellum.
Without a dark paper contrast, it is harder to photograph and scan the Souffle colors than it is to pick up the Glaze colors.
The raised effect is apparent, but I had to work hard to get it, so I only worked for it on the centers and dots.
Souffle colors with Mixed Media
Acrylic Paint Background
This drawing was done on an ATC-sized piece of bristol vellum (very hard and smooth) that I had painted with Ultramarine Blue acrylic paint, and scratched with some squiggly lines. It was very easy to get the 3D effect, and, of course, the colors popped! In some areas, I applied the paint fast and thin, leaving them transparent enough that you can see the blue of the background beneath.
Again, this shows how well the Souffle pens work, using them with mixed media, where some other medium of ink or paint supplies the main color.
As with the Glaze 3D pens, Souffle 3D pens are considered a craft tool rather than a writing or drawing pen. I think that’s important when considering a purchase of these pens. They aren’t a Gellyroll pen, though similar in some ways.
They work very well on dark paper, especially if is is smooth-textured, and hard (non-absorbent). The 3D effect is subtle and can be lost entirely on some papers or if a line is drawn too fast.
Some patience and care is needed to use these pens, and most will use them for effect in mixed-media projects.
For both technical information about these pens, and for crafting tips, visit the Sakura of America Web Page.
Disclaimer: I received this 10-color Souffle 3D Pen Set as part of a thank you for artwork that Sakura of America shared. I was not asked to do this review, and received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.