Recently, I was sent a Tombow Advanced Lettering Set to try out. I found it to be tres cool, and spent my beach vacation playing with it. I thought I’d let you know what is included in the set, and what I found out about how they work.
The set includes:
- Four Dual Tip Brush Pens-685:Deep Magenta, 815: Cherry, 373: Sea Blue, and N15: Black plus N00: Colorless blender pen
- flexible brush tip for big, bold letters
- fine tip for detail
- Ideal for coloring, fine art, illustrations, doodling, journaling, hand lettering and more
- Tips self-clean after blending
The Tombow Dual Tip Brush pens have a large flexible nylon tip on one end, and a hard nylon-tip on the other. This gives you a great deal of range in your strokes whether lettering or drawing. The broad tip is also excellent for coloring in large areas. The addition of the two Fudenosuke and the twin-tipped Mono marker gives you much the same range on a smaller scale.
- achieve lighter tints of one color
- seamlessly blend two or more colors
- create new colors by mixing inks
- shade by picking up color on the paper
- create a glassy or marble look by using the blender without color
- it can make the paper pill
- it can make color bleed-through to the back
- it takes color from the lines, so that you may need to redraw some of them
- if you apply new color too soon after using the blending pen, the new color will feather
- Two Fudenosuke Brush pens
- You can use the Dual Tip colors over these immediately
- smudge-resistant (drying times differ according to paper)
The Fudenosuke Brush pens have plastic tips. I don’t find too much difference between them, though the soft tip is more flexible and allows you to vary widths in a single line more easily.
The ink is very black. In the waterproof test I show further down, I added words from a Pigma Micron PN, which also has a plastic tip, so you can see the difference in ink colors. The Fudenosuke ink is MUCH darker.
- bullet tip and fine point
- Long lasting permanent black marker
- Draw over ink with other markers instantly
- MONO smudge-proof pencil for sketching lines
I suspect that I won’t use this marker pen very often because it does bleed through. I may use it when I’m using other alcohol markers.
- MONO Drawing Pencil 4H
- High density graphite
- Break resistant
- Long lasting
Sorry. For some reason, I cannot make blogger take my scan of the Mono Drawing pencil. Since it is a 4H (the U.S. designation that indicates the hardness of the graphite), it is fairly hard, but the lines are not scratchy. They erase easily, but on some papers you may get a permanent indentation (this is true of all 4H pencils). If bought separately, these pencils are also available in 2B, 2H, 3B, 3H, 4B, 5B, 5H, 6B, 6H, B, F, H and HB.
- Mono Plastic Eraser removes guidelines without damaging paper or ink drawings
I did a waterproof test by painting a swatch over each of the inks after giving them a day to dry (luckily, I had a page that I screwed up that I could use for this).
The dual tip ink reactivates and blends with the watercolor paint. I’ll be playing around with this effect, you bet!
All the other pens are waterproof, though the color of the ink dims. Unless you want that to happen (good effect to imply depth), you’ll want to watercolor first, then use the Fudenosuke or Mono Twin.
I needed to test to see if the Micron PN was waterproof (it is), and thought it would be of interest for you to see the difference in the black inks.
I used all the pens in this drawing. I discovered that if you use the blending pen with no other color, it changes the Clairefontaine paper, giving it a sort glassy, marbled look. Scribbling color or cleaning off your blending pen in these areas increases that marbled look.
This was my initial test page so I kept pushing, blending and re-adding color and blending until finally the paper started to pill. It took quite a bit for that to happen, so I don’t think it will be an issue for most. If it does happen, you are probably over-working your drawing.
The colors from the Dual tips blend nicely, and you can stretch the color out to create cloud-like halos that are quite appealing.
The ink for the dual pens does dry fairly quickly, and you can get streaks. As usual, you can use this for shading and detail by watching the directions of your pen strokes, using the side of the pens to reduce the overlap of strokes, or working in circular motions.
I used all the pens again, this time trying to hone techniques that I learned from the first drawing. I focused on my shading. I also added a few highlights with white acrylic pen, though I prefer the highlights I achieved by just leaving the white (ivory) of the paper.
Overall, I really like this Advanced Lettering Set. If I could make changes, I think I would like a yellow Dual Tip. It would increase the possibilities for creating new color tremendously. I wouldn’t mind if it replaced either the Cherry or Magenta, since they are both in the reddish range, or maybe the black Dual Tip, since you do have the Fudenosuke and mono pens for black.
There is a plethora of ideas, tips, tutorials and techiques on the TombowUSA website, icluding some