Review – Gelly Roll Souffle Pens

Many fellow artists have told me about their dreams of finding a “holy grail” gel pen that stands out against dark paper. I’ve loved gel pens for years and have tried out many different kinds to try to find my favorite. I’ve found that I like (enough to include them on my Top 3 Favorite Art Supplies of 2014 list!) the Gelly Roll gel pens the best.

Review - Gelly Roll Souffle Pens


Why I Like Them:

The Gelly Roll Souffle pens have packaging that’s not only cute, but practical. The cap matches the ink color inside while the barrel is marked with the variety of each pen. There’s an assortment of colors and mine came in a pack of 10 – black, white, yellow, green, blue, orange, purple, pink, peach, and teal.

The pens write smoothly, provided you make sure you keep the tip clean and replace the cap after each use. They produce a thick line that can fill in larger areas, but not so thick you can’t use them for more detailed work. The ink dries opaque over both dark and light paper and generally doesn’t smudge once it’s dry. I use the Souffle pens frequently to add patterns and contrast to my pieces. One recent piece I’ve heavily used them is on my cat-themed journal page.

These are widely available at arts and craft stores (tip: they’re often in the scrapbooking section!) and are usually sold in a pack. I’ve seen the prices range from $15-20+ depending where you buy them. They’re a little bit of a splurge, but for the effect and how long they last I think they’re worth it. I’ve had mine for over 2 years and they’re still going strong.

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Do you have a “holy grail” gel pen? What are some of your favorite brands?

I was not given this product for compensation or review. The product was purchased by me and the opinions supplied are my own.

Review – Pentel EnerGel Pens

Journaling is one of those things I try to do on a regular basis. Much like showering, praying, or snuggling with my cat, it just doesn’t feel right unless I journal every day. It’s especially important to me when I’m the most tired, frustrated, or creatively stuck. Those are the times I usually need it the most and nothing helps me get through it like a good pen. One of my current favorites are the Pentel EnerGel pens.

Pentel EnerGel pens review

Why I like them:

The EnerGel pens are among the smoothest I’ve tried. They don’t skip and the ink applies evenly and dries fast. The fast-drying ink is advertised as being particularly good for lefties. Even though I’m not a lefty, I can certainly say that the ink rarely smudges when I use them.

Another thing I like is that there’s a decent variety of colors. EnerGel pens come in the standard black and blue, but also green, red, purple, and pink.

There are two different choices of points: 0.5mm and 0.7mm. I have both sizes, but I prefer the 0.5mm variety because my handwriting is small and thin. I’ve also used the 0.5mm for Zentangle-type activities and I like how clean and crisp thinner lines look.

I like the general design of the pen. They look sleek and because the pen is the same color as the ink inside, it’s very easy to tell which color you’re about to use. Though I think the grip is comfortable and my hand doesn’t get sore after a lot of writing, I think it could be a little bit softer.

I’m not sure if it’s because of how frequently I use these pens or if they just don’t hold a lot of ink, but I do find that I go through them very quickly. Luckily, the EnerGel pens seem to be widely available. I’ve seen them at office supply stores, supermarkets, and drugstores.

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Do you journal regularly? If so, what are your favorite pens to use?

I was not given this product for compensation or review. The product was purchased by me and the opinions supplied are my own.