So today I thought I would just do a short post on different types of pens. I use different pens for my sketching and my illustrations and I wanted to test which ones would bleed when water was added. I do my illustrations in ink and then add watercolor over them and I can never remember which ones bleed. This was for myself and hopefully it helps someone else find the right pens whether you are an artist or you are looking for a specific pen to create tags, address letters, etc.
These were my test subjects:
Here is what they look like when used on an inexpensive watercolor paper that has some tooth to it:
Here are the results of adding water to the right side of the lines:
The ones that really smeared were the Uni-ball, Steadtler, and the Calligraphy pen. The Pilot ones seams to have smeared a little too as it dried.
My favorites so far have been the Zebra pen as a brush pen and the Hybrid Technica Pentel pen as a fine liner. The Pentel pens come in different sizes too.
If you have tried any pens you would recommend please let me know!