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Old 06-20-2018, 08:58 PM   #1
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What is the best pen for making bright white little spots? I have a Signo and it is mediocre. I tried two other kinds and they just didn't come up bright white. I'm using it on watercolor paper on which I've used Distress Inks. What I have just seems to soak into the DIs and fade away.

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I find this quite opaque, though I haven't tried it yet on DI sponged surfaces which can sometimes bleed into white pens and discolour the dots: Amazon.com : Uni Posca Extra Fine Marker, White (PC1M.1) : Permanent Markers : Office Products. Another option I often use is to dot white acrylic paint using a really fine stylus (like the ones sold for nail art, and I also use them for scoring).
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A white paint pen seems to work best for me on dye-based inked surfaces.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:27 AM   #4
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Thank you so much. I just think my white soaks into the watercolor paper and is discolored by the DIs.

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If you put the TH glazing that comes in the tiny jar, would that step the bleed through?
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At the Dollar Tree I found a JOT correction pen! It makes really small dots.

Have to shake it, it must have a little steel ball inside it like in a can of spray paint, but I like the control I have when I use it.
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I know it seems obvious....you are sure the distress ink is fully dry when you use the Signo? Like hit it with a heating gun type sure? I would guess WC paper takes longer than CS to dry.
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I have seen some crafters videos using a Posca white paint pen, which seems to work well on any surface. Definitely agree with Wavejumper about making sure it's 100% dry though.
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I just watched a Dyan video this week where she said that just because a surface "feels" dry doesn't mean it is. She said that paint needs to cure for 24 hours to be truely dry, otherwise paint can be reactivated by other wet mediums. This is why a pen often won't write, gets clogged and stops working. It was a "well duh", slap the forehead moment for me when I heard that.

Sorry I don't know which video it was as I was binge watching.
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Yes, it is dry. It just seems to disappear. I think it soaks in. Thank you everyone so much! Maybe I'll let it set overnight before adding white spots. I so appreciate everyone's help! XO
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Copic white ink should work well.
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Linda, I had no idea Copic had a white pen! I'm learning things every day! Thank you!
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I bought the Copic white paint in a bottle with a brush in my quest to find a decent white pen or other implement for doing white highlights. I would not recommend it. My personal experience with the Copic paint was horrible. It was dry, terribly thick and flaky. The brush had stray hairs that messed up what ever you were trying to paint. I did try to thin it with distilled H2O as suggested, but it just was too "icky" and I finally tossed it.
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Another way to get really white dots is to use Dr PH Martins Bleedproof white paint. Comes in a little pot, you can add tiny dots with a toothpick. I've seen Kevin use it on his Stampscapes pieces, and it does not pick up colour from the ink below it.
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Chris, Copic's white ink doesn't come in a pen. It comes in a bottle with a brush, which I haven't tried, and comes in a small jar, which is what I have.
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