I’ve heard a lot about these Kuretake brush pens so I was looking forward to getting a few. For my first try I bought the green and the dark sets, which fit perfectly in my May color scheme. After playing with them for a few weeks I want to share with you my review. Hope it will be useful to you!
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The Kuretake Brushables are acid free and waterproof brush pens, which is always good. They are also odorless and permanent, once they are dry. Sold in packs of 4, 12 or 24.
All brushes have two sides – one side is a color and another is 50% tint. In total the collection has 24 colors, but since they also have the tint I would argue that it counts as 48 colors. Colors are quite limited, but the tint makes it easy to match and blend colors, creating ombre effect. Some colors are a very similar, so if your main goal is a variety of colors maybe Brushables are not for you.
The brush tip is more or less the same size as Tombow brush pens. I’m in no way a lettering specialist, but I found it’s much easier for me to try to letter with these brush pens. So I definitely recommend them for beginners like me.
I love these brushes for blending. Having a color and tint make it so easy to find proper colors to blend. Brushes blend very well by themselves. A few things to consider of the brushes is that they do not blend well with the Tombow ABT blending pen or water brush. The best way is to blend them by themselves. Also once dried, they do not blend, so make sure to blend them while they’re still wet.
For me, living in China, the prices for Brushables were lower than Tombow. One Tombow brush pen costs around 3 dollars, while calculating from the price of set one Brushable goes for 2 dollars and you get two colors. I found more or less the same value difference on Amazon. To take into consideration that you get two colors for the price of one I would say it is a better deal.
Brushables are great brush pens. They are amazing for beginner lettering. They’re also a great investment, because one pen has actually two colors, even though sometimes the set colors are similar. The colors are bright but not toxic bright. I definitely recommend trying those out.
Here is a small video of these pens in action, I’m sure it will convince you that these guys are absolutely perfect for lettering.
Hope my review was useful and helped you make your choice. Or maybe you already own a set?
Do you already have those pens? What are your feelings on using them? Looking forward to reading your replies in the comments section below!
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