When I’m having a bad day, nothing makes me smile quite like a new set of gel pens. If you’re looking for a similar pick-me-up, why not try out the Art-n-Fly set of 40 gel pens?
Art-n-Fly is a new manufacturer on the adult coloring book scene and recently contacted me to review their pens. The photo below shows color swatches from all of the pens in the set that I received. Even though my set accidentally included two yellow glitter pens, I was pleased with the wide range of colors. I particularly liked that there were lots of different greens and blues to choose from, since these colors are helpful when you’re doing nature pages.
If you can’t tell from my photo, the set includes several different types of gel pens.
- Glitter: The glitter ink is quite subtle in this set, but a nice option for embellishing your pages with a touch of sparkle.
- Metallic: These were my favorite colors by far. They add a touch of sophistication to any coloring page. The mandala image at the bottom of this post was colored with the metallic pens.
- Pastel: I personally don’t use pastel pens very often, but I tried them out with the green and yellow glitter pens to do the notecard at the top of this post.
- Neon: Neon pens are a little too bright for my taste, but I do use them occasionally for highlights or on black background pages.
- Classic: Combining classic colors with glitter or metallic pens creates interesting special effects.
The ink in these pens seems to dry fairly quickly, which is good if you tend to have problems smudging your work or if you often color with your kids and don’t want them leaving ink smears all over your table. However, if you want to try blending gel pens, the fast drying ink will be a bit of a challenge. In this case, I’d recommend combining the pens in this set with a wetter ink pen like the Sakura Gelly Rolls. Alternating between wet and dry ink gives you room for more creative effects.
The barrels of the pens are on the thinner side, which means the set takes up minimal storage space. I decided to keep my pens in my favorite Wonder Woman coffee mug, stored with the tips down to reduce the risk of the ink drying out. All 40 pens fit in the mug with room to spare!
One aspect of this set that I really like is how the pen caps and ends are a fairly accurate representation of the color of ink. It drives me crazy to purchase gel pens where you can’t distinguish the glitter or metallic pens from the basic colors.
Art-n-Fly gel pens are available for purchase via Amazon. At $17.99 for a set of 40 pens, these are the one of the cheapest sets of gel pens I’ve personally used. However, I feel like they perform comparably to brands that are considerably more expensive. If you use gel pens frequently for coloring, you’ll run out of ink quickly regardless of the brand you choose. Therefore, this is one area where you can save money without scrimping on quality.
Would you like to try a set for yourself? Art-n-Fly has generously offered to giveaway a set of pens to one lucky reader. To enter this drawing, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite color is and why. I’ll choose one winner at random on May 30.
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer.
UPDATE: (6-2) My apologies for being so late in picking a winner. It’s the first week of summer vacation for my son and adjusting to the changed schedule is more effort than I anticipated. Our lucky winner is #6.