My first tip is to choose the right pen.
In my previous post, I tested all of the white pens that I had, and I compared how they all went on colored pencils, markers (Copic, Sharpie and TomBow markers), gel pens and washi tape. I discovered that some of the pens that worked fantastic on the markers but worked terribly on the colored pencils.
In the “Explore Dream Wander” ocean image above, I used a Sakura Gelly Roll in 2 different sizes for my highlights – in my tests, the Gelly Roll pens worked great on alcohol markers (I used Ohuhu markers for the above image) but they didn’t perform well AT ALL on pencils. So while they were great for this picture, I would choose another pen if I were drawing over colored pencils.
Out of the pens I tested in my last video, these were my favorites:
My favorite paint marker was the Deleter Neopiko Line White.
In this post I’m going to mostly be talking about tips to do with what Gel pens, however a lot of those tips also apply to the white paint markers, they are fantastic for doing highlights.
You also want to decide what size marker you want because some of these have a very thin line and some have a very thick line. In my ocean image, I used 2 different sizes of the Gelly Roll gel pen because I wanted more control over the detail in my bubbles, but I wanted a bold line on the lettering. So, you might actually like to have a few in your range for different options.
And again, in my last video and blog post, I detailed all these pens so you can actually see which ones are the right size or the project that you’re wanting to do.