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US Art Supply Jewelescent Gel Ink Pens Review

US Art Supply Jewelescent Gel Ink Pens Review

I was a kid when gel pens became popular. However, the original gel pens tended to clog up and dry out quickly. Almost two decades have passed since I last picked up a gel pen. However, I have been hearing good things about newer versions. In fact, I have seen a lot of fans of adult coloring books who use this style of pen. Thus, when recently offered the chance to review the 60-count pack of US Art Supply Jewelescent gel ink pens in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity to add to my ever growing art supply collection.

Price

The 60-count pack of US Art Supply Jewelescent gel ink pens currently retail for $14.96 on Amazon. Most other brands cost a few dollars more for the same number of pens. Furthermore, I have tried a number of products from US Art Supply recently, and I am thoroughly impressed. I therefore rate the current price of these gel pens extremely highly.

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Design

Perfect for the young aspiring artist to the established art professional, the Jewelescent gel ink pens from US Art Supply are non-toxic and acid-free with superior archival quality. The assortment of 60 pens come in an incredible vibrant and bold assortment of colors including classic, glitter, metallic, neon, pastel, and swirl. Durable 0.8 to 1.0 millimeter tips provide consistent free-flowing ink with a smooth glide that allows you to create perfect lines with every use. Safe for children and conforming to ASTM D-4236 standards, these gel pens work on both light and dark colored paper. The pens come with five convenient organizer trays with individual spots for each pen. US Art Supply offers a 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

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Performance

With the memory of junior high gel pens in mind, I did not have high hopes for the 60-count pack of Jewelescent gel ink pens from US Art Supply. I am thrilled to say that my opinion changed completely as soon as I started coloring in one of my adult coloring books. Unlike the pens that I remember, the US Art Supply gel pens glide on smoothly and consistently. I vividly recall sucking on the tips of my previous gel pens to get the clogged ink flowing again. The ink in these pens starts flowing as soon as I start writing and never stops. I was able to color an entire page in my coloring book without once getting angry at my new gel pens!

I absolutely love all the colors and hues included in the 60-count pack of US Art Supply Jewelescent gel ink pens. My favorite by far are the glitter pens. I love that I can add some sparkle to my coloring. Although all the pens work well, the glitter pens seem to work the best for my tastes. The ink comes out quickly and evenly, and the glitter spreads out smoothly. My preschooler daughter also loves watching me color with the glitter pens. She also loves glitter and enjoys pointing out all the sparkles in my pictures. The swirl pens are also really neat. Multiple colors comes out and mix together to make unique shades. Plus, with a total of sixty unique pens, I was able to find every single color that I wanted for my coloring endeavors.

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I first used my new Jewelescent gel ink pens from US Art Supply on the white pages of one of my adult coloring books. The colors show up true and bright against the white paper. However, another positive of gel pens is that the ink shows up on both light and dark paper. My daughter and I have been working on some patriotic crafts recently to prepare for the summer holidays like Independence Day. Many of our creations use black construction paper as a background. For example, she and I recently made some fireworks with toilet paper rolls. I wanted to write some festive says on mine, so I used the white and blue gel pens. Even against the black paper, the ink showed up legibly. Plus, gel pens are easier to write with than painting on words and sayings.

Writing on Black Paper with the White US Art Supply Jewelescent Gel Ink Pen Writing on Black Paper with the Blue US Art Supply Jewelescent Gel Ink Pens

US Art Supply Jewelescent gel ink pens conform to ASTM D-4236 standards, meaning all potentially hazardous components of the art product have been clearly labeled on the product packaging. The packaging of the gel pens does contain the following warning: “This product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Upon doing a little research, I discovered that the state-specific warning is the result of Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The California ballot initiative requires the governor of the state to publish an annual list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Furthermore, manufacturers must include the warning if exposure to one or more of those chemicals exceeds “safe harbor levels” adopted by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in the state. Because the label does not need to include information about the chemical(s) in question, consumers are left to contact the manufacturer for more information. Many manufacturers place the warning on all their labels to avoid creating different packaging for different states. The warning also does not necessarily mean that the product violates a federal safety standard. Furthermore, the warning appears on all sorts of consumer goods from plastic rulers to coffee cups and even diaper rash cream. I therefore take the warning with a grain of salt. As long as you are not breaking the pens open and drinking the ink in mass quantities, I personally would not worry.

Final Verdict

If you are a fan of color and want to expand beyond colored pencils and markers, I highly recommend the Jewelescent gel ink pens from US Art Supply. The assortment of 60 pens come in an incredible vibrant and bold assortment of colors including classic, glitter, metallic, neon, pastel, and swirl. The ink glides on smooth without clogging and works on both light and dark colored paper. My personal favorites are the glitter pens, which add a touch of sparkle to my coloring. I am definitely a fan of the 60-count pack of US Art Supply Jewelescent gel ink pens!

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References

What Does California’s Cancer Warning Mean?: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/03/what-does-california-s-cancer-warning-mean/index.htm

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Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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