As soon as I got the email from Chromatek that their new paint pens were available for purchase, I knew what I wanted to do with them. So I placed my Amazon order, and headed to my local Hobby Lobby for the river stones (garden stones, or whatever you may call them) I was also going to need. Then I had to wait for my Amazon package. Once that happened, I had to wait some more for time off work to actually sit down and try them out.
First we will discuss the pens, and to wrap up the post I’ll show you how I painted the river stones I got with them.
Overall, they are pretty standard paint pens. They’re not bad by any means. I just also did not think there was anything super special about them that sets them apart from other paint pens, with the exception of the price point. You get a set of 20 pens for about $15-$20 depending on if you have Amazon prime or not and how much you pay for shipping absent the free shipping for prime members. (I personally do not have Prime so I paid about $17 with shipping for my set.) The paint pens I uusually buy from Hobby Lobby are sold individually for anywhere from $2 to $6 a piece depending on what size pens they are and they only offer a couple sets with two, four, or five pens for $8-$13 approximately. As far as price goes, the Chromatek set is absolutely a bargain.
All the pens come individually sealed in plastic. They all have a standard medium, round nib. The color of the cap is, of course, the color of the paint.
The colors are vibrant, though not fully opaque with one pass. Depending on how you’re using them, of course, one pass may well be sufficient. On poster boards or mixed media paper etc for example, one pass would be fine. For my project with the river stones, for most of the colors I had to go over things two or three times to build up the opacity to where I wanted. Standard for paint pens, I experience this with all the pens I have from multiple brands.
I wish the caps could be placed on the end of the pen when not using it. But again this just seems to be standard for paint pens. You’ve got to find a place to set the cap while you use the pen. Since we are discussing the caps, this is one area where I feel like perhaps these pens could use some improvement. While shaking one of the pens, the cap and nib both flew off. I figured maybe it was just me being a little too aggressive in my shaking, so made sure to shake the pens more gently after that. I still had it happen a couple more times with other colors, though. I also think it would be nice if the caps snapped or clicked back on, so you know for sure when the cap is on securely.
The un-primed nibs have a yellow color to them. Most other paint pens, in fact every other paint pen I own, has a white nib. This is not much of an issue, unless you’re trying to see when the nib has been primed with a yellow paint color. Yellow on yellow can be difficult to see, ya know? (This is an issue with other pens when the paint is white. You can’t win 100% of the time really. lol)
With all things considered it is still a decent set. I wish they had a fine nib set for writing and doing finer details, as the river stones I painted all include quotes and writing on such small “canvases” with the medium nibs was not easy. Perhaps they will offer such a set in the future. I have fine tip pens from other brands I could have used for the writing, but the point was to test the Chromatek pens so I used them exclusively. As for this set specifically, if you are looking for a budget-friendly way to add a selection of colors to your collection this would be the way to go. If you don’t use paint pens often or only need a couple colors for one project, you are probably better off just getting individual colors from your local arts and crafts shop instead. If you are interested in checking out the Chromatek set, you can find it on Amazon with the following link (not an affiliate link): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RP6XBBK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_8duGDb6KSNQJG
As for my little creations to test these pens? Why, Firefly themed river stones of course. Because Firefly, y’all. They may not be perfect but they’re decent enough for a quick not-much-thought-or-effort afternoon project.
Until next time. xoxo
Discolsure: I was reimbursed for the purchase price of this product (not including shipping cost) in exchange for my honest review; no additional compensation monetary or otherwise was recieved for this review.