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Kingart Pro Brush Pen Review

Today, I am doing a Kingart Pro Brush Pen Review. I bought my set off of Zulily, but they are available on Amazon and on their website as well. They come in a variety of set options and the prices vary based on the set size ($30 – $120). As always, I took a look to see how they blend and also did some swatching in my 160 GSM Archer & Olive notebook. You can find the review video here, and the comparison chart down below. So let’s take a closer look!

Kingart Pro Brush Pen Review

These are brush pens that can be used for lettering and watercolour painting. They are dual brush pens meaning they have a brush tip and a marker tip. The brush tip size is comparable to a Tombow Dual Brush Pen, and the marker tip is a bit bigger than the Tombow marker tip. The ink is water-based and says they are easy to blend, and this, of course, depends on the paper you are using. The lid is the colour of the ink and the colour name is on the body of the pen. The brush tip lid has a super tight fit onto the pen. I find the marker lid to be a bit small but that is a personal preference. These pens are non-refillable and you can’t replace the tips.

Kingart Pro Brush Pen Review

These markers come in a variety of sizes and options. The listed prices are USD based off of the Kingart website:

  • 96 Set Kingart Pro Twin Tip Brush Pen Set: $119.99 (currently on sale for $39.99 – Kingart Website)
  • 48 Set Kingart Pro Twin Tip Brush Pen Set: $59.99 (currently on sale for $32.99)
  • 24 Set Kingart Pro Twin Tip Brush Pen Set 24 pen set: $29.99 (currently on sale for $16.99)

Kingart Pro Brush Pen Review Chart

RATING SYSTEM
* Poor
** Okay
*** Great
Rating
Price**
Opacity***
Tip Flexibility***
Bleed Through**
Ghosting*
Smudging***
* Depends on the paper quality

I only used 160GSM paper for this pen test and the ink ghosted and, sometimes even bled through (especially when blending). As a result, I didn’t test the only page varieties as it will bleed through anything thinner too. I will say that these pens will be a dream to blend on coated paper (which the Archer & Olive paper isn’t).

While I really love these pens, there are some cons to them as well.

Cons:

  • The brush tips are super flexible. I am counting this as a con since this can be challenging to letter with if you are just learning
  • The marker tip lid is so small and smooth that it is a little challenging to handle
  • These pens don’t blend all that well on most papers (unless coated or vellum). Most planner/journal papers aren’t coated and are thin

Pros:

  • The colour options are great
  • They go on sale fairly often so the price point is very reasonable
  • The brush tip caps fit tight and have a ridge so that the pen won’t roll away
  • The name of the colour appears on the barrel which is always helpful
Snaccident lettering piece

There wasn’t really anything wrong with these pens but there also wasn’t anything mind blowing about them either. There are other brush pens at a similar price point that you can use that work the same. I did go into this not thinking very highly of the pens and was pleasantly surprised by the unboxing experience. I had high hopes for them after seeing them in person, but overall, there’s nothing that really stands out from the crowd. Using the pens on vellum bristol board and, while the blending was MUCH better, and the colour variety made for seamless blending, I would still say there’s nothing that sets it a part from the crowd.

My Overall Impression

The price (on sale), packaging, and colour variety are excellent. The blending on the smooth bristol board surface was really great, in large part to the colour variety – even in just the 24 pack set. The colours are vibrant. A couple of the names don’t quite make sense to me and I really dislike the lid of the marker pen.

As i mentioned above, there isn’t really anything that sets these pens about from the others we have looked at. On sale, their price point is pretty unbeatable, but maybe not for a bullet journal. The ink dries incredibly quickly in the 160GSM and will ghost and bleed through if you try to blend them. So it possibly won’t work in a thinner paper journal. Maybe a blog post for another day will be testing these pens in the different journals, as a showdown!

Let me know if you would be willing to try these or if you have them. I would love to see if you have used them for watercolour painting and how it went!

Also, let me know if you have any questions or comments! I still have a number of pens to test in my testing pile, so hoping to get into the habit to do a review once a month. With that said, let me know if there is anything you would like to see or recommend I check out.

Talk soon!


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