Friday, May 26, 2017

OOAK Artisan's Featured Product:Uni-ball ® Signo Broad Pen

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  1. Each month we will feature a product, sharing supplies and materials that we think you would love to use in your creative time. 

  2. Whenever possible, we will offer them to you at discounted prices*. We hope you will both enjoy and benefit from these articles.

OOAK Artisan's Featured Product:Uni-ball Signo Broad Pen

This month's featured product is the Uni-ball® Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen, White Ink. 

It is a Uni-ball® pen, a pen made by the Mitsubishi Pencil Co. of Japan. Signo is just one of their many lines of pens.

This pen is a gel pen but it's not your usual gel pen! It is described by the manufacturer in these terms,

·        Thick, vibrant lines always make a bold statement
            ·         Smooth grip keeps writing comfortable while maximizing control

            ·         Exclusive pigment-based ink forms an indelible bond in paper, for            intense coloration and document security
       AND we have found this all to be TRUE!

       They also boast of these features for pens made by Uni-ball® :
                ·           3 Way Protection Against Water, Fading and Fraud – Pigment-             based uni Super Ink contains particles that form an indelible bond in             paper.
                ·         Won’t Leak in Flight – Jet setters get it—these pens are designed to           compensate for changes in cabin pressure.
                ·         Comfort Grip – Ergonomic designs and unique grips keep hands free           of pressure.
                ·         Fade- and Water-resistant, Acid-free Ink – Perfect for archival               uses, these help words remain bold over time.
                ·         Quick-drying Ink – Great for fast writers and innovative lefties.

This pen has pure white ink, and it's opaque which means it will "POP" on darker colored backgrounds. 

It will write smoothly on all types of surfaces - matte or glossy, smooth or textured - as shown in this video clip.

I love how I can embellish my artwork. In the next video clip I used acrylic paint to stamp on shiny metallic paper. 

"Manhattan Positive & Negative " designed by Nathalie Kalbach
Manhattan Positive & Negative

The stamp I used is an ArtFoamies stamp designed by Nathalie Kalbach of n*Studio .

   Many mixed media artists and paper crafters SWEAR by this pen.

Created by Leah Tees

"I love the Uni-ball® Signo pen! It is so smooth and writes even over slightly textured surfaces. I've always wanted an opaque white pen to use over acrylic paint and I'm so happy Shelley sent me this one!"    - Leah Tees, OOAK Artisans Design Team Member 

There have been many reviews and comparisons done with other markers and pens, you can read some of them yourself - CLICK HERE  

The nitty-gritty:  

Uni-Ball® Signo Broad Pen, UM-153 model

                            ·         1.00 mm BOLD tip
                            ·         White, opaque pigment ink
                            ·         Metal, conical tip
                            ·         Clear barrel
                            ·         Snap-on cap
                            ·         Clippable

AVAILABLE through OOAK Artisan Showcase -
" Remember, when you purchase your supplies through us you are saving a few coins AND more importantly, you are helping in our mission to help other artists through our free programs.1 We aren't a non-profit but we believe in encouraging others and giving back.

MSRP $3.59     OOAK Artisan Price * $2.50 

Interested? CLICK on the STAR!

Shipping to U.S. :  USPS 1st Class w/tracking is $2.77 for up to 4 pens
                          USPS Priority w/tracking and insurance is $6.50 flat rate packaging

International Shipping : Please inquire, based on weight and destination.

* items will be available for pre-order, based on availability. An invoice will be sent out to you when the order is placed with our distributor(s). You will be notified via email with the expected delivery date and a tracking # upon shipment.  Any question contact .

1 Free youth art programs servicing inner-city youth, tuition subsidy program, monetary and in-kind donations to local non-profits, participation in community art projects. Contributions made by OOAK Artisan Showcase are non tax-deductible.

I really hope this article will help you decide that you really DO need at least one more pen in your art arsenal!

If you get one please let us know how you like it.    ~ Shelley

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