Are These Metallic Beauties The Best Gel Pens for Coloring?

Here are our thoughts on Color Technik’s metallic gel pens!

By Jasmine Lim

Color Technik Gel Pens
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When it comes to adding pops of sparkle and shine to adult coloring pages, you can’t go wrong with metallic gel pens. No matter the coloring page, these versatile writing-slash-coloring tools are perfect for adding a cool metallic effect to any design. But which brands are worthy of adding to your coloring tool collection? Here’s what we thought of Color Technik’s 12-piece Metallic Gel Pen set.

This 12-pen set includes two golds, two silvers, and a mix of unique jewel-toned colors—from red to purple. Each pen comes has a comfortable plastic grip and color-coded caps for easy identification.
 

The Best Paper for Coloring with Color Technik Gel Pens

Digital Copy Paper

On our favorite digital color copy paper, each of the ten colors appeared super pigmented and the shimmery effect added a beautiful sheen to the design we chose. The smooth coated surface of the paper allowed the ink to move fluidly and we didn’t experience any excess ink globs or paper pilling. However, the roller ball in the gel pens tended to scratch along the paper a bit. We noticed this especially when coloring in straight lines within the larger blank spaces of the page. When we switched to coloring in small circles, it definitely seemed to reduce the skipping and streakiness!

Double Sided Coloring Page
Double-Sided Coloring Page

Next, we tested these gel pens in a coloring book with uncoated paper. Since the paper is uncoated, the colors appear more muted but maintain the same cool shimmery effect when compared to color copy paper. Two things we love about these gel pens: There’s zero bleed-through and the ink dries fast. You can color on any doubled-sided design without worrying about ruining the other side or smudging the ink.

We just had one small issue (pun intended) when coloring with these pens (on any paper, really): When coloring small spaces, the ink tended to cover the lines on the page, which kind of messes with the design if you’re not careful!
 

Combined Black and White Swatches

These gel pens work beautifully on white paper and they’re also great for coloring on dark surfaces like black paper or a dark background of a coloring page. The gold and silver pens stand out especially well on darker paper and are perfect for using as bold statement colors — just note that the pen streaks on darker paper tend to be more visible (even when we tried coloring in circles!). These gel pens proved to be most versatile on black paper when compared to the previous metallic gel pens we’ve tested. In Eparon’s gel pen set, the metallics aren’t nearly as visible or vibrant on black paper as Color Technik’s are here.
 

Blending with Color Technik Gel Pens

BlendingWe used the gel-pen-to-gel-pen method on digital color copy paper to test the blendability in the example shown here. We definitely had a harder time getting the colors to blend evenly since the ink dries fast. We also ran into some pen streaks when applying the second color. However, this is only one method that we tried—others may work better depending on the technique. (Check out our video on how to blend gel pens with 3 easy techniques to see other ways of blending!)
 

Pros and Cons of Color Technik Gel Pens:

All in all, we were pretty impressed with these affordable metallic gel pens. The shimmer and shine effect is just oh so stunning! While the blendability of these pens doesn’t measure up to previous brands we’ve tested (like Sargent Art's glitter gel pens), we’d still recommend this set based on its high-quality pigmentation and ability to color on black paper.

Pros:

  • Unique colors and metallic shine
  • Affordable
  • Highly pigmented
  • Comfortable grip
  • No bleed-through
  • Ink dries quickly
  • Shows up well on black paper

Cons:

  • Scratchy tips
  • More muted on uncoated paper
  • Harder to blend

If you’re interested in purchasing a set, you’ll be able to find these incredibly affordable gel pens on Amazon. Buy It Now: Color Technik Metallic Gel Pens Set of 12 — $6.95

So, What’s the Verdict?

If you’re looking for blendability in your gel pens, we don’t recommend using Color Technik’s metallic gel pens (at least not with the gel-pen-to-gel-pen method.) (Side note — a great alternative would be Sargent Art Glitter Gel Pens. They have virtually the same qualities but with excellent blendability.) If blending isn’t the main concern, we think these versatile Color Technik gel pens would be a great purchase for casual colorists: They’re super affordable and can add high-quality color (and shine!) to any coloring page.
 

What brand makes your favorite metallic gel pens? Share with us in the comments below!

 

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