you may wonder - a white pen is a white pen? how could there be such a big difference??
but in the calligraphy and signage spectrum - there is a ton of difference. there are gelly roll pens, chalk markers - and a whole slew of options out there for any project you can dream of.
but let's talk signage pens! when i first started out doing wedding signs, the only pens i used were the bistro chalk markers that you can get at a local michael's store. these pens are great, and get the job done easily. but, though countless hours of research - after failing on some projects that required white ink, but the bistro markers were not holding up to the standards i wanted them to - i went to find the ideal marker. below is a lineup of my favorite pens to use on signage:
+ molotov one4all marker - this is my absolute favorite pen to use! the ink is thicker, flows wonderfully - but most importantly, the whiteness is super bright and lacks the "thin" nature that other pens have. this "thinning" that i speak of, is when you are writing with other pens, you can sometimes see through the ink and have to go over it multiple times. and when you do go over the ink for a second layer - the molotow does not wipe off the first layer - which is wonderful!
+ uni-posca pens - my second favorite! they works just as well as the molotow, the main difference is the ink does have a thinner quality. they work great on any surface, and are my go-to for when i work on windows and glass or acrylic projects. they also come in a variety of colors - but the gold that they have are my favorite.
+ crafty croc chalk markers - when a project is strictly chalkboard, i love using these markers (that are meant just for chalkboards). they come in some great colors - from an autumn tone, to bright neon colors. the ink quality is great - the only downside is that they do not come with a fine tip point, but a reverse chisel tip instead. and when you are wanting to do a large scale project - like a seating chart - that requires a super fine tip to get the names smaller, the molotow and posca shine for those requirements.
these are my top three pens! have fun with them on your next projects.