Testing the 40 Piece Gel Pen Set from Art-n-Fly
Gel Pens Galore!
I love gel pens and I’m so excited that they have made a huge comeback in the last year and a half! With all the new brands available now, I’ve had the opportunity to try out several different kinds of gel pens. From this experience, I have learned that the three main factors that are most important to me when choosing a new set are: smooth and consistent ink flow, variety of color, and finally price per quality. If I can find a set of gel pens that meets or exceeds these three requirements, I am satisfied.
Art-n-Fly Gel Pen Details
- Standard Size Gel Pens
- Great for Coloring/Crafting/Writing
- Excellent Variety of Color
- 13 Glitter
- 10 Metallic
- 7 Pastel
- 6 neon
- 3 Classic (red, blue, & black)
- 1 White
- Quick Drying
- Acid Free
Smooth and Consistent Ink Flow (No Globs Allowed!)
Let’s talk ink flow for a second. Gel pens have ink that is quite a bit different than your standard ink pen. The ink has a creamy texture and provides a very smooth writing experience. Because the ink in gel pens is slightly thicker than a regular pen, I have noticed with some brands that there are more incidents of line breaks while writing or drawing, unwanted globs of ink that suddenly ooze out onto the project you’re working on, and sometimes the pens decide to clog up and quit working.
Now, I usually don’t have a whole lot of extra patience, so having to stop what I am doing to deal with any of these issues really irks my gherkin. That being said, you will run into some of these issues with all brands of gel pens. The goal is to find a set where these incidents seldom occur. The Art-n-Fly Gel Pen set exceeded my expectations in this factor because even after playing around with them for quite awhile and blending with them while coloring, there were no globs, no line breaks, and I never had to do the gel pen shakedown to get the ink flowing again. Color me impressed!
Variety of Color (We Want Lots of Cool Choices!)
This next requirement of mine – variety of color – is fairly self explanatory but it’s important because people who buy and use gel pens obviously want color and we want a variety. I don’t want a gel pen set with one blue, one green, one purple, or boring colors. No, I want choices! Lots of them.
The Art-n-Fly Gel Pens have 40 different colors and are further divided into styles like glitter, metallic, neon, and pastel. They also include the classic red, blue, and black pens in a finer line width which is more suitable for writing or super fine detail. Art-n-Fly even throws in a nice white gel pen which is great for creating highlight effects and works wonders on fixing those tiny coloring outside the line mistakes we have all made a time — or twenty.
I was pleased with the color and style variety included in this set of gel pens and this set definitely passes my variety of color requirement.
Price Per Quality (Are These Pens Worth My Money?)
The last major factor I consider when looking for new gel pens is the price. Is it going to be a good purchase worth spending my money on? If you are anything like me you have a limited budget (or at least that’s the goal) to spend on coloring supplies. I have become picky over the last year and a half and I want to be sure I’m buying a quality product. I don’t have to have the cheapest deal. I just want the best return on my investment. So I ask myself, am I getting gel pens that fall into my first two categories of ink flow and color choice. If that checks out then how much are they per pen? I have found that most gel pens fall into a price range from US $0.21 up to $1.49 a piece.
The cheapest ones come in sets of 100, often with duplicates, and aren’t always the best quality. The more expensive ones come in pretty packaging and are nice to look at but aren’t usually any better than your mid-level priced gel pens. In fact, here’s a little secret…when I first started buying gel pens I bought one of the more expensive, really popular brands because I thought I was getting the most for my money. In reality, those pens ran out of ink so fast, and had globbed up my work so many times… I finally realized that I was wasting money on them and I needed to find a better quality gel pen at a more reasonable price. I think I have finally accomplished my mission. The Art-n-Fly 40 piece gel pen set fit the bill at around 42 cents a piece. Lower to mid-range price wise, with great quality and color variety? I’m sold.
The Art-n-Fly gel pens are now my favorites and I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a good value for their money.
One More Thing (Then I’m done, I promise!)
One last thing I want to point out in this review is the excellent customer service I experienced working with Art-n-Fly. Immediately upon receiving my gel pens, I also received an email from Art-n-Fly wanting to making sure everything was good with my order and if I had any concerns or questions, that I shouldn’t hesitate to contact them right away. This may not seem like such a huge deal but to me, it shows care for their customers, a desire to create loyal customers and it adds a personal touch that very often isn’t included when ordering online from huge art supply companies. I was impressed, and that little touch earned Art-n-Fly a couple more points on my cool scale!
Thank you for reading my review and please add any comments or ask any questions down below and I will try to answer right away. Happy coloring!
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deAnna Lea says
A good review, and, very detailed. It wasn’t too long (“I promise!”)
Great review! I am on the look out for better quality gel pens – as many that I have are ‘scratchy’. Will definitely give these a go!
Sandy Gadbaw says
Your review really sold me! Those are also the qualities I look for in coloring supplies. I will be watching for more reviews by you because you seem very honest.
Stephanie Walker says
Thank you for the great feedback Sandy!
What a great review!! Made me laugh, made me think, made me add them to my wish list!!
Stephanie Walker says
Great! Thank you Shelly!