If you're following me on Tumblr [carolynnyoe.tumblr.com], you might noticed that I convert my Tumblr account into a display page of my Doodle Book, a one-doodle-a-day project that I started since November 2016. I am pushing myself to bust out at least one page every single day, no matter what. Why? Because it's fun and very addicting. It's all thanks to Pilot Juice Paint, the markers ( or pens?) that I use to create those random and quirky doodles.
Before I begin my review, here's a throwback of my Instagram video post showing how it's all started:
This is what's inside my Doodle Book vol.1 that I finished a while back in only 3 days. I already bought another black sketchbook to fill up for the future. I never knew I'd enjoy doodling in black paper this much. Maybe because it's a new medium so it's exciting to me. Or maybe because I like how I can easily express my feelings into it no matter how silly or random they are. Or maybe just because I finally found the right pens... No matter what, it helps me explore my creative passion freely and makes me feel content. #doodlebook #doodle #illustration #sketchbook #blackpaper #art #zine #diy #project #marker #artistic #typography #font #handdrawn #handwriting #fun #blacksketchbook #colorful #illustrator #artjournal #notebook #juicepaint #ťhoughtoftheday #quote #video
If you bother to read the caption carefully, yes, I finished the whole sketchbook in just 3 (three) days! The book has around 60 pages and I filled up 59 pages out of it because I left the last page blank. 59 pages for 3 days in a row is an extraordinary number for me because it was my first time doodling on a black sketchbook.
Actually, I bought the first black sketchbook that I used for Doodle Book Vol. 1 since a long time ago. I couldn't find a medium that can create a vibrant color on a black paper so I ended up never used it. Until that one casual Saturday when I went to Shaw House in Orchard to watch movie. I still remember I was just initially wanted to window-shop while killing time at ISETAN when I accidentally found a stationery area in one corner. And that was where I found these pens. It costs SGD 3 each and I bought 5 colors for my first experiment.
The only downside about Pilot Juice Paint is that it's very rare here, in fact, I can only find it at ISETAN. I buy new colors every time I go to Orchard but I really hope it could be easier. I've been checking every stationery shop in hope to find an alternate place to buy this pens so that I don't need to travel until Orchard to buy it. I even tried to find it on the official Pilot E-Store and other online shopping options, but it seems like there's no way I can find it unless I buy it from overseas. I also don't find many information about this pens either and it looks like they only market Pilot Juice Paint in Japan, since only ISETAN carry this product here and ISETAN brand itself is from Japan. The saddest part is, when I visit the ISETAN's stationery corner, they don't seem to have a re-stock for this product. Now I'm only worried that this pen is gone :(
However, doodling with these pens is very fascinating. I could spent hours just to stroke random lines and still never get bored of it. Currently, I'm on Doodle Book Vol. 3. I even bought extra 3 black sketchbook for the future Doodle Book. The size of the sketchbook is A5, it's quite thick and it costs SGD 2.5 each. It seems to be the cheapest that I can find at the moment.
This pen comes in two different size of tips: fine and regular. On my Doodle Book, I only use fine tip because it allows me to create more detail. It might sound obvious but at the first usage, you need to shake it well and then push the tip down on a surface, hold a while and watch the color coming down to the tip–this is the most satisfying moment. Once the color reach the end of the tip, you're ready to go.
That's it. Really. You can start drawing or writing with it, anywhere you want. One thing to keep in mind is that you may need to re-shake the pen again so that the color mixed well before every use or every now and then. I really love it because not only it's very versatile, it also doesn't bleed through pages.
Anyway, you may want to be careful when you open the cap. I was once travelling in plane and wanted to draw something so I grabbed my Doodle Book and this pens only to find the paint burst out and create a mess! I think this may be caused by the different air pressure. Other than that, this pen is absolutely amazing and I am really really addicted to it.
If you want to see more of my Doodle Book, you can visit my Tumblr. I update everyday :)
Pilot Juice PaintRate: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10
- It comes in many colors.
- It has fine tips and regular tips.
- It produces vibrant color in both white or black paper.
- It does not bleed through the paper.
- It can be used on almost any surface.
- The pens burst out when I open it in flight (not really the pen's fault, but still!)
Conclusion: It might not be the perfect pens but it's the best pens to write on the black paper that I can find so far. I only hope I can easily find it in Singapore.