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Spectrum Noir Pens-The Basics

Updated on August 18, 2017
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Spectrum Noir Pens-Tips And Ideas

When I started creating cards and scrapbook pages, I wanted to do some special artwork that would say more about my crafting skills. I started to need to invest in better pens in order to go farther with my crafting. Though I liked the copic markers, they seemed a little high in price and a bit out of my budget range. Then I found the Spectrum Noir pens and I fell in love with the choices, options and techniques.

The Spectrum Noir Marker system is great for scrapbooking, card making and paper crafts. What first appealed to me was that these markers are very easily blendable, even for beginners. They are also acid free which was important to my scrapbooking projects.

But they work equally well on metals. There are many jewelry artists using these amazing pens on metals

Spectrum Noir Tip

Always make sure that the lid on your pen is replaced tightly. These are alcohol pens and will eventually dry out if the lid is left open.

About My Spectrum Noir Pens

Spectrum Noir Pen Basics

I am a scrapbook, card crafter and stamper. I have always loved my colored pencils and watercolor pencils. I have had a few markers, but was ready to step my art up in design and technique. I looked at different systems and decided that the Spectrum Noir System fit my needs exactly. The first consideration for me was price. I have looked at a lot of serious pen systems and found some of them way above my budget . I wanted to invest in good pens that I could add to over time. This system was right for me, because I could buy basic color sets that had varying tones in different colors.

The next was the issue of durability and use. What I really liked about this system was that the pens were refillable and the nibs were refillable. This was a strong point for me so that I only had to buy the pens once and could refill them with a bottle of ink that lasted for quite a while. Another thing that attracted me to this system was the numbering system. Each pen is clearly marked on each side what the color is. When I am doing a project this is especially handy.

Each pen has two sides. The broad side is for large area coloring and the chisel side is for detail work. The caps of these pens fit on very tight, making the ink inside last for quite a while.

The whole set has 168 colors. But here is what I really liked. The basic Each package contains pre-matched color tone families with three pens in warm tones and three pens in cool tones, allowing for several blending possibilities. There are no duplicate pens across the six-marker sets This makes it very affordable to build your system gradually. Which is exactly what I did over time. There are no pen duplication in any set.

Besides the color sets in greens, pale hues, pinks, purples, red ,turquoises, warm greys and yellows, there are also sets of 24 that round out the spectrum of colors. They are called brights, lights, darks and pastels. They add more depth and color choices to the basic colors. With the entire system now in my hands, I have so many options in my coloring for all my paper crafts.

Spectrum Noir Pens Are Refillable And Reusable - How To Refill A Spectrum Noir Pen

What I love about Spectrum Noir Pens is that they are refillable and reusable. Once you make the initial investment, the pens will last you a very long time. When they become dry, you simply refill them with a refill. Each refill bottle come with a pipette that makes refilling them easy and clean. The nobs on both ends are also replaceable. I am into crafting with a responsibility to the environment, so I am all into anything that keeps down the amount of trash that I create

One Tip For Refilling Your Pens

The sponge inside takes a few moments to absorb the ink, so leave your marker in a horizontal position for at least 10-15 minutes if possible.

The Nibs Are Replaceable Too

Not only can I replace the ink in my pens, but I can replace the nibs if and when they wear down. I simply use a tweezer to pull the old nib out. Then I gently replace the nib, making sure it is securely in place

The Spectrum Noir Blender Pen - More Spectrum Noir Technique Ideas

The Spectrum Noir Blender Pen is an exciting tool in this system. I use it to lighten tones and blend colors. You can also tap it to add lighter color spots and texture. It can also be used to correct colors that may have gone out of the lines, by pushing it back.( This was one of the first techniques that I learned ) It’s an essential tool in the system that you will use a lot

Always store your Spectrum Noir Pens on their sides rather than upright. The ink will stay fluid better and your pens will be always wet

Blending With Spectrum Noir Pens

Always place a piece of scrap cardstock under the projects that you are coloring with alcohol markers so that they don't bleed onto your work surface

Ultra Smooth Cardstock

Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, 8.5 by 11-Inch, White, 50-Pack
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, 8.5 by 11-Inch, White, 50-Pack

This paper is perfect for alcohol markers. It is heavy enough to use in all your paper crafts. It is made to prevent bleeding of any alcohol markers. A necessity for all paper crafters


Spectrum Noir Accreditation Program - Become A Colorist to A Certified Instructor

One of the things that sold me on this color system is the fact that there is unlimited support for using this coloring system. One of my favorite programs, that I am currently working on is the colorist program. The program is available world wide. It is a program series of videos, tutorials and downloads that take you step by step to get you off a great start in using these pens. You start off with basic coloring skills and advance through techniques. When your skills are perfected, you can take a coloring test and achieve a certificate. As you are working through the system, you are becoming the artist that you want to be. You start as a colorist and can advance to a certified teacher. Every step of the way you are learning new techniques and the cost to you is nothing. Where would you get those kind of classes without being charged?

Spectrum Noir Resources - Free Downloads, Tutorials And More

One of the things that I looked at when deciding on what system to go with, went way beyond the purchase of a system. I needed and still do to learn how to use the pens to get the most out of my investment. That's where this system shines. There are so many resources available to use for free, that you cam spend hours downloading and using them all. From the very start, you have all the resources you need to take your projects beyond what you personally thought possible. Here are some of my favorites

More Uses For Spectrum Noir Pens

I have bee researching how to get the most out of Spectrum Noir investment. Here are some exciting techniques that I have recently found and am using in my projects

Other Places And Uses For Spectrum Noir Pens - Where I use Spectrum Noir Beyond Paper

Any time you spend money on a product, you want to be sure to use that tool for all it's worth. I love the Spectrum Noir Pens for coloring my scrapbook pages and greeting cards. But they are so versatile that I have found other places where they work wonderfully. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Color My Pearls and Buttons Think about those times when you want a specific color gem or button and you don't have it. I simply color one with my alcohol marker and I can customize what I have for what I need
  • Color Chipboard Pieces I customize my chipboard pieces by coloring them with my Spectrum Noir Pens
  • Custom Color Ribbon You can custom color any ribbon with the wide side of your markers
  • Color Brads and EyeletsColor custom embellishments for every project
  • Color Flower Embellishments Color the tips of flowers to add depth and dimension

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