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New pens!!!!!!!!!!

I have been destroying my 005 microns at an alarming rate - I do not have the requisite light touch - though I am trying to train myself. I was so excited to find a store 40 minutes away (I am in a rural area, so that is close for me) that stocked them. They had a couple of other brands, too, copic and zig, so I grabbed some of those, too and am hoping they have a more durable tip.



  1. good morning, helen! i'd love to hear what you decide about the other pens. i have issues with the tips on my micron 01 and 005 both. i am trying to be light-handed, but as i get older my hand isn't as steady and i'm not able to control it as well. so i'd love to hear what you learn - if you think about it :)

  2. I agree with Alice- I'm a bit of a heavy hander and have bent my share of Microns and hope that the Zigs are a bit sturdier! Please let us know!

  3. Hi Helen. Loved stumbling on your blog. Your art is amazing! I must too be heavy handed as I have gone through a micron .01 and a .05 in the past couple of months so will love to see what you think about the other pens. Keep posting x regards, Tracy from Adelaide

  4. I haven't had any problem with my Micron pens--I only draw on smooth papers as on the reverse side of greeting cards or the paper that's sent with credit card offers.

  5. I realize this is a bit late, but I am also curious about your pen choices. After killing four microns I switched to fine sharpie pens. They're not as fine as I'd like, but they're cheap and easily accessible (I too have to go a great distance to get to a craft store). Thanks! -Jen

  6. I have a heavy hand too, I have one I am saving so I can cobble it together with another one when it runs out of ink. I am hoping the ink stays until I can do that.
    I got a nano liner by Toyal Langnikel that works great , but it stinks, is that just me or does anyone else have that issue?

  7. Hi Debra, sounds like a good idea - i'd be interested to know how you go putting the 2 together. I mostly destroy the tips before I run out of ink. I haven't tried the nano liner.

  8. hi I just ran across this post. have enjoyed seeing your art- thank you for sharing with us. Micron pens are amazing, don't get me wrong, but I have switched to Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens. They are the same kind of marker as the micron only I find the tips hold up better, the glide to be a tiny bit smoother, and they work better over paints in multi-media projects. don't know if you can get them where you live but they are worth trying if you can get them.

  9. Hi Helen - I hope the following link helps all who are a little heavy handed with their micro pens, the article is towards the bottom of the page. I should say at this point I have no connection with either Sakura micro pens or this website. I use the staedtler pens which in the UK are half the price of the micro pens, waterproof and black pack come in the same sizes as the Micra - range 0.8mm down to 0.005mm. 20 colours in 0.3mm. Bought mine from Amazon UK.

    Back to fixing pens here is the link:


    1. Thanks, Mary :) I'll check out that link.


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