Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen Markers Review

Hi all – as the title suggests, today I will be reviewing Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen Markers. In case you have absolutely no clue, Tombow is a Japanese company specialising in designer writing instruments and original office products, used for illustrations and colouring which give professional results.

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The ABT Dual Brush Pen Markers come in a pack of 6, 12, 18, 32 or 96 – I have the box of 18, which features the following colours:

  • Black n15
  • Brown 879
  • Redwood 899
  • Saddle brown 977
  • Burnt sienna 947
  • Red 905
  • Scarlet 925
  • Chrome yellow 985
  • Process yellow 055
  • Willow Green 173
  • Green 296
  • Sea Green 346
  • Cobalt blue 535
  • Ultramarine 555
  • Violet 606
  • Purple 665
  • Rubine red 755
  • Carmine 845

The great thing about these markers is that they have two tips – one side is brush nib tip, whilst the other end is a fine tip which is enough to get a few details and exact lines.

My favourite tip has to be the brush nib tip because it very flexible, like a brush. It is durable and soft so can be easily used to create fine medium or broad strokes.

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These markers are water based ink so do not bleed but blend with other pens as you would with watercolours. This is demonstrated in the picture – I used Process Yellow on top of Ultramarine. As you can see, the two colours blended into green; however the blue ink did not actually stain the tip of the yellow marker. However, these markers are not waterproof so I would recommended not to use light colours over dark ones as they may have an effect in the long run.

*If you want to blend out a colour individually, you will need a Blender marker – I currently do not have one but intend to purchase one soon, so if you would like a review on this, please let me know!

The markers are odourless as they are not alcohol based. They are also non-toxic and acid free. Another amazing perk of these markers is that they do not bleed through the back of the page! – this is dependent on the type of paper you use, so I would highly recommend watercolour papers, as this will have the best effects 🙂

These can be very expensive, particularly if you go to buy them from a craft store or Tombow’s official website. I bought my pack from eBay for £28 which I think is a bargain to be honest! Let me know your thoughts on this one! x

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