White ink creates unique contrast on dark-colored surfaces, making it a valuable tool in the pen case of any artist, scrapbooker, cartoonist, or designer. We carry a large selection of white ink products for all types of applications, and have created this guide to help you navigate through this white wonderland. Read on to learn more about white ink pens and find the ideal tool for your project!
Our White Gel Pens Video offers a closer look at some of our top performers, including writing samples, craft ideas, and more.
The Uni-ball Signo Broad is our best-selling white gel pen. Artists and crafters all love its highly opaque and viscous ink. Though the pen tip may occasionally clog due to this thick ink, scribbling on a damp towel or piece of scratch paper will get the ink flowing again quickly. Long periods of unuse can cause the pen to dry out, so it's best for those who use white ink often or who are working on a large project. Like other Signo pens, it is archival safe and water-resistant.
The Sakura Gelly Roll is also wonderfully opaque, with the bold tip size laying down a juicy line of white ink. Even its fine and medium tip sizes produce bright white lines, making the Gelly Roll great for detail work. Writing slowly yields the thickest lines, while quick scribbles produce a less opaque effect. The Gelly Roll is less likely to dry out than the Signo, so it's ideal for those who only use white ink every now and then. Its ink is waterproof, archival safe, fade-resistant, and fraud-resistant.
Gel pen tests were done on Pilot Black Notebook paper. The ink tests were done over Pilot Futayaku Brush Pen ink.
Product Used: Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip DX
Also Consider: Sakura Gelly Roll
Product Used: Sakura Decorese
Also Consider: Sakura Glaze, Sakura Souffle
Product Used: Uni-ball Signo Broad
Also Consider: Uni-ball Signo Angelic
Watch our White Ink Marker Pens Video to see our favorite paint markers and chalk markers in action.
The Uni Posca Paint Marker is our top recommendation due to its opaque ink and ability to write smoothly on almost any surface. It puts down a thick line on paper, glass, metal, and cloth. The extra fine tip is perfect for tiny details and is more opaque than the medium tip. Once dry, the ink is waterproof and lightfast. It also has a lower odor than most other paint markers. While we only show test results for the extra fine and medium tips, the white Posca is available in more tip sizes from ultra fine to extra broad.
While the Sharpie Water-Based Paint Marker isn't quite as smooth as the Posca, its vividly opaque ink can rival correction fluid. It is most opaque on paper but also works on a variety of surfaces, including glass, plastic, metal, wood, stone, and more..
Chalkboard signs can add a charming touch to weddings, coffee shops, and parties. Our top chalk marker recommendation is the Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker, which comes in two sizes and produces bold, opaque lines. If you make a mistake, simply use a damp cloth to wipe the ink away. Please note that these only work with plastic chalkboards and will not erase from traditional blackboards, which are porous.
Paint marker tests were done on Pilot Black Notebook paper. The ink tests were done over Pilot Futayaku Brush Pen ink. Chalk markers were tested on a plastic chalkboard and not a traditional one that is porous.
Product Used: Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker
Product Used: Raymay Fluorescent Board Marker
Product Used: Uni Posca Paint Marker
Though not as ubiquitous as black or blue, there are occasions when white ink truly shines. Our customers are always discovering unique uses for their white ink pens— some use them in research labs, or in medical clinics to mark x-ray radiographs.
Whether these pens inspire your creativity or simply get you through a busy workday, they are a valuable and versatile tool to have on hand. Pick up our JetPens White Ink Pen Sampler, which contains all of our favorites, or take a look at all of our white ink products. You can also check out The Best White Drawing Inks guide, which covers bottled drawing and calligraphy inks.
|Model||Type||Approx. Line Width||Opacity||Dry Time||Ideal Surface|
|Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip 0.8||Gel Pen||0.8 mm||2 sec||Paper|
|Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip 1.0||Gel Pen||1.0 mm||4 sec||Paper|
|Pilot Juice||Gel Pen||0.5 mm||1 sec||Paper|
|Pilot Juice Up||Gel Pen||0.4 mm||1 sec||Paper|
|Sakura Ballsign Knock||Gel Pen||0.6 mm||2 sec||Paper|
|Sakura Decorese||Gel Pen||1.0 mm||1-2 min||Paper, Photos|
|Sakura Gelly Roll||Gel Pen||0.7 mm||3 sec||Paper|
|Sakura Glaze||Gel Pen||1.2 mm||2-3 min||Paper, Photos|
|Sakura Souffle||Gel Pen||1.2 mm||2-3 min||Paper, Photos|
|Uni-ball Signo Angelic||Gel Pen||0.7 mm||3 sec||Paper|
|Uni-ball Signo Broad||Gel Pen||1.0 mm||15 sec||Paper, Photos|
|Yasutomo Y&C Gel Stylist||Gel Pen||0.7 mm||2 sec||Paper|
|Zebra Sarasa Push Clip||Gel Pen||0.5 mm||1 sec||Paper|
|Faber-Castell PITT||Paint Marker||2.5 mm||10 sec||Paper|
|Deleter Neopiko Line White Drawing Pen||Water-Based Marker||0.5 mm||20 sec||Paper|
|Pentel Paint Marker||Paint Marker||4.0 mm||20 sec||Non-Porous|
|Pilot Juice Paint||Paint Marker||2.0 mm||1 min||All|
|Sakura Pen-Touch Paint||Paint Marker||2.0 mm||30-40 sec||Non-Porous|
|Sharpie Oil-Based Paint - Extra Fine*||Paint Marker||1.0 mm||30-40 sec||Non-Porous|
|Sharpie Oil-Based Paint - Medium*||Paint Marker||2.0 mm||1 min||Non-Porous|
|Sharpie Water-Based Paint - Medium||Paint Marker||1.0 mm||40 sec||Paper|
|Teranishi Magic Glow Slim Black Note Marker||Water-Based Marker||0.7 mm||40 sec||Paper|
|Uni Posca PC-1M||Paint Marker||2.0 mm||20 sec||All|
|Uni Posca PC-5M Paint||Paint Marker||2.0 mm||10 sec||All|
|Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk - Fine||Chalk Marker||1.5 mm||2 min||Plastic Chalkboard|
|Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk - Medium||Chalk Marker||2.0 mm||3 min||Plastic Chalkboard|
|Raymay Fluorescent Board||Chalk Marker||1.5 mm||3-4 min||Plastic Chalkboard, Glass|