Gel Ink Pens | Art Project | Chemically Sensitive Artists

Recently, I was in a local store and being a sucker for anything that sparkles and shines,
I was drawn to a bunch of shimmery gel ink pens.  

Being that they were only a few dollars for a pack of 5 mini pens I decided to give them a whirl.  I am always seeking art supplies which don't cause me any reactions...I expected that the pens would have to go.  I decided to do a little drawing and see how they would work out for me.  Not only are they fun, bright and economical, they were completely scent-free and did not cause any reactions at all.  Even regular Ink pens will start to become bothersome after a few minutes of writing.

First I ran out and bought up a bunch more pens in every color, then I googled "gel ink" to see just what it could be made from.

I was pleasantly surprised to read that gel ink is simply pigment 
suspended in a water-based gel.  
The pigments are typically copper phthalocyanine and iron oxides, and the gel is made up of water and biopolymers, such as xanthan gum and tragacanth gum.

Any sensitive artists out there looking for a fun medium, gel ink pens may be a solution for you too.

Gel Pens at my Amazon Safe Store


  1. did you colour the image above? it's beautiful!
    I know how exciting it is to find art materials you tolerate!
    when I was relaly bad I couldn't handle gel pens but I can now and I love them.
    thanks for this post :)

  2. Hi Liberty, Yes I drew and colored the image above. Because the gel pens are so sparkly and metallic they have the feeling of glass. I've been drawing on paper in stained-glass style. :)


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