Wednesday 9 September 2015

The Search for Some Sparkle

  At the 21st CZT Seminar, they gave us some Zentangle® products and also some Sakura products. Amongst the many pens they gave us, I fell in love with one in particular– the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust. It's not a silver pen. I would describe it as having a clear ink with sparkles suspended in it.

  I quite happily created many art work using the pen... And then one day, someone asked where I had purchased the pen from. (Iwona, this post is dedicated to you.) It was then that I went on a quest to find a place that sold the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen....

  My first stop was of course, Art Friend. Apparently, they just brought in a new line of glitter pens by Kiarina. (The particular line they brought in is the Kiarina Wink line, and I do have the intention of trying them out.) However, I had no luck with finding the Sakura Stardust...

  Next stop; Popular.

  I had no luck, though...
  However, I did find a good alternative.

  Being sold at $1.75, meet the Uni-ball Signo Sparkling:
Top is the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust. It has a pretty shooting star printed on its cap.
Bottom is the Uni-ball Signo Sparkling.

  I have a Uni-ball Signo in silver, but that's completely different from the Sakura Stardust. The Uni-ball Silver's ink is really bright and solid. Comparison between both pens:
Top: Silver
Bottom: Sparkling
You can tell the difference from the pen's exterior.
  And of course, the obligatory ink test...
The Sparkling has ink that is very much like the Sakura Stardust.
The only difference being that the Stardust's sparkles are of a warm-toned silver. You can even say it has a gold hue. Whereas the Sparkling has a true silver tone.
As you can see, the Silver is opaque and looks nothing like the other two pens.

  So there we go. I haven't found a place that sells the Sakura Stardust, but I do think the Uni-ball Sparkling is a great alternative to it. I would still like to find the Sakura Stardust, though, because the Uni-ball Sparkling's glitter does shed a lot more than the Stardust... But we make do with what we have.

  Hope you found this post informative.
  And if you know a place in Singapore that sells the Sakura Stardust, let me know in the comment section below!

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