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Sakura Micron

Sakura Micron PensSakura Micron Pens are the “gold standard” of pens for Zentangles and the #01 (0.25 mm) is the size not only recommended by Zentangle® originator Maria Thomas, it’s included in the official kit.

Sakura Micron drawing and writing pens have “waterproof, quick-drying pigment ink. Micron pens will not clog or dry out. Ink will not feather or bleed through even the thinnest papers and is smear-proof once dry. The pigment in the ink remains colorful and will not spread when applied. It is fade proof against sunlight or UV light, and is permanent and washable on cotton fabrics.”

The ink is archival, dries pretty much instantly, and the blacks are intense. Treated well, these pens do last a very long time and are well worth getting.

Tips to prolong the life of your pens: the ink dries quickly (solid areas do take a little longer) so you will want to keep these pens capped at all times even when you’re just switching sizes or colors. Sakura also recommends storing them flat for best performance and longevity.

Update: Here’s an excellent communication from Sakura with information on how the Microns were developed, advice on how to hold them and the amount of pressure to use, and more. Be sure to check out the comments at the end of the article for additional good tips from our community.

01 Single Pens

You can buy the #01′s in singles, or get the multi packs containing a range of nib sizes, including the #01.

Black Single Sakura Micron 01 (0.25 mm) Pen > Pigma Micron Pen .25mm: Black

Red Single Sakura Micron 01 (0.25 mm) Pen (useful for drawing pattern steps) > Pigma Micron Pen .25mm: Red

3-Pack

The rest of the sizes do come in handy, the bigger nibs are especially great for making short work of larger solid fill areas.

Black: contains 1 each: #01 (0.25 millimeter), #03 (0.35 millimeter), and #05 (0.45 millimeter) > Sakura Pigma Micron Pen Set, 3-Pack, Black Ink

6-Pack

Contains 1 each: #005 (0.20 mm), #01 (0.25 mm), #02 (0.30 mm), #03 (0.35 mm), #05 (0.45 mm), and #08 (0.50 mm) > Sakura Pigma Micron Pen Set, 6-Pack, Black Ink

Sepia

Microns also come in Sepia - some like to combine sepia with black in their drawings or use it on its own.

Sepia Single Sakura Micron 01 (0.25 mm) Pen > Sakura Pigma Micron Pen .25mm: Sepia

Find Sakura Micron Pens on Amazon


Visit more TIPS & TOOLS pages

Check out the other pages under TIPS & TOOLS at the top of the page. There are recommendations if you want to add colored ink to your Zentangle-inspired art, or watercolor, as well as ideas for strings, and much more to come.

And if you have information to share on pens you enjoy using with your Zentangles, or more tips on their use, please leave a comment or email me (linda AT tanglepatterns DOT com] and let me know so I can add them to this resource for everyone’s enjoyment. Thanks!

13 comments to Sakura Micron

  • I love Micron pens! I am wondering how long they usually last for other people. I’ve heard some people say that their pens last a whole year of frequent use. However, mine only last 7-9 months of weekly use. Any thoughts?

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Erica, it really depends on what kind of patterns you choose to draw because if there are a lot of solid areas, then naturally it won’t last as long as if you choose the “lighter” patterns. It sounds like you got good life out of yours, certainly for their price. Are you diligent about capping the pen immediately? That makes a huge difference too.

  • ziggi

    I was going to ask a similar question – I’ve been using Artline pens (easily available in Australia) but I’m finding the tip is disappearing rapidly equating to poor value. I’m happy to invest in a Sakura Micron but would like to know that it also won’t disintegrate as rapidly.

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Ziggi, with normal use the Sakura nibs do not wear out. If you are scrubbing very hard with them or something like that, then one would expect damage. The Microns are only about $2.99 each, so they are not an investment and they last a long time.

      • ziggi

        Thanks Linda, that’s brilliant! I’ve just found an Aussie based online store that has them in stock at a good price so I’m looking forward to trying them out.

  • Linda B.

    Just wanted to report on my successful revival of a Sakura pen. It was a sepia that was left uncapped. I rarely use it, so don’t know how long it was left that way. Could have been weeks, if not months. I left the pen tip soaking in hot water for awhile and then needed to put some pressure on the tip. (It’s an 05, so could take the pressure.) Voila! Now the ink is flowing again. Love those Sakura folks!

  • Pat Barry

    Do you know where I can get sakura pens in the uk please? The ones on Amazon cost too much in postage from the USA. Thank you, Pat x

  • Sharon Wrench

    Hi Linda,
    Can your recommend a good gel pen for working on the black tiiles. I purchased a set of two at Michaels, but they skip and leave globs on the paper. Sometimes they will not work at all.

    Thanks for your help.

    Sharon

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Sharon, check out this article on the TUTORIALS menu on the alphabetic menu bar: Tips for using white ink on Black Zentangle® and Zendala Tiles. Enjoy!

  • Leonie Wight

    Micron Pens are around the $6 in Australia. I believe that they are a quality pen and worth paying for and I get longevity out of them. Even at $6 it is worth trying one before investing heavily in a set. For my zentangles these pens are beautiful to use and I would not use artline for zentangles. I love my artlines for other things.

  • Sharon Wrench

    I appreciate the response on the pens. I love the Micron Pens, I had trouble with the white pens that I purchased, but will try the pens that you have recommended. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.

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