Search In: Everything   Products

Ranger Blog: Product Test Drive

Hand Lettering with Ranger Supplies by Taylor Huizenga

February 17th, 2016

As someone who can spend hours upon hours in the pen aisle at Staples and Target, it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with buying and playing with different writing utensils. I always have a pen on me, and in college every pocket of my bag pack, I’m sure there were at least 5 pens or markers hidden somewhere. I had my “general” pens, as in the ones I didn’t care if someone borrowed and I never saw again, and then I had “my” pens, as in my special set of pens and markers that I wouldn’t let anyone use. Yes, that may seem crazy, but as someone who has gotten into hand-lettering, good pens and markers are an essential part to making a hand-lettering project, and those can’t just be handed out to just anyone! Ranger offers some wonderful products that I have began to incorporate in my own hand-lettering, check out below to see what my favorite Ranger products to hand letter with are and why I love them so much!

Tim Holtz® Distress Markers

The line of Distress Markers makes various types of hand-lettering super easy! With the dual tip edge, including both a fine tip point on one end of the barrel and a brush tip on the opposite end, the markers are all in one. I found when using the Distress Markers, I was able to get a brushed lettering stroke with the Brush Tip end, and then go in with the Fine Tip end and fill in to get smoother edges. The Brush Tip is also great for creating bold lines and filling in large open spaces when creating larger letters and shapes. The Fine Tip isn’t just great for filling in small sections or smoothing out lines, but they are also the perfect tool for creating fine details and for thinner lines for faux calligraphy. The best thing? Distress Markers come in 61 fabulous colors to choose from!

Learn More Here: Tim Holtz® Distress Markers

Dylusions Paint Pens

New to the Dylusions collection this year are Dylusions Paint Pens. Available in both Black Marble and White Linen, these pens are filled with your favorite Dylusions acrylic paint with the convenience of a fine tip nib. These are a great for hand-lettering because the fine tip is great for precision and thin lines. The paint flows easily and consistently out of the nib allowing for smooth, clean lines. The Black Marble Paint Pen is great for writing on white as well as colored pages and the White Linen Paint Pen is an essential when writing on black. The greatest part of the Dylusions Paint Pens is the quick drying time, which means you won’t have to worry about smearing your work. The Paint Pens are great for all types of surfaces, yet drying time of the paint would depend on the surface you’re working on, so be mindful when working.

Learn More Here: Dylusions Paint Pens

Dylusions Ink in Tim Holtz® Waterbrushes

Dylusions Ink Sprays are fun, bright, vibrant colors to craft with, add a Tim Holtz Waterbrush to them and you’ve got a great tool for hand-lettering and brush lettering. Just as Dyan Reaveley fills the Tim Holtz Waterbrushes with her Ink Sprays to color with, the filled brushes can also make the perfect tool for brush lettering. The Detailer Brush nib makes creating effortless brush strokes easy by keeping a thin line for upward strokes, yet with the added pressure a thick line for the downward strokes, which is essential in creating calligraphy writing. Although this technique can be done by going back and adding a thicker stroke where a downward stroke was done, this water brush makes doing it all at once possible. The Waterbrush can be filled with any of the 24 Dylusions colors.

Learn More Here: Dylusions Ink Sprays
Tim Holtz® Waterbrushes

Ranger Fude Ball Pens

When it comes to having a great basic, ready to use pen, I would suggest the Fude Ball. The tip of the pen is 1.5mm which means it is ideal for thinner lines and smaller details. The ink flows out very smoothly which makes effortless writing a breeze. Another great thing about the Fude Ball pen is that one it is dried, the ink is both water-proof and fade-resistant. The Fude Ball pen can be applied not only to paper, but it also is a great tool for hand-lettering on different mixed-media projects, which is why it is preferred by Dina Wakley. Although I’m biased to mainly using black pens in most of my hand-lettering projects, the Fude Ball pen is available not only in black, but also in a royal blue and a deep red, which are great basic colors to have in your pen palette.

Learn More Here: Ranger Fude Ball Pens

Ranger Embossing Powders

To start off, I’m obsessed with Ranger’s Embossing Powders, ask anyone here at Ranger, and they can tell you that I love watching the powder melt with the Heat Tool and become smooth and dimensional. With the use of the Ranger Emboss It pen, I found that I was able to incorporate these amazing powders into my hand-lettering. The Ranger Emboss It pens are bullet tip pens that are available in both black and clear ink, which allows you to work on any type of paper you choose. The bullet tip allows you to create think lines, but as you can see in my example, I was able to go back and thicken some lines as well, so the tip allows you a lot of room to experiment. When working with the Ranger Emboss It pen and Embossing Ink, I find it easier to work in small sections because the powder needs to be applied to the ink before it dries in order to get the best results. The ink will definitely give you work time, but it is not feasible to hand letter an entire page and then go back and apply powder. In my example, I did a word at a time just to be safe. I love how with the Embossing Powders I’m able to get a shinny, glitter effect that is not always possible from basic pens. The Ranger Embossing powders come in 48 colors and textures, so its easy to find a color and texture that will work best for your project.

Learn More Here: Ranger Embossing Powders

Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders

For adding a touch of pearlescent shimmer to my hand-lettering projects, I use Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders with the Ranger Perfect Medium Pens. I found that although the Perfect Pearl Powders work on any type of paper, they look especially nice on black paper, because the dark, black background really makes the shimmer of the colors stand out. The Perfect Pearl Medium Pens come in two different tips, a bullet tip for thin lines, and a brush tip, which allows for brush lettering styled writing or filling in broad strokes. These powders can be very versatile, if you like the pearlescent effect that these powders create, they can also be mixed with water and applied with a water brush or a paint brush and applies similarly to a paint instead of a powder dusting. Another great thing about these powders is they can be applied on top of other mediums to add a shimmer to an already completed project if you don’t want to hand letter complete with the powders. The powders come in 24 beautiful colors to add all types of shimmer to your hand-lettering projects!

Learn More Here: Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders

Product Test Drive: Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers by Kelly Kronowski

October 13th, 2015

Ranger Paint is a multi surface acrylic paint with a convenient dabber top for mess free application. The dabber top can also be removed and paint can be applied with a brush. Available in 13 colors plus 4 metallic shades, this all-purpose paint is great for craft projects large and small.
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Today, we have Kelly, a member of our creative team running our first Product Test Drive! She’ll be putting Ranger Paint Dabbers to the ultimate test and see how well this product stands up to its product claims. To do that she’s taken numerous surfaces including paper, fabric, glass, and canvas to see how well Ranger Paint performs on each surface. Here are her results:

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Glass: Using store bought glass votive candleholders I painted the outside using two colors of paint. I found that taking the dabber top off and applying paint with a brush was a better choice for more opaque coverage. It took 2 coats of paint to achieve a smooth, solid color. Overall, Ranger Paint Dabbers performed great on decorative glassware.

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Canvas: Next I tested the Paint Dabbers on canvas. Using Java Bean I applied a quick base coat using the dabber top. Since the color was not as dark as I wanted I poured some onto my craft sheet and mixed in a little Black Tie. I found having the option of pouring out paint & mixing my own colors and shades helpful. Applying with a brush gave me smooth, all over coverage. I was really happy with how smooth and easy this paint went on and since it’s acrylic paint the dry time was also quick.

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Wood: Using the same colors I painted on the glass votives, I also applied the paint to some wooden rings. Because of the fine detail, I decided to apply to paint with a fine tip brush instead of the dabber top. I was also able to mix a custom color using Copper Metallic, Classic Cherry, Wild Orchid & Java Bean. The Ranger Paint dried smoothly and evenly on the wood rings.

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Paper: Using a large piece of kraft wrapping paper I doodled my name in black permanent marker. I decided to add some stenciled designs around my name. I selected a few coordinating colors and using the dabber top directly applied the paint through the stencil. The dabber top was a quick, mess free solution to stenciling with paint.

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on 3 Dimensional Items: I purchased a few pumpkins at my local craft store. One was an unfinished paper mache pumpkin and the other was a colored shiny foam one. First, I painted the paper mache pumpkin using Metallic Copper & a brush. I found the dabber top difficult to use due to the dimension and size of the pumpkin. A brush made it easy to quickly apply a heavy coat of the paint over a large surface. Although, it did require quite a bit of paint it did cover evenly & smoothly with just one coat. The shiny coated pumpkins were a bit more difficult to paint. Again, I used the paint poured out onto the craft sheet so I could mix a custom color (this time Metallic Pearl, Glacier White, & Lemon Twist) and apply the paint with a brush. The slickness of the shiny surface plus the surface color showing through made it more difficult to get even, opaque coverage. I ended up doing two coats of paint and the drying time was quite a bit longer than on the other surfaces.

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Plastic: Using a plastic decorative plate I applied the Ranger Paint onto a stamp design using the dabber top and stamped the image around the plate. The dabber top was a great solution for applying paint onto the stamp. Because of the uneven surface, it was difficult to get a solid image. The paint is also not permanent so it can be easily chipped off. Overall, the paint was a great solution for short term decorative use but not suggested for long term wear & tear on plastic. (*Note: The plate should be used for decorative purposes only).

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Fabric: I applied the Gold Metallic Paint directly through a stencil and onto a piece of fabric. The paint went on easily and dried on the fabric quickly. You could also mix custom colors on a craft sheet & apply the paint with a Ranger Mini Ink Blending tool. The end result was a success!

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

Ranger Paint Dabbers on Natural Objects: I wanted to paint a pinecone solid gold. Using a paintbrush, I applied a heavy layer of the Gold Metallic Paint to the pinecone making sure to get into all the layers. The paint covered the pinecone well and I was able to achieve the gilded look I was hoping for.

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints

The results: Ranger Paint Dabbers held up wonderfully in my Product Test Drive. Use the convenient dabber top for stenciling & stamping with paint or apply with a brush for more opaque coverage. A great solution for an all-purpose, multi surface paint, Ranger Paint Dabbers are a great staple in any creative space. The vibrant color palette is fun on its own or can be mixed to create custom colors. The possibilities are endless!

Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints
Product Test Drive: Ranger Paints