Why use a pen holder when you can just print and cut?
- I don't have a printer
- Printers can only print in CMYK. Pens come in glitter, metallic, fluorescent, opaque pastel/milky, UV invisible, colour-changing, etc.
- You can use a pen to test designs and save wear on your blade
- You can hold other tools to emboss, score and engrave
This isn't really a permanent solution, but it's great if you want to see what it's like first, you don't draw often, or have a pen that fits perfectly. What is the best pen?
- Slightly less than 14 mm diameter. Too small and you need more foam to hold it in place. It might move and it's hard to get centred.
- Cylindrical, not tapered body, so it doesn't tend to slide out
- Short, since it's only going to be gripped by the bottom, and it may wobble
- Comes in a variety of colours, so you don't need to make holders for every shape and size
Ok how the holder works is it tightens into a circle about 14 mm in diameter (that's why people use the 14 mm blade holders). So the idea is to pad your pen to slightly above 14 mm. I bought an about A4 sized sheet of foam I wanted to try cutting for 90 cents, and only used a bit, so I called this hack 10 cents. You could use any foam, even the wrapping for the Portrait in this picture:
- Comes in a variety of line widths, and colours, I think
- About the right size
- The tip doesn't use a ball. (What is this type called? It has a plastic nib, like the Stabilo Fineliner.) This is good because if you've ever tried drawing a line with a ballpen, you'll see gunk builds up on the tip if you keep moving it in the same direction for a long time. This doesn't happen with this type of pen. Also, the tip writes the same in any direction and works pretty well vertically.
Aside: I think I'll buy the Chomas Creations' marker holder since it's made of metal, while the Silhouette one is just plastic.