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My mother-in- bought these pens when she came to visit last Easter. She had bought these from Yellow Moon, along with wooden flower photo frames and other craft bits. .
She came with my sister-in-law and her children. We had a week together, so had planned lots of Easter activities and had a few trips to the beach, where all of the children picked up pebbles to be decorated later.
There were five children, ranging in age from 2-8. All of the children were able to use the pens, and the older ones were able to do nice designs on the wooden frames and pebbles. The younger children were happy to scribble away, not being very careful.
As a result of this the lighter coloured pen nibs were getting covered in darker colours. A quick scribble on paper, and the pens were fine. I was quite pleased with this, as I initially thought that the pens would be ruined and that it would be a waste of £9.99. They seem expensive, but there are 12 pens, including a black and a white pen.
The pens have lasted really well, and are all still working. I am careful with them, as I would like them to last. They have been used quite a bit, and almost every time we go to the beach we end up with more pebbles to decorate. Even the adults seem to find it fun. The pebbles then go out into the garden, where they stay out in the rain. The stones have now been out there for 6 months, and are exactly the same!
So far we have used them on pebbles, wood, card and paper. I would recommend these,but to be used with adult supervision. If small children are let loose with these pens there would be a lot of damage!
It was my daughter's seventh birthday a couple of months ago and for her birthday we had fifteen little girls in the garden all making lots of different arty things. One thing that they all made was a stained glass bangle and they decorated these using some Giotto decor pens that I had bought from the Yellow Moon website.
The pens come in a pack of twelve brightly assorted colours. The box that they are packaged in is also very bright and it shows some great examples of the different sorts of projects that the pens can be used for. We used the pens on clear plastic but the examples show a porcelain mug and a wooden trinket box. This shows that the pens are very versatile in their uses.
Giotto Decor make a variety of colour products but they are all made with safe water based pigments. The pens can be used on any surface or material and on any colour background no matter how dark. When they are first applied they are quite wet. They soon dry though and when they do the colour also darkens slightly. The pens are quite chunky to hold and the nib is what I would describe as a medium thickness. This makes them perfect for designing and filling in blocks but not so good for providing the finer details. For young children though they are the perfect size and it does not take long to decorate small objects using these.
As I mentioned earlier we have mainly used the pens for decorating stained glass bangles and they really worked very well. The nibs were thin enough to enable the girls to keep within the boundaries and thick enough that they could decorate the bangles reasonable quickly. They were a bit perplexed that the colour did not seem to be showing up that well as they were doing their filling in but very pleased once they had dried. Also at first when using on plastic it is possible to wipe away if you go wrong because it is not dry. Once dry though the colour is pretty permanent. My daughter inadvertently wore her bracelet in the bath and the colours all remained in place.
We first used the pens a couple of months ago and none of them run out at the party. They have been used a couple of times since and because I have insisted that lids have to be put back tightly they are still as fresh and as bright as when we first used them. This is particularly important as they are not cheap. In fact a pack of twelve pens cost £9.99 from Yellow Moon so you really do not want to waste them.
Overall though these are great multipurpose pens that work really well for all sorts of projects. The recommended age is for three years and above although I'm not entirely sure I would want to let a three year old lose with them. They are best saved for really special projects - which is how they are used in our house!