I'm just getting into drawing, and I've made a sketch that I would like to fill in with black, red, and white pens (or markers). Since pen is permanent, though, I'm concerned that I might accidentally go a bit into the white parts with the black pen, ruining my drawing. Are there any white pens opaque enough that they could cover up mistakes I might make with the black pen?


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    You can also try gelly roll pens in white. They provide good coverage in instances like this.
    – Mitchelle
    Apr 3, 2019 at 9:55

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I'd try a correction pen, there are now quite a lot to choose from.

This web page shows over a dozen kinds, and how opaque they are over black ink.

The best white ink pens

Matching the paper colour and white pen might be tricky.


Personally, for purposes such as you have listed, I use the uni-ball Signa white gel pen UM-153. With a gel pen you will have more control over the lines you are creating, and can layer the markings as needed. You might also enjoy using toned sketch paper in the future to play around with color values. Here is an example of a quick, light pressure pass-over I did over black marker:

White Gel Pen Example

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    So neat and beautiful, wow. Never thought a gel pen could work so great!
    – Bella Swan
    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:07

As I often write white text on top of black, I've been looking for a good white pen myself. A correction pen doesn't do it for me, as the correction liquid doesn't stick very well. The above-mentioned list of the best white ink pens seems like a good one. However, the pen I ended up using is not on that list.

I've found that the "Edding 780 paint marker" fills (no pun intended) my needs. It's a bit tricky to use, though, as it's easy to get too much liquid on the paper. However, you'll get the hang of it.

Example of white on black, using the Edding 780:

edding 780 on black

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