Better coloring and crafts with no-smear gel pens

Is there such a thing as a gel pen addiction?

If so, my daughter (age 10) may have one.  She doesn’t ever seem to pass a package of gel pens at the store without wanting to buy it.  Never mind that she already has a substantial collection of them at home.

I think she shares a philosophy with Winston Churchill, who said: I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.

I have to admit, I love all the colors too.  Gel pens have such fun, vibrant color that make them perfect for a variety of crafty projects.

My daughter uses her gel pens all the time to color, draw pictures, create cards, and work on projects for school.  I’ve found that even when you’re not feeling especially artsy, they just make it more fun to do regular stuff like write up a to-do list or color-code the calendar!

The only problem?  Gel pens tend to smudge when you’re not super careful using them.  That’s a huge bummer since it ruins the lovely effect you’re going for by using a gel pen in the first place.

The no-smear gel pens in the Zebra Sarasa line are available at Amazon (affiliate link).

So imagine my enthusiasm when I was invited to try a free sample of the Sarasa line of gel pens from Zebra Pen.  These gel pens are unique due to their special rapid dry ink technology.

They dry in less than a second on most surfaces.  No smears or smudges?  Perfect!

When my package of Sarasa gel pens arrived (compliments of Zebra Pen), my daughter and I were excited to try them to see if they really were the perfect no-smear gel pens.

I had just created a free printable coloring page to share here on my blog, so I knew that was the perfect place to start using the Sarasa gel pens.  We found that they are great for coloring – with absolutely no smudges or smears on the pages.

In fact, I tried to smear the ink just to see what would happen, but it dried too quickly and didn’t smear at all.

We particularly like that the Sarasa gel pens are retractable, which makes them super handy for arts and crafts projects.  It’s helpful that you don’t have to deal with separate caps, especially when juggling multiple pens for projects like coloring.

This line comes in 14 bright colors, allowing lots of creative options.  You can see some of the color variety in my daughter’s coloring page that we framed to display.

Where we love is home - printable coloring page for Valentine's Day

The pens colored well on the printable coloring page (available here) and on one of the trendy new adult coloring books that I recently purchased.  On both my printable and the coloring book pages, the ink was visible from the back of the page but did not actually bleed through the paper.

Sarasa gel pen coloring - back

Ink is visible on the back of the coloring page without bleeding through the page.

The grip is comfortable, which makes the pens pleasant for any project.  The 0.7 mm point size works well for both coloring and writing projects, but it also comes in 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm points to handle a variety of needs.  I might like to add the 0.5 mm size to my collection for fine details on projects and the 1 mm size for working on bigger designs.

Want to learn more about the Sarasa retractable gel pens from Zebra?  Check out this fun video that shows the variety of colors available for these handy no-smear gel pens.

The Sarasa pens are available on (affiliate link), on, and at local retailers.

Thank you to Zebra Pen for providing a free sample of the Sarasa retractable,
no-smear gel pens (14 pack) to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

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