Artists' Electric Drawing Pen

by BrendaReeves

This is a review of the, CuttleLola Dotspen, a drawing tool, that won the 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award.

Artists and hobbyists enjoy buying the tools of their trade as much as they do making the final product. Talk to any serious knitter and they'll tell you they own a lifetime stash of yarn. The same goes for painters, illustrators, stampers, etc. They love to shop for supplies. The CuttleLola Dotspen is a tool artists love..

Stippling and Pointillism

Drawing and Painting with Dots

Before explaining what the Cuttlelola Dotspen does, it's important to define stippling and pointillism:

Stippling is the process of drawing or painting with a series of dots of one color.  It's used for shading works of art, and it's one of the basic techniques taught in beginning drawing courses. Light to dark values are created by the denseness of the dots and varying pressure of the pencil.   Rembrandt used stippling in his drawings.

Pointillism, created by the French painter, George Seurat (1859-1891), requires the use of tiny brush strokes or dots in contrasting colors to simulate a shimmering brilliance in paintings. Seurat founded the Neo-Impressionist movement of the 19th century. He and other artists formed the Society of Independent Artists after they were rejected by the Salon. The thumbnail in the upper left corner of this page titled "The Seine by the River of Jatte in Spring," is an example of Seurat's work. Click on the link to see a larger example.

As you can imagine, stippling and pointillism requires time and patience. The Cuttlelola Dotspen cuts the time down to a fraction of what it otherwise takes; it's a lifesaver for artists.

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Cuttlola Dotspen

Drawing Pen

I first heard about the Dotspen on YouTube. As an artist, I'm constantly searching for art tutorials. If you want to become an artist but can't afford art school, check out their many tutorials. That's how I discovered Lindsy Weirich, The Frugal Crafter. Lindsy has a large following; therefore, manufacturers and distributors of art supplies often send her products to review.

I knew immediately, after watching Lindsy's review, that I had to get this new invention. I hesitated due to the current price which is $58.00 plus $7.50 for shipping. Amazon Prime does not pay for shipping, probably because it comes from China. After thinking about it for a few days, I knew I had to have the Culola Dotspen.

When it arrived, I couldn't wait to try it out. The reviewers on Amazon said it had two speeds.  I couldn't find the two speeds at first. I finally found the high speed but couldn't get it turned off. I removed the batteries and set it aside until the next day, certain that it would work properly after reinserting the batteries. It immediately started up at full speed again and I couldn't shut it off. Convinced that I bought a defective pen, I decided to try one more thing before sending it back for a refund: I read the directions. Yes, if all else fails, read the directions. I hate reading directions!

Maybe you don't like to read directions either so I offer you the secret: Push the button once and it starts up at slow speed. While it's running, click twice and it runs at high speed. To turn the pen off, click once and return to slow speed and click again to turn it off.

Now that I know how to operate my pen, I'm having fun using it. Cutola Dotspen comes with a USB cord that you can hook up to your computer, or it will operate for 40 minutes after charging. The Frugal Crafter says she doesn't like using it attached to the computer, but it doesn't bother me; either way is fine.

Telling you how to use it isn't as good as watching Lindsy demonstrate. Watch the video and if you purchase one, let me know how you like it. I'd love to hear from you.


Updated: 04/01/2016, BrendaReeves
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BrendaReeves on 04/02/2016

Thank you. It's one of those simple pleasures in life, Sheila.

sheilamarie on 04/02/2016

I just purchased some new brushes yesterday, so I know what you mean about being an art junkie. It's lovely to see you around again, Brenda.

BrendaReeves on 03/31/2016

Mira, it's fun to doodle with, too.

BrendaReeves on 03/31/2016

Thank you, blackspanielgallery, and it's the men that usually get accused of that.

Mira on 03/31/2016

It's an interesting tool, that's for sure. I like the effect :)

blackspanielgallery on 03/30/2016

I also often do not read directions. I am happy it finally worked.

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