Back in the ’90s, there was the Get Set Air Spray kit from Waddingtons. It was great fun: you slotted a felt-tip pen into the holder and furiously worked a foot pump to drive air out of the nozzle, dispersing ink from the pens into an oh-so-satisfying inky spray. And when used with stencils, these inky sprays became masterpieces. But it was hard work. Knackering, actually.
Thankfully kids (and big kids) of today have an easier option: Blo Pens! Read on for our low-down of all things Blow Pens, what they are, how to use Blo Pens and where to buy Blo Pens, as well as all the best airbrush stencils to buy.
What are Blo Pens?
So what are Blo Pens? If you’ve not seen any of the viral TikTok videos, Blo Pens are the latest way to create beautiful airbrush effects, just by blowing through the pen!
Blo Pens are the brand name, and they are made by a British-based toy and game company, John Adams.
How to use Blo Pens
Blo Pens are really easy to use! If you’re using a stencil, first secure the stencil onto your paper by using a low-tac tape, like washi tape or masking tape.
Each Blo Pen is made of a top (cap), a cartridge (the ink) and a mouthpiece (resembling a clear, long lid). Take the mouthpiece off the Blo Pen cartridge, and pull the Blo Pen cartridge out of the top to reveal the pen nib.
Put the top onto the opposite end, over the pen nib, and push the cartridge all the way down so it sits snugly. Put the long, clear part – the mouthpiece – on the opposite end. As the name suggests, this is the part you blow through.
Now, with the Blo Pen around 10cm away from the paper, blow through the end of the pen to create airbrush effects! Use stencils, or create abstract works of art by laying down strips of washi tape to create geometric patterns.
Another great use for Blo Pens is to create airbrushed backgrounds that you can then paint or draw over. Painting silhouettes on top of the airbrushed backgrounds is particularly effective!
If you’ve drawn your own picture and you want to use Blo Pens to colour it in – work with one colour at a time, and mask off areas you don’t want to spray. Use a low tac, easy-peel mask – something like washi tape or post-it notes (cut to shape), is ideal as it won’t leave a residue when you peel them off.
Switch the caps back once you’ve finished, to stop the Blo Pen from drying out. What do you like to create using Blo Pens? Let us know in the comments below!
Buy Blo Pens!
You can buy packs of Blo Pens, but they also come in kits with all sorts of fun goodies inside. Here are our favourite Blo Pens here at Gathered:
Just the Blo Pens
Buy now: £4.66, Amazon
If you want to create your own artwork, or already have lots of stencils – then buying just the Blo Pens is very affordable, and a great way to top up Blo Pen supplies, too!
Blo Pens Animal Set
£14.99 £13.92, Amazon
The Blo Pen Animal Set is one of the most popular sets out there at the moment – and it’s easy to see why. It comes with six roar-some stencils to use with the eight included Blo Pens, ideal for creating beautiful ombre effects with your Blo Pens!
Blo Pens Glitter Set
£22.99 £14.00, Amazon
This is a nice Blo Pen set. We love glitter – and this kit includes glitter to add to your airbrush designs! Make a pretty butterfly mobile, and keep your pens tidy at the same – the box turns into a handy workspace and easel.
Blo Pens Shimmer Set
Buy now: £14.99, Amazon
This Blo Pen set includes three metallic Blo Pens, five stencils and five black sheets to create your designs with. The metallic ink on the black paper produces magical, shimmering effects ideal for mythical creatures and underwater realms.
Blo Pens Fashion Designer
£24.99 £19.99, Amazon
Create over 1,000 combinations of fashion styles and become a real fashion stylist with Blo Pens Fashion Designer Studio! Using the stencils, choose different hairstyles, tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories and colour them in using your Blo Pens.
Blo Pens Stencil Magic
Buy now: £14.99, Amazon
This is another Blo Pen kit where the box turns into a workspace – so be sure not to rip the box when you open it. This kit contains 12 Blo Pens, six of which are magic colour changing Blo Pens, 10 stencils, 45 mini shapes and a storage box – so this is a good value-for-money kit if you’re buying Blo Pens as a gift!
Frozen II Blo Pens
£14.99 £7.07, Amazon
Do you know someone who loves Disney’s Frozen? This Blo Pen kit comes with six Frozen II stencils to use with your Blow Pens – but you might want to add in an extra pack of just Blo Pens if you’re giving it as a gift.
Spray Magic Blo Pens
£16.99 £7.93, Amazon
This Blo Pen kit includes six magic colour changing pens, activated by the magic pen. Lay down your first colour, let dry, them lay a patterned stencil over the top and blow on the magic pen. Lift up the patterned stencil to reveal beautiful patterned artwork!
My Little Pony Blo Pens
£9.99 £8.00, Amazon
This My Little Pony Blo Pen set includes stencils for Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Rarity (no Applejack!), and four mini Blo Pens to colour them in – a nice little kit if you can find it on offer.
Neon Blo Pens
Buy now: £9.99, Amazon
If you’re looking to add neon Blo Pens to your collection – this is the one for you. It includes five neon Blo Pens in yellow, orange, pink, green and blue as well as five funky stencils to use them with – we love the outer space stencil!
Blo Pens Fantasy Set
£14.99 £13.13, Amazon
This Blo Pen kit includes six reusable stencils and eight Blo Pens that can be used to create fantasy artwork of unicorns and magical castles!
Colour change Blo Pens
Buy now: £11.61, Amazon
This kit contains both A4 and A5 stencils, as well as six magic colour changing pens – however the Stencil Magic or Spray Magic kits are better value for money if you’re after the pens.
Blo Pens: My Creative Egg
Buy now: £5.99, Amazon
These eggs are great for stocking filler gifts, or as pass-the-parcel presents! This mini kit includes six stencils, four Blo Pens and a set of design paper to create mini works-of-art on!
Best airbrush stencils for craft
If you wanted to buy stencils separately, there are lots of fantastic options on the market. Stencils are widely used in craft for all sorts of things – from papercraft to using them on fabric and furniture – so there are lots of great options to choose from. Here are some of our favourite airbrush stencils for craft:
Buy now: £5.99, Amazon
These airbrush stencils made from PET (a type of plastic) are long-lasting, durable and includes eight, beautiful bird-themed designs. These would be lovely stencils to use as silhouettes created over Blo Pen ombre backgrounds.
Buy now: £6.79, Amazon
If you have teenagers that are really into Blo Pens – you might want to consider something like these mandala effect stencils. They can be combined to create beautiful tile designs, and there are a whopping 16 plastic airbrush stencils for a very reasonable price.
Animal airbrush stencils
Buy now: £9.99, Amazon
These animal airbrush stencils are fab! They include a wolf, eagle, owl, butterfly, tiger, lion, elephant, deer, bear and giraffe – we love the magical designs of these animals! These airbrush stencils are A4-size, so they are ideal if you’re looking to make bigger pictures, or want to use them in an A4 sketchbook.
Buy now: £8.99, Amazon
What’s not to love about these dog and pawprint stencils? If you’re looking for a project to make with your newfound love of Blo Pens, how about making some wall art, like with these beautiful doggy stencils?
Buy now: £5.59, Amazon
These airbrush stencils are beautiful! Like the others in this list, the intricate designs are also made from PET, so you needn’t worry about them ripping so you can create stunning airbrush effects with your Blo Pens over and over again – they’re wipe-clean, too!