Q: What colors of Gelly Rolls are available? 

A: Please refer to this page to see Gelly Roll pen availability. 

Q: How long should my Gelly Roll pen write?

A: The Gelly Roll fine point pens will write "on average" about 800 meters. The writing length varies depending on the pen "line width" of extra-fine, fine, medium or bold. Also, paper quality can affect the writing length. The more absorbent the paper fiber, the shorter the write-out.

Gel ink pens are primarily made to be used on paper substrates and not on plastics, glass, or fabrics. While some gel ink versions can adhere to other surfaces, this greatly affects the overall "performance" of the ink. (i.e. the gel inks might be easily washed out or scratched off the surface.) We suggest your own testing to determine if the performance is within your expectations.

In the process of filling the pens, we fill the inner tube to the end. However, part of the manufacturing process removes all the air bubbles in the gel ink and this compacts (and appears to shrink down) the ink. This is why it may look like the barrel is not completely full to the end.

Q: Is it safe to use my Gelly Roll pens on skin?

A: We are always glad to hear consumers are having fun doodling, drawing and journaling with our pens. However, even though the Gelly Roll pen is certified through the ACMI program and "AP" seal approved to be "non-toxic," it has not been tested for use on skin.

Therefore, we do not recommend the use of Gelly Roll for any other purpose.

The primary purpose of the Gelly Roll pen is for writing on paper surfaces. Any other use is the sole responsibility of the individual.

For further information on the Arts and Creative Materials Institute contact:

ACMI (Arts and Creative Materials Institute) 1280 Main Street, 2nd floor, Hanson, MA 02341

Tel- 781-293-4100
Fax - 781-294-0808

Q: Can I use Gelly Roll pens on fabric?






Q: How do Gelly Roll Gold Shadow™ and Silver Shadow® inks work?






Q: Are the Gelly Roll Shadow pens safe for archival use?


A: Gelly Roll pens are made specifically for use on paper. We have received numerous testimonials describing the use of Gelly Rolls on fabric. Due to the wide variation in fabrics, fabric finishes and cleaning methods, we strongly recommend you try ANY pen or marker (ours or our competitors' ) on a small swatch of the fabric(s) you will be using, allow it to dry completely, then clean the swatches as you will the finished piece.

Given the hours and hours of time that go into those beautiful quilts, this should be a basic precaution for all quilters and appliquers. For safe use, please refer to the following (below). By the way, there is no "chemical" added to make the inks glide. A big reason our pens glide better is because the tiny little ball in the tip is itself smoother than our competitor's. This superior engineering enhances the "delivery" of the gel ink. Obviously, the smoother the fabric or paper, the more this will be evident.

A: It may be that the ink is not the issue, but rather the type of paper you are writing on.

The contrasting colors (i.e. pink, blue, green etc.) will only show up if the Gold Shadow or Silver Shadow pen is used on a porous or fibrous paper.

The metallic ink may "blend" with the other color IF the pen is used on a slick or glossy paper.

So before giving up, please test the pen again. This time try binder paper or even toilet paper to see if there are two ink colors in the pen. The metallic ink should remain in a fairly narrow area, and the colored ink should spread out and be noticeable.

A: Whether or not the Gelly Roll Shadow is acid-free or not is not the issue. We could tell you "Yes, they are acid-free," but then we would also say that we do not recommend using Gelly Roll Shadow pens when the user wants to make an archival mark.

Why? Because Gelly Roll Shadow is only partially waterproof. The colors of Shadow are derived from what we call dyestuff ink. The metallic portion of the Shadow ink is resistant to water, but the colored inks use simple dyes (which are not waterproof). Dyes are also not fade-resistant, so there is a possibility (through time) that the colors will fade away.

However, we are told that there are still many users who simply do not care about the long-term permanence of Gelly Roll Shadow. They use the pens in their scrapbooks because they like the colors and effects they provide. To these individuals we say, "Have Fun!".

Are Gelly Roll pens safe to use?

All products bearing the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) certification seals have undergone extensive toxicological evaluation and testing by the ACMI, an international, non-profit association recognized as the leading authority on art and creative materials.  The AP (Approved Product) Seal, with or without Performance Certification, identifies art materials that are safe and that are certified in a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans, including children, or to cause acute or chronic health problems. Such products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236, and the U. S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA). Additionally, products bearing the AP Seal with Performance Certification or the CP Seal are certified to meet specific requirements of material, workmanship, working qualities, and color developed by ACMI and others through recognized standards organizations, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).