I rarely use a lot of words on my artist journal pages, but when I do, I like to make them pretty by changing colors with subjects, and or highlighting, backgrounding, or just decorating with watercolor.
If the ink smears, the writing is illegible. Not good.
Pitt and other pigment pens work fine, but the fine tip version does not come in many colors, and these tips do not glide over the page like gel pens will do.
I was very pleased to find the UniBall Vision Elite pens. They write beautifully and are purported to be waterproof. I had to test that of course . . .
See my post here: