Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens

Reported by Heather Fuentes

You know how you want to love something for one reason but then you end up loving it for an entirely different one? That’s what happened to me with the Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens from Design Memory Craft.

I’m by no means a stamper, but I’ve been doing lots of art journaling lately, so these seemed like a good tool to add to the journal arsenal. They come in lots of different colors, but the ones I’ll be working with are Pink Madder, Chrome Yellow, Cobalt Blue and May Green.

I love that the ink colors are written on the pen barrels because even though I’m only working with four pens, as I add to my collection in the future, I will always know which shade of which color I used.

The nibs are firm and fully saturated so there is no need to pump or press the tips. This will prevent fraying and tearing as can happen with some markers. It is sort of like a paintbrush in its shape and the way that you can disperse the ink in either a thin or wide stroke.

Here are a couple of the big brush pens next to a regular Pitt Artist Pen so that you can see the size comparison.

The pens contain india ink, which won’t bleed or run. It is lightfast, which means it won’t fade over time. The ink is also odorless, waterproof and archival quality.

Now, the packaging says that it is perfect for applying multiple colors to stamps and for use on all types of paper and canvas. Remember when I said I wasn’t really a stamper? Here’s what I found when testing it out on one of my regular mix media journals.

It was SUPER easy to apply the colors to the stamps but I just couldn’t get a crisp image. I tried several times to no avail – the ink is very fluid and it just kept pooling up and making the image come out kind of splotchy. Maybe there is some secret stamper tip that I need to know but if you don’t mind the sort of messy look (which I truly don’t), then maybe it won’t matter to you.

It was easy to get the ink where I wanted it with these pens, which I’d never be able to do with ink pads because I’m just not that precise.

Now on to what I ended up loving the pens for! First, I tried stamping with Staz On and then filling the stamped image in with the pens. That was pretty fun and easy to do. I created a simple card on watercolor paper and an art journaling page.

As I said before, the ink is very fluid so you can easily blend with your fingertips or a dauber. I even took a wet brush to the eye section of that owl stamp to get a more muted look with the yellow pen.

The pens are great for just freehand drawing as well. The nib lets you control the size of the lines you draw and is awesome for filling in large spaces. Here, I first covered the large area of her hair with the yellow pen and then used the yellow pen to brush some of the pink ink straight from the nib. I then blended some of the pink into her hair to give it a little more depth.

Overall, I liked the pens more for coloring than for stamp use. The fluidity and depth of color was certainly the best part of these pens!


  • Great coverage for large images or hand drawing.
  • Super fluid ink with no compression necessary.
  • Works on lots of different surfaces and doesn’t bleed through to the other side of art journal pages.


  • Faber-Castell suggests storing the pens horizontally, so no pen cups for these big brush pens!
  • I couldn’t get them to produce a crisp image when applied directly to the stamps.
The cool folks over at Faber-Castell are giving away Stampers Big Brushes to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment on either of the Faber-Castell reviews today answering the question in the Comments section of either article to be entered to win!

Have you tried a product like this? Have you used them for stamping or just drawing? We want to know what you think!

One comment per person, per article, please. Winner will be selected on Saturday, June 4, 2011.


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86 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens

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    Kelly Sas June 2, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I have not even heard of Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brushes until now. That is why I love Craft Critique – I learn about products out there that I might be interested in. I definitely would like to give these Big Brushes a try!

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    kreationzbyzabrina June 2, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I have heard of these but have not tried them. I hear from other stampers how much the like them. I would love to win so I can try them and brag about how good they are.

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    emarci June 2, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I have not tried a product like these for stamping, but I would love to get some to try. Thanks for the opportunity! <3

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    Carole RB June 2, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    I never tried a product like this. I would use them them for stamping

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    Melanie June 2, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    I tried these out in a miniworkshop at Inspired.
    They are fantastic! Faber Casetell has really come out with some amazing products! I just wish they had come out years ago … I wouldn’t have a lot of the products I have now!

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    Cyndi L June 2, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I haven’t tried the big brushes, but the regular sized black Pitt pens are my go-to tool for just about everything!

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    Haute Goat Reclaimed Cashmere June 2, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I haven’t tried them yet, but they look like they would be fun for sketches for a story board!

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    Manasa June 2, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I have not used it but would love to use it..I have seen Jennifer Mcguire and Jill foster use it and these are so much of an inspiration….I would directly use it on stamps to get a cool look !

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    juicyfruits June 2, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I have never heard of these Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brushes until today! They look wonderful and I would love to try them!!

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    Barbara Burgess June 2, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I have never used anything like these brush pens, but I am sure I would love them! I really enjoy using new techniques.

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    Kelly Massman June 2, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    I’ve never thought of myself as an artist, but these look like they would encourage you to play a bit! I would probably use them for stamping more! thanks!

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    MrsETaylor June 2, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    These are one more thing I need in my crafting arsenal. Crossing fingers again

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    BunnyFreak June 2, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I got to try one at a demo at a stamping show. But only tried it for stamping. At the time I was trying to learn about the gelattos. I would love to play with them again though.

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    jjocarlson June 2, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I have never use faber-castell stampers big brush! I would love to try them. They look something I would love to try!

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    smahrty June 2, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    these look so fun! I would definately use them for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

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    nullgraph June 2, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I didn’t know you could stamp with this. Like the idea of big brush.

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    Jackie June 2, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    I would love to try some of these, they look like a lot of fun. I am just starting to do art journaling and these would be perfect for that. I have seen Jennifer McGuire do some cool things with them, too.

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    Darlene June 2, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    I haven’t tried these Big Brushes but I definitely am interested in them. I would use them for my paintings.

    Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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    Darla June 2, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I’ve been lucky enough to get to play with some of these. They are FABULOUS!!!! I’d do the happy dance if I won a set, because I know I would use them all of the time. Thanks for the chance.

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    roberta_mac June 2, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Have you tried a product like this? Have you used them for stamping or just drawing?

    I tried the Le Plumme ones, and it was a disaster. No crisp image.
    I used them for other things too, but the ink seemed too light for me to use many places and they ended up drying.
    Vibrant colors is what I need the most.

    Without the expense of Copic.

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    Annette June 2, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Oh I hope you pick me….I so want to try these Artist Pens…I am loving what I see. This is why I love your blog…Thanks for showing us all the cool stuff.

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    creative patti June 2, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I have not tried these pens, but have been reading a lot about them, and sure would love to get my crafty hands on some. Thanks for the chance to win.
    pattig161 at yahoo dot com

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    Anonymous June 2, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Regarding ink pooling when you stamp: sometimes you have to condition stamps (both red rubber ones and clear ones) with a Pink Pearl pencil eraser before you use them for the first time, or if you’re experiencing pooling. It helps. I’d love to try these pens, had never heard of Pitt pens before this.

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    ShoppingTamii June 2, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I tried something like this for stamping (I’m not really a stamper either). I always worry the ink will dry before I finish with my “detail” if I’m trying to use multiple colors on the stamp…that’s why I just end up using stamps that look good with one color, and a pad LOL!

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    Anita June 2, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I have not tried these but use tombow or Stampin up markers for stampin and like the look.

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    Renee June 2, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I don’t have these but I’d like to give them a try!

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    Linda E June 2, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I haven’t tried these yet but am very curios. Thanks for the great review and the chance to win!

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    LaceTopDesigns June 2, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    I’ve never tried these, I like the effect they give on stamps. My style of stamping!

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    Patchi June 2, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    I’m not a stamper either.. but these look like they are worth trying!

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    Michele June 2, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I am a big fan of all of Faber Castell products so I can’t wait to get my hands on these markers! Thanks for the review!

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    Do Be Do Bead Do June 2, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    I got one of these pens at CHA last year and love it. I would love some more!!!

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    {VICKI} June 2, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    No, I haven’t tried them
    i would use them for stamping but I’m sure my son would ‘borrow them’ for drawing

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    aimee June 2, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Oh. What fun I could have with these. I like the imperfect stamp look and would definitely do that…but they blend pretty good too…hhmmm…

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    wilcoxdesigns June 2, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I have used these and agree that I like them really well for coloring but not stamping

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    Karla Anderson June 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I want these so badly, they look awesome for not only stamping but also art journaling and mixed media art…my favorite things in the world. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

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    Scrappin' Mama June 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Haven’t used them before, but think it would be so much easier (& less messy) then dealing with ink pads! Would like to try them 🙂

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    Jacquie Hart June 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Have you tried a product like this? Have you used them for stamping or just drawing? We want to know what you think!

    No I haven’t but I bet they are AMAZING!

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    Scrapycandy June 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I do use a product like this for stamping and LOVE the control for coloring areas on the stamps that are small and fine. I am looking forward to trying these. Thank you!

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    Michele Giefer June 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    They look interesting.. GOt questions cost/ number of colors? and where to find them.?

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    Diane S. June 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I have not used these particular markers yet-but would love to try them-I usually do’t go for big nibs on markers-but these look like they would be great to try! I thank you for bringing such interesting products to us and your reviews are fantastic!

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    isabel scrap June 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I never try this product, but love to win and use it

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    Vitoria B June 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Love to use these big Brushes for stamping. Looks fabulous.

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    listgirl June 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    I have not yet tried a product like this, but I would love to try stamping with it!

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    Donna June 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I’ve not tried this precise product but I have used other pens to color my stamps with. I love that multi-color look with one stamp!

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    rush June 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    i have not tried this or a product like it, but i sure would love to.

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    VStarRider June 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    I haven’t tried these Big Brush pens yet – they are not in my local stores yet!!! I have used my Pitt bold pen to stamp with once….I can’t wait to try some of these new fabulous Faber-Castell products!!!

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    Terri June 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Ihaven’t tried them before. I would love too though.

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    AShu93 June 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I have not tried these. I’m sure I’d love experimenting with them on stamps.

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    Sara Henton June 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I have gotten to try them, but only gotten to use them for drawing. I would to get a chance to use for stamping.

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    Bonnie in SC June 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I have several Faber-Castell pens, but none of their big markers. I would love using them in my art journals. The colors look so vivid and would color an area so quickly. i definitely will add these to my “to get” list.

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    Cutiephinphin June 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I’ve definitely heard and seen quite a few tutorials on using them. I do have their aquarelle watercolor pencils and I’m loving them. Their colors are on the softer side as compared to the markers.

    So hope to add the markers to my collection.

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    Melissa Melissa June 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Have you tried a product like this? Have you used them for stamping or just drawing? We want to know what you think!

    Yes I have….I used marvy markers…I did not like them directly on stamps because it was hard to get good coverage.

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    Char June 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I haven’t tried these types of pens. I would love to try this new Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens. I like Faber-Castell products, so this would be a welcome new product to my stash. I would love to win them.

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    Tanya June 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    I have never tried these, never heard of them until now. I would use them for stamping, I like the water color look that they produce.

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    lutingobelin June 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    I’ve never tried those products, but I love your owl !

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    Superfan June 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I have recently tried Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils and love them, so easy and fun to work with; but I don’t have any F-C Big Brush Pitt Artist Pens yet. I sure would like to have the chance to try them!

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    Heather June 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I have been reading reviews but haven’t found these markers locally yet – I hope to very soon as they look wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Sue D June 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I just got one of these recently and used it for drawing and I like it.

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    Chris Wooten June 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I want to try those, please pick me.

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    huntla1 June 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    I have not tried using them yet, but if they perform half as nicely as my Pitt artist pens they will be fabulous!

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    Molossus June 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I’ve used Big Brush pens for my artwork a long time now. Mine are about ready to be replaced, so winning this would be wonderful!

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    Deanna June 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I had seen these at the craft store but had not met anyone that had actually used them. I’m glad to hear that they are “juicy” without having to press on the tips. I have had several pens ruined because the ink did not flow well and they were pressed to firmly. The colors are vibrant and they seem to have a great variety.

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    Caroline June 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Ive never seen/heard of these. Would be nice to use with stamped cards and scrapbooking I think. Thanks for a good review

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    Mrs Ham June 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I’ve haven’t tried this product, but this is another Faber-Castell product I have been eyeing for a while. I will be giving them a try.

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    pyesquire June 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    I love Faber-Castell products and would love to try some more

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    Sue McRae June 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I haven’t had a chance to try these out yet but would love to play with all those fun colours!

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    Kimba's Kreations June 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    I have heard of them from other members of a Flickr Group I am apart of. They give them RAVE REVIEWS and I would love to win them and give them a try!

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    Jane Jeffress Thomas June 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Have you tried a product like this? Have you used them for stamping or just drawing? We want to know what you think! I have not used these brush markers, but I have used another brand. I have used them for both stamping and coloring – I cannot draw. I like them because they cover a lot of territory.

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    Julie June 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    I have not tried these, but they look great and I would love to try them.

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    la zaz June 3, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    I haven’t heard of these Stamper’s brush, but I love to try!
    Thanks for the super chance.

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    Paulo Marques June 3, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    I never use them, but i think they are great for any kind of projects.

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    Anonymous June 3, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    I have not tried these pens but if they are Faber-Castell how can you go wrong! Thanks for a great review and a chance to win some product!
    Karen M.

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    kurlygirl June 3, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    I have never even heard of these before, but what a neat product! I would love to try them.

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    the mustik June 3, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    I love to stamp and to draw, so i thing that these pens are for me… ;-))

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    Guillauma June 3, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Haven’t tried the big brushes, but I love to stamp and I definitely would like to give them a try.

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    rudie2shoes June 3, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve never tried these so it’ll be fun to experiment.

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    Harriet Skelly June 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I’d love to try these – I’ve been wanting these for quite a while. Thanks for a chance to win some!

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    Regan Tomlin June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    These look like they come in some pretty colors…and they seem perfect for journaling! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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    Jody June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks for the chance!

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    kim June 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    i have used a copic pens for stamping and I love them. I can do all my colors on one stamp. sounds like these would be fun to play with also. I love that you test these producst and share them. The chance to win them is a great bonus. Thank you!

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    Tricia June 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I have never tried this product – would love to! Thanks for the intro to this product.

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    Shelley June 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I have some stamp pens but nothing that compares to the Big Brushes.

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    annesatx June 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    I would love to try these — they look very intriguing. Thanks!

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    Beatrice B June 4, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    Never heard about these big brushes, thanks for the chance to try them.

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    AmbreRose June 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I have never heard about these brushes before but now I want to go and see what other colors they have. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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    Margie June 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I have not tried a product like this but these pens sound like they would be great to work with. The no-bleed-through really would be helpful! After 250 years in business I know Faber-Castell is doing alot of things right! How many companies can make a claim like that!!