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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!

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

GIVEAWAY
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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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Mixed Media Sampler


Reported by Julie Tiu


Faber-Castell
has provided a variety of products for crafters, artists, designers and the general population for generations. In recent years, I’ve seen Faber-Castell come out with more kits for art journaling and crafting, including products in their Creativity for Kids line. How easy and convenient is that for busy, crafty people? So, I am eager to share with you my review of their Mix & Match Mixed Media Sample, their collection of five different media that they’ve formulated to work reliably together. This media sample from their Design Memory Craft line comes in four color schemes: red, blue, yellow and green.


I’ve long admired mixed media artwork, and it’s been a while since I’ve experimented. What better way to get back into it than with a color-coordinated set that includes an Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil, PITT Pastel Pencil, Metallic PITT Artist Pen, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and a Metallic Gelato (which incidentally makes me want to have a frozen treat every time I use it). The first four media are pretty self-explanatory. Their Gelato is a creamy metallic pigment stick which blends with or without water.


Let’s take a look at the media’s color and coverage on regular text-weight paper.



The pictures don’t do the colors justice; the colors are vibrant and rich. The metallics are shimmery, but I found the Rose Metal PITT pen less shimmery than expected.


The products can work on their own with simple drawing and shading techniques, and a wet watercolor paintbrush for the watercolor pencil and gelato. The gelato will dry blend nicely, too, with a little tissue paper. The pens, pencils and gelato are great to use on paper and fabric, the two surfaces I tested.

Artist Trading Card series: Watercolor pencil on cardstock

Mini Asian Scroll: Stamped image (Stampington) on cotton

Trying the Stamper’s Big Brush Pen on my stamps, both rubber and clear, gave decent results. There is definitely a lot more control brushing ink onto stamps, as many of you know, but you may find it slightly tricky to brush this India ink-based pen on clear stamps. You may not get even coverage, or your ink may pool in certain areas of your image.

Better inking with rubber stamps

Uneven inking with clear stamps

Stamped images (Donna Downey) with blended pen, watercolor pencil, pastel and gelato on paper

The pastel pencil is fun to use in the sense that you don’t get a chalky mess all over your work surface and the “lead” doesn’t break, but you still get a nice soft pastel. Blend with your fingertip, blending pen or stump. It erases easily too.

Stamped image (We R Memory Keepers) on watercolor and gelato

Using metallic pen on clear stamp results in good coverage

Stamped images (We R Memory Keepers and Paper Source) in metallic ink over watercolor, gelato, ink and pastel

The metallic blue ink shines over the Big Brush ink. Love that color!

I find that the pencils and gelatos blend so nicely. When you try it out, be careful to adjust the amount of water that you load onto your brush. The beginner that I am, I flooded a few areas and the color faded quite a bit, but the main point is… the color was still where I wanted it.

Featured Projects

This mixed media project is a series of artist trading cards ready to be cut. (I can’t take credit for the words. I heard it on a newscast or morning show actually.)

ATC series to share.

Here the Mixed Media red collection starts off an altered book project. (Stamps by Donna Downey, embellishment from We R Memory Keepers)

A mini Asian scroll made with stamped images and various coloring, ready to hang or frame.

Faber-Castell’s idea of color coordinating is perfect for the beginning mixed media artist. They’ve put together a great sample pack, and you won’t be disappointed if you give it a whirl on your next project!

Pros:

  • The pens are odorless and won’t bleed through paper.
  • Stamper’s Big Brush pen ink stays moist while brushing onto rubber stamps.
  • Fantastic blending between the different media.
  • Color coordinated kits take the guesswork out of creating a color palette from scratch.

Cons:

  • When using clear stamps, India ink from the Stamper’s Big Brush pen goes on unevenly
  • The sample pack contains a great variety of media, but would also be nice to have a textural tool included.

The sampler retails $12-$15, online or at your local art supply store.

GIVEAWAY
The cool folks over at Faber-Castell are giving a set of these cool Mixed Media colors 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!

What color(s) of the mixed media sets would you most want to win? What would YOU create?

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

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CHA Design Aids: Faber-Castell Mix & Match Line

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

The Faber-Castell booth featured a new line of mix-and-match products that will help designers and crafters create colorful art and craft projects. 

This product line provides crafters with all the materials necessary to complete a project with colors that work well together.  They feel that crafters would prefer to spend more time crafting, designing and working on their projects.  By putting everything in one easy to purchase package, you no longer have to go to two different types of art supply stores to get their products.

Faber Castell’s motto for their new product line:    “Makes Designing With Color Simple”
Choose a color that inspires you.  The new color products are offered in collections that not only ensure a solid color design, but also allow the consumer to combine colors successfully. 
Choose a medium.  They offer mixed media kits, metallics (Pitt© Artist Pens),  Metallic Gelatos, and more.

Mix and Match as you create

Their new color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors will work beautifully together.  The new palettes are applicable to card making, journaling, kids crafts, artist trading cards, mixed media projects and scrapbooking.


What do you think? Will the Mix & Match packs get you crafting faster?

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