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!