Unlike other art pens or markers which are alcohol and dye-based, Pitt Artist Pens are 100% India ink. They are non-toxic, and odorless. The ink is lightfast and permanenet when fully dry on porous surfaces. They are extremely fade-resistant, archival, acid-free, smudge proof and waterproof when dry.
The pens are not marketed as fabric pens. If used on fabric, it should be displayed as artwork and not washed. Due to the nature of the fabric, washing may cause the ink to fade. The ink of the Pitt Artist Pen enhances the special character of the paper itself. The artist can take advantage of this when drawing. Almost any type of paper is suitable: watercolor paper, drawing paper or tracing paper and similar. The ink will not bleed through paper.
The Pitt Artist Pen can be used for precise work, but also in an experimental way. New means of expression come about when the ink comes in contact with wet areas. Once dry, the area can be further worked on with Pitt Artist Pens or other media.
Pitt Artist Pens are not refillable and the tips are not replaceable.
What's So Special About the Brush Tip of a Pitt Artist Pen?
The brush point of the Pitt Artist Pen does not get "thready" because compared to fiber tip pens a completely different technology is used. The tip can be described as a sponge where the pigments are flowing throughout its pores. It is made of highly flexible nylon, that jumps back in shape even after high amounts of pressure are applied.
Pitt Artist Pens 1.5mm Are Ready-to-Use!
The Pitt Artist Pens with a 1.5mm bullet nib do not require shaking our pumping as a lacquer or paint pen may. In fact, in doing so, you will most likely damage the pen.
Do not prime or pump the nib of the pen. The pens are ready-to-use.
How to Properly Store a Pitt Artist Pen
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens contain pigments that spread equally when stored horizontally. Avoid storing top down because pigments will sink down to the tip and cause an issue with ink flow. The same is true for top up, there will most likely be an issue with ink flow due to incorrect storage.
All Pitt Artist Pens should be stored in a horizontal position when not in use.
Pitt Artist Pens Do Not Require Fixing
The India ink is permanent on porous surfaces and does not require fixing. There is no need to apply varnish over the Pitt Artist Pen ink since it is both waterproof and lightfast. If you decide that you wish to apply varnish once the ink is dry, please test a small area to make sure you are able to achieve your desired results.
Acrylic Paints Can Be Used With Pitt Artist Pens
The Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens can be used with acrylic paints. Acrylic backgrounds may alter the original pen color however.
You Can Create Gradients With the Pitt Artist Pen
You can layer inks and create gradients, even light colors on dark colors to some degree with the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen.