What makes the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens unique is that they contain India ink. This means that the pigments are strong and the ink is extremely lightfast. Lightfastness is indicated on the barrel of the pen using asterisks: *** = maximum (100+ years), ** = very good (25+ years), * = good (5+ years). The lightfastness can vary from colour to colour depending on the pigments used in the ink. PITT Artist Pens are excellent for mixed media work, such as with watercolour and other inks, because they are waterproof and permanent so they won’t smudge or bleed. They are also odourless, acid-free and pH neutral – meaning they’re not only a dream to work with, but your work will last a lifetime if properly cared for! These pens are great for sketching, drawing, bullet journaling, fine detail, adult colouring books and more; and are popular among both beginners and professionals. They are available in a variety of colours and multiple nib sizes ranging from super-fine to medium in the fineliner tip; and options of brush and bullet tips too. For ease of identification, the nib size is displayed on the pen body as well as on the cap .
As Faber-Castell puts it: “In many countries, ink drawings have a very long history among artists. Their expressive power, covering properties, resistance to aging as well as the possibility of combining them with many other painting techniques have always made this medium interesting for artists and graphic designers. Faber-Castell has brought together all of the advantages of drawing in Indian ink in a modern and uncomplicated disposable pen – the PITT artist pen. The high-quality brush point works both straight and bent without breaking. While the light colours are transparent and, thus, well-suited to varnishing techniques, the dark colours have good covering qualities. PITT artist pens have unsurpassed lightfastness and the individual colours are marked with an asterisk-based code.”
Note: PITT artist pens should be stored horizontally to ensure best performance, consistency and longevity. If the ink appears darker than it should, store the pen horizontally or tip up for a day or two until ink returns to normal.