What Happens when Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pens Get Really, Really Dry…

April 2, 2013

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130208_ANettlesLeft: British actor John Nettles, on an 8.5 x 11 inch page of coquille paper, sketched with a worn Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen.

Earlier in March I wrote about "Saving Those Fiber-Tipped Calligraphy Pens Even When They Are Running Out of Ink."

I promised to show you another face sketch where I used an almost dried out pen. Here it is. If you look at the enlargement you'll see that the pen starts to give off a lovely, almost "graphite" quality when you shade with it at this point in its life. (The coquille paper just enhances this, but the effect is visible on any paper you elect to use.)

So even if your F-CPAC pens are drying out, save them. You can sketch with one for a little bit, switch to another, then switch back to the first which will have had some time to "recuperate." And so on throughout the sketch. There's a lot of fun left to be had in that pen!!

  1. Reply

    Beautiful. Amazing.

    • Miss T
    • April 2, 2013

    Wow, beautiful. I really love the PPBP when it’s running out of ink, but this with the coquille paper is even more exciting!

    • Roz Stendahl
    • April 2, 2013

    Thanks Ellen—it’s great fun to use this pen.

  2. Reply

    This pen makes the most “amazing” sounds when at all stages of life on this paper and on the paper in the Fabriano Venezia journal. The sounds change based on the paper texture and the ink level, but it’s really fun to use. I just adore using coquille paper with it and the PPBP.

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