Today I’ll be reviewing the Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush pens for hand lettering and modern calligraphy as part of my Pen a Day Lettering Challenge. Watch the video to see how these brush pens perform or read my review below.
The tip of the pen is pretty fine but also longer than a lot of the smaller sized brush pens. They are also super bouncy. As you can see in this clip, they are bending sideways and springing right back up.
I have actually used these for quite a long time. They were something that I was able to find in stores before I became an Amazon Prime user, so I tried them out and really liked them at the beginning.
One thing that I really enjoy about these brush pens is their ability to create bouncy letters. Of course, bouncy lettering doesn’t depend completely on your pen, but if you have a really large pen, it can make it hard to create a larger bouncy lettering style because it will just take up so much space on your paper. So this size feels like a good in between size to me and I tend to want to bouncy my letters all over the page when I’m using it.
These swatches are the colors that I have in my office, but it’s not necessarily from a certain pack. I have bought multiple packs over the years and I haven’t kept them separate, so I’m using their names in the swatches. This way you can look up a certain one if you’re interested.
I love that this brush pen has so many unique color options, but there are some that are super hard to see on paper when you use them alone like for lettering.
Another great thing about this brush pen is that the tip of the pen can be pulled out and flipped over to give you another pointed tip. This is really nice because these brush pens do fray and I’m not sure if I’d say they fray super quickly, it’s just that when they do fray, the tip gets pretty blunt feeling and it feels more noticeable to me! But with a dual ended tip, it gives you a little bit more life to your pen.
I remember a while back I used this brush pen in a video and mentioned that I loved the color ones but that the black felt different to me. Some of you guys said you felt the same way, so I don’t know if that’s just me or not. There are multiple sizes of this brush pen, so I just labeled the ones that I have here in black. I did a side by side with a black vs a color one and it’s honestly really hard to tell if 1 is maybe positioned incorrectly and that’s why it felt different. It seems like the black is pulled out a bit further, but it’s not drastic enough for me to be 100% sure so I will let you be the judge of that for yourself.
These brush pens do not blend much at all. There is a bit of a streakiness there, but I’m not sure that I’d call that blending. In the second test, the pink just seemed to get a bit darker.
And as you can see, they are quite water resistant. The black didn’t hold up quite as well, but there was quite a bit of water on that one and the thickness of the stroke is pretty big so I still think it did quite well.
I also had a newer pack of these that I wanted to show you lettering with because sometimes lettering with a newer brush pen looks a bit different than with an older. I would say that these brush pens are an option for beginners if you’re looking for something very bouncy and flexible. If you prefer a more firm tip than these may be a bit more of a struggle.