Treat Yourself With A Set of These High-Quality Brush Pens

We tested Faber-Castell’s PITT Artist Brush Pens—check out our complete review!

By Jasmine Lim

Brush pens are slowly but surely taking over the coloring world and you can totally count us in on this trend! Their versatile tips are not only excellent for pretty hand lettering but creative coloring too. And while brush pens tend to be a bit more pricey than your average marker, we’ve found they’re (almost) always well worth the investment. One high-quality option out there are Faber-Castell’s PITT Artist Brush Pens, and we’ve put together a complete review of these pens-slash-markers for you. From ink quality to color vibrancy—read on to decide if these brush pens are worth adding to your collection.

 

Sample

These markers come in a bunch of different sets, but we tested the 6-marker set of basic colors (pinkish-red, orange-yellow, yellow, green, blue, and purple). The nylon brush tips are highly flexible and easy to use, allowing you creative control to make fine, medium, and bold lines. And the best part about these nylon tips? Even if you apply heavy pressure while coloring, they always jump back into shape. (Plus, no pesky stray fibers or pilling!) With these pens, you don’t have to worry about remembering what colors you’ve used in a design: each pen is labeled with a name and number so you can easily keep track. Plus, the barrel and cap of each pen matches its ink color perfectly!

 

The Paper Test:

We all know that coloring tools perform differently depending on what type of paper you’re using. We tested these brush pens on three commonly used types: 20-pound uncoated copy paper, 28-pound coated digital copy paper, and on the pages of a double-sided coloring book.

Copy Paper:

20lb Bleed Through
20-Pound Uncoated Stock

Regular copy paper can be a bit tricky to color on with brush pens, primarily because of the paper’s uncoated finish and lighter weight. The ink in these pens is intense, so naturally, there was a significant amount of bleed through with this 20-pound paper. That being said, the colors look great on the front of the page and the brush tips made coloring the skinny flower stems and open petals a breeze! We’d suggest using a sheet of extra paper behind your work to catch the excess ink or coloring on heavier, coated paper to avoid bleeding altogether.

 

Digital Color Copy Paper:

28lb Bleed Through
28-Pound Coated Stock

Digital color copy paper is one of our favorite options to color on when it comes to using to markers and pens. On this paper, we found very little bleed through. One issue we noticed with both regular and digital copy paper is that the colors appear blotchy in some areas (for example, the purple and blue flowers). Other than this issue, the colors remain bright. Plus, the paper didn’t pill at all — a problem we’ve encountered with nearly every other marker we’ve tested! (Ten points for you, nylon brush tips!) This 28-pound coated paper definitely out-performed the 20-pound copy paper with these pens. However, for even better results we’d suggest opting for a standard 68-pound cardstock or similar.

 

Double-Sided Coloring Book:

Double Sided Coloring Book
Uncoated Coloring Book Paper

If you’re a fan of double-sided coloring books, these brush pens sadly won’t work in your favor. In our uncoated coloring book, the ink bled through just enough to show up on the other side of the page. For future coloring, we think these brush pens will work best in single-sided coloring books to help you avoid bleeding through to your other designs. Using an extra piece of paper between pages to serve as a buffer will also help!

 

Pros and Cons:

Color Swatches

Our biggest complaint here is the prominent bleed through on regular copy paper and in our double-sided coloring book. Luckily, coloring on heavier paper or in single-sided coloring books can solve both of these issues. What’s super cool about these brush pens is that they’re lightfast—meaning the ink won’t discolor when exposed to light. And on top of that, the ink is also permanent and waterproof which is great news if you’re accident-prone! While Faber-Castell doesn't offer replaceable brush pen nibs, we have a little insider artist tip to making them last longer: You can use tweezers to flip the nib around to double the pen's life. How neat is that?! 


Pros:

  • Vibrant colors
  • Permanent, waterproof ink
  • Lightfast
  • Odorless and acid-free
  • Fine brush tip

Cons:

  • Bleeds through most typical printer papers
  • Higher price point
     

Thinking about purchasing as set? Like many artist-grade brush pens, Faber-Castell’s PITT pens do require a bit more of an investment: Sets start at around $10 for six markers. We think the best set to start with is this box of 12 colors, which will set you back about $26 on Amazon. (Buy it Now: Faber-Castell PITT artist Pens Set of 12 — $26.25)

One of the best things about PITT markers is that Faber-Castell has a huge range of small 6-marker sets, like landspace colors, skin colors, pastels, blues, neons, greys… the list goes on! You can also buy the markers individually from many sources (hey, Blick Art Materials!) This makes it super easy to start small and build your collection slowly as your obsession (err… I mean, needs?) evolves. But if you really want to treat yo’ self, this set of 48 markers ($80 on Amazon) is pretty sweet, too. (Happy Holidays to you, right?!)

 

So, What’s the Verdict?

Overall, we think these brush pens are a great pick for coloring—especially if you’re looking to graduate from scholar-grade coloring tools. Whether you’re a colorist in the making or a skilled artist, the versatility and vibrancy of these brush pens are sure to make your next coloring creation look brilliant and bright.

 

What do you think of Faber-Castell’s PITT brush pens? Share with us in the comments below!

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