Interestingly, I first found Faber-Castell PITT pens as a way to stipple in colour after my exploits into watercolour were rather...clumsy. I found myself wanting to control the paint more than it was intended for, I wanted to achieve the detail I have when using black pigment fineliners. These PITT pens offered 60 colours of archival ink in the form of a pen, they were practically perfect! It takes a while but as these pens run out of ink, I never throw them away as they can give a wonderfully faint and subtle wash and by using a very little amount of water they can gently actively blend with the ink already on the paper for a brief moment before drying again and becoming water resistant. This somewhat serendipitous discovery has now led me to try using a small amount of water with a synthetic bristle brush to both reactivate the ink on the paper and also apply ink straight from the pen itself and stippling. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out! Mind you, now I'm even more confused about what to call my technique - is it an ink drawing or an ink painting? Stippling or Pointillism or neither...? I'm not sure I'll ever know!
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