Do I really need to tell you WHY I want to draw on rocks? Or wood? Or seashells? Just think up a reason that makes sense, and pretend that’s why.
Anyway, not every pen works well on the rough, porous surface of these natural materials. Sharpies bleed, and their their soft nibs quickly degrade. Microns simply don’t work, and neither do gel pens.
Faber-Castell Pitt pens, however, work aMAZingly well. When you’re done, that rock won’t even remember how it used to look when it was plain!
I decorated the rock above as a paperweight for my partner for our anniversary (he did not appreciate last year’s anniversary present nearly enough, so this year he gets a rock). Although smooth, light-colored river rocks obviously work best as a surface for pen drawings, the Faber-Castell Pitt pens, with black ink, dispense ink well even on fairly rough natural surfaces, and the black is India ink, which shows up even on darker backgrounds.
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Great post! Thanks for sharing.
We don’t bother with anniversary gifts, cause I never know what to get him, and he’s too lazy to take the time to get anything. We usually just each get our own thing. Boring, but I get what I want and so does he.
I’ve been looking at these pens for a while. Might have to save some money and give them a try.
I’m really easy to buy for, and I LOVE to get presents, so I’m embarrassed to say that I’m the one that keeps the gift-giving traditions going. I’ve wanted a wood chipper for years, though, and we’ve just never gotten one, so I keep threatening that for the next holiday, I’m going to buy “Matt” a wood chipper.
I used one of those oh-so-handy 40% off coupons at our big-box craft store for our pens, and even so, I’m still a little leery of handing them off to the kids. If they keep asking, though, I’m going to have to buy a set just for them, so that at least I won’t have to fret about MINE.
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