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Published on February 13th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


Use Faber-Castell Pitt Pens to Draw on Wood, Rocks, and Shells

child's building block embellished with pen

child’s building block embellished with Faber-Castell Pitt pen

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!

rock decorated with Faber-Castell Pitt pens

rock decorated with Faber-Castell Pitt pens

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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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

6 Responses to Use Faber-Castell Pitt Pens to Draw on Wood, Rocks, and Shells

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Tina says:


    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.

    • Julie Finn says:

      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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  4. Robyn says:

    Hi! Can I ask which type of PITT tip you used? PITT artist? PITT soft chisel? PITT bullet nib? PITT soft brush? I’ve always wanted to know what pen would do this, thanks! 🙂

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