On the edge doodle

For Christmas I got a lot of nice black pens that I’ve been drawing with in the margins of my diary. I also bought myself/got a Manga Set of gray toned drawing pens (along with glue sticks and other pens).

For Christmas 2010

The pen set has the same pens that I see Tammy mentioning all the time on her blog, and recommending on her great list of materials for art journalers! They are called Pitt Artist Pens (by Faber-Castell) and I love them!

Smilla wants to know: where did the time go
Shading with the gray pen, even around the speech bubble!

The S(mall) is black and great for drawing with. The M(edium) and the B(ig/bold/brushy) is awesome for colouring big surfaces. The different grays are just yummy and works great together when shading! The S is a normal drawing pen but the M and B looks like a brush with a narrow tip that when you lean it to the side becomes wider. Love it!

Stocking up on stuff

So last week I had to get another pack of Pitt pens (along with two Peanut Moleskine notebooks on sale; I’m stocking up!). This one is called Manga Sh?jo Set (I looked it up and sh?jo means girl in Japanese) and it has these 6 light but very useful colours;

Six new colours of
The scarlet red is really very orange, and I need a pink shade too, but otherwise I like these hues a lot.

I have been drawing with cheaper pens before so this experience is new and I am really digging it. I love when art material is free or dirt cheap and still great, but when it comes to pens it can really be worth the money to get good quality stuff! The pens are fade-resistant, waterproof, acid-free and has waterbased ink. The ink runs smoothly but not to wet and leaves very little “seams”. I would loooove to get all 50 colours, but for now these will be fun to play with, especially in my little diary drawings!

Testing the pitt pens
Evidence page of new pens: testing them out, writing out their name, exploring the posiblities….

Just remember not to put pitt pens in a bucket, they should be stored horizontally so they don’t dry out!

Date and doodle in the diary
A caf? doodle in the corner of my diary, done while waiting for a meeting.

I’ve been to two exhibitions this year, one about space (inspired by NASA) and also the yearly art spring exhibition, but all I got at both were some boring recipes and nothing nice looking like tickets or cool ephemera to glue into my diary! So instead as my evidence pages I’ll show you a poster I’ve designed for a craft week of Valentine, and also how the test-page of my new Pitt Brush Pens look! Here’s the a small portion of the poster that I glued into my diary (except for the pacman, it’s a sticker):

Poster for Valentine

The washi tape evidence page I created last summer inspired Robin to try it out too, which I think is great. Thanks Robin! She writes in her post Break out the good stuff;

    When you have a few hours to kill (!), cyber-pop over to Sweden to see iHanna. Her blog is one giant inspiration for anyone who even thinks about accomplishing something creative.

This post is my contribution to this months crusade no 48 about Evidence pages! The crusade is called Been there done that, so by showing you materials I am cheating a bit (maybe that will be a later crusade) but I so wanted to do this crusade too.