I was recently at the craft store (my happy place), and they had black canvases on sale. I had never done calligraphy on a canvas, so of course, this was the perfect time to give it a shot. I learned the hard way that pointed pens don’t mix with canvases, so if you’ve ever tried this, and it worked out, PLEASETELLMEYOURSECRETS. I’ll say that it’s not impossible, but it is a challenge. It’s like the nib doesn’t want to do thick strokes, so you end up doing what I like to call “faux calligraphy”, and you have to go super slow to get even one hairline stroke. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Something I found to work better than pointed pens, though, were paint pens. Unlike nibs, paint pen tips aren’t sharp, so there aren’t any opportunities for them to catch on the fabric of the canvas. No catching = no ink splatters. A few of my favorite paint pens:
- Montana Acrylic Paint Markers: This is a higher quality paint pen. Like… locked-in-the-case-at-Michael’s kind of pen. Seriously. It’s not incredibly expensive, but ink quality is amazing, and the brand offers a lot of different thick sizes, from super thin, to thick.
- Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pens: These ones are more accessible and work just as well, and at 1/3 of the price of the Montana pens, they’re a lot friendlier on your wallet. The only setback is this pen only comes in two thicknesses, and super thin isn’t one of them. This pen is perfect for larger projects, or projects where you aren’t planning to write super fine script. But again, this pen works just as well, and it comes in the most beautiful shade of gold, which is a plus!
Do you have any favorite brands of paint pens or tips on how to work with pointed pens + canvas? If so, leave a comment with your wisdom!