Saturday, July 21, 2012

I Can't "Art" Without....

As promised here is the first installment of my new series discussing my favorite art tools.

I Can't "Art" Without....the black Stabilo Pencil

This pencil works on paper, glass, plastic and metal. It is also water soluble. When I use it on white paper and add water with a brush, I love how the lines come to life. It reminds me of old black and white cartoons of the 1930's.


The only issue with the pencil is it isn't permanent when dry. If it gets wet again it'll smear. When I use it on artwork I bring the black line to life with liquid matte medium on my brush instead of water. This gives me the look I like and makes the line permanent.

I did an experiment comparing my Stablio method with black Intense Pencils (a post about them later). Inktense are like watercolor pencils but they are permanent when dry.


I like the look of the Stabilo better.

I've also used it in my art work as well. The Stabilo gives me the bold line and shading as well.

I was introduced to the Stabilo from Mindy Lacefield's Paint Your Story (aka- Best e-course ever!). She uses it to draw in wet paint. A lot of other artists use it too! It's not an expensive tool so, pick one up and play! Check out the links below.


Mindy Lacefield

Paint Your Story




  1. How interesting! I love this post and the comparisons you showed. Very interesting...I would have never thought to brush the pencil with matte medium to make it permanent. Cool trick!

  2. I have been playing with a stabilo pencil as well! Do you use matte medium instead of water? i love to draw with it, but not so happy when it smears. I would love to find a way to draw with it & have it be permanent! Great post!

  3. This is the pencil I am missing. I am hearing you ladies talk about this pencil a lot, but I have five other types of black pencils and crayons. I'm thinking how many does a person need? But, I can see now how it makes a difference.

    Thank you, Lynda!

    Shari :-)

  4. Terrific Lynda! I have a whole box of stabilos... One of my favourites too! Cat x

  5. Now I NEED a stabilos!! I love this new series of yours; what a great idea.