Writing about Stabilo All yesterday made me think of another product of theirs that I love (and actually use quite a lot): Stabilo Tone. The sad thing is these watersoluble wax crayon pencils are no longer made—or have they been resurected.
The Stabilo Tone were (and are for me, because I still have a set of 50 and a set of 10) fat wood pencils filled with a wax crayon center that could be used like a watersoluble oil pastel, a dry waxy colored pencil, or even encaustic! I loved these pencils. I continue to use my stash, mostly for paintings. I find them a bit too messy for work in my journal: the opposite page will get some rub off.
I never did a lightfast test on this product either! I also didn’t have huge expectations, and used them only on personal pieces I wasn’t going to sell. But I do long for a product like this that is lightfast and artist quality, and STILL AVAILABLE.
After Stabilo Tones disappeared from the market there was silence, and then Stabilo released the “Woody.” (Eighteen colors.)
Stabilo’s ad copy says the target group for the Woody pencil is children who love drawing and experimenting and “all those whose creativity knows no bounds.” They also say the pencils are “highly pigmented.” Since they are aimed at kids, I’m doubting the Woody is lightfast. If you enjoy experimenting you might check them out and even do such a test yourself.
Will I do a lightfast test on my Stabilo Tones? Doesn’t seem to be any point to it since they aren’t available any longer. I’ll just use them and enjoy them for my personal art until there is nothing but a box of stubs left.
Why post about them if no one can get them? Well you can get the Woody, and some folks might like that. And you never know. Sometimes if you ASK for something the Universe rewards you. So I’m asking. I would love a waxy, slightly oily and very smooth, watersoluble product with artist quality pigments (lightfast tested) with or without a wooden “case” or pencil body. A fat stick would be particularly nice. I’m a frustrated oil painter-oil pastelist, i.e., allergies prevent me from pursuing those media. But I love the textures and blending you can get with those media, and with Stabilo Tone you can come very close, without the smells and allergy issues.
Right: Detail from the Rev portrait. You can see layering of color over color (I do initial layers, wet and dissolve them, let them dry, and do top layers which get liquified and sometimes just blended with my fingers).
No similar product that I’ve worked with (Neocolor II or Neo Art, both from Caran d’Ache; and let’s leave other kid-focused products out of the discussion) works in the same manner or gives me the same results.
So I’m hoping the Universe is listening. I have a lot of dogs I’d like to draw and paint. I could use such a tool. If I find one (or if you let me know about one!) obviously I would blog about it! Then we could all have as much fun as children who love drawing and experimenting and “all those whose creativity knows no bounds.”
Note: I rarely use black in my paintings, prefering to mix complementary colors to get dark neutrals. Have some fun with your blues and oranges today. Or your greens and reds. Bust out of your usual color choices. Just go for it.