The Sullen Hen: This Time a Border

September 26, 2009


Above: As the text on the page says, a very sullen hen. Shown here because I wanted to make a comment about making borders on pages. Stabilo Tone over a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch. 13 x 8 inches on Gutenberg paper. Note there is a vertical line near the gutter on the verso page. This is an "impression" from a page tab on the previous spread. When you blend this stuff around with your finger the pressure is going to create interesting artifacts from the previous spreads. It's not very noticeable in person because of the way the eye compensates for glare.

Working ahead in my journal I created this border with a flat brush and a round brush. I used Flame Orange FW Acrylic ink to make the orange lines and let them dry. I added some strokes with the round brush using Indian Yellow FW Acrylic Ink. When everything was dry I used Turquoise FW Acrylic Ink to make the dots. Then I left the page alone until I worked up to it in my journal.

I was anxious to work some more with the Stabilo Tones so I did a quick sketch of a chicken head referring to some State Fair sketches. In hindsight I think I would have preferred the minimalism of the black ink sketch with the border. But I'm a firm believer in pushing things to see how they work out.

If you're new to the blog check out my Thursday and Friday posts for additional information on how I use these pencils. Also checking the "colored pencil" category will turn up several more posts on this medium, as I wrote about it this summer at some length.
    • Christina Trevino.
    • September 26, 2009

    luv da chicken, sometimes i feel like that.

    • laura
    • September 26, 2009

    Hey Roz

    I’m really enjoying reading about/ seeing your work with the Stabilo tones. They are no longer available, correct? Is there anything similar on the market?

    I read your blog almost daily. I love experimenting with art materials…thanks for the daily posts!

    • Roz
    • September 27, 2009

    Laura, Stabilo still makes Stabilo Tones in 10 or 12 colors but they are called Woodys. And the really great colors like a variety of grays and some cool browns etc., are no longer available. Because of that I don’t encourage people to buy into this product (and I’ll leave it when my 60-color set is gone).

    There are other products on the market like the Stabilo Tone. Neocolor II and NeoArt both from Caran d’Ache are two that I use (and actually used before I got the Stabilo Tones.

    They don’t match characteristic for characteristic, but they’ll give you a close experience, the closest I’ve found.

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