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October 12, 2009

Sketching on a pre-painted and pre-stamped background with Stabilo Tones.

Above: White Guinea Fowl sketch using Stabilo Tones on a prepainted and stamped background.

On September 12 I posted this pre-painted background and I know several people wanted to see what became of it, hence today's post. I'm not entirely happy with this sketch for a couple reasons. I didn't have enough reference sketches to get the angle I wanted. But I also started with a pencil sketch instead of my usual brush pen—I wanted to experiment. I find it actually more difficult to cover the graphite lines, which blur and smudge under the Stabilo Tone, than to hide the bold ink lines of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. (See for instance this post where I start with a brush pen sketch and then work with Stabilo Tones.)

I did have one handicap while working on this image—I mention it as a warning to those of you who try to work with Stabilo Tones (or other brands of watersoluble oil pastels or crayons)—I had been working with the Stabilo Tones so much over the previous few days that I actually got a blister on one of my fingertips from blending! Consequently I wasn't doing much blending in the above sketch, I evidently have one finger dedicated to blending.

Experiments teach us a lot of things: make more preliminary sketches and PACE yourself!

If you would like to read more posts about how I use Stabilo Tones click on "colored pencils" and "instructions" in the category list and scroll down to find several examples. Stabilo Tones are a lot of fun, even if you have to deal with a blister now and then. I have the same problem when I work with Caran d'Ache NeoColor IIs: I just can't control my enthusiasm. But it's good to have fun and get messy.

    • Christina Trevino.
    • October 12, 2009

    Yes, I was one that wanted to see your completed page on the painted and stamped background. Thanks.

    • Roz
    • October 12, 2009

    Christina—I try to keep people happy by following through.

    • Margi Bertram
    • October 13, 2009

    This really isn’t necessarily intended to be a comment, but I wanted to let you know I just found Stabilo Tones (not Woodys) for sale through Jerry’s Artarama. Not sure what they originally sold for, but a 10-color set is on sale for 29.99.

    • Roz
    • October 14, 2009

    Margi, thank you, others wrote in with the same information. The 10-color set and open stock are also available at Wet Paint in St. Paul.

    My problem is these 10 colors aren’t the full range I have so I won’t be buying any of them (unless it’s white now and then or the one blue they kept I really like). And when my 60-color set is gone, well, I’m done with these as a medium. I’ll end up going back to my Caran d’Ache Neocolor II and NeoArt sets.

    I think people should skip the small set of Woodys and just go to one of these other lines. They don’t respond exactly the same as the Woodys but the color range on either of the Caran d’Ache products is still great and varied. Better to buy into a medium that is still being supported by its manufacturer.

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