Hi folks! I’m currently participating in #thedailymarker30day challenge hosted by the wonderful Kathy Racosin. The goal is to carve out 5–10 minutes per day to do any kind of coloring, no matter the medium or your proficiency level. I’ve been taking that as the opportunity to play with all of my coloring mediums, unused stamps, and to simply experiment.
Very self-serving announcement: I’ve just added a new stamp and die set (Wplus9 More Fresh Cuts) to the Destash section after having restocked it last weekend and having lowered the prices on all products. Check it out!
Here are some facts about these pens:
- These pens are water soluble, so they are closer to Distress Markers than to Copics.
- These pens only work on watercolor paper. I’ve tried other papers like Neenah or even Simon Says Stamp Ultra Heavy, but the ink seeps into the paper too fast. On watercolor paper, it sits on top for a while.
- Yes, you can blend colors with these pens. They work differently from your Copics, though. You can’t go over an entire area to layer color, that will pill your paper. But you can blend colors on the edge where they meet to create a gradient.
- When you use these pens with water, you can reactivate them. That means if you go in with water on a dried color on your paper, you can make it move again.
- The pens give you very intense colors. They are not muted or soft like Copics can be.
Now, I’ve been asked a few question about these pens, mainly if they could replace Copic Markers. My answer: not really. With Copics, you can layer colors on top of each other, and also go very soft. The Stabilo pens don’t really allow you to go soft, they are very intense and you can’t layer colors. You can scribble some of the pen on an acrylic block and pick up the color with a water brush or blender pen and then apply it to the paper. That will give you softer colors and you can then layer colors, but keep in mind that as soon as you touch a wet brush to your paper, you are going to reactivate the color that’s already there.
With Stabilo pens, you have to plan ahead of time where your shadows and highlights go because of the above mentioned limitations. You can also only use them on watercolor paper – granted, the Copics also only work on special paper, but that’s usually thinner than watercolor paper, so it doesn’t add that much bulk and weight to a card.
So, is there anything good about the Stabilo pens? Oh yeah! Their price; with less than 1€ per pen, these are super affordable. If you want super intense colors, these pens cannot be beaten (for that price) and being pens, they give you more control than you might have with a brush. And of course, if you want to use them with water, you have that option.
So, without further ado (sorry for keeping you reading for so long), here’s my coloring video of the Wplus9 butterflies with the Stabilo pens. Enjoy!
If you have any questions or remarks, let me know in the comments. I love to hear from you!