PENCIL AND PAINT IN ONE.
These Stabilo Aquacolor pencils have become a recent obsession. I’ve been using this set of pencils for my #Seavolution series and here are some things I learned about this handy tool:
THE GOOD STUFF
The barrel and the lead have the same exact color which makes color identification easy.
The hexagonal shape enables good grip.
You can use the pencils in both wet and dry applications.
These water-soluble pencils are rich in pigment. The colors are so vivid!
It can be blended easily, like a real watercolor!
It comes in sets of 12, 18, 24, and 36 giving you more color options.
THE NOT SO GOOD STUFF
It comes in sets. So if you use up one color, you can’t get it individually.
Sharpening wastes lead, as opposed to watercolor paints that you can really maximize every drop of paint.
There are no lightfast ratings!
HOW TO USE AQUACOLOR:
Here’s some short video tutorial on how you can use your water-soluble pencils:
THINGS TO NOTE:
When using these pencils as watercolor, you should use a watercolor paper. Regular bond paper will buckle with water application. The texture of the paper also affects the overall look of your artwork.
When you want to blend colors, it is easier to use the PENCIL TO PAPER METHOD. Pencil in all the colors you want to blend on paper, then use a wet brush to spread the colors lightly.
If you apply a heavy pencil mark, the color on paper will be saturated/dark. If you pencil in lightly, then you can expect a lower saturation level or not much pigment. The amount of water you use also will affect the saturation of the pigment. More water = Less saturation.
Always start with light pencil marks. It is easier to edit or add layers when you want more details.
Overall, I like these pencils because of convenience and ease of use. The vivid colors definitely amplify the artwork! It’s definitely fun to use. Sharing some snippets and sample artworks here:
WHERE TO BUY (PHILIPPINES):
Stabilo Flagship store Php 1,250.00 (24 USD) for the set of 36 pencils
P.S. Thank you to my interns Gillian and Dennise for helping me with this article (photos and videos)