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STABILO watercolor techniques

Easy creation of watercolor effects

Dive into the watercolor world

Create stunning watercolor-effects with STABILO coloring felt-tip pens and colored pencils. Used on dry paper, the colors can be blended just by using a brush and water! What are you waiting for? Get inspired by the videos below and create your own artwork. In the following list you can get to know which STABILO products are aquarellable.

Perfect pens for watercolor-effects

Get inspired!

Artist: Laura @letterzauber

Watercolor drawing: Christmas wreath

  • Step 1: Pre-draw the layout with the STABILO pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Paint the elements of the Christmas wreath with the STABILOaquacolor.
  • Step 3: Paint the colors of the STABILOaquacolor with a brush and some water.
  • Step 4: Use the brush to add a few splashes of color to your drawing.
  • Step 5: Outline your drawings with the STABILO SENSOR.
  • Step 6: Create the letters with the STABILO SENSOR.

Watercolor drawing: Snowman


  • Step 1: Pre-draw the layout with the STABILO pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Paint the elements of the Christmas wreath with the STABILOaquacolor.
  • Step 3: Paint the colors of the STABILOaquacolor with a brush and some water.
  • Step 4: Use the brush to add a few splashes of color to your drawing.
  • Step 5: Outline your drawings with the STABILO SENSOR.
  • Step 6: Create the letters with the STABILO SENSOR.

Artist: Moira Schweiger @hellohoney_nbg

Watercolor drawing: Polar bear

  • Step 1: Draw the polar bear with the STABILO pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Trace the contours of the polar bear with the STABILO pen 68 and paint it with a brush and some water. This creates a great watercolor effect.
  • Step 3: Use the same technique to paint the bottom and the background.

Watercolor drawing: Tree Ornaments

  • Step 1: Draw the layout with the STABILO Pencil 160 and a circle stencil.
  • Step 2: Apply some color of the STABILO Pen 68 brush to a small piece of transparent plastic foil.
  • Step 3: Spray the plastic foil with a little water and press it onto the pre-drawn christmas balls. Repeat this step until you are satisfied with the result.
  • Step 4: Pour some color of STABILO Pen 68 metallic on a transparent plastic foil and spray it with water. Use a brush to add small splashes of color to your artwork.
  • Step 5: Outline your drawings with the STABILO SENSOR. Make sure that the color spots dry well before drawing the outline.
  • Step 6: Color the other elements of the tree ornament with the STABILO Pen 68 metallic.

Watercolor drawing: Geometric racoon

  • Step 1: Using the STABILO pencil 160, sketch the outline of a geometric raccoon on a card.
  • Step 2: Draw on a transparent plastic foil with the STABILO Pen 68 in the color grey. Then dip a brush in water, watercolor the colors and place the foil upside down over your picture to create small blobs of color.
  • Step 3: Repeat the second step several times with different shades of gray of the STABILO Pen 68.
  • Step 4: Next, use a brush to draw more small blobs on the picture with your watercolor paints and color in the nose and eyes. Draw lightly over the facial features with a light grey watercolored shade.
  • Step 5: Draw the outlines of the raccoon with the STABILO SENSOR F.

Watercolor drawing: Geometric fox

  • Step 1: Draw the outline of a geometric fox on watercolor paper using the STABILO pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Draw on a transparent plastic foil using the STABILO Pen 68 in the colors apricot, orange and red. Then dip a brush in water, watercolor the colors and place the foil upside down over your picture.
  • Step 3: Continue working on the picture with the brush.
  • Step 4: Draw small dots and dabs on your image.
  • Step 5: Finally, draw the outlines of the fox again with the STABILO SENSOR M.

Watercolor drawing: Geometric badger dog

  • Step 1: Draw the outline of a geometric badger dog on watercolor paper using the STABILO pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Watercolor the STABILO Pen 68 brush in the colors purple, violet and red.
  • Step 3: Now dab small blobs of color over the badger dog with a brush. Use the different shades to do this. Shake the brush very lightly over the card to create small dabs on the watercolor paper.
  • Step 4: Now draw the outlines of the badger dog with the black STABILO SENSOR F.

Watercolor drawing: Bookmark - landscape & nature

  • Step 1: Draw the landscape with the STABILO pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Before you start watercoloring, you can tape off the edge of the bookmark to create a white frame.
  • Step 3: Apply different colors of STABILO aquacolor to watercolor paper and use a brush to apply them to the bookmark.
  • Step 4: Color the pre-drawn landscape using this technique.

Watercolor drawing: Tea

  • Step 1: Draw the tea cup with the Stabilo pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Apply different colors of STABILO Pen 68 to a transparent plastic foil and use a brush to apply them to the watercolor paper.
  • Step 3: Use this technique to paint various shapes and dots around the cup first and then color the cup itself.

Watercolor drawing: Ice cream

  • Step 1: Draw the ice cream with the Stabilo pencil 160.
  • Step 2: Apply different colors of STABILO Pen 68 to a transparent plastic foil and use a brush to apply them to the watercolor paper.
  • Step 3: Color the ice cream using this technique.
  • Step 4: Paint a decoration around the ice cream using the STABILO SENSOR.
  • Step 5: Erase the pencil lines.

Artist: Olivia @olivesandletters

Watercolor drawing: Abstract art

  • Step 1: Paint with different colors of STABILO woody 3 in 1 on a plate.
  • Step 2: Mix the colors with water and transfer them to your watercolor paper with the brush.
  • Step 3: Create many small details, decorations and patterns with the STABILO point 88.
  • Step 4: Create more highlights with the white STABILO FREE Acrylic.

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