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STABILO coloured pencils

The right pencils for every application

How are coloured pencils made?

Coloured pencils are one of the oldest writing instrument technologies and have been manufactured according to the same principle for decades. In this process, grooves are milled in wooden plates to the thickness of the leads, the coloured pencil leads are then placed in the grooves, and then a second wooden plate with the same milling and adhesive is placed on top of the leads. This process is known in the trade as "marrying". The plates are then separated from each other along the leads, then sanded and varnished - and the pencil is finished.

What are coloured pencils used for?

Which coloured pencil is suitable for whom?

Coloured pencils are made with leads and shafts of different thicknesses, ranging in shape from round to triangular to hexagonal. They are therefore suitable for young children as well as amateur and professional artists of different ages to give free rein to their creativity.

For whom do coloured pencils with grip zones make sense?

From the age of 3 to 4, non-slip grip zones in special versions for left- and right-handers, such as STABILO EASYcolors coloured pencils, can help children learn the correct position for their fingers using the recommended tripod grip whilst they are drawing. You can find these coloured pencils in our learning to write products.

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Frequently asked questions:

Coloured pencils are suitable for the first attempts at painting by small children, as well as for painting as a hobby or for professional artists. Depending on the use and skill level, there are suitable pencils that meet the requirements.
Thick coloured pencils with unbreakable leads, like wax crayons, are also suitable for children's first attempts at painting at a young age. The choice of pencil should always match the child's motor skills. The better the motor skills, the more angular and thinner the pencil can be.
Wood is a natural and renewable raw material, which is also easy to sharpen to make the gradually shorter and duller lead tip of the pencil usable again for many more hours.