Carbothello Pencils

Reported by Lisa Fulmer

Carbothello Pencils by Stabilo are pastel chalk pencils that come in 60 colors. You can use them alone or with water – either way, they are very bright and blendable.

Above I drew some simple line art on textured cardstock so you can see how dusty the pencils are, like drawing with charcoal. It’s really fun to smudge the colors with your finger or a paper stump.

This little tree is on a smoother lined paper. Colors blend really nicely together on any surface, and it’s easy to erase mistakes. You do have to be careful where you rest your hand as you draw, so you don’t smear your work. I spray my finished work lightly with a fixative to seal it in.

Carbothellos are heavily pigmented, which is most noticable on dark paper – they are very opaque and bright!

Each color has a rating for light-fastness, indicated with asterisks on the barrel (1 star is less resistant to fading over time in bright light; 5 stars is more resistant to fading over time in bright light).

You can blend colors with a damp brush also – painting watercolor effects is so much easier for me with pencils.

Here are a few more of my Carbothello drawings – as a “seasoned beginner'” I find these pencils really easy to work with, especially as I practice different styles of drawing.


  • you get the look and feel of pastel crayons, but in a pencil that you can sharpen
  • you can achieve a variety of looks with blending, smudging, or adding water
  • full color palette
  • costs only about $1-$2 per pencil depending on where you shop and whether you buy them individually or in sets


  • takes some time to get used to drawing without accidentally smearing your work

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5 Responses to Carbothello Pencils

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    Ann Martin July 15, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Lovely review and artwork, Lisa!

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    Axes DesigNs July 15, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    WOw.. I would like to try those pencils… I like the way they look.. Thanks for sharing!

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    Bri@Chronicles of an Accidental City Girl July 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    I am a big fan of pastels, I love blending them to get a soft effect. I hadn’t heard of these pencils, but I’ll definitely be checking them out!

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    GrammaR July 16, 2010 at 12:54 am #

    love the look of these pencils.

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