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Ever wonder what gives highlighters, like the much-loved STABILO BOSS Original, that fluorescent, vibrant, jump-off-the-page hue? While we love traditional marker ink colors, there is something so impressive about the vibrancy of highlighters that always makes us wonder, “how is it made?” To try to answer this question, we’ve done some research to better understand exactly what highlighter inks are typically made of that gives them that transparent, but luminous look.


August 13 marks the 28th annual Left-Handers Day. This unofficial holiday allows us to pause and acknowledge the brave 10 percent of the population that set forth every day as a lefty in a righty’s world. Today we celebrate our lefty companions by curating a list of tips, tricks, and stationery solutions that are best-suited for the lefties in our lives.


If feels like we live in a digital-centric world these days. Everywhere you go, you see people with eyes cast down, looking at their mobile devices. While the proliferation of mobile technology has changed the way that we interact, consume news, and share information, it has not completely eliminated our use of paper, as some predicted. In fact, our planet is still heavily reliant upon paper and paper-based products, especially businesses in the United States. The following statistics about paper will shock you, and prove that even in the digital era, paper still reigns.


If you’ve read our previous blog about the pros and cons of straight versus oblique calligraphy pens, you may be curious to give one of those oddly-shaped oblique holders a try, especially if you’re a lefty looking to achieve that ideal right slant. Before you make your first oblique calligraphy pen purchase, read our advice below to better understand the characteristics you should be looking for in the next addition to your artist’s toolbox.

Alvin PXB Series Portable Parallel Straightedge Board

When your drawings and schematics need to be exact, you can’t rely on imprecise tools or methods. That’s why artists, engineers, and perfectionists choose the Alvin PXB Series Portable Parallel Straightedge Board. Not only does it serve as a comfortable, and reliable tool to draw perfectly straight lines using nearly any medium, on nearly any surface, it’s conveniently portable. With the Alvin Parallel Straightedge Board, you get the convenience of a studio work surface in a compact, portable unit. We’ve got four reasons why you need this portable perfectionist’s tool for your next big project.


The first week of August marks National Simplify Your Life Week. Who couldn’t benefit from being better organized, less over-scheduled, and working in a less cluttered environment? This week, our goal is to help you simplify your life with some simple planning and organization tips. A quality day planner can help you keep track of only those things that matter most, and keep you from over-booking, over-committing, and over-stressing. We’ll show you how.


Whether you are brand new to the world of calligraphy, or looking to expand your knowledge and skills, there is value in attempting the art form using the four types of calligraphy pens available. Getting a feel for each will not only help you decide on your personal preference, but it will help you master your skill and hone in on a style or approach that best suits your talent and ability level. Read on to learn about the four types of calligraphy pens you can choose from, and the pros and cons of each.

Rhodia Classic Reverse Book Spiral

In this blog from Rhodia, the experts in notebook design share an interview with productivity expert, coach, and Rhodia fan, David Allen. Allen talks about why paper can be an important productivity tool, and why he is a fan of the famous orange notebook with the high-quality paper. We’ve always known that Rhodia notebooks are some of the best on the market, a sentiment that is confirmed by one of the nation’s greatest minds in productivity.


Art is meant to be dimensional. With the proper technique and skill mastery, even a two-dimensional canvas should be able to create the sense of depth, form, and texture. This article offers some beginner tips for how to create texture when drawing with colored pencils. Remember, that to achieve the best results, the quality of the product you use is an important factor. We recommend STABILO Carb-Othello pastel colored pencils for reliable results.


You’ve got big dreams for your future, and they start with a degree from an art school that will challenge what you think you know, and push your talents to the limits. You’re confident that you’ve got what it takes to be successful in university art classes, but first you’ve got to prove that you’re worthy to get in. To make a big impression, you have to submit an art portfolio that will set you apart from all the other applicants. Read on for our tips and best practices for submitting a kick-arts portfolio to colleges.