Staedtler Non-Photo Blue Pencils - Product Test

WooHoo! My first Product Review is all about the BLUE, Non-Photo Blue.


We just stocked the Staedtler Non-Photo Blue Pencils, and I've never used them before, so I did a few tests to see how they worked with my photocopier.


First I drew some guidelines with the pencil on plain white paper, and I then sketched out my letters. (The trick is to draw pretty lightly, otherwise the pencil marks WILL show up in your copy.) I used a black pen to outline the letters.


This is what happened when I copied and printed the test using my Epson WorkForce copier / printer.


Here's another test. This time I bore down a little harder with the pencil, and I made both Black+White and Color copies. 


The Black+White copy came out great. No trace of the blue lines.


The Color copy wasn't perfect. You can see traces of the blue. So I know that if I need to do a Color copy (for instance, if my drawing wasn't just black pen), I'll need to ease up on the pencil pressure.


Here's a Pressure Test to see just how far is too far...


Black+White copies are definitely more forgiving. Only the three hardest pressures showed up on the copy.


With color copies, only the three lightest pressures lived up to the name "Non-Photo".
No problem; just draw lightly!


Let me know if you've ever used these pencils and in what way...
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René Shoemaker

René Shoemaker

René Shoemaker is a master silk painter, born in New York City, who maintains studios in Athens, GA, USA and Aubusson, France. Spanning four decades and embracing a variety of mediums, her artwork highlights a sense of place while capturing the ways spaces work together and how people inhabit and interact with those spaces.

René has exhibited in museums in Georgia, Mississippi, and Paris and in galleries and public spaces in Georgia, New York, the UK, and France. She teaches and speaks on silk painting, and in 2020 she received a Fiber Forward Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in Georgia.

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