Art student figures out you can save money on Wacom nibs by using spaghetti

Apr 11, 2017

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Art student figures out you can save money on Wacom nibs by using spaghetti

Apr 11, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It started as a simple joke. Creating a meme for a bit of a laugh. Brittany Botehlo is an 18 year old self-taught digital painter in Dallas, Texas. When recently cooking spaghetti, she decided to stick a small piece in the end of her Wacom tablet pen. And, why not? It’s an amusing idea.

It turns out, though, that there was a little more truth to this joke than expected. Twitter responded to her post asking if it really works. Can you really replace a Wacom nib with spaghetti? Apparently, you can, and Brittany posted a video to prove it.

https://twitter.com/herrobrit/status/850457807346421760

This was the initial tweet that spawned a slew of responses on Twitter from users curious to know if it was real. I mean, it does seem a little far fetched.

And a couple even spawned years of joy.

https://twitter.com/Dollmotion/status/850583665469865984

There were one or two doubters, though, to which Brittany responded with video evidence.

https://twitter.com/herrobrit/status/850459126937374720

Brittany told Buzzfeed that it “works pretty well” and has used it a few times to try painting with it for fun. This drawing, for example, she says had most of the face, hair and most of the details created with it.

So, if you’re a “broke artist”, or you’ve just ran out of spares and your nib breaks at 2am, you now have another option. I wouldn’t rely on it long term, though, and I certainly wouldn’t use it on a Cintiq screen!

[via Buzzfeed]

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37 responses to “Art student figures out you can save money on Wacom nibs by using spaghetti”

  1. Richard Wakefield Avatar
    Richard Wakefield

    Wicked! Maybe also a meatball in an old-style mouse too?

    1. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
      Dunja Đuđić

      HAHAHAHA! WIN!

    2. AtomixTheNigBot Avatar
      AtomixTheNigBot

      DO NOT DO THIS! I tried…perfectly good waste of a meatball.

  2. Ken Coleman Avatar
    Ken Coleman

    i fxkin love it.. brillinat

  3. Casey Braunger Avatar
    Casey Braunger

    “…and I certainly wouldn’t use it on a Cintiq screen!” I literally came to post this!

  4. Chris Martin Avatar
    Chris Martin

    Mom’s spaghetti?

    1. Chelsea Corbett Avatar
      Chelsea Corbett

      This comment got my knees weak & arms heavy

  5. AB Pictoris Avatar
    AB Pictoris

    Spaghetti is the answer for most problems.

  6. Dean Nixon Avatar
    Dean Nixon

    Clever pastard…or is this a lot of old bolognese?

  7. Oren Avatar
    Oren

    …Wacom just revoked their warranty on hundreds of Twitter users…

  8. Joe Spowal Jr. Avatar
    Joe Spowal Jr.

    .085 or .090 gas trimmer (weed eater line) works better

    1. Roberth Rukaza Avatar
      Roberth Rukaza

      Surely does. I had one on a bamboo, and while it eats a nib each 3/4 weeks, the weed eater line is there since forever!
      It’s a little more wobbly, but cut right to length, it’s not much of a difference.

  9. The_Key_Maker Avatar
    The_Key_Maker

    tennis net racket wires is much better

  10. Chicken McPhee Avatar
    Chicken McPhee

    Oh man this is gonna be THE way to get nibs after the zombie apocalypse!

  11. ChifresdoProfessor Avatar
    ChifresdoProfessor

    First paragraph reads like it’s leading to a super-hero show theme.

  12. Alexander Xerxes Marban Avatar
    Alexander Xerxes Marban

    No thank you, I want my investment to last me for years!

  13. Cody Mackay Avatar
    Cody Mackay

    In the video she never actually showed the nub.

  14. JP Arellano Tamunday Avatar
    JP Arellano Tamunday

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dffcfa83f7a261ba90622c26eee8169b8abb5be48f3b12f92c6e0284d994d5b6.jpg ‘i hope these kids figure out that if they use acetate on their wacom, they won’t need to change nibs for years and they can save spaghetti… ☺️??

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      I would love to hear more about this, can you elaborate?

      1. JP Arellano Tamunday Avatar
        JP Arellano Tamunday

        ‘man basically you just need an acetate and a scotch tape. it’s kinda screen protector/tempered glass on your mobile ; ) after that you’ll be having a very smooth strokes and you don’t need to change nib forevermore haha. please send me some spaghetti soon thanks buddy! ; )

        1. Florencia Amaturo Avatar
          Florencia Amaturo

          Woah.. that seems so cool, gonna try it now! Do you use any specific type of acetate (thicker or thiner)? I wanna try it because i’m scared of scratching the tablet, even though i haven’t used it much i still can see some scartches and that makes me very sad, like am i doing something wrong? i’m not using it the proper way?

          1. JP Arellano Tamunday Avatar
            JP Arellano Tamunday

            ‘thin clear acetate can already ; ) it can save you wacom for years trust me! ; )

          2. LemonPoundCake Avatar
            LemonPoundCake

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60f6ece47ae6189008f33bf513eaf1368eb905af71395583f39e43aeca4438a6.jpg

            Clear contact paper works as well! And you don’t need to battle with the scotch tape, haha

  15. Eduardo Adsfadsf Sifuentes Avatar
    Eduardo Adsfadsf Sifuentes

    Most new wacom tablets or tablets in general have a paper-like texture to them and that eats nibs like crazy, acetate or any other surface pasted on top that doesn’t wear down plastic or has any texture to it will fix this since tablets work through magnets and stuff. Idk mumbo jumbo, this will also protect your tablet from spaghetti nibs or toothpic nibs.

  • Pedro Rodrigues Avatar
    Pedro Rodrigues

    How italian designers/digital painters save money

  • Orhan Topaç Avatar
    Orhan Topaç

    Broke and razer chroma ? Curious why and how she is broke…

  • Rokupix Ruiqi Avatar
    Rokupix Ruiqi

    this was discovered long time ago, why nobody do it? because the moment that spaghetti breaks inside the pen, u gotta get a new pen. Srsly just buy the nibs, or china nibs that works the same

  • John Geldermann Avatar
    John Geldermann

    This nib is an impasta!

  • Andrew Lau Avatar
    Andrew Lau

    Design and good taste: together at last!

  • Melissa Grose Avatar
    Melissa Grose

    I covered my Wacom tablet surface with the protective film from our flat screen tv so I’ve never had to replace a nib and it glides across the surface. No more gritty feel and it doesn’t hinder the functionality st all, it improves it. Just cut it out and tape it at the top n bottom.

  • Sander Sander Sandercats Avatar
    Sander Sander Sandercats

    Good luck removing the spaghetti when it breaks inside the pen.

  • timothyf7 Avatar
    timothyf7

    Great idea! And when it dulls, you can eat it! No waste! LOL

  • looloolele Avatar
    looloolele

    “broke” with a razer, love it!

    1. Cujucuyo Avatar
      Cujucuyo

      Razer is kinda low to mid end.

  • Amy Mist Avatar
    Amy Mist

    I use bits of weed wacker wire! I got one spool of the stuff and I doubt I’ll ever need to buy nibs again.

  • AsianNinja Avatar
    AsianNinja

    I use “Thread Seal Tape” to cover the broken nibs. It works, it sticks to the nibs and very smooth!
    (p.s Just don’t cover the nib too much because u will block the pen censor to the tablet)

  • Ilya Avatar
    Ilya

    The company that makes Wacom is probably seething right now.