Chameleon Pens Review
Here is my review of Chameleon Pens. The company generously sent me a set of their pens and color tops for my Chameleon Pens review.
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As of late, I have been enjoying extreme dot-to-dot images (check out my Instagram) and adult coloring books, as well as kid coloring books (not gonna lie!) It’s fun, addicting and it’s something that my girls enjoy also. We use all types of art supplies for coloring – crayons, markers, colored-pencils, watercolor pencils and pastels.
It wasn’t until I was chatting with a friend of mine that I had heard of Chameleon Pens. According to their website:
Chameleon Art Products is not just “another marker company”. We pride ourselves on developing real innovation that enhances our end users ability to maximize their creativity in all aspects of their artwork.
Our markers bring colour control and simplicity to your art. Create stunning 3D effects, smooth transitions, highlighting, shading, gradations and blending, ALL WITH ONE PEN.
One Pen To Rule Them All
The thing that makes Chameleon Pens different from any other markers is their ability to change colors with their mixing chamber. You can achieve tonal changes as well as color blends – it really is amazing. That being said, I would recommend watching the video tutorials on the Chameleon Pens website before actually using the markers. Sounds weird to do but these pens require a nuance that comes with a bit of education.
The pen itself is much bigger than a standard marker or pen due to the different components within. There are two sides to each pen housing a soft brush nib on one and a hard bullet nib on the other. Also attached is the blending chamber which is where you can get different tones of the same color.
Just The Tips
The beauty of using these alcohol-based pens is the variety of colors that can be achieved with one marker.
Using either the bullet nib or the soft brush nib, join it to the blending chamber nib. Hold the pen upright so that the flow of the blending solution in going down into the color. Depending on how long you keep the tips touching (tee hee) will determine how long it will take to go from the light tones back to the original color of the pen.
I created a chart with the colors I received and held the color in the blending chamber for 20 seconds. As you can see, the tonal differences are very apparent from light to dark. The application of this technique will create in-depth color with highlights, shading and the blend of color in-between.
The blend of a color is not the only thing that the Chameleon Pens can do. With the addition of the Chameleon Color Tops, one color can blend into another. Check out this chart that I created where I used the pen and married it with a Chameleon Color Top of another color. Depending on the time spent in the blending chamber will determine the output of color from one hue to the other.
Things To Keep In Mind
I really enjoyed using the Chameleon Pens for all the colors and tones that I was able to achieve. They can be a bit pricey but for all the colors one can get from a few pens, I think that they are worth the price. There will definitely be a learning curve in getting the colors just the way you want, so be patient. The only downside I found was having to load the pens into the blending chambers after a bit in order to keep a color match.
In order to have success with the Chameleon Pens, I recommend that you follow these simple tips:
- Use a light touch when using the Soft Brush Tip and try to keep the pen perpendicular to the paper as you color for even blending of color/tones
- Make sure the tips of the pen and the blending chamber actually touch for proper infusion
- Hold the blending chamber on top so the solution flows into the pen
- Use paper or card stock designed for alcohol-based inks – I ordered Bee Paper from Amazon
- Re-cap the pens and blending chambers to prevent the ink from drying out
- Color images, using the tones, will apply from light to dark
- Test your pens on scrap paper after the blending chamber infusion to assure you achieved the desired color
Until the next review, my lovelies, get colorfully creative.