Review Chameleon color tones

Review Chameleon color tones

So…As I have mentioned, I am kind of addicted to pretty pens and paper…So I said to myself “Why not review my stuff, to help others?” This is the first one.

I must tell you – I love everything, in different ways. I will never say “this is bad” unless the quality is really poor, but I WILL tell you what I feel is hard, or what to think about, or what TO ME is great. This is my personal opinion, and I have my preferences in technique, and I have limited skill.

For example, I have never used alcohol-based pens, unless to write signs or write on difficult surfaces. Never to make art. There are often quite expensive, and I always invested in other pens – charcoal, watercolours, fine lines, tombows. So I actually hesitated for a full week (that’s like a lifetime to me) before I ordered these (I got them from Adlibris, 799:-).

The thing with these is that they come with a blender, that makes it not super-easy, but easy enough to graduate the colours. Every pen has an attachment, that “fills” the nib with blending fluid. As I draw, gravity works and the coloured ink comes back gradually. Works like a charm!

Another reason I have not before tried markers is that they tend to smell and bleed. Chameleon pens do not smell as much as the markers I have used in the past, no risk of getting dizzy, and when the colour is dry it’s odourless. Thank you!

But they do bleed. As I knew this would be as issue, I started with a pentest in my Leuchtturm, the last page:

I was surprised! Sure, they ruin the next page, but not any more pages! And on LT paper, they stay put.

On my Nuuna…terrible. They bleed through two pages, and worst of all – the follow the fibres in the paper and the thin line I made expanded to double size…

How come? The Nuuna paper is so much thicker? Yes, but LT paper is coated. That’s how it can be very thin but almost never bleed with water-based pens. (Ghosting yes, bleeding no).

The colours are clear and bright, and the pens themselves feel good to hold and are well balanced.

The first “real test” was a mandala. I got a stencil from moxiedori to make circles and decided to try that one as well (so easy to use! Recommended!). My mandala is not “perfect” because I don’t do “perfect”. It’s boring…

I tried the grading effect in a few different ways, and I also blended colours together to see how that would work. It will take some practice, of course, but all in all easy to use, and I really like the result!

I already had a plan for the back of the paper, to try them in a different way and make a drawing of a landscape, and simply glue that drawing on the page.

I am learning as I go along so this may not be a fantastic work of art, but I got to try blending in different ways. It will definitely take some more practice, and I need to learn which colours are strong and which are muted, but I really feel like we will become close friends, the chameleons and me! I will probably use them the most to colour doodles and small drawings with smaller fields and black lines, and of course to colour block lettering. For the kind of drawing here above, I believe that there are better ways for me to get the results I like.

If you want to see me work – here’s a short film in 4x speed! (Do not watch infull-screenn mode, keep it small – I’m trying to find the right instructions the the editing program…)

 

 

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