Chameleon Color Tones Pens

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For some time now I wanted to own the Chameleon Color Tones Pens and when I spotted them in a store I just had to take them with me.

Information on the internet about these markers: The 22-Pen Deluxe Set is the feature pack of the Chameleon Color Tones Product Line, giving you the full range of markers, plus a Detail and Toning pen.  The easy to read deluxe instructions, with useful hints, tips and techniques complete the set. 
The clever storage box doubles for a simple horizontal work station for easy access to your markers.
The 20 vibrant colors produce over 100 color tones giving you the ability to create stunning effects such as 3D, smooth transitions, highlighting, shading, gradations and blending, all with one pen.
Each pen goes from as light as a hint of a tint to rich tones, eliminating tonal gaps in your collection. 
One pen blends multiple tones. The Chameleon Color Tones system allow you to do more with less!

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In this video the use of the Chameleon Pens is already well explained. It’s important that you use the mixing chamber the right way: holding that part upside down and the marker end of the pen below it, so the alcohol flows from the mixing chamber into the nib of the marker. If you do this the other way round then the pigment runs into the mixing chamber and you will not get the blending effect you are looking for.
The pens have two nibs, a Japanese very soft brush nib and a bullet point. I use the Japanese brush nib especially when it comes to blending colors.


While using these pens I noticed that the mixing chambers did not work that well in some pens. I do not know whether the mixing chambers themselves are not that good or there’s some other issue at hand here. Since this set is brand new it would be strange to have empty mixing chambers. I always count seconds when I hold the nibs together and test the marker on some scrap paper. If the mixing chamber seems to work not that well I just use a blender pen which I hold to the nib of the marker. That way you end up with the same res result.

You can refill these makers which I think is a great asset. The mixing chambers are also replaceable so when they don’t work well anymore you can easily buy a new one. The nibs are also available separately, though the set of 22 already contains 10 Japanese super soft brush nibs. Replacing the nibs is very easy. The life time of the nibs depends on how much pressure you put on them.
Of course I also colored with these markers.

First I printed a picture from Pinterest on DCP paper. Markers perform better on this paper, it does not suck in the ink that much and there is no bleeding. At first I really had to get used to these Chameleon pens. I was still being cautious when blending colors but I was satisfied with this first result. Of course you can also just use the markers for plain coloring but since there are so many other brands to do that with I think this would be a bit of a waste. Being said that, you can use the Chameleon markers well with other types of markers.


For the next one I chose a picture from a tattoo coloring book. The blue spots are printed on the page, which I like. Of course these markers bleed through the paper which spoils the picture on the back but that’s okay with me. Here the blending went also well. And I noticed that slowly I was getting the knack of it. It takes some getting used to but when you do you get some very nice results.


In the “Enige Echte Kleurscheurkalender 2016” there was a picture that I found very suitable for coloring in with Chameleon pens. And because I had already discovered that coloring with markers goes well in this publication this offered the ideal combination and I just had to color this with these markers. I found that when using these pens more and more you get the knack of them quickly.

Sometimes people complain about not being able to handle them well but I think you just have to keep on going. And not be afraid of ruining an image because those are usually the ones you get the most positive reactions to. If you get the chance, then try them. You really can achieve beautiful results with them. Normally when coloring flowers I blended the colors from light on the inside to dark on the outside of the petals. With this one I did it the other way round. At first I didn’t like the result that much but when it was finished I did like it though and I got some nice reactions to it.


The last picture that I colored in was one from the “Vijfde Enige Echte Mandalakleurboek. The paper of most of this BBNC series of mandala coloring books are suitable for alcohol based markers and this one seemed like a nice challenge to color in with the Chameleons. The blending went well here also although I would have preferred some more color gradient in the pink flower petals. But that’s an educational insight for the next time. I noticed that they produced some stripes when blending the green colors. But this can also be the result of holding the pen too much at an angle. In the finished picture though it’s almost unnoticeable. Therefore I am really pleased with the result.


With the set of 22 comes a detail pen which is very handy for drawing. I am not much of a drawing artist but I did use it for making a point to point picture. The fine point makes for beautiful lines. This pen worked very well with this picture, also when using a ruler. Normally this produces smudges but not so with this pen. So if you like to draw then this extra pen for detailed work comes in handy.


Conclusion: These Chameleons are very nice markers if you like to blend. They work well together with other markers. I did find that some mixing chambers did not perform well but I solved this by using the blender pen which produces the same effect. In the beginning it takes some getting used to get the color gradient well but by using them more often you will get the knack of it. If you are looking for good markers with more possibilities, then you should definitely give these a thought. But they are also a nice addition to the markers you already own.

These Chameleon pens are available separately and in sets of 5 or 22 (20 colors, 1 blender pen and a detail pen). Recently Chameleon added more colors to this line, which now contains 52 colors, but they are not available in the Netherlands at the moment. I am looking forward to the moment that these 30 brand new colors will get to the Dutch market.

You can buy these Chameleon pens at Bol and at Goedkoopstehobby.

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