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Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers is what we are doing today. First, I want to announce the winner of the five pack of Earth Tones Chameleon Pens…… Drum roll……… The winner is Marilyn! Marilyn, please contact me with your mailing information and I will get your prize out to you!  Now, back to our regularly scheduled program… LOL! So, who doesn’t love to color? Even when I was a kid I loved to color with crayons, markers, pencils and anything I could get my hands on. In this tutorial you will see how I use the markers to show depth by coloring some flower petals.  *NOTE* In error I said there were 50 more Chameleon Pen colors coming out in the video. There will be 50 total colors (30 new colors)! The five packs to add to your collection will be available April. The complete pack of 52 will be available in September. I apologize for my error :/
Soooo… Let’s get started!


Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers

Supplies Needed

Petals for You Stamp Set

Paper

Black Memento Ink

Chameleon Markers

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers a

I wasn’t sure what exactly my creativity was going to lead me to today so I picked these colors to start with.

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers b

I decided to start with OL3. I took my brush nib pen cap off and placed the blending solution chamber on top. Be sure it is placed securely onto the brush nib side.

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers c

Once it is secure, you will see the blending solution nib on the left and the brush nib on the right “kissing”. You want to be sure they are “kissing” so the blending solution transfers to the brush nib.

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers d

Hold your pen upright for 5-10 seconds depending on how light you want to start out. The lighter to start with, the longer you will want to do this.

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers e

Remove the cap and start coloring. As you can see the color is barely visable.

Coloring Therapy with Chameleon Markers f

As I continue to color, you will see how the blending solution starts to go on the paper and then as it is used, more of the pigment comes through.

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You then have the full color showing here at the end of the petal.

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Here is the finished colored petal.

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Here are some close up shot to show you more detail.

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I then colored the other side with the same way.

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Here is a close up shot of both petals.

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I then colored using two different yellows YO3 and YL2. As you can see the YL2 needed more blending solution than the YO3. Lesson learned…. Sometimes it’s trial and error when you are trying to get a specific color you may find you need to add or subtract blending solution. You may even need to add another layer of color to darken the area you want color on.

Thank you for joining us for our tutorial today. We are going to have a giveaway! The giveaway is an awesome Art Bin pouch with a lanyard. These are a VERY HOT ITEM at the CHA SHOW every year and always run out!! As a matter of fact, I went to that booth first just to get one! This pouch is PERFECT for traveling to hold your passport, identification and even has a space for pens… YOUR CHAMELEON PENS, RIGHT? In order to qualify, you will need to comment on here what type of things you would like to color with chameleon markers. Do you like to color doodles, flowers, people, animals or everything? Leave your answer on this post and the winner will be announced next Monday.

We hope you have a great day and enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway is what we are doing today! The amazing Julia from Chameleon Pens gave a great demo at CHA and I thought you would like to check it out. Not only does it explain the markers well but also at the new colors they are introducing! First, I would like to announce the winner of the one of a kind Becky Higgins Autographed card. The winner is Jessica Marshall! Jessica, please contact me with your mailing info and I will get that out to you this week!

Now back to the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway! In this tutorial Julia from Chameleon gives you a peek at the new colors in action as well as some coloring techniques!! I am really excited that they have added more grays and color tones that will help with more specific bright colors, skin and shading. Although the original set is awesome, the extra added colors I think really round out the set to make it absolutely complete! The tutorial is approximately 35 minutes long. It is a bit longer than my normal videos however, I think the information given is important and worth every minute!

When watching the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway video. Here are a few pointers that I found very helpful and informative. When we were videoing using the mirror so you can see the details of the video. The graphics are seen backwards due to the mirror.

  • When opening your pen, be sure to color with it to release the shipping material protectant. It does have an added material to protect the Japanese nib during shipment so you want to be sure that you use it before you work on your project. By using your pen, it will release the protectant so there isn’t anything you have to manually take off.
  • You are able to use copy paper when coloring because you aren’t layering color on top of color. Typically you are just blending with the various shaded colors because you have already mixed your blending solution with your ink. If you plan to use more than one layer or plan to saturate your coloring area, it is suggested you use at least 110 lb weight paper.
  • The longer you keep your blending solution cartridge in contact with your colored nib, the longer your blend will last. Typically the most amount of time used in Julia’s experience is 10 seconds.
  • Be sure to have some scratch paper so that you can test your color off to the side ensuring that your blending worked as you had planned for.
  • Be sure to have your pens vertically when fusing so that the blending solution does reach the colored nib.
  • Store your pens flat.
  • You can use these markers as you would with any other alcohol markers.
  • Memento is the ink of choice to use on paper.
  • If you are going to use your ink on another material, the ink of choice is the Memento Luxe.

Here are some pics of the results taken from the demo in the video.

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

On the left is coloring without blending and on the right is the blending solution showing depth and different colors.

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

Here Julia is showing coloring a leaf using the Chameleon Pen as a standard marker without shading.

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

Using the Chameleon Pens with the blending solution to show shading.

Chameleon Pen Colored as layers

Here is a good comparison to the different coloring techniques used. On the right is a picture that shows the blending. It also shows the right side leaves, right leaf is the standard color without blending solution. The left side leaves, right leaf is showing the Chameleon markers used in layers to color and shade.

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

Here is two different colors being used and shaded as a beautiful blend.

CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway

Here is a beautiful picture of how Julia showed how you can get lovely dimension. You do this by highlighting the inside of an item. You can also do this by deepening the color around the edges to emphasize the shape (round) of an item or picture.

Now for the Giveaway part! We are doing a giveaway!

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For the CHA 2016 Chameleon Pen Demo and Five Pack Pen Giveaway, we are doing a giveaway. We giving away an entire Chameleon Pen five pack of the Earth Tone colors!  All you have to do is be a YouTube Subscriber, sign up for our Newsletter at the right side of your screen and follow us on Instagram. That is it! We will pick a winner on Sunday and they will be announced Monday on our blog!

Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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Refilling Your Chameleon Pens

Refilling Your Chameleon Pens – Did you know that Chameleon Pens are a FOREVER PEN? You can replace the nibs and refill not only the ink chamber but the blending solution cartridge too! Check out how easy it is and you will see that using these affordable alcohol markers are not only awesome but easy to maintain too!

Supplies you will need:

Chameleon Pen

Paper Towel

Cleanable Work Surface (preferably covered as the ink can stain)

Tweezers

Chameleon Refill Ink Kit

Isopropyl Alcohol or Blending Solution (In the video I used Copic blending solution since I had it on hand)

supplies needed

The Chameleon Pen is refillable and you can also replace the nibs. A great and affordable FOREVER pen.

chameleon pen

First you will take the cap off of the bullet nib on your Chameleon Pen

bullet nib

Take your tweezers and gently pull the nib out of the pen. Place it aside.

replace nib into the pen

Get your Chameleon Pen Ink Refill Kit, open it and take out its contents.

refill kit

You will take out the syringe, ink applicator and ink. Take the cap off of the ink bottle and set aside.

take out the ink and uncap

Take the applicator and remove it’s protective cover. (protective cover is in my left hand)

uncap ink refill applicator

Place the applicator on the syringe.

Note: On the syringe below, the bottom of the plunger is at the 1 ml mark. This is where you will be filling it up to when you are taking the ink from the ink bottle.

you will only fill ink to ml mark

By pulling the syringe up, you will be pulling ink into the syringe. You want this to be filled up only to the 1 ml mark. This will help ensure you don’t overfill the pen.

place ink applicator in ink bottle

Get your Chameleon Pen and place the syringe applicator into the bullet nib opening until you feel a slight spongy resistance. This is where you will be placing your refill ink. Push the top of the applicator all of the way down so that all of the ink goes into the pen. Set the syringe aside.

place applicator inside pen

Get your tweezers and pick up the bullet nib. Place the nib back into the pen by pushing it gently. Be sure to do this gently and do not squeeze the nib, gently hold it with the tweezers. Also grab the nib under the bullet nib. Do not grab the top of the nib.

pull out nib

To ensure the nib is in properly, place the blending solution cartridge as if you were going to use it. If it looks squished up and not just touching the blending solution nib, you need to push the coloring bullet nib in further. Take off the blending solution cartridge. Put the cap back on the bullet nib side of the pen and set aside.

ensure nibs fit together properly

Now it’s CLEAN UP TIME! You can use regular Isopropyl Alcohol‎ that you have on hand to clean up after you refill your pen. I didn’t have any so I used my copic blending solution which worked well too. First, rinse off the outside of the applicator.

clean outside of applciator

Take out the plunger of the syringe. Set it aside. Place the solution inside the syringe to rinse the inside. Rinse off the black piece of the plunger for the syringe. Allow the cleaner it to flow onto a paper towel or a bowl when you are cleaning.

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Wipe off the syringe plunger off using the solution. Set them aside. You may still have some staining however this will not cause any issue with future use. Be sure items are dry before you store them.

clean out syringe results

Be sure to clean up any spilled ink and throw out all towels. YOU ARE DONE! You did it! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on your FOREVER CHAMELEON PENS! Refillable and replaceable! PERFECT!used supplies

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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