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Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned

Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned is what we have for you today. I love to color and shade. I thought it would be a good idea to show you what I would do to utilize two different colors and join them together for a creation. Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned – This post is a perfect example of me being human.

Personally, I don’t like edited videos because to me it makes me feel stupid when I make mistakes all of the time and everyone else has these BEAUTIFUL PERFECT videos and I am JUST ME. I am a one shot video kind of girl unless I REALLY mess up and I will just do the whole thing over again. Honestly, I think that has happened 5 times in the past 3 years and had to be redone due to language.. OOPS!

I have been told that people like my videos because I am real and show how to correct the problems I have made. I am actually good with just me so let’s see how this turned out, shall we? Can you hear my eye roll? LOL Trust me, it’s well deserved.

Supplies Needed for the Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned Tutorial

Chameleon Alcohol Pens

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Upper Case and Symbols Large Stamp Set or your favorite A Creative Journey with Melissa stamp set

Ink

Paper

Stamp Block

TIME!

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Upper Case and Symbols Large Stamp Set

Stamp your letters on your paper. Take out your chameleon pens.

Using a flicking motion, color the top part of your p with the Y03 chameleon pen.

Using your PK3 chameleon pen and click color the pink. This really didn’t come out the way I had hoped. I have my ideas as to why below.

This is how it looked once it was all colored. Honestly, after cutting out the letters and cleaning them up a bit, they wouldn’t be TOO bad… but… I didn’t care for it.

For the next part of Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned, take out your CG8 Chameleon Pen. I colored the inside the letter I with a flicking motion.

Take out your PK3 Chameleon Pen and also did the flicking color on the opposite side from the gray. I really like the way the pink and gray blended. The middle one is my favorite!

Here, I want to show you that you can do a variance in color with just hand drawn letters too! I started with the CG8 for the top part of the letter S on the right. Using my PK3 Chameleon pen I made the bottom part of the S and blended it with the gray.

I really like how it came out! What do you think? I realize it was done quickly but the possibilities are ENDLESS, right?

I guess the word spring isn’t AS BAD as I thought… sorta… LOL!  I do like how the middle letter I looks with the gray and pink. Typically, coloring looks better once it has dried.

Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned? Make sure your pen ISN’T OVER FILLED WITH INK, the ink has time to dry because it looks better once it has AND most of all… use lighter colors to start with. I am not saying it wouldn’t look great with darker colors but I think I need more practice. The pink and yellow didn’t turn out as bad as it looked at first but I will have to try that one again and show you an update. I am on a mission!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel pen set and they are great for coloring!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Birthday Wishes Stamp Set! Not only are the sentiments fantastic, the images are awesome and great for coloring!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Maja.

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Gradient Coloring Tutorial using Chameleon Pens

Gradient Coloring Tutorial using Chameleon Pens is what we have for you today. I am so excited to show you a different way to use your Chameleon Pens. I previously I have shown you how to use them using the blending solution chamber. Today, I will be showing you how to layer your colors to get the same gradient effect! I love the endless possibilities for these pens and hope you enjoy learning this technique today! Let’s begin!

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Supplies Needed

Cardstock

Stamped image (we used an image from the Greetings on the Go Stamp Set)

Chameleon Pen Set ( I used colors RD4, OR4, BL3, BL6)

Our Chameleon Pen Set of 22 is on SALE for $84.95 and includes priority shipping in the US! Limited to stock on hand. Be sure to check them out!

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You will want to pull out something that you can color. I used the stamped images from one of our stamp sets Greetings on the Go. I love the little truck and thought it was perfect for Father’s Day.

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You will want to start off with the lightest color you will be using for your creation. In this case, it was the OR4. We colored the area we intended to shade completely with the OR4.

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Take your R04 using the flicking motion (by placing your marker down and lifting up in an upward motion) and color approximately half of your image.

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This circled area above is the results of the flicking technique.

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Here is a close up of the second layer once applied. As you can see, there is a definite line between the two colors. Now we are going to layer more color so we can have a better blended look.Gradient Coloring Tutorial using Chameleon Pens g

Now to blend the two colors together, you will use the lighter color (OR4) to blend it. Color the whole image again placing a bit more emphasis on the area around the red.

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Notice how it doesn’t look as harsh as it did before and more blended. It looks great but we are going to do another layer to be sure it is blended with the results we want.

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I am blending it here again using the flicking motion to try to get the blending to be more smooth.

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I think I have the results I was looking for. What do you think?

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Now we are going to be using the BL3 and BL6.

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As we did with the previous coloring, we are going to start with the lighter color and color the whole area with the BL3. The difference with these two colors is quite a bit more drastic thank the previous ones so it will take a bit more ink to get the blending look I am looking for.

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Now you are going to layer half of the image as shown with the darker color BL6.

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You will now want to color in the truck using the BL3 marker. This is what you will be using to blend the darker color to the main color. be sure to color the whole image with the lighter color placing a bit more coloring emphasis on the middle area where it is to be blended.

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This is really starting to come along but still has a bit of ink to be added before it gets to where I want it. Continue to add more ink in order to get the results you are looking for.

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*NOTE* Please be sure to protect your work surface or else you can get ink on it. As you can see here, we are saturating the paper with ink therefore you can get bleed through with different kinds of paper. You can use alcohol ink to clean your surface but if it is a porous one, you may ruin your area so be sure to protect it.

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Now we are going to color a light blue layer again by again emphasizing on the area where we want it to be blended.

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This looks great! I really like how it came out! I think I like it better than my example.

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Chameleon Pens – Creating Your Personal Color Guide

For today’s Mondays with Melissa we are going to be using Chameleon Pens – Creating Your Personal Color Guide. Chameleon pens or markers (I call them both! LOL) are alcohol based markers like copic markers however you only need 20 markers to create a huge variety of colors. The more blending solution (longer the cartridge is on your marker,) the lighter your color will start out as. It’s really an awesome product! Whether you prefer a pictorial or a video, we have you covered!

Before we get started, I want to be sure that I announce who is the winner of the Tool N’ One by Spellbinders from last week!

The winner is Barb Macaskill!!

Please be sure to sent me an e-mail with your shipping info and I will get your prize out to you!

Now, onto the tutorial!

For this tutorial you will need the following:

Pen (I used the Chameleon detail pen)

Y03, YG3, BL3, and RD4 Pens

Paper

 All of the pens above are included in the complete set of 22 Chameleon Pens. You are always welcome to do this for ALL of your markers however doing this in smaller amounts was much easier for the tutorial 🙂 I would also suggest you do all of the different times for each color so you have a record of what they will do. What a time saver to be able to look at a guide each time you are to color, right?

To begin, you take out your paper and write a few different numbers on them. I chose 5, 10, 15 and 20. These numbers will represent seconds that you will be keeping the blending solution on the chosen nib. This will give you a great guide as to what your colors will look like depending on the different amounts of time. You can do varying times so that you have a better idea as to what each of the colors do with varying amounts of blending solution. I am showing you four different colors and times. You can do this for each of your colors and keep a book so that you can have an idea as to what colors you want to use for your various projects! Regardless of which nib you choose to use for your guide, the color variation will be the same as it is the blending solution and ink that create the variance in color.  Every guide should be a personal one as it would be different for each person. Not with the ink color but as with any marker or pen, the degree in which you push on the nib, how fast you color with it can make a difference.

The numbers at the top of your paper (as shown) 5, 10, 15 and 20 represent the number of seconds you will be keeping the blending solution on your nib.

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Choose your nib preference. For this tutorial, we used the bullet nib. Take off the cap for the color you are using. On the bottom of the paper, color a small area using your first marker. Be sure to mark  it with the color name as shown.

color the bottom of your paper and write color numberRepeat for the rest of the colors you wish to do the personal color guide for.

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For the first example of the difference between adding the blending solution, I chose RD4. Take the cap off of your preferred nib. You will then take your blending solution cartridge (see below)

blending solution cartridge

Take the blending solution cartridge and place it on the nib you have chosen.

Place blending cartridge on top of the pen

Be sure it is completely on so that the nibs are touching.

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Hold your marker upright (vertically) with the blending solution cartridge on the top (closest to the ceiling)

Place pen vertically with the blending solution at the top

After your desired time has passed, take your blending solution cartridge off and set it aside. Begin to color with your pen.

After 20 seconds the first part

As you can see the longer you color with the pen,

part 2

the bigger the difference in the color

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until you get to the original color where all of the blending solution has been utilized.

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Repeat this for all of your chosen markers. I would suggest that you do each of the times for EACH marker. This will give you a more comprehensive guide for you to refer to.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I love the Chameleon markers/pens and think they are AWESOME! So awesome in fact I am sold out of the 22 pen collection sets however I do have a few of the smaller five packs of markers. Not only are they awesome, they are a forever marker/pen. Why you ask? Because you can change out the nibs and the markers are REFILLABLE! YES! Isn’t that great? If you are interested in purchasing them, please send me a note so I can put one aside for you. I will be ordering more but this will give you the opportunity to get them as soon as I receive my shipment which should be this week!

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

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SAVE MONEY on embellishments! Coloring with Chameleon Pens Tutorial

Do you want to SAVE MONEY on embellishments! Coloring with Chameleon Pens Tutorial Good Afternoon! Thank you for joining us for Mondays with Melissa. Today I am going to be showing you how to SAVE MONEY on embellishments by coloring them with Chameleon Pens. There are so many different things you can do and it is really amazing how great the rhinestones look once you have colored them. It is one of the EASIEST techniques with the fastest gratification! LOVE IT! I have also created a card using the Speech Bubbles Mini Set using the Chameleon Pens. It really came out cute! If you like to learn by video, check out the video above, if you prefer a pictorial, check out the pics below and let me know what you think! Thanks for joining us and let’s get started!

First I want to show you a card I created using the Chameleon Pens. The Chameleon pens / markers are alcohol based markers. They have numerous uses two of which I am going to share with you today.

Here is the list of supplies you would need to recreate this card:

Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set

Chameleon Markers Complete Set

Memento Ink

Stamp Block

Adhesive

Foam Squares

Scissors

Card base

Paper to stamp sentiment & image on

Pick your speech bubble from the Speech Bubble Mini Stamp Set, adhere to the stamp block,

ink the stamp and stamp your image on your paper.

Adhere Sentiment to the stamp block, ink and stamp sentiment inside the speech bubble. Repeat stamping on paper per your personal design choice until satisfied with the number of designs to be placed for your card.

Take out your Chameleon markers. You can use either the brush tip or the bullet tip (like a felt tip) to color your images. Below is showing the brush tip which is what I will be using to color the image.

This is the tip for the mixing chamber (blending solution.) I have used it with red before as you can see there is a tint of red/pink on it. This will not change the nib or effect of the blending solution mixture and it’s effectiveness at all.

Once you have taken off the cap off your marker tip preference, place your tip so that the mixing chamber is touching your colored tip. Make sure that your colored tip (nib) pointed toward the sky and the mixing chamber tip (nib) is pointed toward the floor. The pen will be upright and the below picture is what your marker / pen will look like when it is in front of you.

This is an above view of what your marker should look like when you have the mixing chamber-straight up and down.

Keep your pen upright so the blending solution can transfer to the colored nib. The amount of time you would like to keep it like this varies depending on how light you want the color to be to start with. The darker the color marker, the longer it will take to saturate the color with solution to make it almost opaque. I have kept it on for as short as 3 seconds for a very light difference to 10-15 seconds for a drastic color change. For the below creation, I kept it on for at least 12 seconds. As you can see, it is almost translucent as I begin to color.

As I continue to color, you can see where the blending solution is being used with the color. The blending solution is used and the color then starts to come through more as the blending solution is no longer saturating the nib.

Here is a close up of the variance of color from the bottom where I started to the top where the color was most saturated

and no longer had blending solution and the pigment is coming through.

This is the mixing chamber with a nib that hasn’t been used yet. As you can see, there isn’t any pigment/color on it at all. This will change with use as shown with the red mixing chamber in a previous picture and will not effect the mixing chamber and effectiveness.

This is what the mixing chamber looks like with both nibs (tips) touching to transfer the blending solution to the colored marker. This picture is just for visual purposes. When using the chamber the marker should be upright for it to be effective.

After using the mixing chamber for approximately 6-8 seconds, I started coloring below.

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Once you have colored your speech bubbles after stamping the image and sentiment, cut out the speech bubbles. Adhere them with either adhesive or a foam square for dimension to your card. Set aside. Take out your rhinestones and Chameleon pens.

Pick a marker color that you want to color your rhinestones. Color the top of the rhinestone to your liking.

*NOTE* Unless you want a translucent color on your rhinestone, do not use the blending solution

or else the color may not be strong enough for it to be obvious.

This is the rhinestone fully colored with the marker.

Here I have colored more of them in for demonstration purposes. The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Here is a close up shot of the colored rhinestones. LOOKS AWESOME DOESN’T IT?!

I use my QuickStick from Quickutz to take them off of the sheet of rhinestones and place them on my card. Many other companies have a tool similar to this and they work well also.

This is a close up of what the rhinestones and colored speech bubbles I created in the video for example purposes.

This is the finished card I created for an example of this technique.

Speech Bubbles Card

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