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I first saw the Chameleon ColorTones markers at CHA 2014 last January- and after a long wait, they are finally coming to America! (They’ve been available in the UK for awhile now.) I do love a good alcohol marker- they are a “secret weapon” in the craft room- and I was excited to give these a go.
First a bit about them:
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, tip sand 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!
- CHAMELEON COLOR TONES FEATURE:
- • Double-Ended Pen
- • Japanese SuperSoft Brush Nib and Bullet Nib
- • Professional Quality Alcohol-Based Ink
- • Refillable Inks
- • Replaceable Nibs
- • Permanent on Most Surfaces
- • Compatible with all other Alcohol-Based Inks
- • Non-Toxic and Low Odor
- • Ideal for All Paper Crafts, Manga, Graphic and Fine Art
To create a gradation of color, you snap the blending chamber on to the nib of your choice. Then invert so the blending chamber so that the blending solution drains onto the tip of the marker, effectively diluting the color. Wait 10-15 seconds, then begin coloring. You’ll find that the solutions starts out very light, and as you work it will blend out to the marker’s full-strength color.
I liked the tips just fine- and the colors full-strength were great.
I tried the pens with various stamping inks, and found most of them to work just fine. I like the VersaFine best.
Because the Chameleon Color Tones Pens have alcohol ink in them, you can color shiny surfaces like pearls, rhinestones, vellum, and even metal accents to customize them.
I found the Chameleon Color Tones Pens most handy for small images where I could color the area in one go- for example the butterfly above. If you had to “match” that same blend for larger images, you would be hard-pressed to do so. So the Chameleon pens really are for smaller images in my humble opinion.
Here’s a video for you, if you’d like to see the marker in action!
So here’s my take- these won’t be for everyone- especially folks who have already invested a small fortune in markers from another brand. But if you are just getting started and color blending intimidates you, this is an excellent starter set and would be a lovely gift idea. The price is $99 USD and for 20 color markers and a blending and detail pen, that’s actually less than some other brands- plus you will save money by not needing to by EVERY color tone under the sun. Now, are refillable, but for the new or occasional crafter, they probably don’t need to be. But it’s nice option.
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