Anyone who knows me from the message board is well aware of my lack of skills in that department. I’m the digital colorer in a sea of hand colorers. Markers make me Cringe and my kids washable Crayolas are the only markers in this house….UNTIL NOW.
While diddling around looking for good affiliate programs, I ran across Chameleon Pens. Right from the outset I was impressed by what I read, but was it really that good…. or just great marketing? I ummed and agghed a few weeks, why would I…. a self-confessed total disaster at hand coloring, even be considering spending money on markers. But I tend to follow my gut instincts ….and spend I did…. and boy am I glad I listened to myself.
Chameleon Pens – 22 piece Base set
My markers arrived right before disaster struck and the site servers went down…. so there they sat for a day or so. Staring longingly at me and whispering ‘OPEN ME ..OPEN ME, you know you want to open me’. But alas updates and reposts were priorities on my agenda…. my pens would have to wait *sigh
Well I finally got to play with my new pen set, I bit the bullet and joined the world of hand coloring.
Chameleon Pens 22 piece base set
First impressions…..great presentation, definitely gift worthy if you have an artist or paper crafter in the family. The main set comes in a really nice two tier, black cardboard box with a flip top to allow easy access while coloring.
This is specially useful for someone like me with very limited crafting space.
Chameleon Pens 22 piece base set color range
What do you get…. 22 markers, 20 colored markers, 1 blender and a black detail marker.
A quick start pamphlet with all of the information needed to dive in and get coloring.
A spare pack of pen tips. Yes, these markers are refillable and have replaceable tips.
Chameleon Pens 22 piece base set quick start pamphlet
So, you are the impatient type like myself… you skim the pamphlet and dive right in with your first attempt to prime your pen. Super easy, the blender tank is built right in and clips right on to the pens like the lid. It works on either end….
Chameleon Pens, dual tip pens with blending chamber.
oh …. did I forget to mention these pens are double ended too. You have a choice of tips….bullet, or brush
Every pen has its own blending chamber, so no worries about color transfer. You have complete control over how much blending fluid you use each time, which dictates the amount of shading control you have… It’s not rocket science, you will figure out your own timing preferences pretty quickly based on the project at hand.
Chameleon Pens on 29lb Glama Vellum
Adult coloring is a big thing right now, it’s just not MY big thing.
Digital stamps and rubber stamping, now that is my thing. You don’t have to buy special books, or patterns, this works on all sorts of paper. Bear in mind that the inks are wet and you will get some soak through.. so this is not intended for double-sided projects. Also bear in mind that specialty papers usually take longer to dry.
Where’s the Ctrl+Z ? That has always been my biggest concern about coloring with pens, paints, pencils etc .. there is no undo. After 20+ years of playing on computers, you kind of get used to that “get out of jail free” feature in coloring. Now I have to say, I recently got another graphics tablet, the last time I had one was 15+ years ago and I was terrible lol. This time; I guess I just have more experience and it’s not so intimidating. I think that was one of the reasons I felt more positive about trying these pens. I’d been so used to a mouse for so long, pens just didn’t sit comfortably with me for coloring until I got a new tablet.
Chameleon Pens – My first attempt right out of the box.
Speed demons and scribblers… if that is your coloring style, you are going to have to slow your roll and take a more relaxed approach with these if you are using the blending function properly. If you have seen my dry inking post in the past you will notice on the video its a breakneck speed technique …. that won’t work here.
I wouldn’t call this a slow process; but it’s definitely a more relaxed pace, which is a good thing for me. Almost everything I do is done at high-speed, life in general is mile a minute. This actually gives me some mommy downtime to sit and relax and do something creative. It’s very therapeutic, definitely something that would make a great gift for an expectant mom on bed rest, or someone with long-term health care issues.
Chameleon Pens on 110lb Neenah White Index card stock
WOW … I bet you never see that in anyone else’s marketing materials, or reviews lol. I just happen to have a friend who is pregnant again and her first time round, she was on bed rest real early on…. and she recently started adult coloring. I’d been thinking about buying a set for her and sending them up as a surprise if they turned out to be cool. She will love these, I have to send her some now. From my time on the pregnancy forums, I can tell you…. bed rest sucks for ladies who like to be active. These would be great and think of all the awesome baby items, nursery decor, announcement cards etc you could get done with these.
… so in a nutshell.. at the age of 45 I finally found something that lets me hand color things, I would not be embarrassed to share. I obviously have a lot to learn and along ways to go, but I no longer feel the urge to claim” my toddler did it”
Obviously some of you already have extensive pen collections and might not be inclined to spend out on a new range, BUT if you, like some … struggle with hair and skin, consider picking up one, or two of the 5 packs and give it a go. These sets take up less room due to the blending technology, ink refills are very reasonable and a whole new range of addon colors is in development. I’ll be hooking myself up with those as soon as the come available.
Chameleon Pens 22 piece base set – selection of my first day at hand coloring images
Verdict – 3 thumbs up…
Me – I Love these pens, worth every penny for someone like me who is, or should I say WAS intimidated by hand coloring. Watch the videos and check out tutorials …. or dive right in. As long as you have a basic concept of shadow and highlights.. you too can create pieces you won’t be ashamed to share. Total Confidence boost !
Hubby “Looks cool hun, glad you are having fun” – this from my totally non crafty husband is a definite thumbs up lol
My crafty son who is 3 and a half “You like it mommy? It looks good”
There is so much more to share about these pens…. but that will come in separate posts with project pics and details…AND a giveaway. Stay tuned for posts on:
- Chameleon pens – Digi stamps and printables
- Chameleon Pens – Rubber Stamping
- Chameleon Pens – Adult Coloring Books
- Various Projects – Completed projects, step by step
- Chameleon Pens – Pick your Paper !
This post contains affiliate links. This product review was not paid for, nor were the markers provided free of charge for review purposes.