We are always excited when amazing artwork appears on our Instagram page, Kristina was kind enough to share some of the artwork she created using Chameleon Pens. After seeing her creations we just had to ask her if we could share it here with you on the blog together with a little bit about herself and luckily she said YES!
“I grew up in Hullbridge, a small riverside village in Essex. It was there I spent many hours watching my mother paint, draw, make clay sculptures, and sew clothes. The things she made, fascinated me and I longed for the ability to create things like she did. I enjoyed sitting at our dining table scribbling, doodling and rummaging through the goodies in my mother’s art box. I asked her what the tools I found were for and how they were used. My mum happily answered my questions and taught me, just as my granddad had taught her!
Growing up in an artistic environment, I developed my own skills which I built on at school and then college. I chose courses that featured teachings of a number of different art and design techniques that I continue to find useful.
Although I have developed a style of my own, my creations often reflect certain characteristics learnt from studying the styles that have inspired me throughout my life. I often use black outlines and shade/colour in a fashion similar to Manga and other cartoon/comic strip art. I admire the bold and often colourful nature of street art and I get a great deal of inspiration from tattoos, especially Traditional old school, and Japanese too.
I paint and draw an array of different subjects, mainly people; but I don’t just stick to painting on paper or canvas, I also love to customize items for my clients; these items include skateboards, bags and even furniture!
I am married and have two gorgeous children (little artists in training!), so I just love having my own website where I take on commissions, and sell my original artwork and prints, all from my home studio! ”
This image was coloured using only five Chameleon pens, luckily Kristina explains how!
To create the picture above I first sketched my idea out in pencil onto plain copy paper, then traced it lightly and cleanly onto a piece of smooth surfaced card. Next, I ‘inked’ the traced image using a dip pen and an ink specially designed for use with alcohol based markers. Once the ink was completely dry, I rubbed out the faint pencil lines and began the fun part, the colouring in!
I used BR2 (hot cocoa) for the hair, OR4 (seville orange) for the bow and her top, NU3 (fawn) for her skin and pearls, OL3 (olive green) for her eye colour and PK3 (bubble gum)for her cheeks, lips and pendent.
I started with the skin first. I infused the NU3 pen (brush nib end) with the blending soultion for about 20 seconds. I then tested the pen on a scrap piece of paper to check the tone. It was too light at first so I run the pen over the scrap paper until I right tone appeared.
When colouring, I use whatever motion feels right for the part I’m colouring at the time; for the skin, I mostly used short strokes and circular motions.
As the chameleon pens are designed to gradually release the colour back into the, nib as you work, I made sure I was working towards (what would be) the shadowed areas (light to dark). I then layerd the ink useing the same process (re-infusing when needed) until I was happy with how the skin looked, going over the shadowed areas once more when the ink was at its darkest.
I pretty much relied on the same technique for the rest of the image, except for the hair and cheeks.
For the hair I used longer strokes and the bullet nib; lifting the pen at the end of each stroke, as if I was colouring a strand at a time, moving from place to place as the tone of the pen changes (again re-infusing when necessary). For the cheeks, I laid down a layer of blending solution with the chameleon blender pen, and then infused the PK3 pen (brush nib end) for about 8 seconds. I rubbed the nib over the area that I pre-dampened with the blender pen in a circular motion. I then infused and reworked a layer of NU3 over the top for a fully blended finish.
Lastly, I refined my drawing by using a white gel pen over the colouring to add some twinkly highlights to the eyes and other areas.
Tip: keep an eye on the colour at all times, as soon as it becomes even slightly, darker than you want, re-infuse!
The next illustration (Rose Blue), was made with a combination of materials. I sketched the image, and then inked it using a fine liner. This time, I gave my image a very light, gentle wash of water colour paints. Next, when completely dry, I coloured over the wash with my chameleon pens to give the base more dimension. After that, I further defined my drawing with colouring pencils.
Now for my most amazing tip, you can actually use the chameleon blender pen to blend your layer of coloured pencil! I can’t say if it works with all brands of pencils, but I used ordinary Crayolas and it worked perfectly! Be warned, using the blender pen like this may stain the nib.
Kristina has given some great tips, showing how colour hopping works on the hair and how nicely our pens play with other mediums such as watercolours and pencils.
Have you ever been asked something and then thought well how can I answer, it depends on …… and that famous saying comes to mind “how long is a piece of string”!
Well it is exactly the same for how long do you leave the mixing chamber on the nib of the pen, it depends on how long a blend you want and the size of the area you would like to colour. But hey we can’t just leave you hanging without an answer so we suggest you see our handy guide and print a blank one and try it for yourself.
As you can see at the bottom of each coloured/blended line is a little clock that indicates how many seconds the mixing chamber was left on the nib to get the graduated colour before returning to the rich tones.
You can print out your own blank chart to colour by clicking the link below
As a general guide we find that if you are colouring small areas, such as flowers about an 1″ square in size then 5-10 seconds is enough, for larger areas around 2″ square allow 15-20 seconds and for bigger areas allow 35-40 seconds. If you want to colour a really big area we suggest that you work in sections and then blend sections together by re-fusing the pen with the blending solution and then join the sections together by using a circular motion with the nib. We plan to cover working in larger areas in a future post.
Hair can be difficult in real life and equally difficult on paper, but the wonderful Kristy from Some Odd Girl has created a simple easy to follow tutorial to show you how to turn dull flat hair into something coiffed and wonderful.
Kristy makes it so simple, work out the dark areas and add rich colour using a flicking motion, then add blending solution for 5-10 seconds and work the light areas to darker shades, it is that simple!
Can you believe that she was able to achieve the whole hair effect with just the one Bark pen!
If you would like to have a go at colouring in “Coy Kaylee” yourself it is available as a digital download from some odd girl http://www.someoddgirl.com/index.php/digitalstamps/co
Have you received the inaugural copy of Changing Times News from Chameleon yet? If so what did you think, we would love to hear what you thought and what you would like to see in future issues.
If you haven’t seen a copy yet, you can sign up by clicking here for the online monthly newsletter and other bonus offers, including a free digital download, make sure you don’t miss out on this great free offer.
Coloring faces is considered one of the more difficult techniques to master, but not with Chameleon Pens! The wonderful Kristy has created a video showing how to get all the shadows and highlights on the face using just the Bisque pen…yep you heard right just the one pen!
Just work out where your light is coming from, add the shaded areas using the rich tone of the Bisque then add the blending solution and work from the highlighted areas to the shaded areas already colored!
If you want to get this image “Coy Kaylee” to color it is available as a digital Download from Some Odd Girl http://www.someoddgirl.com/index.php/digitalstamps/coy-kaylee-detail
Kristy will be back with us next week to show how to color hair…no more bad hair days once you have seen this tutorial, guaranteed!
We are so excited to introduce one of our featured artists today, the lovely Linda Lucas
We asked Linda to share a little bit about herself and also some of her amazing projects with us here on the blog and this is what she had to say.
“I have always loved to colour in, in one form or another. As a child it was crayons and paints, along with coloured pencils and pens – I won my first colouring competition at 10 years old and still have the book I won. I love playing with new products, especially when they are as amazing as these wonderful Chameleon Pens. I have not stopped colouring since I got them. Each time I use them it just gets better and better, the light and shade that can be achieved is fabulous – and who doesn’t love that!
I predominantly create cards, which sell at a local shop, but also love to Scrapbook when the opportunity arises and also try my hand at mixed media – there are so many avenues to explore but there never seems to be enough time – I am sure you know what I mean! I am very grateful for the creative opportunities I have been given, having had work published in a number of magazines and books. At the moment I am on several Design Teams and am also an International Ambassador for Spellbinders Paper Arts and love it – the ever increasing and innovative products keep me growing in my art – something that I love – the day I stop enjoying it is the day I finish. I hope that you are inspired in some way by what I create and share from the heart.” if you would like to see more of Linda’s creations, hop on over to her blog here.
Linda is in Australia so as spring is in full swing there she has created this stunning birthday card for the season.
Would you believe that this was created using just TWO pens…..mind blowing isn’t it!
Chameleon Pens: RD4; OL3, Spellbinders: S4-462 Labels Thirty-Nine Spellbinders® Nestabilities®
S4-464 Labels Thirty-Nine Decorative Elements Spellbinders® Nestabilities® Decorative Elements
S4-110 Classic Ovals LG Spellbinders® Nestabilities, S4-111 Classic Scalloped Ovals LG Spellbinders® Nestabilities, S2-139 Sentiments 3 Spellbinders® Shapeabilities® Die D-Lites™, Gc-001 Grand Calibur Die Cutting & Embossing Machine, IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko®: Memento in Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves
Our Daily Bread Designs: Crocus 2 single cling stamp, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner, and Red, orange and green card stock.
If Linda has inspired you today, you can hop over to her blog here to see more of her wonderful creations, don’t you just love all the layers that she has used to showcase the beautifully coloured tulips?
We were so excited to bump in to Jak Heath one of the amazing presenters at Create and Craft and then when she played with the Chameleon Pens and showed us what she could create…we just had to ask her to come and be a guest here on the blog!
We asked Jak to tell us a bit about herself and this is what she has to say.
” After crafting alongside my Mother and then continuing when I had time in my married life and with my own children, I finally went professional in the craft industry around 9 years ago, I am now a freelance designer and demonstrator and over the last 7 years I have been guesting on Create and Craft TV.
One of my loves is to colour, I love that it relaxes me from the everyday stresses of life and that I can lose myself in my craft. You can find me at www.jakheath.com”
Well we have to agree with Jak, colouring is a great stress buster and certainly makes you relax!
Jak has created this stunning card, don’t you just love how she created the highlighting in the hair and the soft shading on the dress and would you believe her dress was coloured with just one pen, the sky blue?
Here is a closer look at the beautiful colouring
Jak used:- Fawn, Bisque and Bubblegum for skin, Grey, Bark and Hot Cocoa for Hair, Sky Blue for clothes, Bark and Hot Cocoa for cats, Aqua Marine for Wool.
A masterpiece for sure, if you would like to learn more about this beautiful design please hop on over to Jak’s website here.
We are looking for talented designers and artists to showcase our unique alcohol pens. This new innovation in markers is a patented system that allow you to get seamless blends from just one pen, you can find out about the product by watching our videos here.
Whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, mixed media artist, home decor artist or upcycler we are looking for diverse people to join our happy team. Entries are welcome from all corners of the world, our only requirement is that you can submit your projects and written instructions and videos in English.
In return for being on the design team you will get a Deluxe set of pens and partake in cross company promotions, such as blog hops. Design team members will be given credit for work on the company blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and in our newsletters. We will also share a link back to your own blog and an artist biography, you will also have the opportunity of having your work shown at consumer and trade shows and on TV in the UK and USA.
In return for this we ask that you be a member of the Design Team for 1 year commencing 7th December 2014 and during this time we would like you to submit on average 2-3 projects per month. As we will be getting the pens to you in December we will have a light schedule that month to prepare projects ready for CHA and allow you to enjoy your family Christmas. The projects submitted should include an unwatermarked photo and written instructions (at least one video post a month will be required by one of the design team members to go on the blog). We ask that you only use Chameleon pens in projects for our blog (but you are welcome to use other alcohol pen systems in conjunction with Chameleon pens on projects you make for your own blog or other design teams). Chameleon will have the right to use all artwork and projects across all advertising, mixed media and TV mediums.
So how do you apply?
There is only one submission round and so we would like you to submit 3 finished new projects (if possible please make at least one project that is not a card – this is not however a compulsory requirement). One project to include written instructions (they can be simple step by step). If you wish to include a video tutorial too that would be a bonus. We ask that all your projects use alcohol pens (any brand acceptable). Please do not share these projects elsewhere until the design team call ends and we have announced the team.
Photos of your projects should be taken against a neutral background with no dressing of the design. Images should be at least of File size: At least 1000 pixels in either direction; width or height, Resolution: At least 72 dpi, Color Mode: RGB. Please do not include a watermark as we wish to use a blind judging process.
Please provide details of your name, address and phone number.
List all links to your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and tell us about existing and past design teams and publications you have had.
The deadline for submissions is 21st November 2014, our chosen design team will be contacted and invited to join the team which will be announced on the 28th November 2014.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org (he will then send your images to the panel in a blind judging process – to ensure that everyone has a fair chance).
Now with halloween approaching many of us crafters are busy creating treats for the occasion, after all wouldn’t you rather have a treat than trick? The fabulous Judi Kauffman has been busy making some treats to share with us today.
So let us bring you this fabulous spooky fact for today, that all the orange you see in the border around the spider, in the candy corn, on the pumpkin and on the witch’s hair was all the same Seville Orange pen!
As Judi Kauffman would say “It’s no trick! Chameleon Pens and vinyl outline peel-offs were made for each other”..Yep she is right they are great the slightly raised lines make it easy to stay within the sections so coloring is a snap and we really love the quality of the Elizabeth Craft designs Peeloffs! The blends are so smooth – light to dark tones with one pen in a matter of seconds. It‘s such a treat to see the projects come to life!
Judi has created a smorgasbord full of halloween treats for us and if you would like to try and re-create you can download the full instructions and some extra tips and inspiration you can download this worksheet.
Aren’t these just fab, the pencil toppers make a great treat for children and adults alike. But wait there is more, once Judi got started we just couldn’t stop her… Cards, toppers and even a halloween home decor hanging, there is no end to Judi’s talent.
To create these fabulous projects, Judi used:
Purple Grape, Seville Orange, Cool Grey, Summer Sun, Warm Sunset, Spring Green, Deep Black, Aquamarine, Olive Green and Bark Chameleon Color Tone Pens,Elizabeth Craft Designs #2585 Halloween in Frame outline peel-offs in Black by Judi Kauffman (also available in Gold and Silver – specify color when ordering; www.ecraftdesigns.com),WorldWin Papers ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# cardstock in White, Pencils, tape, foam tape or dots, fine point scissors, solid color cardstock, 8mm Lure Eye stickers (Stanislaus Imports, www.lasioux.com), patterned papers (An Eerie Tale Collection from Graphic 45).
My personal favourite is the wall hanging, this would be spookily spectacular to hang on my door for halloween, what is your favourite we would love to hear?
The Chameleon Pens system is a very powerful art tool. It allows you to do one thing no other alcohol marker can: you can actually change the color of your ink, so each pen can give you multiple color tones.
Just think about it! That is some amazing stuff! To make your art look realistic with depth and dimension you need to have different color tones (lights, darks, shades). If you want to create depth and dimension on a purple bow using traditional alcohol pens, you need three flat colors to layer and blend.
With Chameleon Pens you can do that bow with ONE pen, and you don’t have to worry about things like: “Do these 3 purples blend and are they in the same color family?” You have that palette in that one purple pen, and all you have to do is fuse and color. Let the pen do the blending for you!
There is a small learning curve, as this is different than the multiple pen blend systems that you may have used before. It is much like any NEW art product – it may not be perfect on your first try, but with a little practice you will create great art! To help that learning process, we plan to add new video tutorials to our site every week.
In other news, we have a special for you if you sign up for our monthly newsletter “The Changing Times”. Every month, we will offer our subscribers a free digital download by one of our featured artists, with an in-depth tutorial on how to color it!
This month’s feature is “Violet The Bear” by illustrator Dave Antram. This is a great tutorial on how to create the textured fur effect, and when you learn it, you will love it!
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