Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Product Spotlight: Chameleon Markers

We at collage are always excited about a product with great color, so today we want to highlight a cool new product bursting with color: Chameleon markers. These innovative markers are good for paper crafts, coloring books, manga, fine art and more. These markers are special because they can change tone as you color.

For instance, to create the images above, we used Strathmore Marker Paper, 6x8" pad, and just three Chameleon markers: YG3 (spring meadow), PK4 (peony pink), and BV2 (lavender).

This is a product that is great to use on-the-go: no need to travel around with a clunky bag of markers; with Chameleon markers, one marker will offer a large range of tones.

Maybe you’ve seen these around, and wondered how they work. We’re here to show you! Chameleon markers are available at all 3 collage locations. Read below to learn more about these unique markers.

With one marker, you have two different tips: a soft brush nib, and a bullet nib, for finer details. 

When you first pick up the marker, it's a little confusing (there's so many caps, and it's a long marker!); this chart shows you how it works: 

There is a built-in blender. The blender toning medium is held in the white nib, which you place in contact with the colored nib. You leave the two tips in contact for as long as you need (see chart below for different timing for tone options), then begin coloring. As you color, the tone will initially be lighter, but as you color, it will gradually return to its original color. (One thing to keep in mind, when you store the markers, be sure that one of the colored nibs isn't left in contact with the blender tip for long periods of time, or all of the color will be soaked into the blender tip.)

Images courtesy of Chameleon

Chameleon markers are similar to some others, like Tombow and Copics, in that they have two different tips (fine tip and brush tip), and a similar color coding system, e.g. YG3, a system that tells you the color family (yellow-green), and the tone number on a spectrum of 1-9 (3). They don't have as big of range of colors like Copic or Tombow. Where they shine though is in their portability, and in having the tonal option range with just one color. 

Other things to note about these markers: they are an alcohol-based marker, they are non-toxic and low order. The ink is permanent and quick-drying. Since it is alcohol-based, these pens will definitely bleed through most sketch and drawing papers, and most coloring book pages. We recommend using a nice thick paper, or paper formulated especially for pens, papers like Strathmore Bristol Paper or Marker Paper, or illustration board.

The ink is refillable, and the nibs are replaceable. The markers can be purchased individually (a single marker costs $6), or in sets. There are currently over 50 colors available! If you want to try them out, you can find them both individually and in sets at all 3 collage locations.