Yesterday, I recieved a big box filled with goodies – a full set of the Chameleon Color Tops to go with my Chameleon Color Tones markers, as well as a full set of ink refils for them
I couldn’t wait to try them out, and did on a couple of small fungi I’d drawn, which you’ll see in another blog post as I want to use them on some mixed media index cards. I loved using them, and so wanted to do something a bit bigger, and the mandala above was the result.
What I love is the ability to create smooth gradations between one colour and another, with out the fuss of using two color tone pens to achieve this. Of course, I still love the original colourless to full colour color gradation, and have used this in the mandala on parts of the butterflies.
However, I love strong, bright colours, and the Chameleon Color Tops are fab for doing this!
Now, I do have a full set of Copic Ciao markers, which are great. However, achieving a smooth colour blend is quite difficult, especially with colours that are far apart in intensity or colour. You can use the tip to tip method of transferring colour from one pen to another and use the pen to blend the colour a bit better, but I still struggle, even on specialist marker paper.
Not any more!
What I haven’t done is to look at how the pens blend when the colours are from different colour groups, such as blending a green to a red, but you can guarantee I’m going to try them out. Apart from them maybe creating some mud where the colours overlap (which would happen anyway), I have confidence they’ll do this just fine and dandy.