Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chameleon Alcohol Markers and SpectraFix

I recently saw someone ask on Facebook if anyone had any knowledge of these alcohol markers.
Of course that meant I had to go to Amazon and check them out.
Here is what Amazon had to say about them:

Chameleon Color Tones are much more than a normal marker they give you the power to change color! Chameleon Color Tones brings color control and simplicity to your art. Create stunning effects such as 3D, smooth transitions, highlighting, shading, graduations and blending, all with one pen. Each pen goes from as light as hint of a tint to rich tones, eliminating tonal gaps in your collection. One pen multiple tones!
And then I found an awesome video on the website to show them in use. 
They purported to be able to color and shade -
all with the same pen.
That left me wondering if they really did.
So. I ordered them.
Yes, I am a sucker for new product.
I can't help myself.
While I waited I drew this tile.
Simple, but it had the detail I needed to try the
Chameleon Alcohol Color Tone Markers.
I had also been wanting to try out this new fixative.

Supposedly it is:

non-toxic, fully archival, all natural, and odor-free.

That 'odor-free' is what drew me in.
No more having to take artwork outside to fix/seal
so you can breathe at the same time.
That was enough to sell me on the product right there.
The fact that it is quick-drying to an invisible, non-yellow, matte finish and can handle multiple layers of media was a plus. 
So of course I bought one of these from
Dick Blick, the maker of all things good. 

I sprayed the above tile right here in my studio.
A bunch. Several layers of spritzy spray fun and . . .
I couldn't smell a thing!
No fumes, no breathing issues, no head-ache.
Fast forward to the arrival of my Chameleon alcohol markers. 
The directions were a bit lacking, but I was able to soon figure out what to do.
The pen is a double nibbed wonder.
Bullet point on one end, brush on the other. 
 Each pen has a section that pops off one end.
Inside it is a blender stump with fluid.
You simply touch either the bullet point or the brush to the blender stump.
It picks up some blender fluid which allows you to
start coloring with very light color and as you
continue on, the color darkens until you are
using straight color.
Pretty awesome.

I'm not very good at it yet, but you can see my very first results in the tile above.
All the coloring, shading, and highlighting was done with just one marker. 
Whole tile was colored and done in less than two minutes.
I think I'm really going to love these markers.
Now. Time to go play some more!
I hope this little product review post was helpful to you. 


  1. Hi Alice. Thanks for the review, and, yes, it did help. In fact, I'm probably going to order both products soon as a result of your review. I know, I'm a sucker for new products too, especially if they are going to solve a problem or two like the SpectraFix. I love your tile and all the work you've been posting. You're doing a great job with tangling and the use of color. I'm right there with ya when it comes to bright colors. Love them....Linda E.

  2. Very useful indeed - the sample tile illustrating their function very well. Thanks for taking the trouble - having recently rehomed around half my stash & with the majority of it packed in boxes it's nice to be able to vicariously ogle new products.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. This is a great review. I had seen the markers on another blog several months ago, but with this review I now feel much more comfortable getting some. Thank you for taking the time, including the links, and doing a sample tile.


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