It’s October so you know what it’s time for... Inktober! Since it was created in 2009 by Jake Parker, artists from all over the world have been taking part in the challenge by doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month. Want to join in using your Chameleon products? Get ready using our Inktober supplies checklist...
The supplies you’ll need
1. Chameleon Pens
The simplest way to get started? You’ll need to have your Chameleon Pens on hand, of course. We recommend our 52 Pen Super Set because you’ll have the full range of 50 Chameleon Pens and their tones, from pastels and primary to cool, natural and even skin tones. Plus one Detail Pen and one Colorless Blender to neaten up your work.
If this is the first (or one of the first times) you’ve come across Chameleon Pens, you’re probably wondering what makes these products so special. It’s because they’re so much more than a normal marker.
Due to the unique Mixing Chamber, you have the power to change colors and seamlessly transition from one tone to another. Just fuse your pen nib in the Mixing Chamber for a few seconds and you’ll see beautiful tonal gradations forming on the page as you shade.
Each pen goes from a light tint to vibrant tones. There’s no need to own and fiddle around with hundreds of pens anymore as 50 Chameleon Pens will eliminate many tonal gaps in your collection.
2. Chameleon Color Tops
Want to create color to color blends? Ordinarily, you’d have to switch between multiple tones of the same colors in order to create that smooth blend. Chameleon Color Tops eliminate all of that hassle.
Featuring the same technology as Chameleon Pens, the Color Tops fix onto your Chameleon Pens and allow you to access over 1,000 color combinations. Even opposite colors like orange and green can be blended easily and seamlessly. And all you’d need is one Chameleon Pen and one Color Top.
We recommend our Complete Color Tops Collection or you can browse the individual packs via the button below.
3. Chameleon Pencils
Inktober is all about creating drawings using ink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dabble in a little pencil work. You can use pencils to add some interesting highlights, shadows and accents to your artwork.
Chameleon Pencils are dual-ended pencils with two perfectly matched complementary color tones. There’s no need to own hundreds of colored pencils and have to constantly switch between a set when you want to color smooth gradations. All you need to do is flip to color between the tones and create beautifully blended work.
4. Artist quality paper or card
There are various stocks you could use for adult coloring and different products produce different results on these materials. For example, will you be using water-based markers or alcohol markers?
In water-based markers, the ink pigments are suspended in water or a mixture of water and glycerin. They’re great for creating a watercolor effect but the inks take much longer to dry than alcohol markers and it’s difficult to layer the colors without tearing the paper or card underneath.
In contrast, alcohol markers dry extremely quickly due to the pigments being suspended in alcohol instead of water. They also create vibrant, permanent colors. However, alcohol markers tend to bleed so you need to use high quality paper or card which is suitable for these type of markers. You should also place the paper you’re working with on top of something porous in order to protect your work surface.
Read some more tips on how to use alcohol markers here.
Judging from the reasons above, it’s clear that water and alcohol markers will require more than just your regular copy paper. If you want to create the most professional results, choose artist quality stock.
Tips on how to keep going when getting started with Inktober
Drawing is fun but doing a piece everyday for an entire month can be a challenge. Perhaps a busy schedule will get in the way or you might wake up one day and not be in the mood to draw. Here are some tips on how to stay motivated when taking on Inktober.
1. Keep some spare moments free to draw
When you know you have to draw a different thing everyday, it can feel like a bit of a burden. Especially considering how tough it can be to have some spare time to yourself. You might be so tired, you’re not in the right mindset for being artistic. But it doesn’t have to be a whole hour. Just save five minutes for a quick sketch.
Inktober isn’t about creating the most amazing, intricate work that clearly took half a day to finish. It’s about improving your ink skills and developing positive drawing habits. And that starts with seeing drawing as a fun relaxing hobby rather than a chore.
2. Prepare your work area
Have a designated area just for drawing. That way, you can get into the right mindset and let the creative juices flow out of you in the form of beautiful strokes of ink on a page.
We recommend having a clean and well-lit area so you can draw without worrying your work will get smudged or ruined.
3. Keep an ideas notepad
Strokes of inspiration can hit at any time. But you might not be in the right place to start sketching or you might not have the right tools for it on you. Rather than carrying your tools with you everywhere in case that stroke of inspiration hits, keep an ideas notepad. So, when you have one of those moments, you can quickly jot it down before you forget.
For example, take a look at this adorable "Sleeping Baby" that Jessica Sanders created for Inktober 2016. She used the Chameleon 5 Pen Skin Tones Set. Check out more of her Inktober entries on her blog right here.
Image by Jessica Sanders
4. Have a designated music playlist
Music is a great way to zone out while you draw. Have a special music playlist for drawing to truly coax the inspiration out of you. We recommend relaxing instrumentals and “focus” music to help you...well, focus.
Ready to hit Inktober out of the park?
Now that you know what you’ll need and what you need to do, it’s time to get started! Don’t forget to share all of your Inktober work and tag Chameleon Pens in your post as we’d love to see what you come up with.
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