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What are Chameleon Fineliners & How do They Work?

By Chameleon Art Products
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Are you ready to write, draw, doodle, and color like no other? Of course, you are.

Now, what if we told you all this and more is possible with the world’s first color-blending fineliner?

Keep reading to find out everything you could possibly want to know about these amazing fineliners, as well as why they are a must-have in everyone’s art, crafts, and stationery stash.


1. What are Chameleon Fineliners?

2. How do Chameleon Fineliners work?

3. How to store Chameleon Fineliners

4. Techniques & Examples

What are Chameleon Fineliners?

Let’s start at the beginning, because where else would we start. 😂

Perfect for writing, drawing, and adding texture and details to your illustrations and coloring projects, Chameleon Fineliners are a must-have item in your kit.

Chameleon Fineliners

Featuring a 0.3mm metal-clad nib, ergonomic design, and dry safe ink the Chameleon Fineliners will help you take your writing to the next level and turn your doodles into art. But what makes these pens so different is the fact that you can create stunning one pen color blends.


How do Chameleon Fineliners Work? 

How to create color blends with Chameleon Fineliners

Now, you can use our Chameleon Fineliners like an ordinary pen. They feature water-based dry safe ink, so they’re compatible with the majority of papers (think: journals, notebooks, and even bibles) and you can leave the caps off for 2 days without having to worry about the ink drying out.

But wait, there’s more!

Here’s the fun part, you can create color blends. Because there is ink stored in your pen and the cap, all you need to do is swap the cap from another Chameleon Fineliner and place it on your pen. Hold the pen vertically from anywhere from 1 - 30 seconds.

How Chameleon Fineliners work

Top tip: The longer you infuse for, the longer your blend will be.

Then, take the cap off the pen and watch in amazement as your pen seamlessly blends from one color to another.

If you’re feeling a bit extra, you can infuse with 2, 3, or even 4 caps before coloring to create incredible multicolor blends.

3 ways to use Chameleon Fineliners

Watch these amazing pens in action.


Chameleon Fineliners color blending art pens writing drawing doodle


How to Store Chameleon Fineliners  

When not in use, we recommend storing your pens horizontally (flat). That way the ink sits level in the pen. You can store the pens vertically in a pot if you wish, though you'll want to place the pens upside down to continuously "recharge" the caps. 

Speaking of recharging the caps, this technique is also helpful when you first get your pens as well as if you want to top up the ink stored in your pen cap.

To recharge; ensure the cap and pen are matching colors. Stand pen upside down (cap at the bottom) and leave for at least 15 minutes - then get creating!

Before storing, always remember to color out any blended color and to place the correct cap on the pen. 


Techniques & Examples

Write, color & draw with your Chameleon Fineliners


This one is super obvious, but these Chameleon Fineliners are amazing to write with! Their ergonomic design makes them super comfy to hold and use for long periods of time. Plus, thanks to the ability to blend multiple colors together, you can create amazing rainbow blend writing – perfect for your school/college projects, notebooks, journals, and more.

Writing of the word 'Love' multiple times in the shame of a heart written with a Chameleon Fineliner

Love writing by Carolina Ghelfi


Chameleon Fineliners color blending pens ergonomic design

Everything Changes by Grace Frösén


Featuring a 0.3mm metal-clad nib makes these pens fantastic for outlining and adding details to your drawings, sketches, and designs.

Wing doodle drawn with a Chameleon Fineliner color blending pen

Wing doodle by Carolina Ghelfi

Butterfly wing doodle drawn with a Chameleon Fineliner color blending pen

Wing doodle by Carolina Ghelfi


Here’s a fun fact: because our fineliners are water-based, you can use them with your Chameleon markers and the inks won’t smudge, blend, or react.

David drawing

David by Jonathan Knight

Drawing of an owl colored with Chameleon Fineliners

Owl by Jessica Stadden

Drawing of Mr Foxworth colored with Chameleon Fineliners

Mr Foxworth by Clara Tsang

Wave drawing colored with blue Chameleon Fineliners Waves by Danielle Foye


No surprises here: being fineliners, these pens are perfect for coloring in all those small, intricate areas in your drawings, designs, and coloring pages. If you’re looking to cover a larger area/design, you’ll love our marker pens – check them out here

Here’s some of our favorite ways you can color with Chameleon Fineliners:

Line Work & Hatching

This first example is a super easy way to quickly add a pop of color to your designs. 

Coloring Chameleon Fineliners artwork

Coloring spiderweb pattern by Carolina Ghelfi


A great way to build depth with fineliners is through hatching and cross-hatching. Combined with the ability to blend color, this means you can create bright highlights and striking shadows.

Portrait drawing created with Chameleon Fineliners Portrait by Polina Bright


Yes that is a technical term. A fun way to add a pop of color is to do patterns such as squiggles, dots, and any other motifs you can think of.


Chameleon Fineliners writing calligraphy


I love you by Amanda Arneill



Now, what you need to remember with pointillism is that; the closer your dots are the darker the area will appear.

Drawing of flowers created using the art technique Pointillism with Chameleon Fineliners

Pointillism flowers by Jowellyn Neviille

To read our Top Tips on Creating Inspiring Pointillism Illustrations blog, click here

Small Areas

If you are looking to color in a block fashion, try our Chameleon Color Cards. Packs such as Mini Mandalas feature some small areas great for fineliners.

Yes, the fine tip means that coloring will take longer, but this doesn’t necessarily need to be a negative. Take your time and enjoy the process of coloring in your design.

Bonus Techniques

Art and creativity are fun, so grab your Chameleon supplies and experiment!

A fun combo is to use your fineliners with your other supplies. Take a look at this colorful chameleon by Issac Lee with his Chameleon markers and fineliners.

Colorful Chameleon animal drawing colored with Chameleon Fineliners
Chameleon by Isaac Lee

And let’s not forget about adding water…

Fun fact: As these fineliners are water-based you can add some water to dilute, blend, and create watercolor art.


Chameleon Fine Liners Video


Watercolor Pine Trees by Danielle Foye


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