Using the pens to create a landscape.
As the Edinburgh Sketcher I am usually found drawing in the great outdoors rather than in a studio so for this how to I decided to go out into Inverleith Park and in particular the area above the duck pond which has a great view of Edinburgh Castle and the city in between.
Each of the double nibbed Chameleon Color Tones Pens have the ability to blend from light to dark as you draw. Using the Toning Medium from the Mixing Chamber which comes with each pen you can 'dilute' the original colour of the pen to just a hint of the original hue.
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When colouring a surface which is dark and light in different places, such as the brick work on my illustration then lighten the nib as usual using the Mixing Chamber. However instead of keeping the nib on the paper 'hop' around the page colouring the lighter parts first and as the nib darkens move through the various tones around the page. If your nib becomes too dark simple place it back in the Mixing Chamber to lighten it once more.
The Colourless Border Pen
Use this pen blend already applied colour on your drawing, or to highlight and add texture to flat colour on your image. I added a few lines in the sky and on the water in the loch to add ripples and movement.
The Chameleon Color Tones Pens are a great addition to an artists toolbox, however they do take time to become familiar with and practice will make perfect. My top tip is to have a scrap piece of paper ready to try your pen before applying to your drawing, at least until you get to know how the Mixing Chamber effects each pen.