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Have a colourful happy Halloween

Pumpkins Halloween 2017 cropBright autumnal colours in this sketch of pumpkins growing in a field, you know they’re ready to pick when they open their eyes!

I love this time of year, so much colour everywhere, including in my kitchen at the weekend as we carved a couple of pumpkins, which are already collapsing and morphing their cutout images into unrecognisable shapes.
I’m trying to capture that colour with my new Spectrum Noir blending markers, I need some practice but am finding the shading abilities of these pens great fun. I have in the past shied away from markers as I thought they were unblendable and too bold but the subtle shades and vibrancy I achieved with the pumpkin picture has made me think again.
Below you can see the blend achieved on the side of the drawing, plus the pen numbers I used. The line drawing was done with a Spectrum Noir Fineliner 0.8mm.  Pens can be bought in colour ranges and in small or large packs to suit your budget, have a look at the links below for more information and where to buy them.
spectrum pens

New pens for a familiar sight of Edinburgh Castle from Inverleith Park

Castle from InverleithParkWhat better view to test out some new Chameleon blending pens than that from Inverleith Park across Edinburgh.

Recently I pedalled along to Inverlieth Park in the north of Edinburgh to try out some new colour pens. I had been asked to create a wee workshop or step by step guide to using the new blending pens which use alcohol based ink and a mixing chamber of toner to blend the markers colour as you draw.


They take a bit of getting used to but can achieve amazing results. Basically you start drawing with an almost a white shade of your chosen hue and then over a few seconds the pen turns darker and a more true colour is achieved. See the link below at Cut Out + Keep for my full tutorial and step by step guide to using the pens.


Cut Out + Keep website

Chameleon Pens website