Saturday 30 July 2016

C is for Chameleon

A bit ahead of myself for once with The Craft Barn dictionary challenge. This fortnight the letter is C and as I have been having fun with my paints recently I decided to attempt a chameleon. I found lots of photos of the extremely colourful panther chameleon to inspire me.

First I gessoed the page and then masked off the panel for the main image, before swirling various shades of green to create a background. I stamped the circle patterns in paint and the leaves in blue ink with paint highlights. Next to paint the chameleon which was not as difficult as I thought because the dots could be overlaid until I got the effect I wanted. To tie it all together at the end I did a scribble frame, with a little shadow shading to make it stand out, and a few splatters to tie the focal image to the rest of the page.

 I understand chameleons change colour with mood. I'm guessing this is his grumpy outfit!

Materials used:
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints
Ranger Archival Ink : cobalt
Inkadinkado: roulette
PaperArtsy: EDY18
Stabilo All pencil
gel pen


  1. Love your chameleon. He really stands out in his grumpy outfit!

  2. Fabulous chameleon, love how colourful he is, even if he is grumpy! I'm sure you are going to enjoy your watercolour course, and I look forward to seeing some results!

  3. Amazing! Gorgeous contrast between the background and the supercolourful chameleon. Fantastic!

  4. Love your chameleon, gorgeous colours, perhaps he's trying to be a flower.

  5. Lots of lovely layers on this piece. That chameleon is stunning on the green/blue background. Great work.

  6. Wow! A fabulous page. The grumpy, colourful chameleon is beautifully painted and you've linked him into the background perfectly.

  7. This is a fabulous page, I love the colours and the chameleon is special.
    xxx Hazel.

  8. I love the colours of your chameleon. The background complements the colours perfectly.

  9. Your chameleon has glorious colours when he is grumpy! Great choice of word too...


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