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{ Make It! } Creative Awareness For Mums Who Want To Be Happy

Using Creativity To Manage My Depression

Several years ago, as some of you well know, I had a serious car accident. I suffered Post Trauma and Depression which impacted the decision for me to leave my well paying graphic design job to care for myself.

During this time, I was looking for a ways to improve my mindset and help neutralise my thought virus cycles.

These were:

  • the feeling of being helpless and trapped in my injured body
  • unemployable and the impact it would have on my design career
  • tormented by my irrational and depressive thoughts of being a burden to my family

I was none of those things, but the depression was so overpowering, I truly believed every bit of it.

My daughter about three and we would paint out on the back patio. We would use watercolours and acrylics mostly. It was really enjoyable and surprisingly, none of those depressive thoughts entered my mind while I was being creative. BOOM! Idea...

So, after reading The Artist's Way by Author Julia Cameron, I then set up a very simple 3 step process to continue with this personally creative awareness process, I turned it into a mini workshop for myself.

I started to improve. The more I did, the happier I became.

While I was a graphic designer for 'work' it is very different to being creative for yourself and relaxation.

  • For work creativity, there is usually a deadline associated with the creative work, so there is a level of anxiety and stress to meet those deadlines, usually with someone who knows nothing about design leaning over your shoulder telling you how to do your job... nothing's ever good enough (even to your own standards) *rolls eyes* everyone's a bloody expert! LOL
  • For personal creativity, there is a level of freedom, expression, pride and achievement in your production. The difference is people leaning over your shoulder are either praising you for your creativity, embracing you because they feel the message in your work or are aspiring to do the same as you!

Can you see the difference?

So, I bundled up my self-imposed mini workshop into something other mums could apply really easily, with my guidance and soon the Creative Awareness workshops were underway. They even managed to get me on a local morning TV show for 4 minutes and a double page spread in Spotlight's Get Creative Magazine in the Creative SuperHero section. 

If you go to Inspiring MumsTV on YouTube, there are testimonials and highlights of our workshops. While I don't run them anymore, their impact was felt and those who did attend took away some self care tools to help them on their happiness journey.


What I do To Stay Happy?

Answer? This... I colour my way to happiness!

{ Make It ! } Dragon Lunch bag Art full Time lapse on blog #dragon #artist #drawing #timelapse #mumswhoblog #mums #howtodraw

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Using Creativity To Manage YOUR Happiness

Recently I came across these Chameleon Pens via Facebook. I was floored, they have brilliant coverage and graduated tones all using one pen colour at a time. I have really wanted a complete set of Copic Markers but as I am on a "Mummy Budget" as I call it, Copic pens are really a luxury out of my reach right now.

That's why did a little happy dance coming across these Chameleon pens! My pen fantasy became much closer to being a reality as they are much more affordable AND you don't need as many pens because of their innovative design and functionality. 

My aim here is to simply help you find and KEEP your happiness, like I have! Everything is here in black, white and Colour :) if you have ANY questions please comment below or email me via our contact form. If these pens make you as happy as they do me, my inspiring job is done for the day ;)

Chameleon Color Tones - 22 Pen Deluxe Set

Product Description

AUD$149.99 + p/h (SKUCT2201)

Chameleon Color Tones is an innovative alcohol-based marker system that gives you the ability to change the color tone of your pen.

The 20 vibrant colors produce over 100 color tones giving you the ability to create stunning effects such as 3D, smooth transitions, highlighting, shading, gradations and blending, all with one pen. Each pen goes from as light as a hint of a tint to rich tones, eliminating tonal gaps in your collection.

One pen blends multiple tones. The Chameleon Color Tones system allow you to do more with less!

  • Double-Ended Pen 
  • Japanese SuperSoft Brush Nib and Bullet Nib
  • Professional Quality Alcohol-Based Ink
  • Refillable Inks 
  • Replaceable Nibs
  • Permanent on Most Surfaces 
  • Compatible with all other Alcohol-Based Inks
  • Non-Toxic and Low Odor
  • Ideal for All Paper Crafts, Manga, Graphic and Fine Art

See how it works! 

You can use Chameleon Color Tones in 2 Ways:

  1. As a high quality alcohol based traditional marker pen.
  2. Adjusting color tones to create one-pen-blends and graduations.

What do you get?

  1. 20 x Color Tones pens
    • Double-ended with Japanese SuperSoft Brush and Bullet Nibs. Chameleon Color Tones set includes:
      • Crimson Red RD4, Seville Orange OR4, Warm Sunset YO3, Summer Sun YL2, Spring Meadow YG3, Grass Green GR3, Aqua Marine BG4, Royal Blue BL6, Sky Blue BL3, Blue Violet BV4, Deep Violet VO4, Purple Grape PR4, Olive Green OL3, Bark BR5, Hot Cocoa BR2, Deep Black BK4, Cool Gray CG8, Bisque NU1, Bubble Gum PK3, Fawn NU3. 
  2. 1 x Colorless Blender
    • A double-ended pen with Japanese SuperSoft Brush and Bullet Nibs containing the same colorless Toning Medium used in the Mixing Chamber of Chameleon Color Tones. Used to overlay, lighten or continue blending already applied color. Use over any color to add texture and patterns.
  3. 1 x Detail Pen
    • A double-ended pen with two Fine Line nibs (0.6mm and 0.4mm) containing black dye-based ink that is permanent when dry and compatible with alcohol-based inks. Used for illustrating, outlining and to accent stamping. Whatever you draw will not smear when combined with Chameleon Color Tones.
  4. Multi-purpose Case and Work Station
  5. Deluxe Instructions and Idea Guide

* Chameleon Pens are certified AMCI  (Art Materials Creative Institute) Certified and are NON TOXIC


Shipping & Returns

How much does shipping cost? Shipping is currently AUS$8.95 per order (Australia & Territories). Please use the shipping estimation at the checkout from your nearest location.

How long does it take to get my order? Orders are usually processed within 24 hours of being received, weekdays. Orders received on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will normally ship on Monday. Orders are sent by AusPost Express Satchel. Shipments are trackable and details will be provided.

Can I return an item? Please inspect your order upon delivery. We work hard to produce the highest quality markers, but if something is wrong with your order please contact us within 30 days of receipt of your product. New, unopened items purchased from our online store can also be returned. 

To return an order, please contact our customer service via email at help@chameleonpens.com. We will work with you to issue a Return Authorisation Number.  This RA# must be included with your returned shipment.

This does not affect your statutory rights.


© Chameleon Art Products Ltd, Unit 23 Bolney Grange Business Park, Stairbridge Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5PB, UK. Chameleon™ Color Tones is a trade mark or registered trade mark of FMS Partnership, Isle of Man IM2 4LB, British Isles.Protected by international patents/patent applications.

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