Green Stuff World - Chameleon Paints

Learn how to use these incredible paints effectively - watch this tutorial from Green Stuff World on how to add iridescent layers using their extensive range of "Chameleon paints".

Green Stuff World - Chameleon Paints

How to use color shift paints

What is Chameleon Paint?

Chameleon paint is a special type of miniature paint that changes colour depending on the viewing angle and lighting conditions. It contains tiny colour-shifting pigments designed to reflect and refract light, creating a unique iridescent effect that can range from subtle to dramatic.

How Do Chameleon Paints Work?

Chameleon paint is composed of pearlescent particles capable of changing colour when viewed from different perspectives. To achieve this effect, proper application is crucial. Follow these steps to ensure the best results:

  1. Surface Preparation: Ensure the surface of the figure is clean, dry, and free of dust.
  2. Base Coat: Apply a black base coat to enhance adhesion.
  3. Mixing: Shake the bottle of chameleon paint to mix the pigments thoroughly.
  4. Application: Apply the first coat of chameleon paint using a brush or airbrush. When the first coat is completely dry, apply the next coat. It's recommended to finish with 3 or 4 light coats to maintain the effect.
  5. Varnishing: Although chameleon paint is very durable, applying a varnish is advisable. Depending on the desired final effect, the varnish can be glossy or matte.

How do I get the most out of Chameleon/Color Shift paints?

  • Always shake the paint bottle - it’s always important to mix your paints but a good mix is essential 
  • Use dark or black basecoats, preferably gloss - this will provide the best base for the colour changing effect. Gloss basecoats will also reflect light, improving the effect when light hits your model. 
  • The bigger the surface area, the better the shift - while these paints are fantastic at accentuating smaller details, they shine on the larger parts of your model - think cloaks and armour plates. 
  • Curved surfaces will reflect light better - applying Chameleon paints to these areas will really make the Color Shift effect pop. 

By following these steps, you can achieve the signature colour-shifting effects that make chameleon paints from Green Stuff World so popular among modellers and artists.

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