Pen Palette

What we see isn’t what we always get. A simple, everyday utensil can end up providing something unexpected to behold. For instance, grab a pen or sharpie of any colour and try this out.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Keep the pen or sharpie nearby for the right moment. You’ll also need a piece of paper to work your magic.


You know the great thing about this pen is that it can actually write any colour…

Show them the clearly ordinary pen. They may be skeptical.

Lend me your ears

Position the pen, ready to write.


Seriously, it can write any colour, pick a colour, any colour.

They’ll suggest a colour, perhaps something unconventional to test you, such as the colour purple.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

They’ll suggest a colour, perhaps something unconventional to test you, such as the colour purple.


How about orange? No problem.

Write down the word ‘orange’, or any other colour they throw your way.

Some extra lines you can try

  • Sometimes we just need a bit more colour in our lives.
  • Orange you glad I showed you this amazing pen?
  • It’s the colour purple, like the movie, but without Oprah Winfrey.
Alternative ending

If they try to stump you with, ‘It can write any colour, but can it also write ‘in’ any colour?’

Casually write the sentence, ‘In any colour’.

Anticipated responses and retorts

You trying to colour our world?

We should swap roles with a line like that.

Is that the best you got?

I got way more – Coolfidence has us covered.

Does this work on colour-blind folk?

It even works on Stevie Wonder.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to get people to smile.
  • When you get people to relax – a bit of silly can go a long way.
  • When you want to add some colour to a dull meeting.
Where to use it
  • sales meetings
  • general informal gatherings
  • mentoring
  • socializing
Getting ready
Items required
  • A pen and a piece of paper
  • This one is a piece of cake.
Training required
  • Smile and keep a straight face.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • You may get some cheesy groans.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a pen and a piece of paper

size size

we are talking about a pen

durability durability

make sure the pen is not the leaking kind

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this is best in a small group or as a one-on-one

possible health risk possible health risk

you may get a few groans but they will be lovable groans

reusable how many times you can use it

just once is good

training needed training needed

make sure your hand writing is legible

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