Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Hey crafty friends! Chala here and today I am sharing a super quick and beginner friendly card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

If you are just starting out I recommend the set of 24 which give you a great selection of colours at a fair price point.

Getting started:

For today’s card I pulled out the Birth-yay stamp set from MFT. I stamped it with VersaClair Nocturne Ink onto some Canson Cold pressed water colour paper cut down to 4″ x 9″.

The Technique:

I am using a wet on dry technique. Start colouring with your lightest colour. You can then go back after to add a darker shadow or shading. It is always easier to cover lighter colours then try to mute darker ones!

Take time to swatch your mediums so that you have a better idea of what colours you would like to use. You can see I did not do this in the video…but decided to take time to do it once I was done. This will make colouring on future projects much easier and quicker!

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Set of 48 colour swatch

Once I achieve the shading I like I will go back over with my darker colour and use my Aqua Flow waterbrush to pull the colour out.

To avoid getting a “muddy” look with the watercolours (and because I am impatient) use your heat tool to dry the image in between.

A few of my thoughts:

The Zig Real Brush markers are very user friendly. I shared with you in a previous post my experience with Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Pens and to me they are night and day. I love both for very different reasons. In my opinion, I found the Nuvo Aqua Flow Brush Pens to be very juicy and heavy pigmented.

You may find as a beginner to watercoloring that the Zig Real Brush markers give you a bit more control and are more forgiving. The look is more translucent and in keeping with a more “traditional” watercolour look.

To create the blue wash background I scribbled the Zig Real Brush marker onto my Tim Holtz Glass media mat. Then I picked up the colour with the Aqua Flow water brush and applied it direct to the watercolour paper.

Finishing Touches:

Once the image was dry, I trimmed down the panel and matted it onto some Lawn Fawn Black Licorice carstock and adhered that to the card base. My card base measured 9″ x 8″ and was scored it at 4″ creating a unique business envelope sized card.

I stamped the coordinating sentiments from the Birth-yay stamp set onto Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock. Then using Versamark ink I heat embossed with white embossing power.

By using foam squares to pop the sentiment strips up I add a nice layer of dimension and interest to the project.

I added some highlights to the card with a white gel pen. and stamped a few images onto the envelope itself and coloured them with Copic Markers.

I was so excited to send this card in the mail I forgot to take nice close up pictures of the finished product. 🤦🏻‍♀️ So I apologize for the grainy look of this photo.

The Video:

Remember you can watch the video of how I painted and put this card together by clicking below.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

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~ Chala
"Crafting Through the Chaos of Life"

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