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Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

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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Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Hello all, Kia here with you today. I had some fun doing this card which I wanted to share with you.

I started the background with my die cut panel using a Tim Holtz stencil called Pines, which I placed on a slight angle. I dragged my Versamark embossing ink pad both across and down the stencil ensuring I did not cover the entire stencil. I then heat embossed using white embossing powder. For my colour I painted using Ken Oliver Color Burst powders in Turquoise, Chartruese and Phalo Green, then set aside to dry. 

I then stamped my images using Ranger Archival ink in Sepia and cut my images, then watercoloured using Zig Clean Color Brushes. I stamped everything from the set as I am never sure what I will use. I tuck the left overs in the back of my set storage for use another time. Once I was finished with the watercolour I painted the hats with acrylic white paint giving the “fur” texture, and when that was dry I went over it with Clear Wink of Stella.

I stamped the sentiment on the card panel using Ranger Library Green and attached the panel to fun foam, then attached to a light blue card base using Be Creative tape. I then made a mix using Perfect Pearls with a fair amount of water and painted over the panel which gives the panel a beautiful shimmer.  I proceeded to style the images slightly and attached using glue and foam squares.


I then went on to the inside of my card, again using the Pine stencil on my Wonky stitched panel, this time brushing on the inks in Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles. I stamped the sentiment using the Library Green ink, I think the “falala” is the perfect sentiment for this card.

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