Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers + Card

I ordered a 60 count set of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers from Amazon about 3 weeks ago and it was being imported from Japan. The tracking info stated that it would be delivered between 6/22 and 7/14 – so I was pretty excited when the doorbell rang yesterday and I had to sign for something from Japan! These markers are so unique: though they are waterbased – they blend well like Copics – but are for use on watercolor paper. They are not refillable – but I hear they last a long time. Their tips are made of real brush fibers instead of the typical felt nibs – so you can do brush lettering with them too! I’m excited about this feature.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 1

My first goal, of course, is always organization. I have a very small crafting space so everything has to have it’s place. Jennifer McGuire has done some amazing tutorials on these markers – so be sure to check out her YouTube channel. She also organizes her pens this way and I found it to be very helpful and it was exactly what I wanted – so I duplicated it. I created color swatches for the tops of these pens using watercolor paper, the ink colors and a Ranger detailer brush. Once a sample of the watercolored ink is dry, I used a standard whole punch and punched it out. Then I glued it on the top of each cap with Multi Medium Matte glue. I started out with this MMM glue and then switched to the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue – no reason – I just wanted to see if it would stick as well and it did. Then I colored half of the swatch with the true ink color (untouched by water). So – you’ll see what it looks like as a marker and as watercolor. To finish the look, I topped it off with Crystal Effects (similar to Glossy Accents) – I think this provides a protective barrier for the swatches. Plus – it looks great! 🙂

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 2

These desk cubes are from Amazon (will be listed in the supplies section below). I got two – one unit for my distress markers (which I didn’t have a storage solution for before now). Distress markers have to be stored horizontally – so this is a great solution. The Zig markers can be stored either way – but personally – I like for all my markers to be stored horizontally – I think it’s easier to see the colors and to grab them for use. These cubes are 6″x6″x6″; Zig Markers are 6″; Distress markers 7″-so it overhangs just a tad, which doesn’t bother me.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 3

You can really watercolor with these markers – I made a quick card to show that you can create a watercolor background using the Zig markers – just like you can with Distress markers. You really don’t have to have both kinds of markers – you can really create the same looks with either. They are just unique in their own ways – not to mention the colors are very different.

Four Feathers Watercolor with Zig Clean Color BM 1

Four Feathers Watercolor with Zig Clean Color BM

I wanted to use vellum on this card because I want to use it in Darlene Devries’ Live Love Cards June Challenge.

Four Feathers Watercolor with Zig Clean Color BM 2

I also want to mention that this card is inspired by Carissa Wiley’s Card in the Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop. You can visit the Blog Hop here or click on the image. So I’ll be entering this card there as well in addition to on Darlene’s Vellum Challenge. 2 for 1 – YAY!

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Here’s my video on the storage of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a quick tutorial on this card:

Supplies:

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers used on the card: 028 pale pink, 026 light pink, 021 light carmine


Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad
Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Crumb Cake Ink
Crumb Cake Ink

Stazon White and Refill Ink
Stazon White and Refill Ink

Feathers Framelit Dies
Feathers Framelit Dies

Banners Framelits Dies
Banners Framelits Dies

Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush

1/4

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

QC Precision Tip Applicator Bottle
QC Precision Tip Applicator Bottle

Deflect-O Desk Cube
Deflect-O Desk Cube

SU Dots & Stripes
SU Dots & Stripes

Four Feathers
Four Feathers

LYB Love, Laugh & Smile
LYB Love, Laugh & Smile

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Crystal Effects
Crystal Effects

*Disclaimer: This is a supply list that I’ve created myself and have links to the site where I think you can get the best savings or more specifically, where I may have purchased these items. For this reason, only one site will be listed for each item. Please note this in no way means the item can only be purchased from the site listed here. J

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23 thoughts on “Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers + Card

    • Thank you! I have to be honest and say that both these products are new to me. Until recently, I was afraid to use non-Stampin’ Up! products. Price wise – they are exactly the same for the distress markers versus the Zig Clean Color Markers. BUT – both can be used for watercoloring. For this reason – I would choose the distress inks. Reason being – Tim Holtz has an entire line of distress products and you can expand your collection (currently, I own the mini pads, reinkers, and markers- I don’t think that I need anything else and I can do a lot with just these three items). The blending tool/foam rounds are definitely a must have as well – though I have yet to use them. Makes me a little unqualified to give you my opinion, doesn’t it? But distress inks also have amazing properties – interacting with water – blending beautifully with or without water. The Zig markers are a big hype – 80 markers total – and I don’t know if they’ll come out with new colors. Right now, Distress Inks have 53 colors and counting. Every month this year, Tim Holtz is releasing a new color. I have a feeling that this line will always grow and expand to meet trends with their colors – and they always do a full release of each color with all their products. So personally – Distress inks are the way to go. The markers are a great start – because you can do watercolor just as I did in my video – or do more direct coloring and adding water using an water detailer brush/aqua painter. I hope this information is helpful!

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  1. I have found your blog by clicking on your entry in the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop featuring water coloring. For the life of me, I cannot figure out where readers are supposed to be looking at the designer’s work, and making comments to qualify for the generous prizes being given away. Your work is beautiful, and I enjoyed watching and listening to your video very much. Thank you.

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    • Thanks, Linda! I think it’s all random…but I’m not sure how they check and choose winners either. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my video! I appreciate it!

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  2. Thank you so much for your response. You have given me much to consider. I am still saving, so I will let you know when I can finally purchase markers. I admire your creativity. Awaiting your next card…

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    • Sorry Glenis! My first reply carried over from another comment! I know what you mean! Sometimes COLOR can really change how something looks. I usually think something isn’t for me until I see it used in a way I love and I’m sold! Thanks for stopping by and for liking my video!

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