Video: More On the Clean Color Real Brush Pens + GIVEAWAY

Hi! After sharing my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen videos the other day, I received a lot of questions… so I decided to create another. I hope it is helpful!

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As I mentioned, this is my third info video on the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens… intended to answer many questions I have received. The first gives a basic intro to the pens (HERE) and the second shows 6 ways to use them (HERE). Be sure to check those out if you have not already. (And by the way – as always – I was not paid or asked to do these videos. I just truly like the product.)

In the video, I also mentioned that I store my pens in a handy, inexpensive container that is 6″x6″x6″ and can stored vertically or horizontally. I am so glad to be able to grab them and go!

Using a small hole punch, I created a dot of the color to adhere to the pen’s cap. I finished it off with a coat of Glossy Accents. This color coding makes it SO much easier for me to find the color I want.

COLORS

I purchased all 80 of the colors available so that you can get a closer look at the colors. (Scroll down for the free ink swatch download.) Please know that you don’t need all 80. (Unless, of course, you think you will use them a lot, lol. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth. These bad boys are even going on vacation with me in a few weeks!) You can get a handful of colors and mix and blend to form new colors. (Click to make bigger.)

The colors I reach for most often are: 200, 021, 025, 020, 052, 050, 041, 045, 302, 036, 031, 042, 030, 080, 082, 090, 091, 071, 064, 062.

INK SWATCH DOWNLOAD

If you would like to create ink swatches like I share here, you can download THIS file. Just print it on watercolor paper (or whatever paper you prefer), add the color and trim them down.

SOURCES + COST

There are a few places you can get the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Keep in mind – there is a high demand for them right now, so they are out of stock at many stores. Stores are waiting on the manufacturers to get them more.

  • Simon Says Stamp has packs and individual markers coming soon – very soon!
  • Ellen Hutson has packs and all individual markers.
  • Amazon has several packs. The pricing on their packs is lower than other stores because I believe they are coming direct from the manufacturer… from Japan. Shipping will take some time and the prices will flux based on demand.
  • Dick Blick (a wonderful online art store) has some packs and some of the individual markers.
  • Hallmark Scrapbook and Crafts also has a few of the packs. I have not personally ordered from them but have talked a lot with the owner and they seem wonderful and supportive of the industry. I have also spoke with many of my readers who have had great experiences with them.
  • There are a few other online art and marker stores that sell them individually. Be careful – I just had a bad experience with one. I recommend the ones I mentioned here. :)

These markers are a little more than $3 a piece. This is much less than a Copic Marker, but more than many watercolor markers. Keep in mind that these markers can be used in mutiple ways to get multiple looks. Therefore, I feel the price is good. Purchasing the pens in packs helps keep the cost down a bit.

PACKS

Many people have asked which colors are included in each pack. Here is a list. Keep in mind that there are 80 colors available, but the biggest pack is 60. The remaining 20 need to be purchased individually if you want them all. (Click store abbreviations next to the product name for links to products – Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Dick Blick (DB).)

  • 4 pack – pale (DB): 21 Light Carmine, 036 Light Blue, 052 Bright Yellow, 081 Light Purple
  • 4 pack – pop (DB): 025 Pink, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 051 Lemon Yellow
  • 4 pack – pure (DB): 022 Carmine Red, 030 Blue, 040 Green, 050 Yellow
  • 4 pack – deep (DB): 027 Dark Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 043 Olive Green, 061 Light Brown
  • 6 pack (DB): 010 Black, 082 Purple, 022 Carmine Red, 032 Persian Blue, 040 Green, 052 Bright Yellow
  • 12 pack (SSS | EH | AZ | DB): 010 Black, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 050 Yellow, 060 Brown, 070 Orange, 081 Light Violet, 091 Light Gray
  • 24 pack (EH | AZ): 010 Black, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray,
  • 36 pack (EH | AZ): 010 Black, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray, 028 Pale Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 046 Mid Green, 047 May Green, 064 Oatmeal, 065 Mid Brown, 067 Mustard, 093 Green Gray, 094 Gray Brown, 095 Dark Gray, 096 Mid Gray
  • 48 pack (SSS | EH | AZ): 010 Black, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray, 028 Pale Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 046 Mid Green, 047 May Green, 064 Oatmeal, 065 Mid Brown, 067 Mustard, 093 Green Gray, 094 Gray Brown, 095 Dark Gray, 096 Mid Gray, 024 Wine Red, 023 Scarlet Red, 036 Light Blue, 037 Cornflour Blue, 038 Peacock Blue, 042 Turquoise Green, 051 Lemon Yellow, 061 Light Brown, 063 Ochre, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 082 Purple, 083 Lilac
  • 60 pack (SSS | EH | AZ): 010 Black, 021 Light Carmine, 022 Carmine Red, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 030 Blue, 031 Cobalt Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 041 Light Green, 040 Green, 043 Olive Green, 044 Deep Green, 045 Pale Green, 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 060 Brown, 062 Dark Brown, 070 Orange, 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 080 Violet, 081 Light Violet, 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray, 092 Blue Gray, 028 Pale Pink, 035 Deep Blue, 046 Mid Green, 047 May Green, 064 Oatmeal, 065 Mid Brown, 067 Mustard, 093 Green Gray, 094 Gray Brown, 095 Dark Gray, 096 Mid Gray, 024 Wine Red, 023 Scarlet Red, 036 Light Blue, 037 Cornflour Blue, 038 Peacock Blue, 042 Turquoise Green, 051 Lemon Yellow, 061 Light Brown, 063 Ochre, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 082 Purple, 083 Lilac, 001 Fl. Yellow, 002 Fl. Orange, 003 Fl. Pink, 004 Fl. Green, 020 Red, 027 Dark Pink, 029 Geranium Red, 033 Persian Green, 034 Dull Blue, 048 Emerald Green, 053 Yellow Green, 084 Deep Violet
  • Remaining 20 – Available individually and not in packs (SSS | EH | DB): 200 Sugared Almond Pink, 220 Tea Rose, 202 Peach Pink, 222 Pink Flamingo, 230 Pale Rose, 260 Deep Red, 049 Green Shadow, 400 Marine Green, 303 Shadow Mauve, 302 Haze Blue, 803 English Lavender, 068 Deep Brown, 075 Brick Beige, 098 Pale Dawn Gray, 069 Blush, 900 Warm Gray 2, 901 Gray Tint, 097 Pale Gray, 099 Cool Gray 1, 902 Natural Gray

GIVEAWAY

I bought an extra 12 pack of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to give to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/31/15 telling me if you prefer watercolor or other forms of coloring. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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2 Videos: Clean Color Real Brush Markers + Giveaway!

Hello! Today I have two videos. The first gives an intro to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and the second shows 6 ways to use them. There is a lot of info… but I think you will really like this product!

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VIDEO 1: INTRO TO PENS

VIDEO 2: SIX WAYS TO USE PENS

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are very unique. They have an actual brush tip with a water-based ink inside. You can blend the colors effortlessly with or without water, so there are many fun techniques they can be used for.

For any and all techniques with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, I highly recommend using watercolor paper. My favorites are the Tim Holtz (4.25″ x 5.5″) and Ranger (8.5″ x 11″) papers… which are the same exact paper but in different sizes. The ink in the pens simply blends better on watercolor paper.

If you are interested in seeing the options available for purchasing these pens, you can check the thumbnails at the end of this post. You can get them individually at Ellen Hutson or in packs at Simon Says Stamp (they will have more options next week) or Amazon. They are also available at Dick Blick. I would recommend picking colors and getting them individually or make an investment and try the 36 pack. However, the 12 or 24 would be great, too!

Here is a closer look at 6 different ways to use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

#1: BASIC WATERCOLOR

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are fantastic for basic watercolor. Simply lay down a bit of color and use water and a brush (I like a waterbrush) to pull the color to blend in an area. While the paper is still wet, you can bring the pen tip back to add more color – it will not damage it. This is by far the best experience I have had with watercolor – very easy to control and blend. If you want more of a watercolor look, you can use more water to blend. I like having the option! (Yes, I still like my Peerless and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. This is just another option.)

#2: SHIMMER WATERCOLOR

A fun way to make the first technique even more fun is to use a Wink of Stella shimmer pen to “watercolor” instead of water. The bit of added “thickness” in the Wink of Stella fluid allows even more control than a waterbrush… and results in gorgeous shine. (By the way… if your Wink of Stella runs out, simply add more water and you can give it more life. A lot of the shimmer settles and can be “revived” with the added water.) You can also use any shimmer mist you may have on hand with a brush.

#3: SOFT WATERCOLOR

I have always struggled to get super soft watercolor looks. However, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are available in very light colors. Therefore, you don’t have to add a ton of water to get a soft look. Or you can put down just a tiny bit (thanks to the fine tip) of bold color and blend it out to be soft.

#4: MULTI-COLOR WATERCOLOR

Blending two different colors with water is also very simple with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I can’t even begin to describe how effortless this is. I use this technique a lot when I am on the go.

#5: NO-WATER BLENDING

Love the look of Copic Markers but struggle with blending or the high cost? The Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens can be used *without* water, also… with wonderful blending capabilities. Check out the bold color and smooth blending. I am so tickled by how this works. This technique is a huge reason why these pens are so very unique from others.

#6: NO-WATER MULTI-COLOR BLENDING

It is even possible to blend multiple colors without water when using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.

Fun, huh?

I finished off all six cards by die cutting the stamped piece with the WPlus9 Love Showers tag die. I created 5.5″ x 3.75″ notecards and stamped either the new Hero Arts 6×6 Woodgrain or Forest Floor backgrounds. Since the card is narrow, the tag can hang off the edge but still fit in an envelope.

CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH COLORS

There are 80 colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens available… which can be bought individually or in packs of 4, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60. (See thumbnails below for the various sources that have these available.) These pens are not super cheap (although they are less than half the price of Copic) but you do not need many to have a great experience with them.

Below are ink swatches of the colors included in the Clean Color Real Brush 48 pack. (Once I receive all the 80 colors, I will share my updated swatches. I bought them all so I can share them with you.) My favorites? 28, 25, 22, 50, 41, 36, 37, 94, 64, and 65.

NOTE

As always, I was not paid, sponsored or even asked to do this post about this product. As a thank you for using many of their other products, Zig had sent me 12 Clean Color Real Brush Pens to try. I fell head over heels immediately and purchased the 48 pack on my own. I assure you that my excitement about product stems completely in their quality and unique properties… and that they are so easy to use that I feel like a “real artist.” :)

GIVEAWAY

When I told the folks at Zig that I really enjoy this product, they said I could give a 24 pack of Clean Color Real Brush Pens away to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/20/15 telling me your favorite tool for coloring (watercolor, Copics, etc). (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Outline Watercolor + Giveaway

Hello. Today’s video shares a technique that I really enjoy – outline watercolor technique.

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I’ll admit that I struggle with watercolor techniques. However, I found that with this watercolor tracing technique, I get great results and it’s so easy to do. Can’t beat that.

I stamped one of the floral images from a new Jane’s Doodles stamp set using light grey ink on watercolor cardstock. I next traced the stamp outline with the new Zig Clean Clean Color Real Brush Pens and added water with a Zig water brush to pull the color in. This creates a watercolor look.  You can do this technique with other watercolor markers, but these are delicious. (And I will have a video with more on them soon.)

I added a glitter sticker from Heidi Swapp for the sentiment and mounted the piece on a peach note card that I stamped with a dot background from My Favorite Things.

Perfect for my mommy for Mother’s Day!

Oh – and if you want to see another technique similar to this one, check out THIS video.

BLOG HOP

This post is part of a Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop celebrating a release of two new stamp sets – Mom and Spring Blessings. Jane’s Doodles is based in Croatia – how awesome is that? And their stamps are high quality so they stamp wonderfully. They are having 30% off right now – you can find their store HERE.

The next stop on this hop is the Jane’s Doodles Blog. (You can start the short hop HERE.)

GIVEAWAY

Jane’s Doodle is giving away their two new stamp sets to a lucky winner on this blog hop. For you chance, leave a comment here and on all the hop blogs before 5/10/15.(The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on the Jane’s Doodles site after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Watercolor Stamping

Welcome. Today I have a video sharing a way to get great watercolor results with very little effort. Gotta love that!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I always have wanted to be a wonderful watercolor artist, but it just wasn’t in the stars for me. So I am a big fan of any technique that let’s me “fake” fabulous watercolor results! Using watercolor markers is very helpful… and I love the vibrant color.

For today’s cards, I used the new Spectrum Aqua Markers. (Although you can use any watercolor markers you may have.) I will be honest – I wasn’t sure I needed another marker that I could use for watercolor since I have a few I like. However, after playing with them, I discovered two big/unique things I really liked the Aqua Markers. First, I really like the super-fine tip. It is very high quality and great for details. Second, this marker stamps very well! I was impressed. I scribbled the ink onto a solid stamp and stamped it. The results? Very crisp. Awesome. The Spectrum Aqua markers worked great for today’s technique! (You can read the other properties of these markers HERE.)

For these cards, I colored the My Favorite Things tulip image with the Spectrum Aqua Markers and stamped on watercolor paper. I then just added water into the images… allowing the water to pull the color in from the color outline.

Just check out the artsy-and-oh-so-cool look you get with this simple technique…

For the background, I used silver pearl embossing powder (an inexpensive must-have) on light grey cardstock with the new My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background. For two of the cards, I stamped the sentiment from the Whimsical Wishes set on a white piece cut with the awesome Basic Edge Dies. (I will be using these a lot.)

For the third card, I stamped the sentiment from the tulip set onto a diagonal-stitched-edge rectangle die cut. (This Inside and Outside Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die set is another good one.)

I will be using this technique again. It is fun! I hope it works well for you too.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are a couple other videos you may find helpful…

  • THIS video shows a similar technique, but with debossing.
  • THIS video shares watercoloring with Distress Markers. (Distress Markers could be used for today’s technique, too.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: More Stencils + Masking + GIVEAWAY

Hi! The other day I shared a video showing how easy it is to mask stencils with rubber cement. Today I am back with more on this technique.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I will admit – I am a big dork and get really excited when I find a technique that is simple, inexpensive and awesome. Rubber cement is incredible for masking… and works so well with stencils. Today’s cards are perfect examples of this technique.

I will also admit – although I love the look of splattery/messy/artsy cards, I struggle with making them. But by combining rubber cement masking and with a bold stencil, I am able to somewhat control my watercolor splatters. This works for me!

When doing this technique, I found it very helpful to temporarily adhere the large “hey” stencil (from the current Studio Calico Card Kit) to my watercolor paper to keep it still. After applying rubber cement over the entire piece, I removed the stencil and splattered lots of watercolor… dabbing between colors to prevent too much of a mess and to keep the colors soft. (I created my watercolor with Color Theory inks and water.) I also added a bit of blue ink with an ink blending tool before rubbing away the rubber cement. So much fun and so very easy.

I added an “awesome” border die cut (that comes with great coordinating stamps) and a heart covered with shimmer and Glossy Accents. Have to keep it simple to balance out that busy background!

The second card is just a variation of the first, minus the rubber cement masking.

On another note… I rarely make one card at a time any more. I find it so rewarding to create two or more of the same  card (or variations) at once. I feel like I get more value out of the supplies I have purchased… and I have more cards to share with loved one. After all, this hobby really is about sharing handmade kindness. :)

MORE INSPIRATION

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GIVEAWAY

I have an extra (previous) Studio Calico Card Kit that is looking for a new home! For your chance to win it, leave a comment here telling me if you are like me and have trouble “embracing mess” when crafting… or if you love it. Do so before 11:59pmESt on 3/10/15 and I will randomly pick a winner. Good luck. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Stretch Your Stamps + Giveaway

Welcome! I hope you are all staying warm. I am running behind on my blog due to a third snow day. (I love having the kids home though!) But today I have a video for you showing how to stretch your stamps – literally! – with some new Hero Arts stamps. I also share a fun watercolor technique…

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Sometimes I get a stamping idea in my head and I just can’t shake it. Today is the perfect example of this. I really wanted my greeting on the succulent pot, but it didn’t fit. Instead of changing plans I decided to make it work with partial stamping.

After I masked portions of the Hero Arts succulent pot image, I stamped it on some watercolor paper using some Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. (This ink works great for watercolor!) I stamped the image in two parts, which allowed me to get a taller image by I connected them using a black Copic Multiliner pen. This “stretching your stamp technique” would work great with tree trunks and flower stems as well.

I used a variety of Distress Markers (Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, and Evergreen Bough) and roughly colored in the images. I filled an “empty” Wink of Stella brush marker with water and used it as I would a paintbrush. The shimmer that is left in the marker is activated by the water and gives a gorgeous shine to the images and blends the marker. I also like how much control you have with this brush.

Oh – and this background stamp is a new favorite of mine – the Hero Arts Tropical Background stamp. So fun!

NEW HERO ARTS

Hero Arts has just release some new products… and some of their best yet! You can find them all HERE at Simon Says Stamp and HERE at Ellen Hutson. My favorites? The Triangle Background, Waves Background, Stamp Your Own Fruit and Thankful For You.


GIVEAWAY

Want THREE new Hero Arts stamp sets? For your chance, leave a comment here telling me what theme card you make the most by 11:59pmEST on 2/24/15. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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