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!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the videos in HD on YouTube, click HERE and HERE.]



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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.” 🙂


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!)


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1,428 thoughts on “2 Videos: Clean Color Real Brush Markers + Giveaway!”

  1. Love your information on the new Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Can’t wait to try them. At this time I am using Prisma color pencils and Gamsol for blending. I did use Water colors and taught some classes at church for a few years. I am a senior citizen and these pens offer a big range of different looks without all the hassel. Can’t wait to try them. You do an excelent job on your videos. Since I no longer drive your videos are like a visit with a friend and you keep me busy and happy.

  2. Oh I just love these! I have 3 but would love to have more colors! Thanks for a chance to win!!!

  3. I’m not an “artist” & I’ve always shied away from using paints, in any project, since I never liked the finished look. Jennifer, with your videos, you’ve shown how easy it is to use these & make your own unique custom color. THANKS YOU! You make everything so accessible, unintimidating & fun to try…you’re a great instructor.

  4. I am so not an artist but you make it look so easy that I want to try these out. These new markers actually look very easy to blend and use many different ways. Thanks for sharing and showing “how to” use many new products. My husband says I need to quit watching because I’m buying too many of these items that you show. But I don’t see that happening. Thanks for the chance to win these. Otherwise it is off to do more shopping for me!

  5. I don’t think my posts ever show up. I would love a chance to win, but that’s only if it would actually post for that chance….sorry trying it again.

  6. I just learned about these pens today and found your site and videos. I would love to win a set!! (but I think I am too late). I generally use LePlume II or Tomboy, but neither of them are like THESE. Thanks!

  7. I think the video was great and I think I would like to get those markers They look like lots of fun. I also love the bird stamp.

  8. Hi Jennifer. I love these pens and entered to win them. However, we had a family emergency out of State and I am not able to retrieve my email. Just in case I was the lucky winner. Thank You.

  9. These look like so much fun! My coloring skills aren’t the best but that doesn’t stop me

  10. I use watercolors, I am in no way an artist. I promise if I were to win this giveaway I would use them daily. I have tried copics….I can not seem to get the hang of the blending. Deb

  11. I am super super excited to see your swatches of the additional 20 colors… I love my set of 60 and am so tempted to get the extra 20 colors, but not sure if some are very close to the 60 I have.

  12. I am fascinated by these markers & intend to order some to try. I think watercolor would be much easier with these. I sent link info to 2 friends who do nature scenes and portraits. They’re onboard too!

  13. I love to use watercolours – the colours are so soft. I love the effects you can get with them.

  14. Great videos. My crafty friends have been talking about these pens. Currently I have been loving using my Peerless watercolours and my distress inks. But I love your arguments about ease of blending and light watercolour effects.

  15. I have been using various watercolors for several years and absolutely love the softness
    and blending abilities. I would love to try the Clean Color markers.

  16. I love watercolor and from time to time I may do watercolor backgrounds for a day or two so I’ll have plenty when I have time to do several cards for my use as well as gifts sets for friends…I do so enjoy giving my artwork to friends. I also do cards for patients of a hospice center each month…have been doing this for the last 5 years

  17. I like water colors because the softness and flow that is a natural attribute of the medium. These pens are the nicest I have ever seen. I will be investing in them no matter what. They are so much easier to use and carry around than any other form of water color and the real brush tip is such a plus.

  18. I first started using Tombow markers. Have been trying Copic more recently. I like the Copic but think I still prefer the watercolor. I would love to win this set of markers. I think this would be fun and easier than either that I have used. Thanks for this opportunity.

  19. What a great video! So many ways to use the Clean Brush Pens… who knew??? lol

    Can not wait to order these.

  20. I love my copics they are my most favorite because they blend so nicely but I bought peerless watercolors and I think they are amazing and have been watercoloring a lot more lately

  21. I love to create cards that require water coloring. My latest obsession is using the Tim Holtz Distresss Inks to water color and how many ways to use them to water color. Then I love to share the techniques with my card making friends. I also love water color crayons and water color pencils. I have not purchased any watercolor markers yet. Thanks Jennifer for all of your great tutorials and sharing your creative genius with all of us card making crafters.

  22. I’m so confused about them all. I would love to win some to start a comparison. I will be studying your videos to try and figure all this coloring sensation out. Thank you for your knowledge and sharing it with your readers.

  23. I love water coloring. I am new to it. I would love to try these. Thank you for the opportunity to win some.

  24. Jennifer,
    Thank you for the informative video on the brush markers, I love the cards that you made and the different looks that you can achieve with these markers. I love to one different products to color the cards that I make. I have recently been using the peerless water colors, I also enjoy Copics although I have a limited supply due to cost. Thank you for the chance to win !
    I do have a question though, you were stating to be careful where you go to purchase, have you ever purchased from carpe diem store ?

  25. I love water color pencils, but would also like to try other products. I use Copic markers and Prismacolor with oil to blend. I would love the chance to try these out. Thanks for your giveaways.

  26. i usually use Windsor Newton cake water colors or watercolor pencils. These clean color brush pens seem to offer more versatility. I would love to try them.

  27. Thank you for the video on the markers very informative!!! I would love to win these !!

  28. I like copic markers, but I learn more and more every day. I have not done much of the water coloring, but can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. I find you’re site so interesting, your tutorials and videos are great and they motivating. I would like to know for a beginner, which pack would you reommend me. Thanks, I would be incredible to win.

  30. How do you like these watercolor markers vs the Spectrum Aqua ones? I want to buy some watercolor pens by after seeong these, I’m not sure which to purchase.

  31. I have been searching for an answer to this, but does it matter which way these are stored i.e. horizontal or vertical. I know with the Distress they should be stored horizontally, but since I bought individually and no packaging is included, not sure.

  32. I love your very clear presentation Jennifer on these Zig clean color real brush. Very interesting and informative videos.I am a Tombow user, but would like to try a set of Zig markers for the nice blending without water and the fine tip brush for details.
    Thank you!

  33. Hi Jennifer!!
    I love your videos! Thank you so much for taking the time to post.
    I’m an amateur artist and make a bit of time to color whenever I can, specially adult coloring books and some watercoloring for cards/bookmarks. Also starting to explore art journaling and bible journaling.
    I have some distress markers and feel they’re great, but I’m interested in both zig clean color brush markers and copic ciao markers (though I have no idea which set to get a, b, c…). What would you recommend?

  34. Wow, absolutely amazing, love the video and that bird stamp also. Thank you so much, now I know what I can ask for my birthday!!!!thanks for the opportunity to win such an excellent prize!!!!
    Have a wonderful day!!!just amazed!!!,

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