Quick Clean Color Real Brush Coloring + Giveaway

Hello. We are currently in the middle of a move and I *needed* to create a couple of quick cards to get a dose of creative therapy. So… I decided to film it and share it with you! Today’s video shares how to do some quick coloring with Clean Color Real Brush Markers.


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Sometimes I feel I just need to sit and color. Today was that kind of day! My coloring led me to make two quick cards.

For the first card, I stamped the adorable reindeer image from the Avery Elle Kitsch Christmas Stamp Set using black Archival ink on to Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I like using Bristol cardstock with the Clean Color Real Brush Markers because they seem to blend and color nicely on the smooth surface. (If you don’t have these markers, try using this technique with any markers you have. You can also try watercolor paper.) I used three different shades of the markers to color in the image – but you could get away with two! To add some texture to the coloring, I added small dots of color on top. It’s so simple to do but adds a big impact.


I kept the rest of the card simple. For the background, I taped together the Avery Elle Pierced Rectangles Dies and ran it through my die-cut machine with a white notecard. These dies don’t actually cut the paper but pierce the paper with little dots. I also added a die cut “miss you” sentiment from the Avery Elle Tag For All Die Set (a favorite of mine).


For the second card, I quickly scribbled stripes of Clean Color Real Brush Markers on to piece of Bristol cardstock. I ran a baby wipe across it to get the colors to blend. So effortless! A white heat embossed sentiment and a few stars from the Avery Elle Comfort & Joy Stamp Set was all it needed! For both cards, I used the Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen on top to give it some shine. If any color of the marker gets on the tip of the pen, just scribble it off to remove it.


I hope this inspires you to do try these quick coloring techniques with your markers. A little creative therapy is always good!

If you are looking to learn more about Clean Color Real Brush Markers, check out these videos: HERE, HERE and HERE. And to see a video of a similar technique with Copic Markers, head HERE.


I wanted to let you all know about another LuLaRoe party tonight. This one is to raise money for suicide prevention. This is something I feel strongly about! LuLaRoe is an amazing line of clothing that I adore. You can join the event HERE. I will see you there!


How would you like to win an Avery Elle stamp set? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/5/16 telling me if you ever reach for coloring when you need an escape. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


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620 thoughts on “Quick Clean Color Real Brush Coloring + Giveaway”

  1. I always go work on some cards when I need an escape, with part of it being coloring. Thanks for sharing the tips with the zig pens!

  2. I am just trying out watercoloring and it is so not relaxing for me yet! I think I stress too much that it is not perfect!

  3. Definitely! Whenever I feel stressed out, there’s nothing like putting some good music, taking out my watercolors or colored pencils, and just coloring away. It soothes the mind.

  4. Thank you for sharing the tip on coloring with Zig brush pen. I am using it moe often than my copics these day. I usually do coloring and making cards at the end of my day when the kids are already in bed. It helps to relax:)

  5. I ding coloring extremely therapeutic after a long day at work. I reach for my copics usually. The blending of colors just makes me happy!

  6. Coloring is certainly relaxing for me and I don’t do enough of it!!! I am going to try the baby wipe technique…..I love the result!

  7. Jennifer –
    Always love your cards! I started purchasing the Clean Color Real Brush markers after I saw your first video about them……and LOVE them, too! Thanks for all your enjoyable & very informative videos!

  8. Coloring is my middle name 🙂 I’ve enjoyed this pastime since I was a kid ( I liked it better than playing with other toys). Everyday I look forward to getting home to painting/coloring.

  9. Gorgeous cards! I love to color, and I do find that it’s relaxing when I can find time to fit it in. Even just adding coloring elements to my cards is relaxing and fun!

  10. As always, your cards are awesome! Amongst all of the new holiday stamps sets I’ve seen with reindeer images, I think the one in the Avery Elle Kitsch stamp set is the cutest! When it comes to coloring stamped images, I typically use either Copic markers or Prismacolor pencils. Recently, I purchased two new pencils – silver and cream….so pretty!

  11. I love coloring. It is very relaxing and fun!I have been having fun with the zig markers and I love color pencils.

  12. Coloring is usually a hit or miss with me. Either way, it is relaxing. And I truly enjoy trying different mediums; pencils, paint and markers.

  13. Crafting of all sorts is definitely therapeutic. I find myself coloring with erasable pens in my work agenda to relieve stress!

  14. Thanks you for always teaching us and inspiring us. I find coloring meditative with something useful at the end of the process.

  15. I’ve been coloring as a stress release since I was a teen, ( I’m almost 50). Back then it was just crayons & kids coloring books. I love the many choices that are out their now!

  16. Great cards! I love the baby wipe technique, I’ll have to try that.
    I definitely use coloring as an escape. It makes a nice creative distraction without making a huge mess.

  17. What beautiful cards and techniques! Thank you for sharing them with us ! I like to color too . It’s fun to incorporate it with card making ! Just found your blog from SSS blog hop! I’ll be back !

  18. Every time I get a new set of colors, whether it be pencils, pens, markers, or paint, I love to sit and try them all out.

  19. I don’t really color when I need a break, but I will sit down and make a card. I’m so glad I found your site. I’m getting so many ideas for cards that I’m afraid I won’t get back up from my craft table.

  20. I love learning new techniques! This one is a beaut, thank you!

    As for coloring I have used this as an escape for 20-30 years, someone spotted me in a photo coloring just about the time my son was born. I had to scour bookstores for Adult books, not comics and sometimes all that was made were the botanical ones. Those were hard because there was not alot to color, just shade so I would photocopy things at work and go from there. Somehow it just allows me to be in the moment but whisk myself away at the same time. It is so nice to see how much the hobby has expanded, no more messy crayons……memories!

  21. Blending with a baby wipe is such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing all the tips you have!!
    Since I bought the Zig Clean Color, I use them all the time. Before, I was using Copic but not a lot as the blending was much more difficult.

  22. Hi Jennifer,
    Yes! Coloring for me has become a great stress reliever, relaxation technique and even a creative jump start when I’m feeling blocked. I love sharing coloring exercises with my “non artistic” friends…it seems to help them find their own muse.? Love all the inspiration and sharing you bring to our art world – Thank you!?

  23. I don’t really use coloring as an escape. I’m more into scrapbooking, painting or completing a card. It’s so nice to finish something that won’t need redoing soon 🙂

  24. Frankly, I haven’t been escaping lately like I should, but cards and organizing are ways to lose myself! You always have the best techniques!

  25. Thanks, Jennifer, for sharing these easy but beautiful cards. Hope your move is going well. It sometimes takes a good while get settled in even after the move itself is all done. But you’re ahead of the game with your great organizational skills. Yes, I do like to color, but I don’t do enough of it. It’s more the urge to just make SOMETHING, ANYthing. I’ve had that since kindergarten. Thanks again for sharing. I always enjoy your blog posts and videos.

  26. I love a good quick color project–there’s such an immediate satisfaction. And I’ve been having a ton of fun with the ZIG markers. Eager to try that baby wipe technique you demo’d. Good luck with the move!

  27. Yes, often when I am bored I will stamp and emboss images on watercolor paper and then color them in with my Zig – clean color real brush markers!! Thank you so much for always sharing such awesome tips with us!!

  28. I learned about the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers on your blog! I’d love to try them for coloring projects!

  29. I color in advance stamped images yes do it very handy to put a card together after when you just feel like making cards, but not take the time to color … That and jogging ^^

  30. I’m not a big color-er. I’m just now getting interested it in. Thanks for the videos on the Zig Clean Color Brush markers. I bought the sample pack hoping I would like them. 🙂

  31. Yes, coloring and creating are excellent get-a-ways when you can’t exactly get away! I love it when I look at the clock and hours have gone by and I didn’t even realize it. It’s magical.

  32. I haven’t done a lot of coloring, but did start playing around with some cheap markers and watercolor paints several weeks ago. It is fun, I’ll say that. I really like the effect you got using the Zig Brush markers. I have hesitated jumping on the Copic wagon because they seem like they take more time to achieve desired results than I have. I’ll look into these, for sure.

  33. Wonderful video!! You’re techniques are always so helpful 🙂 I find card making including coloring a great escape.

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