I’m watercolouring everything in sight at the moment LOL. Today I went with the new Multifaceted set from Winnie & Walter. I wanted to experiment more with Zig Clean Color Markers and compare them to Distress Markers. I started with the Zig Carmine Red (number 22) available in the 12 pen starter pack and White heat embossed the Multifaceted background on watercolour card, washed the card with water and then started bringing the colour in. I concentrated the colour to one corner of each triangle and also aimed for an ombre effect with the deepest colour at the base of the panel and fading out towards the top. All this with just one colour – amazing!
Surprisingly for me, I love how vibrant the colour is, how easily it blended with the water and how the brush tip made it a cinch to apply the colour just where I wanted it. To finish the card I die cut the ‘happy’ from The Big, The Bold and The Happy cutaways and blended in Mint ink, again aiming for an ombre effect. The ‘birthday’ from Sugar Rush is White heat embossed on Slate card, trimmed out and mounted on the panel with a twist of silver thread behind. A few sequins and then the panel is mounted on a Fog card base.
So on to the masculine version of this card with the Distress Markers. I chose Wild Honey and Pumice Stone and completed the card in a similar way as I did above with the exception of enamel dots and a star to finish. The differences between the two? The more muted colours of the Distress Markers sits well with me, as a result I used more to give a richer depth to the colours. Again, the colour moved well with the water, however, I do prefer the brush tip of the Zig marker to that of the Distress.
Conclusion? Ask my friends; I’m laid back and indecisive LOL so it might come as no surprise that I love both the Zig and Distress! I can see me reaching for the Zig for their fresh colours and the way they mix together to create more lovely colours but can’t turn my back on my old friends, the Distress. Both move beautifully with water, but the brush of the Zig does win it for me. Would I recommend the Zig markers? Definitely, but if you want to try them I’d start with just one or two or the 12 pen Starter Pack. You can go a long way with just one or two of these pens :D
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