review of Zig clean color markers - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design #watercolor #watercolour #zig #clean #color

Recently I saw a couple of good friends trying out the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; recommendations from friends as well as liking the Zig products I currently have intrigued me and I indulged in a little shopping! If you want to see a couple of in depth reviews of these markers please pop over and see Jennifer McGuire and Sandy Allnock who enabled my little shopping spree :D While filling my shopping cart I thought this gorgeous Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Addie’s Garden set would work really well for a bit of watercoloring. So with new supplies in hand I set to. I stamped the large bloom in Versamark on watercolour card and White heat embossed. I also stamped the same image on masking paper, trimmed out and adhered over the top so that I could add some more of the images from the set. I continued in this vein until I had a little floral scene ready for colouring.

I used just four of the Zig Clean Color pens (22 Carmine Red, 40 Green, 50 Yellow and 31 Cobalt Blue all available in the 12 pen starter set); using plenty of water to dilute and mixing the colours too to create new colours. I started with a wash of water over the large flower and then dropped in Carmine Red into the areas which would be naturally shadowed. The colour spread through the water creating a light pink at the flower tips compared to the darker shadow colour. I repeated this process using Green for the leaves bottom left, mixing Green and Yellow for the sprig of leaves in the middle and for the flower on the left I mixed Carmine Red with the Yellow to give a peachy colour. Once dry I went around the images with a water wash and then dotted in touches of Cobalt Blue, blending out with more water as need until I had just a hint of colour for the background.

I must admit to loving these pens! The colours are gorgeous, the brush tip unique and the colours move beautifully. The colours I used today are quite vibrant but by using only a touch of colour and plenty of water I was still able to get the soft results I like. I’ve since gone and bought more colours and can see my collection of these growing over time LOL.

review of Zig clean color markers - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design #watercolor #watercolour #zig #clean #color

Once the watercoloring had dried I cut the piece with one of the Stitched Circle dies from Simon Says Stamp and mounted on panel of Fog card White heat embossed with the Tiny Alphabet Background. I used the Misti for this to make it easy to get a good impression first time with this large 6×6 stamp. To accent, I cut the Wishing die from Slate card and White heat embossed a sentiment from the coordinating Sending & Wishing set on Fog card, trimming into a banner shape and foam mounting. No card of mine is complete with out a little embellishment in the form of a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins :D

My conclusion? Well I’m happy to give these markers a home! Yes, there are lots of markers already out there that do a fabulous job but each is unique in its own way and personally I love these :D Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s and Sandy’s reviews too :D


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