Watercolor with Zig Real Brush Markers

I love to watercolor and love how the look is never exactly the same.  The Zig Real Brush markers are so intuitive and easy to use.  One blog post isn’t going to be able to cover all the different looks these markers create.  But I’m going to post a couple of videos to show two of my favorite ways I use these markers to create watercolored images for my designs.

I think the fastest and easiest way to use these markers is with Direct to Stamp.  The color is placed directly on the stamp by coloring the stamp with the marker.  These markers are water reactive which means when the ink dries on the stamp while coloring other sections of the stamp, a mist of water will re-activate the ink.  The amount of water misted onto the stamp prior to stamping, changes the look of the stamped image.  The more water added creates a softer look with more blending of colors.  Less water creates a more precise look with less blending of colors.

Designs and Videos

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I created this card for last week’s Christmas coloring class primarily using the direct to stamp technique.  Only 5 different markers were used to color the entire image.  I’m telling ya…easy peasy.  Check out the video below for more details!

Zig Markers: Direct to Stamp from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

The other question frequently asked is what inks to use to stamp if not doing direct to stamp.  Short answer is Distress Inks.  Which color of Distress Ink to pick takes a little more thought.  Because DIs are also water reactive, they will blend with the Zig markers.  Understand the color wheel and when certain colors mix what new color is made, you’ll be creating a “no-Line” watercolor piece in no time!

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This card, also from last week’s class.  The image was stamped with Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks.  I chose these colors to complement the zig marker colors I was going to use and they would become part of the coloring.  The video, from the class manual, delves into more detail.

Zig Markers: Complementary Inks from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.  You can find some more of my Zig marker work on my pinterest board!

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