Experimenting with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with a different sort of project. You know that Copic markers are my first love, but sometimes I just want to do something different. As I’ve confessed before, I am a frustrated watercolorist. I use good quality paints, brushes, and watercolor paper and the results are still hit and miss. The reality is that I’m better with ink than paint and with markers instead of a brush. So I decided to try the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to see what results I could get. While I am no expert at this, but I’m pretty happy with the initial results.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birdie with Message by Stamping Bella using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

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Today’s project features

You know me – I have full set syndrome BIG TIME, but I settled with a set of 12 pens. Why? Because a set of 12 was all that was available at my local craft & art stores and I had to satisfy my “I’ve got to have it NOW!” obsession to try these pens. So I bought them and at the moment I’m challenging myself to see how far I can get with just these pens. Of course, next week I may cave and buy a bigger set, but for now this is what I’ve got.

As a sidenote, I thought about ordering the pens from Amazon, especially since they would have been delivered next day. However, I read some of the Amazon reviews and people complained about receiving dry pens, used pens, damaged pens, etc. So while the sets on Amazon were both larger and cheaper, I decided to purchase directly from my local highly reputable art supply store (Dick Blick, in case you were wondering). I’ve never had an issue with anything that I bought in the store or ordered from them online so I went with a known retailer for my purchase.

I watched a lot of YouTube videos before I bought the set to see what watercolor paper I should use. Most reviewers recommended saving the good stuff like Arches Cold Press for other projects. The pens distribute water-based ink rather than paint so the ink gets absorbed quickly into the paper, leaving you with less time to dilute and blend. Here, I used Strathmore Watercolor 400 Series, a mid quality Cold Press paper that was highly recommended, relatively inexpensive, and easy to find locally. The pad I purchased was 5.5″ x 8.5″ so I can get two A2 card fronts out of each sheet with no waste.

So here’s another confession. I own a full set (of course!) of Karin Brushmarker Pro pens. I’ve even taught a class with them, but I’ve never been quite comfortable with them. But finding the right paper for the Zig pens has prompted me to go back and try them again. The moral of the story is that you just have to find the paper that works for you, whether you’re using Copic markers, colored pencils or any other medium and you might not find the right one on the first try.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birdie with Message by Stamping Bella using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

I stamped the image onto the watercolor paper with a waterproof ink. I like using Versafine Clair [ DB | SSS ] which has always been a favorite of mine. Just make sure that it is thoroughly dry so that you don’t smear the ink while you are coloring. Don’t ask me know I know ….

You can either color directly with the pens on your paper or add small amounts of ink and blend it out with a water brush. I did both. For the flowers, I colored directly, blending the red and yellow roughly midway. For the bird, I added small amounts of color and blended it out with water.

I have to admit that when you only have 12 pens, color selection is pretty much decided for you. If you want a blue bird – pick the blue pen. If you want a darker blue bird, add a second layer of color. Want a lighter blue, blend it out with water. Hmm – I might be onto something here!

Anyway – that’s all from me for now. I’m headed back to the craft room for some more experimentation! See you again soon —

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens: 030, 031 (body) 025, 050 (face); 022, 050 (beak & feet); 025, 050 (flowers); 040, 041 (leaves); 050, 060 (basket); 022 (heart)

Rowhouse Greetings | Birdie with Message by Stamping Bella | Color Map for Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

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Mini Oddball Superhero by StampingBella

HEY FRIENDS! Last night I ran away from home. Well, not exactly. My husband knows where I am! I stayed at hotel in Chantilly, Virginia near this weekend’s Scrapbook Expo which opens today at the Dulles Expo Center. My husband gifted me with a night at a nearby hotel so that I could have some time on my own after these past weeks of caregiving. Yes – he’s a keeper!

So how did I spend my time? Writing a blog post and editing a coloring video. Which brings me to today’s project featuring the Mini Oddball Superhero by StampingBella. And yes – there is a coloring video! As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Mini Oddball Superhero by StampingBella

Today’s project features:

  • Mini Oddball Superhero by StampingBella
  • Copic marker coloring (see list below)
  • Additional supplies linked in thumbnails below.

Video for Mini Oddball Superhero

Let’s just cut to the chase!

Time for me to go shopping at the Expo! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E00, E13, E53, RV10 (skin); BV31 (eyes); T1, T3, T5, T7 (hair); R35, R37, R89 (red combination); V22, Y17, YR04 (yellow combination); BV08, BV29, FV2 (purple combination)

Rowhouse Greetings | Mini Oddball Superhero by StampingBella | Color Map

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Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil by Stampingbella

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with something a little different. I pulled out my Polychromos colored pencils and a stamp from my stash to create a simple birthday card featuring Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil by Stampingbella. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil by Stampingbella

I stamped the image on a piece of Stonehenge Drawing Paper using Versafine Clare in Nocturne. Although I use white cardstock for Copic coloring, I prefer using colored drawing paper for colored pencil. I colored the image using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils (see list below). Once the coloring was complete, I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Clare. I think the sentiment stamp is from Penny Black, but I can’t find it on their website so it might be retired.

That’s all for today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies for Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil

POLYCHROMOS:

  • Skin: 132 Beige red, 131 Coral, 182 Brown Ochre, 180 Raw Umber
  • Hair: 187 Burnt Ochre, 188 Sanguine, 288 Burnt Sienna, 280 Burnt Umber (hair);
  • Dress: 102 Cream, 108 Dark Cadmium Yellow, 111 Cadmium Orange, 115 Dark Cadmium Orange
  • Headband, Collar & Shoes: 171 Light Green, 112 Leaf Green, 163 Emerald Green, 159 Hooker’s Green
Rowhouse Greetings | Tiny Townie Garden Girl Daffodil by Stampingbella Color Map - Polychromos

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Harry the Stuffie Gets Happy Mail by Stamping Bella

WELCOME BACK! Another quick post today. I’m trying to be a little more consistent in posting coloring videos to my YouTube channel. So I’m back today with a card and video from a recent class that I taught at The Queen’s Ink. This one features one of my favorites from Stamping Bella – Harry the Stuffie Get Happy Mail.

Here’s the video. Enjoy! [If the video doesn’t appear below, click HERE to watch it.]

Supplies

COPICS: E70, E71, E74, E77, N6, N8 (bear); B0000, B000, V20, R24, R46 (envelope); V20, BV01 (shadow)

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New Class! Valentine, You Make Me Smile! – February 3rd, 2021 – Queen’s Ink

In this workshop, you will create three happy mail cards featuring the Cool Chicks and Harry the Stuffy by Stamping Bella. You will work in the medium of your choice (Copics, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.) and I will lead you through the concepts of shading and color selections. CLASS FEE $32

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Please bring along your favorite coloring medium, whether it is Copic markers, colored pencils, or watercolors (along with any associated tools such as blender pens, water container, brushes, etc.). You are encouraged to use whatever color combinations you desire, but you should note the design paper used in each card to coordinate your selections.  

General instructions will be provided by the instructor, but you should already be comfortable working with your selected coloring medium

Students should bring:

  • COLORING MEDIUM OF YOUR CHOICE (Copic markers, watercolors, colored pencils, etc.) in a variety of colors and any associated tools (blender pens, water container, palette, brushes, etc.)
  • CRAFT MAT or whatever base you normally color on (glass mat, board, etc.)
  • SCISSORS suitable for fussy cutting
  • ADHESIVES: We will use three types — Beacons 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and foam adhesive squares.

We will be practicing social distancing protocol. Please wear a MASK and bring your SANITIZER