12 June 2015

VIDEO | Heartfelt Thanks + Zig Clean Color Pen Mini Review

Hello there, I have had some requests for a review of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I thought I would use them on a card and give you my thoughts. What better image to use for colouring than a Clearly Besotted flower image? Today I am using the hollyhock from the Sunshine & Smiles stamp set.

I started off by stamping the hollyhock image with Versamark ink, on to some TH Watercolour Cardstock. I applied HA white embossing powder and then heat set. I then coloured the image with the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens, using water and a paint brush to blend.
The panel was added to an A2  PTI Raspberry Fizz card base, using ATG. The sentiment, from the Many Mini Messages set, was stamped on to more watercolour cardstock and cut out. This was added to the card with clear foam tape. I finished off by adding a few sequins and some clear Wink of Stella to the image.
* I apologise that parts of the video are out of focus. My poor camcorder is dying :( I didn't want to waste the video so I hope it is good enough for you to see what I am doing. *

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click the picture to be taken to where I purchased it.

ZIG REAL COLOR BRUSH PENS: 22 Carmine Red, 50 Yellow, 41 Light Green, 45 Pale Green, 36 Light Blue.
In recap, here are my thoughts on the pens:
  • I like that they blend well with or without water.
  • If blending with water, you can get a good variance of colour, depending on how much water you use with them.
  • I like that most of them are bright, vibrant colours.
  • They have a good colour range.
  • They aren't too expensive, especially when bought separately.
Do I think you need all the colours? It does depend on how much you use them, I guess. Personally I do not think so. I am glad that I didn't go with a set and bought them individually. If you haven't already seen Jennifer McGuire's video on them, I suggest watching that. She shows how to use them in different ways. Do you have them? Do you like them? I think they are becoming quite popular and I can understand why!

Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a lovely day and a great weekend!


  1. Wow that is so beautiful Michelle! Really inspired me to try water colouring. Thanks for all the helpful information.x

  2. Another great card and video. Karen x

  3. Oh my GORGEOUS - NESS!! This is stunning Michelle! Do you need someone to send it to? ;). I LOVE your colouring of this. I fell for this set when I saw it, but now? It's at the top of my list, thank you very much!! Beautifully done! Dotty xx

  4. it is a great video and you have created a super effect with the pen. Love it.

  5. Michelle this is AMAZING! It's just popped on my read list and I'm blown away! Love the colours and love the your classy style! Off to watch the video which I'm sure will be equally brilliant and intrigued to see what you think of these pens as they are on my birthday wishlist! Hugs Sarah x

  6. Michelle, this is gorgeous! I love this water coloured beautiful flower image!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful video,too.

  8. Stunning card, Michelle! I'd been resisting buying the Zig pens but now I've seen you using them the way I would, I think I *need* them!

  9. Gorgeous card, Michelle! Thank you for the video and review of these markers! I have been debating about whether or not I wanted to try them. I really like how you showed how you could create such a beautiful card with just a small number of markers. I think I will give them a try (if I can find them in stock anywhere...hehe).

  10. Beautiful card and wonderful video. Thanks so much for showing your technique. I immediately went into my craft room to try it out and it was so helpful.

  11. Stunning colouring Michelle, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the pens. I have some on the way and can't wait to play:))

  12. Beautiful card and thank you for the tips on how to use!

  13. Gorgeous card. Such pretty colours x

  14. I am in stamping awe of you!!! Absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing Michelle. I just found your blog and think that you are amazing and talented!

    Kim Lundstrom
    From Minnesota in the USA

  15. Michelle, I just found this card. Oh my, it is so lovely. You have really inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I recently purchased a set of the new markers & find them very easy to use with good success. Your video gave me great pointers on using them. Very lovely card! Thank you.


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