Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens – Q&A

Hello and welcome. This is Jennifer McGuire.
Recently I have shared two videos that give a close look at the Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Pens and how to use them. Well I’ve gotten a lot of questions since putting out those
videos. So I thought I would do another that addresses some of those questions. Now if
you haven’t seen my first two videos I encourage you to watch those first before watching this
one. You can click here on this screen if you are on your computer. If you’re on a mobile
device you’ll have to click the links below in the YouTube description. Now on the left
is my first video. It gives some details about the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. What
their like and kind of how they work. On the right is my second video which gives six specific
ways to use the pens and it just shows you how versatile they are. Now in this video
I’m going to share additional information based on the questions that I have received.
So forgive me if the video is a little bit long and if it jumps around a bit. I just
want to make sure that everything is included. Since filming those last two videos I did
purchase all 80 of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Now you do not need all 80 pens,
by any means. A lot of these colors blend so easily that you can just have a few and
a few will go a long way. However, I wanted to get all of the colors so that I could do
a color comparison. Over on my blog I will have photos of all these ink charts here.
So you can kind of pick what colors you might want to try. Because you can buy these pens
individually or in sets. I’ll also have a download for this ink chart if you want to
create your own. Be sure to head to my blog. I’ll talk more about that later. Before we
move on to some specific detailed information. Let’s just review the basics quickly. These
pens are a water based dye ink. So they have a water based dye ink in it with a brush tip.
When you get the pens they are individually wrapped with a very tight wrapper. You can
barely see in here because it is so tight. It’s tricky to remove unless you do this trick
that I’m going to share here. You twist the cap to break the wrapper then you pull the
bottom half off and then the top half. Then that will save you a ton of time. Thespians
can be used with or without water. My little ink charts there the left hand column is the
marker without water and the right hand column is the marker with some water kind of blending
it out. So I can see how the color looks with or without water. What really sets these pens
apart from other watercolor markers is the tip. The tip is an actual brush. Many watercolor
markers say they have a brush tip but it’d kind of a firm point. This actually has bristles.
So I’m going to pull the tip apart here so you can see the bristles. So when you take
this to the paper you can go down lightly and have a very fine stroke. Or you can press
more firmly and get a broad stroke and I like that you can have the options. If you like
hand lettering these would be great for that. So keep in mind with your coloring. This is
a brush tip so it will feel different then other markers you have. I actually like it,
because I feel like I’m painting, but I have a lot of control over the color. There are
many other advantages to the brush tip. One is you can color on top of another color without
worrying about contaminating the tip of the marker, because it is a brush and you can
just kind of scribble the extra color off. So there I went over the red with a yellow
and was able to blend the colors together without water and I don’t have to worry about
damaging the tip. Now I am just putting the color down. I’m going to blend the two colors
with some water. So I like having the brush tip because you can quickly apply a lot of
color and you don’t see like the scribble lines. It goes down pretty solid. Then you
can blend it with water if you want to. Another advantage of the brush tip is you can do tip-to-tip
techniques. So I’m taking my yellow tip and touching it to the blue tip to pick up some
of that color. When I bring it to the paper it starts out green, the mix of the two colors,
and then I can fade back off into yellow. I will not damage the tip of my marker. With
some other markers that I have that are for watercolor you would damage the tip. So you
want to be careful with other markers, but with these you don’t have to worry about it.
You can also scribble the colors right onto a craft sheet or a piece of plastic. Mix them
together with water and create new colors. So that bold yellow and that bold blue I mix
together with some water to create these different shades here. You can also overlap the colors
right onto your paper. You don’t have to worry about it. Even if your paper is wet you can
take the brush tip to the paper at any time and you don’t have to worry about any kind
of damage. Now as I kind of play around a little bit more I did want to answer one question
that I was asked probably the most and that is if these pens were refillable. They are
not refillable. I did ask Zig. I did talk to a few different artists who have actually
been using these pens for a long time and using them often and they said they hadn’t
had the pens run out yet. So it seems like there’s a lot of ink in there and they will
last awhile. Another question that I keep hearing is about creating backgrounds. Can
you use these markers to create those gorgeous water backgrounds that are popular in card
making right now? Wanted to show you how easy it is with these pens. I’m just quickly scribbling
some color down on to some watercolor paper. You can see the brush tip in action there.
If you want these lines to be solid you could press down a little bot and go a little bit
slower. Now to blend this I’m just using a water brush, but you can use a brush with
water if you prefer. I’m just going back and forth and you can see how they blend very
effortlessly together. You can just go back and forth and you get a great blend. You could
use more water if you want more of a water colorey look, but when this dries it will
give you the look of a traditional water color background. But you have more control over
the color, because it’s in that pen form. So you can see the beautiful results you get
there. Here’s just another example. I put down some quick purple and a little bit of
pink next to it going back and forth here. If you want darker colors just put more color
down first and you could skip the water if you wanted to. You could also add tons of
water to this and splotches of water and mists of water to get really funky backgrounds,
which are popular in water coloring. So here I’m just going to take a water bottle and
just spray the living daylights out of this. So there’s lots of color in there. You can
see the watercolor kind of reacting with each other. When this dries you get a really kind
of fun background. So you can vary the amounts of water to get more of a water colorey look
if you want to. Another question that I’ve been getting a lot is the paper I use. As
I mentioned I always use watercolor paper with these pens because I think they blend
better on watercolor paper. Even if I’m not using water. Now you can get watercolor paper
anywhere. Even inexpensive watercolor paper would work. Throughout this video I use watercolor
paper on all of my examples except here I just wanted to show you on regular white card
stock. You can still get some blending without water on it, but I think the results are always
better on water color paper so that’s what I recommend. Many people also asked if you
can use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens with the Dover Blender Pen. I wish I would
have included this in my first videos because it really works well. So Dove Blender Pen
is just like a clear ink that helps with blending. It’s refillable and very inexpensive. It works
with colored pencils and watercolor and it works great with these pens. So here I’m on
watercolor paper again. I just put down some color with my Real Brush Pen and now I’m using
my Dove Blender Pen to kind of fade it out. So if you want that faded blended look out
into a lighter color but don’t want to use water you can use the Dove Blender Pen. Remember
you can also use the brushes themselves to blend colors without water. Now, another thing
that you can do with the Dove Blender Pen is get super soft color. So here I just put
down a line of color and I can blend that out to be soft. So if you feel like you struggle
with using water with watercolor markers you can use the Dove Blender Pen and you have
a lot more control. The Dove Blender Pen will allow you to get softer colors. So here I’m
going to put down one line of red, one line of yellow blend it together with my blender
pen and you can get a softer orange color. If you would have used the marker fill of
that you would have had a more bold color. So yes these pens work really well with the
Dove Blender Pen. It’s nice to have yet another way of using these pens. Yet another product
that you can use to blend your markers is the Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen. I showed this
in one of my previous videos about these Real Brush markers, but I wanted to mention this
because I got a lot of questions. The Wink of Stella Shimmer pen is somewhat like a water
brush but it has a shimmery liquid inside that you can scribble on the top of anything
that you have made. You can also use it to blend your markers together because there’s
a liquid in there. You get beautiful shimmer. Now some people expressed concerned because
of eventually this liquid runs out. What I recommend is you unscrew the top, take off
the little black piece and refill it with some more water. That will revive any of the
shimmer that kind of settled in the pen and you can get a second life out of it. So you
can see there’s still plenty of shimmer there. Not as much as originally, but its a great
way to extend the life of this product. Okay so stamping. Many people asked if you can
use these Real Brush Pens for stamping. Like coloring the color on the stamp and stamping
with it. Now I wouldn’t really recommend this. I think you’ll get better results for stamping,
if you use an inkpad. However if you want to mix colors or get a different look, you
can use this. You’re not going to get a super solid result. You don’t with many watercolor
markers anyways, but you do get pretty good results. You can blend two colors together
this way. So here I’m going to scribble on a little bit of dark pink and then also scribble
on some yellow. Again since this is a brush tip I can overlap those colors without damaging
the tip. So I kind of let those colors overlap a bit. Now I’m going to stamp that again and
you can get that variation of color. Like that ombre look. Now, here’s a trick. If you
do want to stamp these images with this ink what you can do is take that Dove Blender
pen to scribble over it and it blends it together. Then you get really good results. I plan to
do a video on this in the future, because I think this is a great trick. When you stamp
with any kind of markers and it looks a little splotchy just use a Dove Blender pen over
it and that will help blend it and smooth it out so that you get solid results. But
yes the answer is you can use these brush tip pens for stamping, but keep in mind its
kind of hard to apply ink evenly with a brush tip on a stamp. Here I’m doing it with a details
sentiment stamp and it takes me a little bit of time, because I’m not really sure if I’m
doing a good job applying it. But it does work. When I stamp it I’m pleasantly surprised
to see that I get pretty good results. So if you do want to stamp with these it is possible.
So this brings me to the most difficult question of all. I’m going to have a hard time answering
this. That is how these Clean Color Real Brush markers compare to other markers out there.
The fact is they’re very different then other markers out there. It’s hard to compare.
It’s apples to oranges. This is the only real brush tip marker that I have found in a lot
of colors that I like. So I have watercolors I have Copic marker, but this is a different
ball game. I mean this is completely different so it’s hard to compare. But I am going to
give it my best shot here. One marker that a lot of people asked about is how does this
compare to Distress Markers. I really love Distress Markers. I like the kind of muted
tones of these markers. I like how well they blend with water. This is a Distress Marker
here. It’s got the bigger tip and then a fine tip. They work the same way with water on
watercolor paper. Very similar. In fact the two color pallets together would be very nice.
So if you have Distress Markers and you’re looking for something that you want to use
with water I think you’re set. You don’t really need the Clean Color Real Brush. However if
you want to blend them dry, like I’m doing here, you can see the Distress Markers don’t
blend without water as well as the Clean Color Real Brush, because they Distress Markers
were meant for other things. They were meant for unique techniques like you get with Distress
Inks. So it depends on what you’re looking for. I will still use my Distress Markers
often and I will still use my Clean Color Brush Real Brush. But if you are just looking
for a marker to use with water and you have the Distress Markers I think you’re set. But
again, the Real Brush Markers have that brush tip which set them apart. I wanted to show
you how Distress Markers stamp. These stamp pretty well also. You can also use the Dove
Blender Pen to kind of make the image more solid like I did with examples I showed you
earlier. You can also use two markers here. You don’t really damage the tip of these markers
when you touch two colors together. So you can get similar results for stamping with
these also. Now one thing that I wanted to say is some people talk about their Distress
Markers drying out very quickly. I can tell you that isn’t a problem if you do this. You
have to push the cap on really hard so you don’t see that black line along the bottom
of the cap. If you snap it on it will last a long time. Okay, so another watercolor marker
that I really like is the Spectrum Aqua marker. These are kind of newer. Now these feel like
they go on very similar to the Clean Color Real Brush Pens. This has a blunt tip. It
doesn’t have the brush tip once again. But you can blend these a little bit without water.
You can see that there’s a little bit of blending going on there. With water these blend beautifully.
I like these just like I like the Distress Markers. Now I usually don’t do tip to tip
with these, because worry about staining the tips, but you can do it by all means. You
can do it and scribble off the excess. I don’t think you get as good of results as picking
up another color ad you do with the Real Brush Pens, but you are able to do it. Again, these
blend beautifully with water. So I really like the Spectrum Aqua for watercolor techniques
also. But again it has the solid tip; it has actually this big tip and the fine tip on
the other end, which makes them very different then the Real Brush Markers that I’ve been
showing you. So that was a quick comparison, but basically in summary these markers can
give you similar water color results that you get from water color marker. It’s just
the pen itself is very different from other watercolor markers. It has that brush tip
and can be used without water too. So that makes it a little bit different. So in the
end I’m not sure. If you have watercolor markers and you’re happy with them, you may not need
these. Another question that I have been asked a lot is how the blending without water with
these markers compares to that of Copic Markers. Now Copic Markers are completely different.
It’s a different ball game and a different ball park in a different part of town. It’s
an amazing ball park, but it is very different. You can get good blending with these markers
with most of the colors without water. I wouldn’t say they replace Copics, but if you kind of
want that blended look of Copic, but are afraid to get into the Copic world these could be
fun for you to play with. I know that’s not exactly a straight forward answer but I hope
you believe that I’m trying my best to show you how these pens are similar and different
and hopefully you can decide what is best for you. Okay, now I just wanted to talk a
little bit about how I organize these pens and how I store them. I got questions about
that too. One thing that I have found extremely helpful is to put a little swatch of what
the color inside each marker looks like on the top of the pen cap itself. This is the
way I go about doing that. I scribble some of the color on watercolor paper and then
I add a little bit of water. So I have a little swatch of that color. Now I do this for all
the colors and I let them dry. Now the reason I’m adding these color swatches to the top
of my pens id because I grab these markers and I take them with me to baseball games
and to kids practices and such and I do coloring while I’m on the go. This way I can just see
the color right on top of the pen and now quickly what color it is I’m reaching for.
Once I have all of my little color swatches done I just take a little hole punch and just
punch a tiny little circle from this. Then I glue this on the top of the pen lid. You
could get little white stickers to do this but I wanted the color to be what it looks
like exactly on the paper I use. That watercolor paper that I always use. So I’m putting down
some Multi Medium. It’s a strong liquid adhesive. A little dot of that on the cap and then I
glue the little swatch on there. Then I let that dry. So I’ve done this for all of my
pens. Once that adhesive is dry I do go back and I do one more thing. Now remember these
marks you can use with or without water. So I want the sample on the top of the cap to
show what it looks like without the water and with the water. So on the left it’s what
it’s like with the water on the right it is the color that it is without the water. So
I have both of those colors shown on the top of each cap. I have found this very helpful.
It took some time, of course to do, but I’ve found it extremely helpful in kind of getting
use to the colors that each of these markers offer. Next I just wanted to talk about the
storage unit that I have my markers in. One of my readers told me about this piece a while
ago and I’m really happy that I got it. It’s a square unit with four compartments. If you’re
going to get all 80 pens this is a great container for all 80 pens. If you aren’t going to get
all 80, which I don’t recommend, you could also get a smaller container or you could
put other markers in here with it. The reason I like this container is I can slide my ink
swatches into it. Also I can pre-stamp a bunch of watercolor paper and slide that into it.
I can keep my water brush so that I’m ready to go with that. I can put my Wink of Stella
and then I can pick up my container and take it with me to baseball practice or dance class.
So that I have some coloring to do on the go. Now here’s the great thing about Zig Markers.
These Clean Color Real Brush Pens can be stored horizontally or vertically. So it’s totally
up to you. The company said that it doesn’t matter. I actually store these horizontally,
but when I take them to go I lift them up vertically. It’s nice that it really doesn’t
matter whatever storage option is best for you. If you’re only going to get a handful
of these, you could put these in one compartment in this container and some other markers in
another compartment and put them all together. Now one crazy thing I decided to do while
filming this what to put a coat of Glossy Accents on the top of each of my swatches
just to protect them and make sure they stay there. Kind of give it a finished look. I’m
glad I did this. It only took me a few minutes. I don’t know. Call me crazy, but I thought
it kind of looked cool. So now I have some dry Glossy Accents on top of each of my caps.
I really like having the colors on the caps. It really saves a lot of time. Now for the
last question that I’ve been asked quite a bit and it’s another tough one to answer.
And that is what colors I would suggest starting with. I mentioned you don’t need all of them.
You just need a handful, but this is a tough question. Because some people like bright
colors, some people like muted. So what I did is I put all 80 colors up on my blog so
you can compare and choose what you think you might like. I will list the ones that
I reach for often, but keep in mind I like bright colors. Now I do recommend getting
some super light colors. It’s unusual to have water col or pens to have light colors and
I love that, because you can do soft backgrounds or halos very easily without much effort.
So I recommend getting some of the light colors. Like that flesh color on the bottom is perfect
for skin tones. Now I will say that I really like the lights and the brights in this collection.
I really do. I struggle most with the browns, in finding a brown that I really am drawn
to all the time. You’ll notice there are quite a few here. Just pick one and I think you’re
probably good to go with the browns. There are also quite a few grays in this collection.
I would pick maybe a light and a dark and you would be good with that too. But again
it just depends on what you reach for often. Usually for brown colors I like to reach for
the Distress Markers because I find that there are great colors in the collection. You can
use these markers along with other markers that you already have. As I mentioned you
can get some of these markers in packs. There’s a 12 pack, 24, 36, 48 and 60. However there
are 80 markers available so if you want all of them you’re going to have to buy some individually
also. Now you could do the packs. The 12 pack is a pretty good one. Or you can just buy
these all individually and I’ll list some sources for that. So it’s totally up to you
how you try out these markers. You could always try out a few of them and see if you like
them. Again over on my blog I’ll have much more information for you including a download
of these ink swatches. All you have to do is print it onto watercolor paper. Add in
your colors, trim it down and you are good to go. So that’s it you’re questions answered
on the Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I hope you found this helpful. I’m sorry that it’s
a little bit longer I just wanted to make sure to squeeze everything in. If you have
any questions you can leave them below in my YouTube comment area or over at my blog
and I’ll be sure to answer them. If you’re interested in the products that I talk about
here they are linked to multiple sources in my YouTube description below. As always, be
sure to head over to my blog where I’ll have a whole lot more information for you. Thanks
so much for watching and I hope you’ll come back again soon.


  • Yuval Nahum

    Is there any overlap if you buy multiple packs?

  • Nancy Lee

    thanks Jennifer. I would LOVE to get copics, but just cannot afford them.  I have started collecting these (I have 8 so far!!) and distress markers(the 2015 colors of the month). Your video has helped me truly understand what I have.

  • hmatz12

    I just received these markers and LOOOOVE THEM! 🙂 Thank you for this informational video! 🙂

  • Macky Cabangon

    i could not go on your blog!!

  • Pam Legg

    Jennifer, what is the difference between "Zig" Clean Color Real Brush pens and the ones labeled "Kuretake Fude" Real Brush pens? I notice Kuretake is less expensive on Amazon

  • Karen Morison

    Great info, Jennifer, as always. I've probably watched more of your videos than anyone else's on YouTube. Your production values are so high which is helpful, too. I'm struggling with what to tell my husband to get me for Christmas. I've been trying a few of different kinds. Some Copic (amazing), some Spectrum Noir, some Distress Ink colors. I have so much to learn, and I'm a crafter and a sewer, not an artist and definitely not a letterer like Kristine Werner. I've also been having fun with adult coloring books and I bought new blending tools with my Derwin Colored pencil set which I already had, which are crucial to getting rid of the lines, which I hate. It's all fun, though, so I guess that's the key, right? I've bought lots of stuff based on your recommendations. Lots of others do, too, apparently, because when I go to look at each product, so many times they're out of stock or Amazon recommends that I buy one with another one that you have also recommended! What a coincidence! Lol. Keep up the amazing work you're doing. I really, really appreciate your talents, your organizational skills, and everything!

  • kazoomi2

    Finally bought these and they are amazing. Paper choice makes a difference. Using a watercolor paper I'm really pleased with how nice my coloring and shading looks. While I watched several videos Jennifer continues to be my best (or maybe worse?) enabler! This is really the video that got me to truly consider buying them. Until this I'd not been interested in the whole coloring craze. I'm going to add the color to the caps like she did as I think that will help me as I choose colors.

  • Kathy P

    Very helpful, Jen, and it answered all my questions!! Thank you so much….and thanks for the color swatch templates!

  • KindaKrafty

    Thanks a bunch for such a wonderful Tutorial!… Now I need to dust off my Dove blending pen…!! hee hee

  • Nicaya J

    You have a new subscriber

  • Teresa Hetu

    What printer do you use to print onto watercolor paper?

  • lilackat

    Would it be ok to store the pens upside down vertically so you can see the color dots that are on the bottom of the pens?

  • Vicki Finger

    Jennifer McGuire – I did my set of 40 pens this way today and if you heat set the swatches briefly, they do not change color when you add the glossy accents. I put the swatches on with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy accents for the final coat, just as you did. I was making swatches 7 or 8 at a time, so they needed only about 30 seconds with my heat tool.

  • Sarah Nunns

    I hope mine are the real thing, mine were not wrapped either individually or the pack. I cant get them to blend very well with water, despite using watercolour paper. I am quite disappointed.

  • Lynda J

    I've had my Zig Clean Color pens for about 4 or 5 months now and love them. I started with Distress Markers and continue to use them, often in conjunction with my Zigs. Zigs don't have a gold like the Fossilized Amber in the Distress – so I use that — they all work well together. Thank you as always for all your great tips and information. I've returned to this video for a quick review on your tips to see if there was anything I needed to brush up on.

  • Julia Altermann

    Super helpful, Jennifer! Thank you for all the work you put into making this video and answering the questions. Much appreciated!

  • F V

    Hello I just purchased
    Kuretake Fude Real Brush Pen, Clean Color, 60 Set (RB-6000AT/60V)


    I just want to make sure that I got exact the same brush pens you reviewed on your video .
    Thank you so much for making a video .

  • Hawks Art

    That blending is gorgeous!!

  • Heather B

    Would a copic colorless bender work with these markers?

  • Debbie Etlinger

    I just received these markers and I'm excited to try them out. I ordered mine from Amazon on a Sunday evening and they arrived on Tuesday. They were NOT individually wrapped though neither was the box not sure why, the box does have a sticker on it indicating that they are new. Fingers crossed that mine work as well as yours do.

  • Rose Wilkinson

    Great video – loved it!

  • Rose Wilkinson

    Oh btw in your colour swatches 037 should read cornflower blue – not cornflour. 😉

  • Calmom5

    Thank you so much for FANTASTIC Videos on the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. You are through, honest and fair on your Reviews and I certainly appreciate it. You have the perfect voice tone for Videos, as well. After reviewing your Videos on these Pens, I decided to get the 48 count, I think it will be a good variety for me. I have struggled with water coloring and I think these Pens will be the answer for me. Thank you again.

  • Angger Satya

    I have this zig brush color… But my brush won't blend with water just as your… I use a normal paper not a special one

  • georgette garnier

    avoir les explications en français   MERCI

  • Ma Bo

    Wow this video is so Amazing!! I had a long time of no seeing good videos like this one in youtube!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!! I am subscribing!

  • JulieVengeance

    Where did you find the applicator tip for the matte glue and glossy accents ?

  • Angela Reed

    What weight watercolor paper do you use for these markers?

  • Cathy Truen

    Jennifer thanks again for sharing your amazing talent 🙂 and time , I was wondering what types of watercolor paper do you recommend , I have purchase a few different types and haven't had much luck with them …

  • Coye Davis

    Jennifer, you are a genius, with a beautiful voice. You have taught me more than any other demonstrator……..Keep the videos coming.

  • Kathy

    I "FINALLY" figured out what those fine grains of paint are called (granulating pigments) that I saw on your swatches. Learned that from a video by Sandy Allnock. "Non-granulating pigments are those that react smoothly and evenly with water. They tend to cover the paper equally, with little or no variation in color and texture. Other pigments we use are granulating, which means that when water is added the pigments separate from the binder and settle into the “valleys” of the paper. As it dries in the “valleys” it leaves a grainy texture."

  • Michele Nunyabiz

    Jennifer i just ordered and received the set of 60…….are they supposed to be individually wrapped? Or is that only when you buy them open stock??

  • Christine Riutzel

    How do these do on toned paper?

  • Titien Lii

    how about the sakura KOI coloring brush? any comparison between these two ?

  • LEI H.

    Super informative, gonna get a 12color set, thank you for making this video!!!

  • angus Onley

    You should do a giveaway on these zig clean colour real brush pens sometime !!!😄😄😊

  • Raewyn Duffy

    I a struggling with finding a good tutorial re, underwater and graded blues and greens for
    Sea / beach scenes for cards I have clean colour 12 pack , comics and distress inks in pad form
    Would love to see water created using a variety of medium In
    the meantime I will keep experimenting/ practicing
    Regards Raewyn

  • Tricia Ann

    Praise God for your gift, Jennifer McGuire, your knowledge, your teaching, and your ability to share.

  • Jasmine Bondoc

    Hi, Jennifer. Loved your video as usual. I just wanted to ask you a question about these pens because I am planning to buy them. However, I am not sure hat set to buy, the 60 colour set or the 48 colour set (they are around the same price where I am from). Which set do you think has better value in terms of the colour range?

  • Sherry Sterner

    These pens are wonderful. Aldo, I made your charts and I love them. Thanks for your suggestion.

  • Beth Fairweather

    Thank you so much for this video! I just purchased the entire set of 80 (Amazon had a great price so I couldn't pass it up!) and was going to just keep them in the box they came in, BUT I quickly discovered that was not going to work! I ended up having to take a bunch of colors out because I couldn't find which ones I was looking for. So I am definitely going to get that storage container you mentioned. Also I know people don't need all the colors, but personally I like having them all because I never know what I'm going to create, so having so many choices makes it easier for me. I say if you get a good price for them like I did and Free Shipping with Prime to get them all. They are great pens, well worth the money!!!

  • xlovexfaerie

    I've heard that these markers dry out fast. I am between the 48 or getting all 80 but wondering if you've had any issues with them drying out? Thanks!

  • Ivy Girl

    Are you related to Lizzie McGuire? B3

  • Dani

    Hi Jennifer! I have a question. What is the link to the box you ordered? I'm wondering if there are imposters, and I don't want to order pens that end up being stale when they get here…. Where did you order them, by the way?
    Thank you so much!

  • Jordyn Griego

    Hi Jennifer I was wondering if you could use these markers as they or with like no water?

  • A .Vultink

    I just got the zig set of 36 and the browns are indeed uhhm hard. If you don't mind mixing I'd say go for the mid grey, a dark brown and a mustard. The mid grey was a shocker here: I found the mid grey more mid brown then the actual mid brown 😀 Weird. Allso Question: I LOVE the olive green and deep green: but both blend ehh smudgy?? What's up with that? I have standard two buckets of water on my table: so it's not that I have a dirty brush. So those two colors were blending like ehh not so clean color on me 😛

  • Judy Estrada

    Jennifer- Thank you for this informative video. It is very helpful! I appreciate your sharing knowledge with us!

  • Jamie J

    Doesn't the glossy accent change to a yellowish color after a few months?

  • Pamela Barron

    haw much money was that

  • Crafted by

    As always, extremely helpful. Thank you!

  • Jamie J

    Take a white gel pen (preferably Uniball) and make a small rectangle of it. Take a zig marker and get a swatch on your crafter or table. Take a Waterbrush, get the color you put down, and color it on top of the white gel pen. Thank me later when you become the president.

  • Gwen Simmons

    Are these similar to the Kurtake Zig Brush markers??

  • BigAppleJen

    ..as always, your videos are INCREDIBLY helpful. Thank you! I swear .. you seem to think of everything we could ask (literally, I say to myself "what about…?" and two seconds later, you're answering the question in the video. Every time. Crazy informative!) I am not a good watercolorist, so I'm looking forward to trying these.

  • Alexandra Alzate

    This is a random question, but did you use a specific frame die cut for these or did you just use a regular paper trimmer?

  • Rosemary Lam

    What is the shelf life on these markers – do they last for at least a couple of years? And are there refills for these markers?

  • SunshineLeclair

    thanks for sharing … I love my real brush markers! I've looked around but cant see to find where I can download a blank color chart to record which colors I have and the ones I don't have. Any idea where I can get one? Donna

  • Chiquis J

    Thank you so much for such great informative video! You have answered all my questions!! I did not go for the 80 markers but for the 48. I wish they had the 24 pack in amazon but this was the lower count pack they had or buy them individually which it would have cost me a lot!  I hope I don't have all the problems some of the people have comment in here :)New subbie btw 😀

  • Kristine Yeung

    Such a detailed review! Thanks for the tips about labelling them!!

  • jjarvis1227

    Thanks for such an informative and easy to watch/listen to video! So well done, and you covered everything I needed to know before purchasing these markers.

  • 2puckshockey

    what is best ink to stamp with (images)

  • Arleen aartvark

    Do u know if zig clean color real brush markers are lightfast?

  • A Shady Cat

    Hi, I see that this video is about a year old? Do the pens still work for you? I was reading some reviews on Amazon saying they dried out after 6 months.

  • Jan Arnold

    You are so amazing. Your information is always on point and to the point. Giving us the details of each product and letting us make the decision after your thoughtful review. Plus your honesty shines through. We know that your remarks are based on first hand knowledge, but telling us if there's an item you haven't personally tried. Bottom line – we can trust you to help us make a good decision. Your knowledge is priceless!

  • Cheryl Powers

    I was wondering if since you showed blending with dove blender pen to get softer look without the water, if this technique can be done with stamping an image on smooth cardstock instead of water color cardstock. I love watercolor look, which is why I bought the pens, but I hate the texture and the color of watercolor paper. also found that sometime the pens leave brush marks on some of my highly texture watercolor paper some in my stash.

  • Sherry Wu

    Hi, Jennifer: How are you? Thank you for your post on YouTube for all of knowledges and tips we need to know as new paper crafter.
    Comparing between Tombow and ZIG real brushes markers which one is better for new comers, since I got some Copic markers but need some water based marker.

  • Terry Monto

    I agree with Pat!

  • Mary Thomsen

    Fantastic tutorial! Thank you! Xxx

  • stylesformiles79

    Thank you Jennifer, what a wealth of information! Also thank you for the color charts. Ive downloaded them both. A great help in figuring out what I still need. I love these pens & your tutorials have been so very helpful. Thanks again!

  • Beverley Offenberg

    Hi Jennifer, are the Zig markers refillable?

  • Fauzia Latifa Putriani

    Very helpful..not boring at all. hope you make another video like this! c:

  • Susan Bredehoft

    Excellent video Jennifer! I just purchased a complete set of these water color pens. Thank you for also writing about this on your blog and including color swatches. I was a bit thrown off by the numbering of these markers until I saw your blog article. Your YouTube Videos are one of my favorites! I have learned many new techniques from watching your videos.Thank you again for sharing!

  • Pamela Heck

    You don't use water olor in the name of the brush pens but when I go to Amazon they call them Zig real brush watercolor brush pens are they the same as the ones you are calling Zig real color brush pens I don't want to order the wrong ones

  • kendra cline

    can you use these in adult coloring books? do they bleed through? Thank you

  • Nicole Caulfield

    I got all 80 in a new big pack

  • Gwen Simmons

    Great product review! Thank you. How do these compare to the SmartColorArt Dual Tip Brush Pens, set of 48??

  • Poornima Gupta

    Hi can we refill zig markers ?

  • Roberta Soggiu

    Great video!!! Thank you 😊

  • PaperDoodleInk

    Jennifer, everything you do is fantastic! Thank you so much for the videos and the color swatches. I ended up getting all 80 colors (they come that way on Amazon, now) and swatched them out on your great charts. They are so beautiful. Also, I have taken several of your courses recently and I have to say, You all ROCK! Not to mention all the videos on Crafty Chat with Lydia and Kristina. Awesome! Your creative talent is over the top! Thank you for all you do, Patti

  • Lori Ritchie

    You are simply amazing!

    Lori from Canada

  • Val View

    Just found your channel and blog. Very informative and enjoyable to watch. Love the idea for coloring the end of the pen for easy identification. Beautiful bird cards.

  • Miri Am

    can you make a ZIG VS Crayola Supertip (50) ?

  • stylesformiles79

    What great info! Thanks for the extra detail.

  • Afro Hime

    I'm in Japan and just bought these pens. My world changed upon first use. THEN I REALIZED I CAN USE WATER WITH THESE!!!

  • Stephanie Krueger

    Thank you! This video was so helpful. Your blog is great too.

  • Ebony Brooke

    Where is the download for the ink chart?

  • Sly.AL.

    I love TIP to TIP.

  • Susan Hamilton

    I'm waiting anxiously for my 80 set to come in the mail. I ordered them with Christmas money. I have every art supply already but I thought these would be excellent for making my cards or that's how I justify it and it was money just sitting there waiting to be spent. lol

  • Bonnie Tait

    New to stamping and water coloring, been experimenting with a couple different markers that I have had, none compare, just ordered a 12 pack from Amazon of the Zig real color, real brush tip markers. Thank you so much for sharing

  • Teresa Reyes

    I just got my 60 set of the Zig Clean Color marker and I cant seem to blend it, I used it using premium card stock and i cant blend. I also used it in Klara Markova coloring book that has very thick paper although it is not watercolor paper, I couldn’t blend. Thank you.

  • F V

    I love your videos !!! Just subscribed . You have 2 different types of color swatches for zig clean brushes. What paper did you use RANGER-Surfaces Watercolor Paper 8-1/2×11 ? I been looking for water color paper that I can use with printing coloring pages . Thank you .

  • Mama Madz

    Can you do calligraphy/hand lettering with these pens?

  • reallycrazy4paper

    Could you do a comparison with the Arteza clear brush real markers?

  • Carol Pope

    How do you compare clean color with Artezia?

  • Wendy Lawson

    hi i cant seem to see download for the blank swatch list thank you

  • Carina Andersson

    Can not find the color chart download on your blog? Love your videos and crafts❤️👍🏻

  • Sherry Utah

    I know this video was made a few years ago, but I just wanted to let you know that your two links to the Spectrum Aqua Markers are no longer valid. Neither site carries them anymore.

  • Chrom0xide

    I am not sure if it was still available when the clip was made, but there is a 80 set available

  • Otherwise Healthy

    I like the textured stamp look!

  • Elena S

    Does anyone know if there a way to revive dried Zig Real Brush Pens? Mine weren't stored properly and now have drybrush effect

  • Dragon's Muse

    There's actually 90 Colors in total but the 90 Sets are harder to find. You would be short 10 colors buying the 80 Set.


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