Trend Capitulation: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers


I’ve written before about how I try to resist trends, but I confess, I bought a set of Zig Clean Color Brush markers after they dropped.  There was such a frenzy about them in the papercrafting blogosphere, I couldn’t resist.  I loved the bright, clear colors, and was intrigued by the possibilities of the brush tip.  And they’re really not that expensive, all things considered.

They took over a month to arrive from Japan, but they finally did this week.  Here is my first attempt with them:


I stamped and heat-embossed the flowers in silver, and painted them with the Zig markers and water.  They are blotchier than i would like.  Next time I will try them without water, see how that works.  I do like the colors, though.  I purchased the 24-pack, which seemed to be enough variety of colors to play around with, but not too expensive if I decided I didn’t like them.  There are 80 colors overall, all available open stock.  The largest pack has 60 colors, so you can’t get them all in a pack.  But really, 60 colors seems more than enough, doesn’t it?

Oh, this was done on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I like it because it is so bright and white.  And because it comes in size A2 sheets, because I am lazy.

I CASED this card from Jennifer McGuire, who in turn CASED it from Tasnim Ahmed of Altenew.  This is the Altenew stamp set Persian Motifs.  I love it.  I think it is drawn from ancient ceramic designs.

Oh, the sentiment continues on the inside.  “Friendship … is like a bouquet of flowers, sweet and beautiful.”  I could only fit the first word on the front.  And I had to color it with a marker, because the words were too close and intertwined to only get the “friendship” with an ink pad, even if I covered the other words with Scotch tape.  I think it turned out OK, though.

In other things, I realize I’ve been kind of flailing around with the blog here, not posting, posting randomly, not following through with projects.  I do want to continue the patterned paper series.  My life has just been kind of chaotic lately.  I am picking away bit by bit at cleaning my craft room.  It’s pretty overwhelming. I mean, you’ve seen my stash list, right?  I am destashing some things.  Would anybody like some orphan stamps or 6×6 pads?  Email me.

I still can’t find that Basic Grey paper pad!  I’m beginning to wonder if I ever actually bought it, or just imagined I did.  Or my Gelatos.  I have the whole gift set and it is a sizable box, so how the heck did that go missing?  On the other hand, I’m finding some things I forgot I had, so that’s fun.

I’ll try to post more regularly in the future.  I know, I’ve said that before.  But I will try.

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