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If you haven't yet experienced the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers by Kuretake, you are in for a treat--they are among the easiest tool around for watercolor painting!
What sets these "markers" apart from other water-based markers is their nib: It is a REAL BRUSH. So imagine color with a built-in paint brush tip but a marker barrel. I know, right?!
They come in a wide array of colors, but by blending, you have an unlimited palette at your disposal!
At the beginning of the video, I'll be demonstrating some quick/easy blending methods, in combination with a waterbrush to pull and manipulate the color.
I find I really love the effect of these markers most especially on watercolor paper, and the great thing about heat embossing your images, is that the embossed lines work wonderfully to contain the color/water within each area, enabling you to move on quickly to adjacent parts of your image and continue painting.
Unlike alcohol-based markers, which can etch/eat away heat embossed images, Clean Color Real Brush Markers are water-based; the embossed lines and imagery will act as a resist and any excess color/water sitting on top can simply be blotted away/off with a clean paper towel--just avoid using a rubbing motion so you don't smear any wet paint elsewhere onto your project.
Like almost all coloring mediums, it's easier to add more color than it is to take it away so begin with a light touch. The medium to darker colors of these markers are quite intense and a little goes a long way when you begin to add water and pull the color--this can work to your advantage because the shading is practically built-in with the methods shown.
Trust me when I say that you do not need to paint one petal at a time! *grin* Quickly swipe a little of the desired color from the marker along the outermost tips or inner edges (around the stamen) of ALL the petals of your flowers, and then start pulling the color with the water brush (you can also use a regular brush and a cup of water if you prefer).
The Clean Color Real Brush Markers are available in open stock, but I do have a list of suggested colors you could begin with, which you can see by scrolling to the very bottom of this post.
Be aware that in some instances, the color name doesn't always match up with the actual color itself. For example:
- Cobalt Blue seems more like a deep turquoise color
- Blue reminds me of a more true cobalt blue
- Bright Yellow is what I would consider "apricot"
- Turquoise Green looks like a bright teal or possibly jade
- Shadow Mauve appears to be blue grey and nothing like mauve
When shopping colors in the store, hover your mouse over the swatch next to the marker to get a better idea of what the color will actually look like. :)
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Happy Mundane! :)
JULIE'S ZIG CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH STARTER COLOR SUGGESTIONS: