I’m back with another card from the new Lawn Fawn release! This one shows off the Zig Clean Color Pens as well – with some tips for those who have been struggling with these new markers.

Gumball Shaker Card

When I saw this stamp set, it just screamed out to be a shaker – with all those happy little smiley gumballs bouncing around in the shaker! For today’s watercolor paper, I used Montval, and painted with THIS brush. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Tips for Clean Color Pen coloring

I’ve been hearing lots of folks having a rough time with these pens once they arrived in the mail. (That’s why I recommended really just picking up a few first!) Here are a couple tips – more to come as I learn more, too.

  1. After shooting this video and working with the pens more afterward, I thought of a great analogy: Clean Color Pens are to watercolor markers what Inktense Pencils are to watercolor pencils. Lots of intense color that usually moves quickly; a few colors in the Zig line, just like Inktense, “move” better/faster than others. Think of them that way and it might get easier.
  2. When adding water, be careful when coloring areas next to other wet areas. Most of these markers like to run! Anytime you add water, start with less than you think you need. You can always add more later.
  3. To lighten color, re-wet as needed and dab off with a rag or paper towel.
  4. When choosing colors to purchase, I would choose darker shades rather than lighter – you can always lighten by adding more water, but the pale colors will stay pale.
  5. Sometimes it’s tough to soften the line that certain colors create when you color on the paper. I’d mark those colors with some washi tape so you know which ones to save for techniques where you WANT that effect, or ones to try again another day with different paper. (More coming soon on a system I’ll be using to mark my pens. I’m going to use it a while before sharing it to be sure it works the way I want it to.)
  6. It IS possible to blend very different colors – but you may end up with baby poo where they meet. And if those colors really run, you can get poo across the entire image! Try picking analagous colors, those seem to blend the most easily. See the color chart at the right – Analagous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
  7. The paper you use may have a LOT to do with blending/not blending. Try others – the cheap stuff, the medium or expensive stuff. Try the same color combos and compare them–that’s the only way to figure this out. This is what happens when a new medium comes on the market, we need to test.  See THIS post for more info on watercolor papers.

If you have questions about specific colors in the Clean Color Pen line, leave them in comments. I’m finding I have trouble with different colors than some friends of mine, and I’m curious to know if there are some that are problems overall, and if some might just be my pens. Research! Agh! :0)colors used

The colors used in this video are 025 Pink; 081 Light Violet; 024 Wine Red; 050 Yellow; 031 Cobalt Blue; 041 Light Green; 084 Deep Violet033 Persian Green; 027, Dark Pink.


Sandy Allnock - Gumball Shaker Card


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Hope you liked my lil sweet candy gumball shaker card!