Have you fallen prey to the Zig craze? These Zig Clean Color pens are unique – and I hope today’s project will help you see that you can do some amazing coloring with just a few colors!

Mixing skintones with Zig Clean Color pens

One of the troubles with all the other water-based markers, IMHO, has been that I haven’t found many do skintone colors particularly well. (Same for watercolors, without mixing your own.) And since I do love to color people, that’s a struggle!

So while playing with the 12 Zig Clean Color pens (I specifically used the set of 12 for this one, just so you know you don’t need the big sets even if you want them), I decided to play around with ethnic skintones, without using Zig’s flesh colors (the 12 set doesn’t come with any). You can use this technique to mix skintones out of your other water-based pens too. And just so you know, sets JUST arrived at Ellen Hutson, so you can either get a 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, or buy them one at a time – or a combo – it’s all up to you.

Check out the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube…and then come back and read more below.

While this video was made using the Zig pens, and the colors are much brighter – other watercolor pens on the market can do some similar color mixing, too; you’ll just need to do some experimenting to get the right mixes and right amounts of water. Note that this card is painted on Canson XL watercolor paper (fyi, extremely cost-effective), it’s not as white as the Ranger’s and that could make a difference color-wise, so adjust as needed.

And the masking fluid I used is THIS one with this applicator nib – but you can also use a version that comes in a bottle too.

Sandy Allnock Zig clean color pens

Upcoming note about these pens

I’m working on a hex chart for these, so hang tight if you’re trying to pick between colors and don’t know which reds, which yellows, etc. I know it’s a challenge to figure out which the heck colors you want. Hoping to get that posted in the next couple weeks!

I’m also going to be doing more videos with these over time – I know others are sharing things they are finding out about them too, but I’m looking at them from my crazy-artist perspective, so you’ll get a little different info from the likes of me. So far they aren’t replacing my love of pan watercolors, if you’re wondering. I’m really curious how long they’ll last, since they aren’t refillable…I’m going to sacrifice a pen soon and find out how many strokes it takes to get to the center of the lollypop – I’ll let you know when I know!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

I hope you’ll try this kind of color mixing with your Zig clean color pens or other watercolor markers – whatever brand you own!