Zig Brush Marker Watercoloring and Layering - Craft Stash Hop

by - July 09, 2018

Hello there! I'm so excited to be participating in the "New" Craft Stash blog hop. The purpose of this hop is simple, use something in your craft stash that you haven't in a long time. We tend to hoard, don't we? Have you heard that saying, "Collecting craft supplies and crafting are two different hobbies"? I can relate to that on a spiritual level. I see a video featuring a technique or tool and think "I NEED that"! Once I get it, it sits alone on the shelf. Not to be touched again. Some crafty friends got together and we decided it would be a great idea to give some inspiration to these lonely supples.  This is a BIG hop. There are 3 days filled with inspiration from crafty friends you know, and maybe some new faces to you. There are also some pretty great prizes to be won if you hop along with us! The full list of todays hop can be found with links at the bottom of the page!


For my post, I've decided to use a well loved product. Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. So many people LOVE their Zig Brush Markers and I'm always envious of their beautiful creations using them. I'll admit, I'm a little intimidated by watercoloring even though these markers make it pretty simple. I don't reach for them often enough and when I do, I don't always love the outcome. So, I decided to face my fear and put them to use!

Be sure to comment on each hop today! Random commenters from each day will be chosen to win some fabulous prizes from the sponsor list below!

This is a bit of a two-fer as I'm also putting to use my Painterly Days Watercoloring Book by Kristy Rice. I absolutely love using these pages to create envelopes or just to brush up on my watercoloring. I don't do it often and I think I've only used one page out of the book that I got well over a year ago, but I always want to crack it open and never find the time. Today is the day!


This watercoloring isn't perfect. I can see thousands of little mistakes throughout and it pained me to keep pushing on when I realized it wasn't miraculously turning out the way I dreamed it would. Perfectly. But, that isn't the point of this hop. I used these supplies that have been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to show them some love and I had a lot of fun doing it! I learned a few things about the Zig markers through trial and error which never would have happened without the "trial" part. I plan to use these markers again very soon to try out what I've learned and to see if it works better next time. They do say practice makes perfect!

I hope that you've enjoyed my post in the hop! Continue along here:

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69 comments

  1. Beautiful project Ashlea!!! I love the look those layers provide. :)

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  2. I think your coloring of this pretty flower is lovely!

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  3. Beautiful watercoloring! I think the Zig markers are so fun! I need to get mine out and practice! Lovely flower design you chose to color!

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  4. Nice watercoloring, love the dimension.

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  5. Gorgeous Ashlea! Your watercoloring is amazing! I struggle with that too. Thanks for the video!

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  6. Hmm... I may have one of these books sitting lonely in a cupboard too!
    I must pull it out and have a play

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  7. Thanks for the tips on using those brushes. I have some that have intimidated me as well. Now I'll have to pull them out and try!

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  8. GORGEOUS!!! I am trying to learn this, but haven't been entirely successful, to say the least. NICE JOB.

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  9. You did a wonderful job with this! I think I have those brushes too!

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  10. Beautiful, I never get the blending the way I want it but probably 85% of what I plan to do in the craft room isn't what I end up with.

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  11. Great job on the flower! I have a set of 12 Zig markers and barely pull them out. Maybe it is time to explore again. Thanks!

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  12. So pretty. I love the layered look you created with just 3 colors!! Thanks for sharing

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  13. It's beautiful Ashlea! Can't wait to see it on a card.

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  14. Beautiful coloring, thank you for sharing!

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  15. You’ve inspired me to pull out my zig markers & keep practicing!

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  16. Your card is fabulous - I love the colors!

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  17. Beautiful card & coloring! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Well, I am impressed by your colouring- lovely colours.

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  20. Thanks for a great card

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  21. You gals are causing me to feel somewhat guilty, because I have things I bought and have never used. I bought a few Zigs, but I also feel intimidated by them because I am not good at watercoloring. Your flower looks lovely and is an inspiration for me to find something to try my Zigs with......it's not like I will lose my life if I mess up.........LOL

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  22. Thanks for being honest... you've encouraged me to continue going through the "trials".

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  23. Great water coloring! I have some Zigs too and don't use them very often because I don't always like the finished result. I am going to have to try them some more after watching your video!

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  24. This turned out beautifully, Ashlea. I don't have the zig brand markers but Lord knows, I have plenty of others. I really need to try this. Thanks for the lesson.

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  25. Well done. Thanks for showing us this technique.

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  26. Great card! Love the coloring and blending of the colors!

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  27. Beautiful watercolor! Love the card.

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  28. Stunning water colouring. It will make an awesome focal point on a card.

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  29. Wow!!! Love your watercolouring!!!

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  30. Gorgeous water coloring! Really have to give it a try soon, thank you for sharing your card for the Blog Hop just amazing.

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  31. Love your watercoloring, something I struggle with frequently.

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  32. I love water coloring with my Zigs. Your card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Awesome blending. You did a great job with this. Never thought of using the coloring sheets for cards.

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  34. Your pretty painted flower looks absolutely beautiful! I love the wash of color and the cheerful vibe! Very pretty!

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  35. Beautiful coloring, Ashlea! I need to try mine with my coloring sheets to practice. Very good idea!

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  36. Gorgeous layering of colors.

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  37. That is beautiful and you helped me learn a little more how to do my own coloring. Thanks!

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  38. So fun to watch you paint, and it's given me ideas on how to use my Zigs. That book seems like a great thing to have for practice!

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  39. I love my Zig markers! In fact, I just received a package that included some new ones ! I couldn’t wait to try them out! Glad this blog has challenged to test them out!

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  40. lovely coloring, Ashlea - that is basically how I color with my Zigs also - your flower will look gorgeous on a card!

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  41. Love the idea of using the page for an envelope. I have some to use.

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  42. Wow! your coloring is gorgeous and you explained it so clearly in the video. Thanks for sharing your skill in this technique.

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  43. So pretty how you colored this flower.

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  44. Your flower turned out so pretty! It's really fun using Zig markers.

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  45. Your coloring technique is just spectacular and these layered blooms are gorgeous

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  46. gorgeous coloring , this turned out pretty !!

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  47. Gorgeous coloring. Love the flower.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  48. Not sure why you are intimidated with watercoloring! You do it beautifully! I have struggled with my Zigs so I don't use them often but I'm trying to keep practicing. Sometimes it's easier to just use my Go-to coloring medium, Copics. But I LOVE the look of watercolor!

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  49. I have not used Zig....... I'll have to watch some videos on them and try it
    Thanks

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  50. Simply beautiful. I have Zigs too, but haven't used them much. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  51. Beautiful coloring! Don't be afraid, you did a great job.

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  52. beautiful coloring - thanks for sharing:)

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  53. i love brush markers,your card is stunning!!!

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  54. BEAUTIFULLY water colored flower! And I really enjoyed watching your video too!!

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  55. Yay for you! And I think it's turned out beautifully.

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  56. Oh your flower is gorgeous! It doesn't look at all like you struggle with watercoloring - just stunning.

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  57. you did better than i can - and we're always the hardest on ourselves. you started with how you don't do this a lot and yet, there you were, doing it anyway. that is the BEST EXAMPLE in the crafting world there is. we don't have to be perfect to do art; we just have to do it.

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  58. I think you did a great job with these markers !! Don’t be so hard with yourself !
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