Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens Intro

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens Intro

Hello and welcome. This is Jennifer McGuire.
For the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with a product and I found that I really enjoy
using it, so I thought I’d do a video to show you about it also. The product I’m talking
about is the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I have done many videos showing many different
ways to add color to your projects. But I have to say there hasn’t really been a product
quite like these. These are very unique and so I thought I would do a video or two on
them. So in this video I’m going to talk to you a little bit more about these Real Brush
Pens. Give you just an intro to them and then after this I’ll have a second video where
I’m going to show six different ways you can use the pens to get a variety of looks. Please
keep in mind that these videos are just meant to introduce these markers so you can decide
if it’s something that you’d be interested in looking into. There are so many different
coloring mediums out there. You just have to decide what you think would work best for
you. So let’s go ahead and take a look at these pens. Now there are 80 different colors
in the collection. There are packs ranging from a 4 pack all the way up to a 60 pack.
Now I started with the 12 pack. Zig sent me those to try. I liked them so much that that
same day I went out and I bought that 48 set. So, there is a 60 set. I couldn’t get my hands
on it at the time. There isn’t a set that buys all 80. So some of them you’ll have to
buy individually. But all the colors are available individually. If you’re looking for a smaller
set that is good to start with this 12 set is pretty good. It’s got a good variety of
colors, but if you want to pick individual colors I’ll have a closer look at most of
them over on my blog. I have been very happy with the 48 set. Now I will say it is a bit
of an investment. But this is something that I have been using quite a bit and I’m getting
my money’s worth. I take this box with me when I travel or when I go to a baseball game
so that I can do coloring on the go. I like that you can use these with or without water.
Which we will talk about soon. On the side of each marker there is a color number and
name, so if you want to do a chart you can have that to keep track of. Now what is really
unique about these pens is it has a brush tip. It actually has bristles. You can see
the bristles here. I haven’t really used many things that are like this. So it is actually
a brush pen. So it is filled with a water based ink and it comes out nicely. Not too
runny, not too dry. It just seems to be perfect. I really like the bristles are to a fine point
so you could do a fine stroke or you could do a broad stroke. Which you see here. These
are really fun if you’re good at hand lettering. I just happen to not be so great at it. However
I do like it has the detail so you can get into small areas. Now before we start using
these pens I wanted to give you one little tip about the colors. Now you could create
your own little ink swatch of all the different colors. As you can see that I’ve done here.
I’ll share photos of this on my blog. But another thing that I found very helpful is
that I created a tiny little ink swatch to glue onto the actual pen cap. So that when
I open up my box I can quickly grab the color that I want. So what I did is I colored the
marker on to some white water color paper with a little bit of water and then once it
was dry I use a little hole punch to bunch tiny little circles of each color and then
I used a strong liquid adhesive to glue those tiny little swatches on to my pen caps. This
is really helped me to grab the colors that I want and that way I don’t have to carry
an ink swatch around with me. I have found this to be very helpful. Okay, so let’s go
ahead and talk about how these pens work. Remember in the second video I’m going to
show you six different ways to use these pens to color these birds so be sure to check that
out. But I wanted to give you a quick intro here. One thing is very important. I find
that these pens work best on water color paper, no matter what method you use. So I always
use water color paper. Okay, let’s go ahead and start. Here I’m just putting down a red
color then I’m going to blend it with an orange color just by overlapping and spreading it
out. So you do not need water to blend with these. Some colors, of course, blend better
than others. But there are ways to get a good blending. Now you want to kind of blend while
the ink is still kind of wet on the paper. The water color paper helps in the blending,
but it really looks beautiful when you do it. Now these two colors, as you can see,
didn’t blend quite as well. But here’s the trick that you can do. Because this is a brush
tip you can touch tip to tip without damaging the tip and you can pick up a little bit of
the darker color on your lighter color marker to get it to blend nicely. Now you just kind
of go back over it and check out the nice blending that you get. In those last two examples
I did not use water to blend and they blended great, but I wanted to show you how wonderfully
they blend with water. I’m using a water brush. I put two colors right next to each other
and you just overlap the two and you can see the beautiful easy blend that you get. You
can use more water with it if you want more of a water color look. But I like how easy
it is to control and blend by using very little water. I also wanted to show you that with
water you can create your own colors. So here I put Lime Green with some blue right on top
of it. You just take some water to it and you can see the nice teal color that I get
as a result. So you can have just a few of these markers, but by blending them together
or overlapping them you can create new colors. Here I’m using a red with a blue on top and
I can create a beautiful plum color. You can also mix colors on a palette. So I have an
acrylic block here and I’m just going to scribble some of the red and the blue, the same colors
I just overlapped, onto the block and then I’m going to use my water brush to mix them
together to create a purple color. I really like how the ink comes out a little more wet
than a typical marker so that you have the time to blend, but it’s really something that
you can control. So if you struggle with water color these brushed are really easy to control.
Now in addition to the vibrant colors these pens are available in very pale colors, which
I think it huge. I really like the look of soft water color backgrounds, but I find that
with most water colors you have to add a ton of water to get a soft color. Well, these
colors are so light that you really don’t need to add the water at all or just add a
little bit to get the soft look. This is really been a big plus for me, because I have a hard
time when I have to water color with a lot of water, so I really like that. Over on my
blog I have ink swatches for the 48 colors that come in that 48 pack. When I get the
other colors I’ll be sure to add those. As I mentioned you can get these pens individually.
So if you just wanted to try them out, you could pick a few colors that you think you
might like and work with those and do some blending with those. I promise you don’t need
a large pack. You do not need the 48 pens in order to really have fun with these. A
few really go a long way. If you’re one of those who likes to be busy on the go, this
is great for you because you can grab the pack, a water pen and some pre-stamped images
on water color paper and you can take those with you where ever. Remember to also check
out my second video where I show six different ways to use these pens. I think you’ll be
amazed that from this one product you can get the look of a bold Copic colored image
or the look of a soft water colored image. All from that one product. If you want to
check out anything I talked about in this video, I have links below in my YouTube description.
Or you can head over to my blog at jennifermcguireink.com where I’ll have photos of those ink swatches
and much more information. Thanks for stopping by.


  • sassyscrapper1 says:

    I ordered these off Amazon after watching your video. I can't wait to get mine. They're being shipped from Japan so the ship time is long but I can't wait. Whoo Hoo!!!

    Jennifer, where did you buy your pack of 48?

  • Ina Nelson says:

    Wow. I'm am not really great at watercoloring although I love the look of it.  These pens look amazing.

  • Bunny Hoyle says:

    What nice colors these are. Can't wait to see the 2nd video. Great tip about putting the color on the cap.

  • Felicia Brooks says:

    Are they refillable?

  • Advin Gan says:

    Hi Jennifer, are u aware if these pens are refillable?


  • Pam Nutting says:

    I think I'm in love – again. I have to go find them. Hope I can afford them.

  • stacey lovespaper says:

    Love the insights!!  Thank you so much for all the great info

  • MYT CR8TiV says:

    (>~<) I'm going to go SUPER broke with all these tutorials. Better win the lotto so I can afford Copics, Prismacolor, Chameleon pens, and these. Gah !!

  • Sallee P. says:

    These are neat! It's just one fabulous product after the other these days. Added to my ever-growing wishlist.

  • Scrap Owl Ame says:

    I so appreciate this video. I have been contemplating for a while to buy these or not. And now thanks to you I'm going to order. Thank you!

  • Jeanette Duke says:

    I just ordered these pens the other day and can't wait to get them and play!!

  • Nancy Hansen says:

    These pens look awesome, it looks so easy to watch you use them.  Thanks Jennifer.

  • Angelina Wu says:

    Japan Square sells these sets for a pretty reasonable price, so I would check their website out if you're interested! I also saw the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor sets there, too. I don't know if they're cheaper than Amazon, though!

  • alwaysfab1217 says:

    You are so amazing…I LOVE your videos so much….your cards and tutorials are so helpful😙

  • Doris Cote says:

    Very interesting and will look into these.

  • Mamey's Medley says:

    I LOVE your videos Jennifer!!! I learn so much! Thank you!!

  • Debbie Elholm says:

    Jennifer, how do these compare to the Spectrum Aquas, which I just bought and love? By the way, I'm not giving on my dream of owning every Copic color. I hope to buy a nice selection this summer. But I am curious as to how these compare to the Aquas which you can do the same techniques as these pens.

  • *Tracy Born Again Farm Girl says:

    Very neat Jennifer! Watercolor hates me 💔

  • slp1842 says:

    These look fabulous! Just ordered some from amazon! What do you think would be the best way to store them? Tip down! On their side? I'm not quite sure!

  • Lisa Young says:

    These look so COOL!!!!

  • Valerie Breingan says:

    I've simply got to get these an play with them.The vibrancy is amazing . I'm excited to put an order in for them.Thanks Jennifer 😊

  • Dumboelebichelin says:

    how do you compare these to distress markers ? i have a few distress markers but this zig pen looks really great ! dun think i have the dollars to invest on both sets…

  • Shirlee Calbert says:

    I had never even heard of these pens until a few weeks ago when you first showed them on a video. I think I'm in love all over again. These pens are great! Looks like I've got something else to put on my "to buy" list. Thanks for introducing them to us all.

  • sacconner says:

    Of course I had to have these Jennifer, because I knew they would help me become a somewhat better watercolorists.  LOL!  My DH gave a 36 pack set of these to me as part of my Mother's Day gift.  I have play around with them and really like how they blend and work wet water.  Thanks for the tip on putting the color of the pen on the top of the pen.

  • Jeanie Gregory says:

    Thanks for the demo! I did check these out and there are to expensive for my budget.

  • J9cardstock says:

    These look fantastic. I am debating whether to start buying copics but these seem like a pen that would meet my needs better as i really like a watercolour look.

  • Donna Dacy says:

    Thanks for sharing your take on these. I might have to get a twelve pack and try them. I already have spectrum noir and SU  so I better start slow…:D

  • Denise Ward says:

    Great videos! I loved how easily you achieved the rich colors on each card by using these Zig products! I don't do much coloring now since I don't have the supplies for this kind of thing; I'm just barely getting enough supplies to stamp. But this looks like a great technique to try! Thanks, Jennifer, for the educational video! 🙂

  • Carol Sze says:

    Looks like fun. Thanks for the demo. It was quite thorough. Have you tried coloring directly onto stamps and then add water for loose watercolor? It would be interesting to see that as well.

  • My Panda Paints says:

    Haven't finished watching the video but had to comment on how much of a genius you are! Putting the color on the end of the cap?!?! Who else but you would have thought of it? You're amazing.

  • Renee VanEpps says:

    Jennifer – are your pens showing any sign of drying up yet?  I'm trying to find out how soon a pen goes dry, since it doesn't look like they're refillable.  TIA!

  • Casey Ward says:

    WOW!  Now those are super cool.  I think I may need to get another job for my Paper Habit…

  • Margaret House says:

    awesome set.

  • Andrea Nelson says:

    One of many times that someone has enabled me to purchase something after I have watched a video on it.. lol.. just purchased the 60 set from your link.. 🙂 thanks for the video..

  • holmes864 says:

    Jennifer, This is why I love what you do: you are so great about providing lots of alternatives to get a certain look, and you are so reassuring like "you don't need all the colors of these markers!". You have SAVED me so much money by giving me lots of uses for products I already own and for not making me panic when I don't have THE right supply on hand :o)

  • Ink That Card says:

    Does she have a craft room tour video if so can you link it below I really would love to see it

  • Lynn says:

    Are these refillable?

  • Craftin Kate says:

    Nice video Jennifer!  I have always loved the few Zig pens I owned, and just discovered the Zig "Kurecolor" line of alcohol markers from Jane Davenport.  I just have one question.  It seems like the paper is pilling up a bit, what is causing that?

  • LindieLee says:

    Looks yummy but are they permanent when dry?

  • Peter A Edwards says:

    These pens remind me of a set I got as a gift 35 years ago. It is great to see inks blend so well, without causing streaks.

  • yakisueba says:

    Love the Coptics, have a huge bag of 'em, now I will go even more broke on these!

  • Kathy Patterson says:

    Thank you, Jennifer.  I ordered a set, 30 I think, but haven't gotten them yet.  I can't wait to try watercolor.

  • MaryAnn Pletcher says:

    I have been looking for brush tipped watercolor pens of a style I think I can use.  Thanks for your videos.  I am going to try a few pens to make sure about the sets to buy. MaryAnn

  • Joy Kinnear says:

    Your system of showing the color on the top of the pen is great; but, the Zig company should have done that on their product.  You do a great job of explaining it all.

  • dai dai says:

    great video! esp. the blending technique. thanks! 🙂

  • robin2012ism says:

    great! thanks!!!

  • Priscilla Warsley Williams says:

    Jennifer, I'm so grateful you have these videos and tutorials of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens…and I'm happy I found these videos. I have been looking at the Copic markers for months and trying to get the nerve to purchase a few but was never able to make my first purchase. I couldn't figure it out, until I saw this video. What I realized was that I actually wanted was a marker/pen with the brush tip. So now that I've been introduced to these…through your videos. I am excited about purchasing and sooooo happy I waited. I know these don't compare to the Copics but these are more of what I was looking for. I'm so excited and can't wait to get the 60 pack….yes…I'm going for the 80 collection! Thanks again!!

  • M S says:

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for a great video again!!! i'm sold on these markers and just ordered a pack after much resisting!!! 🙂 just wondering what you use as a table/lap desk while coloring on the go? I'm such a person and would really love to use my time creatively too… Thanks!

  • Pat Gasko says:

    Thanks Jennifer for all the wonderful information on the Zig Real Brush Pens I've learned so much. Your right about Amazon's prices thanks for more helpful information.I really like when you demo the pens and the blending their colors.Great videos.

  • Naea Dae says:

    I usually use Copic sketch, how will these do on coloring books. And I also like to print out some of the images I'm coloring on half sheets.

    Is there a certain type of paper I need or use? Will the water color muddle the printed lines form an inkjet?

  • Michelle Griffin says:

    Hi Jennifer, Thought I'd ask you as you may know the answer given all your research.. Are the ones on Amazon supposed to come individually wrapped too? I posted the question to some of the buyers and so far all the responses have been 'No' they were not individually wrapped. Do you have any idea why this would be? Is it because they are so discounted?

  • Kathy P says:

    Great tutorial, Jen! I just bought a lot of these pens, and came online to see how to use them. So glad I found your site…..the blending ideas for these fun pens is just what I needed!

  • Macky Cabangon says:

    I might buy this in the future. i think around 20 colors is good.

  • Seema Kazmi says:

    Just bought 12 pack on Amazon – hope to use them soon!

  • Jerry Smith says:

    Hello Jennifer
    Love all your creations and you have inspired me to start using ink and stamps
    can you tell me where i can get these pens in the uk please thank you Jerry

  • HenderPender says:

    Yusuke Murata ( one punch Man artist) use them to

  • Hen Sitter says:

    Great info. I have ordered the 48 pack!

  • Susie LaLonde says:

    I'm so excited. My Daughter just got me a 24 set for Christmas. I've seen this video before I ever thought I'd be fortunate enough to get my own but I had to re-visit your videos because I really think your tips are awesome and I'm going to be incorporating them when my markers arrive. Unfortunately I've got to wait until January (really don't know why it's going to take so long and I'm so anxious about them by the time they get here I'll have no hair left) But long story short, Thank you for your videos!

  • Ashley Giblin-Brown says:

    I have a quick question….Are these permanent once dry? Can you work over them after they have dried with other wet media or do you have to seal them with a fixative first?

  • GetBant says:

    Could you just store the pens upside down as they have coloured bottom caps, they really should look to add a colour to the cap tho!

  • PartnerWeb FNS says:

    Thanks for the videos. Brush pens are notorious for running out of ink quickly. I take it these are not refillable?

  • Kate Dykstra says:

    My Zig markers just arrived and I'm so glad I came across your video. Great information – and I LOVE the hole-punch tip for the lids. Brilliant idea! Thanks!

  • skeskali says:

    This is really helpful – thanks for the video. I'm a beginner who has only just discovered working with watercolour brush markers and stamps. Can you tell me what kind of ink you use on the stamped images? I notice they don't blend or bleed into the watercolours. Thanks!

  • moonvelvet says:

    are these refillable?

  • Michele Nunyabiz says:

    Hi Jennifer….i REALLY need some help. I have ordered these TWICE from Amazon and with BOTH boxes the markers are not real "juicy"…..i sent back the first box……but before i send this second one back i wanted to ask…….are they supposed to be NOT as juicy as markers tend to be?? I have the 60 set, by the way. Also, the pens were NOT individually wrapped……are they supposed to be? I REALLY like these….the ones that do work are great but 90 bucks is alot to spend. Both boxes were marked "new" but I just dont know. Do you have any thoughts that might help?

  • Uzma says:

    Can you use these pens on regular plain paper? Will they bleed?

  • Hailey Bailey says:

    are these like copics

  • EllieButterflyBells 123 says:

    Can u use a normal wet brush instead of a water brush???

  • Create by Me Studio says:

    80 Pack is NOW available which is awesome!

  • Sharon French says:

    Great blending, on my to get list.

  • Tyler Blake says:

    Great video! I got the Kuretake black brush pen for Christmas and I've been wishing they had colored ones 🙂 If I was to use my black pen to ink a drawing, and let it dry and then color it with these, would the black bleed when these touched it? Thanks so much!

  • Karlee Etter says:

    Have you or someone you know, ever used these brushes to add color and details to baked (or unbaked) polymer clay. Thanks.

  • Peg Y says:

    I just received my pens. I'm trying to find information on the best way to store them…meaning horizontal, or ink side down…do you know?

  • garrettarthur901 says:

    Lol the bottom of the pen has a colored piece of plastic to show you what color it is that your grabbing

  • Karen Talbot says:

    80 color pack is now available through Amazon

  • misses blueberry says:

    fantastic video! purchased them! ~

  • misses blueberry says:

    Hey there 🙂

    After i watched your videos about the zig clean colour real brush pens i decided to buy them too. One of the reason is that i'm kinda a artist (instagram: misses.purpleberry) and i wanted to try out something else..but i got them and realized that they don't blend when i'm doing it…i tried out different papers & techniques – like on print-paper, in my hard cover sketchbook and on (extra bought) 250g drawing 'karton' (i don't know what it's calling in english) but nothing helped…

    do you have any ideas what could be the reason they don't blend? 🙁

  • Lynn Galvan says:

    I bought the 60 pack last year, I was wondering if there is a color chart for the other 20 thank you in advance

  • Jennifer Weber says:

    Please do the zig brushables!!

  • victoria garcia says:

    Are they lightfast?

  • Fayy says:

    Hi , in the pack of 48 pens , there are the same colors , of the pack of 12 pens ? Excuse my English , i'm French ! lol 🙂

  • Garance Art says:

    There's an 80 set you can buy it on amazon!

  • June Poulin says:

    I'm so happy for you videos. the little circles you make to show the colours… what size are the "holes"? thank you for your great videos. just got these for Christmas 😉

  • jenmckeeman says:

    Very nice review! I loved how your thoughts were so well thought out and orderly in how you presented them. 🙂 Keep doing reviews like this – you are awesome at it!

  • Lisa Morris says:

    I really enjoyed your video. You knew exactly what you wanted to demonstrate and say about the markers. You were obviously well prepared. I enjoyed so much I have subscribed!

  • Karen B. says:

    Thanks!  I hope you have the full 80 set now!

  • Gabi Stöver says:

    Hi there, I love your video and I am totally new to coloring, so please excuse my question, but are those refillable? Like I said, I am new to this and so this is maybe not smart to ask, but I don't like to waist things and would love to get something refillable. Thank you for you help.

  • Nicole Caulfield says:

    There is a 80 set to get all of them

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  • Susan Hamilton says:

    There is an 80 set now! 🙂

  • Claire Will says:

    80 set now on market

  • sunhee says:

    help i got only one pink zig brush because i'm broke and I really don't know what to do with it

  • Ginny Paige says:

    Hello Jennifer, I was just curious what kind of mixing palette are you using in this video at 5:42. It looks like thick plastic but I’m unsure what it is. I really like it, and would like to try it with my zig markers. 🙂

  • Barbara Ford says:

    I just bought the 36-pack before I really knew anything about these. Do you happen to know if the pack of 12 would make the 36-pack be the same as the 48? In other words, are the 12 different from the 36?

  • SavannahSniper Girl says:

    There is an eighty set that came out now

  • _n1c013_ says:

    I used to have those water colour brush I lost it…. I found it again when I don’t need it and put it somewhere….and I lost it again when I need it….. it was like $18+ life…

  • hitermee s says:

    I have the 80 set. Its so amazing!

  • Darlene Falatic says:

    Thanks for this video. I was interested in more about them, so now I can get some. THANKS

  • Majestic Q11 says:

    I've been having some trouble blending them. What paper do you recommend?

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