Thursday, February 14, 2019

Show & Share with Virginia: Looking at the Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew

Hello fellow creators!
Today I have a Show & Share coloring project featuring Watercolor Brush Markers.  And since I'm playing along with Kathy Racoosin's coloring challenge, #THEDAILYMARKER30DAY, where we are encouraged to color for 10 minutes a day for the month of February, I wanted to practice using the Spring Garden Set and Winter Wonderland Set from Altenew.

Here is what I shared on my IG feed.

I first started by stamping and masking the pretty poppy image from Gina K designs: Through Think and Thinonto Distress Ink watercolor paper. 
Going for a no-line-coloring look, I chose inks that are water soluble for inking the images.
Then I chose Rouge and  Rubellite Watercolor Brush Markers to layer color in the petal areas. I really like the soft mix of peach/red that is created by mixing the two colors and layering them on top of each other straight from the markers themselves being careful to allow for the ink to dry on petals that were next to each other.

Thinking of Chocolate Covered Strawberries....

In choosing the color for the leaves, I must have been craving those valentine delights of Chocolate covered strawberries! Yes, I am a Choc-A-Holic!
The Espresso Watercolor Brush Marker was a scrumptious choice in my opinion! I added clear water from a water-brush to get varied shades of the espresso on the leaves. I also added a kiss of it to the places I thought needed more shadow depth on the petals.
I'm happy with how things are looking at this point. the flowers are light in color which is what I was going for.

Adding color to the center of each flower: 

****At this point I added Ruby Red Watercolor Brush Marker to deepen the shadows of the petals and I feel it got much too dark. It looks okay, but I was hoping for softer peach colored bloom. But that Strawberry image kept creeping into my head. so RED it became :)

Moving to the background

Added more detail to petals and leaves with a Fine Liner pen

Splattered more color onto the Dry background for tiny flecks of color directly from the water brush markers

***tapping the marker with another brush or pencil creates a very fine fleck/splatter  

 To finish the card 

I'm pleased with how it turned out, even if it is darker in color than I had hoped. With more practice, I might be able to keep it soft and light :) 

The question was raised on my IG about how these Watercolor Brush Markers compare to 
Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Watercolor Brush Pens, (ziggys)

My findings:

Watercolor Brush Markers:

  • There are currently 19 colors in the two sets, (Spring Garden Set and Winter Wonderland Set)
  • I've been using them since October 2018
  • Are much more vibrant in color than the Ziggys , a little goes a LONG way. 
  • When mixed with clean water onto a palette or stamped image, the colors dry very bright and not washed out unless a lot of clean water is added 
  • One drop of color is enough for a large coloring space 
  • Color can be flicked onto an image like an alcohol marker without any added water..which is my preferred way of coloring with brush markers
  • The brush has a fine point tip, almost as fine as the ziggys
  • It takes some practice to control the flow of color
  • paper is very important for ease of use...that being said, I have not figured out which paper I like to use with these yet...I know I like the Bristol Smooth for the ziggys

Here is my first blog post coloring with the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers:

My findings:

Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Watercolor Brush Pens

  • I have all 90 colors and have been using them since July 2015
  • It took me 6 months to figure out that I liked using the Ziggys without water, directly from the pen
  • Bristol Smooth 100 lb. paper is my choice to color on 
  • Color can be flicked onto an image like an alcohol marker without any added water..which is my preferred way of coloring with brush markers
  • Very fine brush tip that is fabulous for detail coloring
  • The pens run out/get used up very quickly, I have replaced my favorite 40 colors twice already

Here is my first blog post featuring the Ziggys:

****I am not a fan of the Arteza markers because the brush tip separates continually, making it impossible to color detailed images. (they have been given to my children to use)

Here is an IG post sharing a visual comparison of the same image using three different Watercolor Brush markers, colored without adding any water: Click here to see close-up photos

Hope you enjoyed my coloring Show & Share journey today! Feel free to ask questions in the comment section below.
***As a disclaimer, I purchased all the Watercolor Brush Markers compared in this post with my own money. These are my unprofessional coloring opinions posted here in hopes that you  choose what works best for you :)

You can also find me:
Instagram @mammacooksalot  
YouTube: Mamma LauraJane.

Joining the fun on Virginia's blog for  "Show and Share".

Thanks for stopping by and have a Blessed day!
LauraJane :)

****I am part of Altenew's affiliate program. Which means I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you every time you click through and purchase Altenew product(s) linked in this post. Thank you for your support!


  1. Beautiful coloring Laura!! LOVE IT!!! :)

  2. Yes I enjoyed reading your "show and share " post a lot .Your findings are very helpful and what should I say about your coloring skills ?? I am always blown away by them !!

  3. Wow, your tutorial is EPIC!! I love your step-by-step share of your creative process! It always makes me happy to see your beautiful work, Laura Jane! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s “Show & Share”! FABULOUS!


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