Saturday, July 25, 2015

Painting with the Zigs

I got some Ziggies for my birthday!

Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pens that is.

I got the 12 pack to give them a try.

Yesterday I had a play with them.

Don't you love that rich, vibrant color?

I used them on cold press watercolor paper and blended with my Aqua Painter.

I need lots more practice, but I was really happy with my first try.

One thing I found did not work was stamping and embossing on this paper.

I tried to mask the hummingbird and stamp the flowers behind.

So the hummer has dimension now.

I think I like it better this way!

The flowers (I'm calling them Crepe Myrtle since they are in full bloom around here),
were inked up with the Zigs (#25 pink) and the stems with #60 brown. 

I stamped off a couple times to give dimension.

Then I moved the color with my damp Aqua Painter.

For the wash I scribbled on a plastic lid, diluted with a little water 
and added to a wet background.

Since this is my very first (and at the moment only) Wplus9 set
and I really want to share this card over there,
I'm going to see if it will fly in their

maybe they won't throw it back.

That's all for this post. 

I'm anxious to play some more.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flora and Fauna 2 (Wplus9), Sprinkles and Smiles (PB) 
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger)
Paper:  Strathmore 140 lb. cold press (card base), Arches 140 lb. cold press
Other:  Zig Brush pens (#25, 22, 40, 41, 60, 91)


Betty Keefe said...

gorgeous card Bonnie - and wonderful first go - the more you use your zigs the more you'll love them i'm sure - they're my "go to" coloring medium right now!

jimlynn said...

WOW! Yep, those colors are very vibrant and they're perfect for this card and stamp. Love that beautiful hummingbird and the flowers are amazing and so pretty. I need more practice with my Zigs too - but am loving them so far. Great birthday present!

Mrs A. said...

Oh gosh how bad am I. Have got some zig pens and never used them!!
I love your humming bird. those colours are indeed lush. Hugs Mrs A.
Now where did I put those pens. Lol.

MaryH said...

I'd say you hit a homer right off the bat! Love the crepe myrtles - they are just beautiful - and of course I love the little hummer. Actually I think he looks much better with the dimension you've given, rather than if he'd just been an image on the piece. You did super with the Zigs. Good to see that this worked well for you on Hot Press paper. I've also embossed with white & black on Mixed Media paper and it worked well. My last effort on 140# w/c with one of the crazy birds, didn't work so great. My 2nd try did better. I LOVE this one, Miss B. TFS & Happy wkend.

MaryH said...

Oops...just re-chk'd myself, and saw that the post sai Cold press. My Bad

Maxine D said...

Those pens are popping up everywhere - and I think you have done a magnificent job with them! Your card is so pretty, and I love the bird with some dimension, Bonnie.

Susan said...

Oh dear - something else I might want to buy! Your Zig pens yielded great results. Love the vibrant colours! And the hummingbird looks fabulous with the dimension!

Marybeth said...

Sounds like I missed a birthday. I hope you had a wonderful birthday Bonnie. I ordered some of these zig pens ,now the wait.
Wow oh wow on this gorgeous card!!!!! You did an amazing job with the new pens I can only hope......
This is stunning!

Bobby said...

Fab-U-lous, Bonnie!! I love my Ziggies and found that the right paper makes all the difference. I will be CASEing this card.

Maria A. said...

Bonnie, you recreated the colors of this gorgeous little flying jewels perfectly. I love the fact you snipped this sweet bird and popped it like that, I can almost feel the wind from it's wings.
Gorgeous card Bonnie, thank you for sharing.

Maria Rodriguez.

PS. I've also heard nothing but great things about this markers, I think I'm going to start dropping hints to my hubby and daughters for my upcoming birthday in September, LOL!!

laurie said...

Happy Birthday! Your card is really fun to get new toys for your Birthday!

Darnell J Knauss said...

You did a gorgeous job with your new Ziggies, Bonnie! I love how vibrant the colors are and, of course, I think your hummer rocks!! I just ordered them after playing with them with Lolly, but sadly they tell me they won't be here until the middle of SEPTEMBER! :( Then again, it's not like I don't have 13 other types of watercol ... oh, someone help me, lol!! It's a good thing you, me, Lolly, and Mary don't live in the same town!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

Loll said...

Wow ... gorgeous card Bonnie. LOVE your colouring with the zigs ... so bright and beautiful! Great job with popping up the hummer ... he looks like he's going in for a sweet treat! :) xx

JosieD said...

Bonnie--Great looking card with the zigs! Clever way to use those 12-pack colors plus I love the way the "crepe myrtles" look.

April Story said...

I LOVE these markers. I think you will too. Your first image with them looks awesome.

Kylie said...

wow! A truly beautiful card and design. Gorgeous!! xx

Susanne Vargas said...

This was your first time playing with them? Wow, you must be a natural! Your card is beautiful and vibrant! Do you think 12 is enough to start? Or have you already ordered the rest of the colors?

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Bonnie! And fantastic first time use of the Zigs! I'm still learning with mine, but like them a lot more now than I did after my first try! And I love that hummer...reminds me I need to go make some more food for my feeder!! :0)

Maureen Merritt said...

I love what you've done with your new zigs. I just got a set too but haven't had the chance to play with them just yet. This card inspired me to get them out and play! Thanks so much for playing along in the WP9 TBT Challenge!

Brenda said...

Wow Bonnie, this is a stunning card! You did very well with your first attempts at using the Zigs!! I got a set too, but not as experienced with mine as you are with yous! lol I've only tried once, but I'm not very good at watercoloring anyway. I will keep practicing. lol I love how your flowers came out, they are just gorgeous and that hummer, wow! He looks amazing, love how the colors came out on him. You background wash look just as amazing as the rest of your watercoloring. Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

Greta said...

Gorgeous! I'm hoping to get those pens before long.

Marika said...

Beautiful card! Love the bold and vibrant colours. I also have a few Zig markers, I am anxious to get more.