Have you ever tried “real” watercolor brush markers? Today I’m reviewing the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. The kind where there are bristles instead of a felt tipped brush pen. This review shares a bit of why I think they can be a great option for hand lettering! I think that these are intended to be used as more of a watercolor although many like to use them for hand lettering.
If you’ve been around for a while you’ll know that these types of brush pens aren’t always my favorite because I tend to have a heavy hand. This means I like to press really hard on my downstrokes! This obviously doesn’t work with these types of markers as you usually get a fanned-out look or it can turn out very streaky looking.
These are still a great option for those who love bristle brush pens! They come in some beautiful colors and one of the things I love about them is that you can use them on rough watercolor paper without worrying if you’re going to ruin your brush pens because of the bristles.
I also wanted to mention that achieving beautiful lettering with these pens also depends on how fast you go. Lettering slowly allows you to achieve a more even color and more even strokes.
The Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are also great for blending! I even tried adding some water to them directly because they tend to feel a little dry if you’re used to working with more juicy brush pens like I am. I absolutely loved the look it achieved and can tell they be great at achieving some beautiful blended lettering.
Watch the video below for my full review and if you’d like to see most of the colors swatched!
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