Faux Stained Glass with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens


Hey there! Today I have a faux stained glass technique with ZIG Clean Color Real Brushes. Well, at least I think it kind of looks like stained glass. It may just look like poorly placed blobs of dried water on pigment to the trained watercolorists eye.

I started out this card with a recipient in mind – my best friend from college, who loves maroon and gold. On that note, it seems like the only time I make cards outside of work these days are when I have something or someone specific to craft for. In a way, I like it, because I can tailor my card more to the recipient, and it frees up more time for other hobbies, like guitar and embroidery. Or for watching Foyle’s War. 😉

The one downside is that I don’t have the time to play around with as much product as I used to, but that’s life, I guess.

Anywho, moving onto the card….

CARD DEETS – Faux Stained Glass with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens

I wanted to experiment a little with my ZIG’s, so I pulled out Peonies and Artistic Peony, which are super fun to color. I embossed them in gold and colored in the flowers with three red/pink ZIGs, doing a super quick (and therefore, rather sloppy) blend. After I had colored in the petals and leaves, I went in with a paintbrush a bit of water, and again, quickly and sloppily added touches of water. This gave a cool watermark – not real nice ones you’ll find when, you know, people actually take time with it, but still fun.

Since I didn’t add much water, I used Bristol cardstock and didn’t have any problems with warping. After drying – a quick process – I die-cut the flowers and leaves.

I stamped the sentiment – from Mix & Match Compliments – in black on white cardstock, then adhered the flowers to the base. A few finishing touches – flicks of red paint, some pretty green gems and tickles on the flower centers – finished off the card.

Here’s a comparison of the peony pre-water and post-water (taken with my broken iPhone camera)…

One interesting thing to note with ZIG’s: I don’t know if it’s just my set that I bought a few years ago or what, but I’ve noticed that ZIG brushes in the red color family are very pigmented and don’t dry enough after application. Many times I’ve found that I’ve accidentally transferred some red ink somewhere else (usually on white cardstock – ugh) simply from having touched a (supposedly) dried, colored image.

It’s true that you have to be careful about accidentally transferring any kind of ink within a certain drying period, but I’ve noticed that the red ZIG’s either do not dry well period or they have a very long drying time. I can tell you that I got a little bit of red ink on my finger a couple days after making this, as I got ready to send it out.

That’s all for today – thanks for stopping in and God bless!


Cardstock: Bristol, Stampin’ Up! crumb cake
Stamps: Hero Arts Mix & Match Compliments, Peonies and Artistic Peony
Ink: Versafine, Versamark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Other: Stickles, green gems

Tools: paintbrush, water, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Peonies and Artistic Peonies die-cuts


3 thoughts on “Faux Stained Glass with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens

    • Thanks for sharing the before and after pictures. I’m ready to try this technique with my brand new Zigs.

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