Zig, Distress and Spectrum Aqua Markers and Cardstock Comparison

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watercolor markers comparison Zig, Distress and Spectrum Aqua Markers and Cardstock Comparison

Several weeks ago when it suddenly seemed like “everyone” was getting interested in the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, I was chatting with Dream Team Member, Laurel Beard.  She had the markers and didn’t like them!

She was having trouble getting them to blend…we ended up finding out that she was having trouble because of the PAPER she was using!  When we “discovered” this, it was kind of like a head slap.

Sometimes I wish I could just use one type of paper for all sorts of projects…but that’s just not the case.

Stampin’ Up Whisper White paper is my favorite for stamping with ink pads.

Spectrum Noir Paper is my favorite for Copic Coloring.

Bazzill Marshmallow is my favorite for techniques using lots and lots of water like the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.

And Bristol Paper is now my favorite for blending and watercoloring with markers.

I’ve also recently discovered Canson Watercolor Paper – oh, my…this is a GIANT pad of paper and you can even grab it at Michael’s with your 50% off coupon.  It’s super affordable and I love that because that means I can buy more Zig Markers!  lol!

In this video, I’ll show you THREE different types of Watercolor Markers.  These are all water based markers:

  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Distress Watercolor Markers
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers

Do you have a favorite?


Here is a close-up of the paper chart from the inside of the Canson Watercolor Paper pad.  What a handy chart, eh?
canson charg

In the video, I added quite a bit of water to my “scribbles”, just to see how the colors would blend and bleed together.  I let them sit and dry and it was interesting to see how they dried (photo at the top of this post).

I hope this video was helpful and informative!  Let me know what questions you have…leave me a comment and let me know!

Check out these other videos using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:


Bristol Paper (Strathmore)

Bristol Paper (Canson)


  • Melissa F July 6, 2015, 5:16 pm

    Thanks for a great video Catherine! Always love to hear your thought process as you go, so many times I say “I was thinking that too!” I have Distress markers that I bought since I wasn’t very successful with the Stampin Up set I have for color blending and watercolor no matter the paper or blender pen etc. I love the control I get in coloring with markers and the Distress blend and watercolor for me. I have recently found Bristol paper too and use it to color and blend heat embossed images. The smooth paper looks so nice – I used it to make wedding thank yous as a gift and the bride loved them! Thanks again for the video.

  • Shirley July 6, 2015, 6:09 pm

    thanks Catherine, a great video and really helpful. I am just waiting for my Strathmore Bristol paper to arrive in the mail, really looking forward to trying it! I have had distress markers for a while now and don’t have much success with them. most often as you say, why not just use the pad. I have the Zigs and so far loving them, they will be even better with the right paper! thanks again

  • Christine Smith July 6, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Really informative video, thank you! xxx

  • Kelly S. July 6, 2015, 7:58 pm

    Thanks for the video. I’m with you, I like the Bristol the best for watercolor paper. There are some paper out there that is more of a cream color. I prefer the white.

  • Theresa July 6, 2015, 9:18 pm

    Thanks so much this is so helpful!

  • Bobby July 9, 2015, 8:58 pm

    Very interesting. When I first started playing with my Zigs I wasn’t happy until I, too, discovered it was the paper I was using. Canson Multi-media works well if you don’t get it too wet. It is a lot thinner than other watercolor papers so I’m going to keep experimenting.

  • Amy August 30, 2015, 6:12 pm

    Thank you so much for the excellent video! I have been considering buying the zig pens, but was also curious about distress markers. You have solved my dilemma! I feel more confident in my decision to get the zig markers now. Thank you!

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