Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Starry Night Sky with Zig Markers

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Hey everyone, it’s Nina-Marie here with you again for another Studio Monday video!

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Many of you have some – or all! – of the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in your supply stash, and today I am going to share a starry night card idea, which features not only the Kuretake Zig markers, but their new Starry Colors watercolor palette too!

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I wanted to pair these two watercolor sets together and create a gorgeous night scene for the little mouse that I grabbed from Avery Elle’s Storybook stamp set. There are quite a few other critters included in the Storybook stamp set, which gives you many options to swap the mouse with.

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I love bold, bright colors and I love how by simply layering up the markers, you can achieve that saturation of color on your cards. And, if bold and bright aren’t your colors, you can use the Zigs to create lighter color tones as well!

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In today’s video, I’m going to walk you through how I created this starry night sky and the rest of the scene around it! I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks along the way too, so be sure to check out the video below or on our YouTube channel. And don’t forget to subscribe if you do not already; we post new videos every single week!





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  1. Love this card and all the ideas for the Zig markers!! Makes me want to go try this technique right now!! I’ve never seen anyone use the Zig markers like this before and I love the look of the card, it’s just beautiful. I Studio Monday’s with Nina-Marie!!

  2. Nina, you are so knowledgeable about your work. This is a unique watercolor technique. I love learning something new to me. Thank you. You did a great job.

  3. this card is beautiful! thanks for sharing this technique, it looks amazing! I love zig markers

  4. This starry night background is beautiful and love the scene you created with the little mouse !!

  5. Didn’t think I was going to like this much–until I watched the video. Loved all the great layering techniques with the zigs. Don’t have any yet, but will try with some other water based markers I do have. Also the metallic paint and the mountains–just about everything that went into this card was terrific. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Great card, and lots of tips for getting more use from these markers. Can anyone tell me what a “mop” brush is? I don’t have an art background.

  7. I love the Zig markers.
    I gave my Copics to my daughter.
    Your card is fantastic.
    thanks for sharing.

  8. Such an adorable project! Have had my Zigs for several months now and haven’t watercolored with them yet. Definitely need to put this technique on my “To Do” list! Love the video too! :)

  9. Fabulous card! Love any excuse to bring out the Zigs and play. Thanks for the fun ideas.

  10. DELIGHTFUL card, LOVE your SWEET scene, VIBRANT colours and MAGICAL sky!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing with us Nina-Marie … and for giving me ANOTHER reason to NEED these AMAZING markers :)

  11. I love scene cards! I love Zigs! I love seeing your colour layering technique! Awesome card, Nina-Marie!

  12. I love this card, Nina-Marie! Fabulous texture and depth. Thanks for sharing this technique. I’ve just bought some Zig Clean Color markers and really haven’t had a chance to experiment with them yet. You’ve inspired me!

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