Review – Zig Brush H20 Waterbrushes

I regularly mention my favourite pens and products on this blog and you’ve probably noticed the same things popping up over and over again in my pics. But so far I haven’t actually reviewed something and since I am using these Zig Brush H20 Waterbrushes  so much at the moment I thought I’d share with you why I like them.

IMG_8877  Zig BrusH20 WaterbrushI use these Zig Brush H20 Waterbrushes mainly for brush lettering, or brush script, call it what you will. I’d seen a couple of students at work using them but I’ll be honest I didn’t really buy into them, I was being a snob really and didn’t like that they were made of plastic and I thought they looked a bit cheap.

Then I got one in a Scrawlrbox and gave it a go. How wrong I had been! I should have known I would like the brush because I prefer synthetic bristles. I just find them much smoother than natural ones and I am all about the smooooooth, and that easy motion across the paper is just what you need when doing brush lettering.

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So for a start, the bristles are great, they do get stained from the paint but they’re really easy to clean so it is just a stain rather than the bristles retaining colour and being tricky to clean up. They also don’t seem to degrade much, I’ve been using the green medium brush for months and haven’t noticed any obvious wear and tear.

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Speaking of easy to clean, this is where these Zig Brush H20 waterbrushes come in to their own in terms of being super handy and the feature that gives them their name! You can fill the barrel with clean water and then you don’t need to keep a jam jar of water close to hand to rinse it off when changing colours. You just give it a squeeze and it drips water straight onto your palette. It also means you can clean it by just squeezing water out and rubbing the brush on a tissue or piece of kitchen towel.

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To fill these little chaps up you just unscrew the barrel, dip it in water and squeeze to fill it up. Screw the brush end back on and away you go! These are great for working on the go, if you enjoy working at any given moment or if you’re a scrapbooker, you keep a journal or planner or you’re at school. college or uni.

I have the Zig Brush H20 Waterbrushes  in the Detailer, Medium and Large sizes. They also do a Broad version which I don’t have. All of them are great and I would recommend getting a variety of sizes if you can. I like choice and if you’ve seen the pictures of my pen collection you’ll know that already!

You can get them at KuretakeCult Pens, Tiger Pens, Jackson’s and a variety of other places, I’ve purchased things from all these places and would recommend them all so take your pick!

What’s in my pencil case?

When I was telling Chris and Leigh about my idea to do a “What’s in my pencil case?” blog post I was asked the same questions, “how will you choose which pens?” “will you pick your favourites or the ones you use the most?” “which pencil case?”.

I couldn’t understand why I was being asked those things, surely it’s obvious? MY PENCIL CASE! “The pencil case I have in my backpack!” “The pens I have in my pencil case that I carry round with me!”

Then I started to realise why they were questioning me like they were members of the Spanish Inquisition….

I have a bit of a pen problem…

Pen Collection

Obviously I don’t see it as a problem. I like a pen, ok? I like a lot of pens, ok?! I have several “pencil cases” with different pens in them but they are filed, they are organised! Brush pens for lettering in one case. Super fat and fine Poscas in one case. Medium Poscas in one case. Copic markers and fine liners for illustrating in one case. I’m just keeping things in their place.

But my “everyday” pens (haha my “everyday look” #bbloggers) are these sterling “few”….

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Pencil case from Tiger Stores

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And in detail…

Comic Ciao Pens

Copic Ciao Markers from Cult Pens

Pilot Touch Pens

Pentel Sign Pens. Available from Cult Pens

Stabilo Neon Pens

Stabilo Pen 68 and Point 88 Neons. From, you guessed it… Cult Pens

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Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pens. Can be found here at Cult Pens

Single PensScale Ruler bought from The Apron Co at Renegade London, Faber Castell Big Brush pen I got from Scrawlrbox and available from Tiger Pens, Sakura Pigma Brush, Kuretake Cocoiro Letter Pen both available at Cult Pens, Milan Mechanical Pencil (I got mine in my local Paperchase but they aren’t on the website) and Lifework black biro which you can buy here.

I like to have a lot of choice available to me so I can create a range of effects and use my pens for different things. Copic Ciaos are great for areas of pale transparent colour and then Gelly Rolls are great to add bright opaque details. I mainly use these pens to draw patterns and I’ll show you one of my pattern sketchbooks in the next few weeks.

The Faber Castell Big Brush pen is fun for doing brush lettering on a big scale. The Pentel Sign pens are sooo nice because the tip is super bendy. They’re really nice to practice brush lettering with as you can get a good difference between the thick and thin line. I’ll show you some examples of that too.

I also like to use these guys for illustration. Sketching with the Milan mechanical pencil, adding colour with the Copic Ciaos and the Stabilo neon Pen 68s. I seem to be lacking a fine liner here for outlining….. i’d use the Copic Multiliner SP because it doesn’t bleed into the Copic Ciaos.

Finally, I feel like I need to say that this is not a sponsored post!! I know I have mentioned Cult Pens a lot but I honestly buy a LOT of my pens from there. They’re very reasonably priced and their delivery is super quick, ya know, in case you desperately need some pens, in a hurry.

Chris is also going to post a “What’s in my pencil case” blog and you can find it by clicking on his name above.