Free Arteza Real Brush Markers Swatch Chart + a simple card project

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Today I’m sharing a free 8.5 x 11 printable designed to let you swatch out the Arteza Real Brush Marker 48-pen set. First things first… the printable package:

The package is a zipped file containing a printable PDF. You’ll need to open it with Acrobat Reader, or any app that will open PDFs.

Next up, here’s a video showing me unboxing the set, swatching a few colors and creating a very simple card project:

MY THOUGHTS: All in all, this set of watercolor brush markers seems to be a fantastic value overall. If you just want to test the waters out using watercolor markers but don’t want to blow your crafting budget, this set might be a good fit for you!

I own the Zig 48 marker set, which I purchased in January 2018. At the time, I’m not even sure I was familiar with the Arteza set. The price difference is pretty big! I’m not exactly a watercolor brush pen expert, and likely could have been just fine with the Arteza set. Bottom line: if you’re looking for a budget-friendly set of watercolor brush markers, the Arteza seems like a good bet!

NOTE: I also designed a printable swatch chart for the Zig 48 set. Find that download on this blog post!

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Cathy ZielskeFree Arteza Real Brush Markers Swatch Chart + a simple card project

27 Comments on “Free Arteza Real Brush Markers Swatch Chart + a simple card project”

  1. #1
    Donna Griffin

    Thank you so much for another great post! I love your templates so thank you for taking the time to create it for us! I too love my Zigs and then found out about Arteza after a Jennifer McGuire video and picked them up too! (Yes I too have that problem you have!) Back then the markers did not have names on them (which Jennifer noted in her video) so it is nice to see that they have now assigned names to each of the colors! I am going to see if I can match up the colors with your swatch as I reach for your Zig swatch often (love it … so helpful)! Thanks for all you do … I truly love and admire your work! Happy Monday!

    1. #1.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Ah, wow… yeah, they do have the names on them now! Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by!

  2. #2

    Where did you get the holder that holds the connect glue? I’ve tried to look on amazon and Etsy and can’t find it? I know I saw them awhile ago – what are they called so I can search?

  3. #3
    Avra N Williams

    Thank you for the swatch template! I too own both Zigs and Artezas, although I haven’t used either much lately. Good to know that the Artezas have names now!

  4. #4

    Thanks for the swatch card. Like Donna I have real brush markers with numbers and no names. I have searched their website to see if they were available there but did not find anything. Do you know how to find these out since I really want to use this swatch card? Thanks for the card and love your work. I think I have everyone of your stamps.

        1. #
          Cathy Zielske

          Okay ladies, hoping you see their reply:

          As for your question from a blog reader about our Real Brush pens, our old packages of Real Brush pens produced without names on a barrel but numbers. We didn’t change the numbers on our new packages of Real Brush pens, but we added the names, therefore the numbers remain the same. This way you can easily find the name of a Real Brush pen by its number. The swatches of them you can find on our site.

          1. #…
            Donna Griffin

            Thanks for doing that extra legwork for us, Cathy! I must have some funky set as all the numbers on each of the pens are exactly the same! I will reach out to the company as well and see what the heck I am missing! I am sure it is “operator error”!! Very much appreciate you creating this template for us!! Have a great day!

  5. #5
    Sheri Kempke

    Thanks for more inspiration, love how you did the background watercolor smooshing. I need to remember to try that on some of my backgrounds. I already have the zig markers, but I may consider the Arteza when mine run out.

    1. #5.1
      Cathy Zielske

      I tell ya, that Kristina Werner… (who I learned the smooshing from)… SO many good ideas!

  6. #7

    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks for the template. By the way, how do your store your markers? I have copies in a
    comic bag, zig markers in see through drawers on my desk stored horizontally..

  7. #10

    Hi Cathy,

    Thank you so much for your time in creating this Arteza Real Brush color chart… it will be an invaluable tool for me. I have only recently tried the Arteza markers and really like them. Still so much to learn but all of your helpful tips on your wonderful blog will inspire me and spur me on! Happy summer!

  8. #11
    Patt H.

    Great post, Cathy> Thanks for all the information. I recently purchased all the Altenew watercolor brush markers & would have saved a lot with these. I may get them anyway as I love the colored caps! Thanks for the links to the glue holder too!

  9. #13
    Arlene Plastine

    Cathy, do you happen to have an Arteza marker chart without the color names on them? I have the larger set and would like to do them all.

  10. #14
    Janelle H.

    Thank you for the chart and demo. I have Arteza and Zigs and enjoy both. Can you tell us more about the orange holder? I found the site for purchase, but it doesn’t have full information. Do you take the lid off any glue type and put it in the holder without lid? How would that prevent glue from dripping?

    1. #14.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Hey Janelle, I only use it while I’m working on a project. Sometimes, the glue will run a bit, depending on the bottle. I just put a little scrap of paper in the base and toss it when I’m done. It’s nice to have a small holder while working, plus I think the price on it is pretty good!

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