Royal Talens’ Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens and Hahnemühle Bamboo


New pens! What’s a girl to do! Grab up a couple three Hahenmühle Bamboo Mixed Media cards and make some awesome color!!! Yay!!!

So. True story. My friend Sandra recently did a couple pieces of art using these Ecoline Brush Pens and I fell in love with the color results so much that I had to have some of my own! Enter Amazon! Yay for Amazon!!! Hahahaha! A couple days later I had my hands on these lovely tools of color amazingness!

I pulled out a pack of Hahnemühle’s Bamboo Mixed Media cards that had three left in the pad. So – that interprets into three projects. So to speak. Hahahaha! For the first I chose 4 colors of brushes, a regular paint brush and out of sight is a small bowl of water.

Amazon describes the Ecoline brush pen from Royal Talens as a liquid watercolor in a brush pen form. Its pure formula of dyes and gum arabic is mixable and rewettable. In laymen’s terms, to me this means the color is not permanent and will reactivate when it comes in contact with other wet media. I’m ok with that as long as I know that up front. They come in 59 colors plus a clear blender pen. I took my four chosen colors and made some random scribbles all over the Bamboo card, which is basically 3″ x 4″. Seriously, just scribble some blobs of color. No rocket science artsy stuff happening here.

Bring in a little water in a container and grab a flat brush . . .

. . . and start brushing some water in. I focused on brushing water in the white spaces between the colors and let the water draw the color into those areas, causing the two to mix. Make sense?

I added water in the areas I thought needed a little help, but basically was really happy with this one from the very start! So I sat it to the side to start drying.

Second tile = second project. And I used a bunch of colors for this one! I started laying color down in stripes of scribbles, gotta love some scribble art. You can’t go wrong with it!

And I just kept going till I had the tile filled in with bands of color.

For this second tile, I used my spray bottle of water and spritzed water onto the tile. I immediately had color movement and blending between the blue and yellow, and in the yellow to pink area.

So I added more water. Yes, I do tend to use a lot of water! Hahaha! I love it! Here I am just letting the colors react to the water and watching them move. I was really loving that top section!

But too much water is too much water, so I tilted the paper and let the excess color run off the ends. That way I didn’t get contamination in my colors.

Color contamination isn’t good unless I can control it. And that is what I’m doing here. Once most of the wet was dripped off the left side, I was able to stand the card upright and let that top section run down into the section below. And I really liked the colors at that point! So I stopped and set the tile aside to dry.

Project three with the last Bamboo mixed media tile. I used 5 colors and a little different water technique.

I still put my colors down the same way. I like that all three tiles start the same way, but depending on how I used the water – they all look different in the end.

OK, so. Disclaimer. I think. I had never done this before. But I had a little bowl of water, and a little water left in the bowl, so I just did what came natural. I started pouring the water on the tile. Look at the way that purple started moving and working.

Yes, it does sound like a crazy thing to do. And yes, I do love what it did! Hahahahaha! Isn’t this what a good bit of art is about anyway? Experimenting and seeing what works and what doesn’t? That is the way I learn almost everything I do. Trial and error. You just don’t usually have to look at the ‘error’ parts. Hahahahaha! Here you see most of the water I had left in my little bowl. Look at the way the water is running from the lower left up to the upper right and carrying the colors with it.

After awhile, this is what I had left. I love it! And you can see water soaking into that paper towel underneath the tile. I used a paint brush to try to work some color into those white areas on the side.

Then I decided I might have too much wet – so I let some of it run into the paper towel intentionally.

Time for the tissue test. Hahahahaha! Blot and lift. Hopefully mostly water and not color.

But I did lose a lot of the color . . .

. . . and this was the first thing that came to mind. Never did this before either, I don’t think. I turned the tile over and pressed it down into the wet paper towel where a lot of my color had run to.

Totally didn’t help but hey, it was worth a shot!

So I thought to try to add some color back in. The pens are liquid watercolor, so I thought maybe I could add some color back in the wet areas.

Totally did absolutely nothing except make splotches. Moving on.

I sprayed a little more water hoping to make something happen. Nada! So I blotted it with a tissue and called this one done √ and set it aside to dry.

Don’t you love my fancy drying rack? Works great and I already had it in the cupboard. Anyway, here they are all mostly dry. That one still needed a little drying time, but for the most part the colors didn’t do anything else. So, knowing what you know about me so far – what order would you rank these three tiles in – in order of which I like the best and which I like the least? I bet several of you will get it right! I will show you in just a moment, but let’s do commercials first, Ok?

If you are interested in Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens from Royal Talens, click here.
To grab some of Hahnemühle’s Bamboo Mixed Media tiles, go here.
Need somewhere to tangle or learn about tangling? Go here and knock.

So, here are the three tiles in the order I love to not love them.

Absolutely not intentional that they ended up in the order I made them. Oh well. Thanks for reading to here. You can’t go wrong with the brush pens or any Hahnemühle product! I have this bamboo paper in 3 or 4 different forms now and I love them all! These little tiles are the perfect size for experimenting and making a quick project! I am hoping to have some news to share with you any moment now. So stay tuned. Love you!

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23 thoughts on “Royal Talens’ Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens and Hahnemühle Bamboo

    • that’s super! this was fun and one of the best ways to learn what your product is capable of 🙂

  1. Yes…… I got it right without a sneak peek at the order!! No wonder you had to go get some water when the pump broke, aside from being essential to life it’s a vital component of what you do. Amazed at how you managed to photograph all the stages & thank you again for fascinating product info. I’m going to see where I can find those Hahnemuhle products in the UK. Stay warm – had a frost this morning & was amazed when the weather forecaster announced that all areas of the UK: milder weather! And the national Meteorological Office is in Exeter!! Snow forecast for New Year.

    • Hahnemühle papers are the best! quality artist paper, you won’t want to try anything else after you try these. and snow????? yay!!!! send me pictures

  2. Great lesson and inspiring, thanks for encouraging trial and error. You never know what might happen.

    • trial and error is pretty much how I’ve learned everything. a youtube here and there but I am too impatient to sit and watch

  3. This was great! I see these pens on my brush lettering sites all the time! They look fun to use, but could not justify them since I can’t brush letter yet. Now I see many possibilities! Can’t wait to see what you do with them from here!

    • I really like the brightness of these colors! any water based brush pen should work the same way – I don’t letter yet either, I keep thinking I’ll learn but who has time

  4. I like 1, 2, 3. In that order.

    I have some Tombow water color brush pens. I made some tiles from Strathmore watercolor paper cold press, Strathmore acrylic paper linen. I think I’ll give 1 and 2 a try. Thanks so much for sharing these tricks with us.

    • tombows will do the same thing. I like the brightness of these colors better than tombows but they work the same way. I’ve made many tiles with my tombow pens and I expect there is probably a tutorial on here somewhere showing it 🙂 have fun, let me know how it turns out

  5. ordered my new planner – sitting on curb waiting for UPS man. Sheesh is he slow. The steampunk hooked me immediately. Now on to ordering new pens. YOU are a bad influence – lol

    • hahahahaha! thank you for supporting my art. I appreciate you so much! I don’t even have a copy of the book yet. mine should get here Saturday.

  6. The Ecoline pens are great, and wish I’d bought more of them. But even the 12-color set allows you to do amazing things! I love seeing your processes.

    • thanks, Sandra, it was your post about them that made me want them! the colors are beautiful!

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