Ecoline Brush Pens for Backgrounds


These Ecoline Brush Pens are pretty awesome! My friend Sandra Strait got me to try them and I really like them a lot! You can use them a lot of different ways but I really like that I can grab them when I need a quick background . . . or two or three . . . and have beautiful results in a hurry.

Case in point is this beautiful tile. Five brush pens and a lot of water. Let me walk you through what I did to achieve this subtle blend.

I started with a handful of colors and just scribbled on my Tile from Hahnemühle. This is a small three and a half inch tile – not big by any standard but big enough. I can’t believe how much beautiful I can punch into one of these tiles. What? It doesn’t look beautiful? It looks like the Frankles colored this? Well. Let’s step it up a notch.

I grabbed a bowl of water and an old crummy paint brush. This is actually the same brush I use to paint on gesso. Hahahaha! Just grab whatever is close at hand. And I started ‘painting’ water in those white spaces and along the edges of the color. Think ‘in the valleys’ and along the meadows. Hahahahaha!

And then just let the water do its magic. See how those colors fill in the white spaces? And start blending into each other? Then I sprayed water over the entire tile to keep the flow going.

And once it was saturated with water I sat it aside to dry. I do notice with these colors that as they dry – they lighten in intensity. Want to see something cool?

Here it is dry. The front side. Isn’t it soft and beautiful? But look at this . . .

This is the back side. Hahaha! I had no idea it would do this! I saturated it with so much water to see what would happen. To the front. I didn’t even notice this until it was dry and I turned it over. The color soaked right through the tile and colored the back also. I love it! Bleedthrumanade time!

I took another tile and three brush pens. I scribbled all three pens on my craft mat. Cool. Yes?

Then I sprayed water over the color and watched it bead up on my mat.

I just placed my tile right down over the color and tapped it down so all the surface came into contact with the craft mat.

OK, so I missed some areas. I liked the colors I had on my tile but I wanted better coverage so I placed that white area back down into the color I still had on my mat.

And it was so much better! I left it alone and just sat it aside to dry. As these colors dry they continue to blend and mix. You never know how it is going to look.

Here it is dry. The colors really lighten up as it dries. I don’t know if I like that or not.

Same technique, but I really focused on that teal color. It is still wet here.

And dry here. I need to figure out how to keep the colors brighter. Cause you know how I am about color. Hahahahahahah!

For this last tile I used just two colors. Scribbled onto the mat and the tile was placed directly onto it. No water added. That is how I got the speckled design.

But it needed a little more contrast. So I brought in a third color. Same way – scribble and place down.

And I liked the speckled detail and wanted to try something else. I sprayed water onto what was left on my mat. Isn’t all that color pretty?

Placing the tile down into the water and color gave me this effect. It did not disturb the speckles from before, it added a background cover of color. I love it!

Hard to believe this is the same tile but here it is dry. These techniques should work with any marker that isn’t alcohol based. But that is a whole other post! Hahahahaha! Ecoline Brush Pens. They are pretty awesome! Tiles and all things Hahnemühle with links to purchase
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14 thoughts on “Ecoline Brush Pens for Backgrounds

  1. Wowser! That is so great! ❤️❤️❤️??
    You find the best and have the best ideas for using them! You make it as so fun and interesting.
    Thank you for all you do!

    • thanks, phillis, so glad you are enjoying the posts <3 and finding them helpful

  2. Oh – that thing where the colour went through to the other side is very interesting. Might be a way to soften darker colours. And get some blending going without having to rub at the tile. Would be interesting to see if the same happens with all watercolour brush pens or if it’s just an Ecoline thing.

  3. Beautiful colors! It is weird how they fade! Wonder if they would hold the darker color on a smoother less porous paper? On some of my lettering sites they use these markers quite a bit, and always mention really smooth paper. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on making it 1/3 of the way in the 100 days! I only got to about 10 days this year and life got busy. Keep up the great work!

    • I will try it with different paper. I used a Bristol the first time and had the same issue. but I will try with a different type of paper

  4. That particular paper seems to be acting like a sponge. Maybe do all those things with a less-absorptive substrate? And use less water? Try just using the brushes straight, as drawing tools?

    • they work wonderfully well as drawing tools also. I just really like using water and making color

  5. Beautiful! Try the Report & Art book, they don’t lighten much at all. You don’t need as much water to make them move on that paper either. With too much water, you are pushing the color through so it doesn’t stay on top of the paper. Not a better effect I think – just different. I can’t wait to see what you do for your bleedthrumanades!

    • thanks, sandra, I do like that book a lot! surprised I hadn’t already thought about it

  6. So interesting the way it dries lighter. I think my favourite is that first one with the little touch of bronze-brown colour, so interesting. There are so many ways of using water & inks/pens aren’t there? And the effects vary, or don’t according to the brand; you just have to try it out. Thanks for all the experimenting & info.

    • thanks, evy, I do try to play with the product as many different ways as I can. it’s all fun

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