About Ecolines...

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Hello everybody!
I'm here to tell you a few words about one of my favorite kind of paint - Ecolines from Talens.
First, some basics:
- Ecolines are liquid watercolours
- They are available in a very wide range of colors (almost 50!)
- Can be diluted in water
- All colors are transparent except for white and gold (opaque white is perfect for marking light)
- If you use heating tool to dry them, please be aware that colors may fade
What I love most about Ecolines is that they give you absolute freedom.
The final result is not so predictable but thanks to that you can get some really amazing effects that are impossible to achieve with any other medium.
Ecolines are watercolours so you should use a soft paintbrush. Sable or squirrel would be perfect, but synthetic fibers work just as well.

For me, the best brushes are the big ones, they are perfect for making splatters and blobs. You don't even have to touch the paper, only soak your brush in the water, then in Ecoline and hold above the paper. A big drop will fall on it, and after drying, you will get a beautiful blot. :)
When choosing paper for your watercolors, keep in mind that the best would be the thickest and acid free paper (acid free paper doesn't contain any chemicals so it will never turn yellow and won't waste away). You can work on watercolor paper without any preparations. But this kind of paper is only an option. Try to experiment with different kinds of paper to find the best for your techniques. Try also some recycled papers – especially for your art journal. You only need to remember about priming it first with gesso.
Would you like to know some of my tricks? ;)
Wet on wet technique: 
This one is the most spectacular and expressive technique. You can get amazing effects, especially if you'd like to paint water or sky. Simply damp the paper with a brush dipped in water. Paper must be completely wet. Now dip a brush in water, then in paint and apply it on your wet paper.

Wet on dry technique:
Apply paint on dry paper, let it dry and then apply another layer of paint. If you use good quality paper, the first layer will not dissolve after adding the next one. To keep it clean and clear make sure the previous layer is dry and try to limit yourself to only few coatings.

Dry brush technique:
This technique is opposite to wet on wet and it's perfect to emphasize some details on your painting. Use a smaller brush, dip in color, blot on a paper towel a couple of times. Skim over the texture of the paper. Repeat the steps.

Perfect stains:
You can get beautiful stains when you apply a layer of paint on one that is not completely dry. The first layer's pigment is replaced by the pigment of next coating and it creates a beautiful effect of stains darker on their edges. You need some practice to get the best results. The first layer can be neither too dry nor too wet.

My work below was painted with wet on dry technique. I covered the whole paper with a thin layer of gesso and when it was dry, I started with pink Ecoline. Then I let it dry and added more stains but with orange this time. Next was cinnabar green and finally navy blue. When my paint was dry, I dipped a clean brush in water and made some small stains. Then, I also added some Silks with my palette knife and started masking and sketching.

But Ecolines can be used not only to paint with brushes, but also to make your own mists. If you want to know how to do it, watch my one minute video:

To end up, I'd like to share some ideas for you to try out:
* Paint a layer of Ecoline on watercolor paper and when it's still wet sprinkle a bit of sea salt on it. Salt will absorb the pigment around and when everything dries, just blow it away and enjoy the beautiful result.
* Draw with white candle and apply Ecoline on it. Your drawing will appear because the paint won't cover the wax. When your painting is dry, you can easly remove the wax by ironing through tissue paper. This technique works best on watercolor paper that has a nice texture.
* Paint with a sponge! Why not!? This way you can get many different effects that will surely surprise you. Just dip a sponge in Ecoline and have fun.
* Paint on watercolor paper. Dry some of the layers of paint with a heating tool and leave some other spots wet. Then dip the whole page (yes, you heard me right!) in a bowl of water for a second, bring it out and see what happens. The spots that you previously dried should stay as they were, but those that you left wet will get blurred.

So why don't you start experimenting with your Ecolines? Remember that practice is very important. If you are not very happy with the effect, please try not to judge it too much, just continue your work and have fun with it.
I learned that I don't always get the best painting and I'm fine with it.
It's a good thing because each work we create (good or bad!) makes us better artists.
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  1. Great post!!!! I'm going to share on my Facebook!!!! Kisses from Barcelona :)

  2. Kasiu, świetny post, na pewno skorzystam - może nawet się skuszę na jakieś zakupy w najbliższym czasie. super!

  3. nieodłącznie kojarzysz mi się z ecolinami, a ten przewodnik zapowiada niezłą zabawę, będę próbować :)

  4. Love this post! Thank you, Kasia.

  5. So glad you introduced them to me as well... they are great. Thanks for the insperation!

  6. thank you so much for the precious info for watercolor techniques

  7. So very beautiful! Love the burst of vibrant colors!

  8. Love this technique. What do you mean applied some silks and started masking?

    1. Then, I also added some Silks with my palette knife and started masking and sketching


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