Ecoline Duotip Markers
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A favourite among artists, designers and illustrators alike, the Ecoline Duotip Markers feature a bright yet transparent liquid watercolour ink made from dye and gum arabic. Complete with broad chisel tip on one side and a fine bullet nib on the other, these pens not only allow for beautiful watercolour creations but freedom of expression to make fine detail, broad lines, fluid strokes and to colour in large areas with ease. The ink lends itself to blending and mixing with ease, simply add water. You can use a brush for more watercolour effects and perfect colour transitions, or apply directly to the page. Best stored horizontally. If the tips dry up just moisten them with a little water to re activate them.
Things To Try...
We always say this but its’ really true… Swatching! Swatch out your supplies every way you can think of. It’s the best way to get to know how to work with them.
Layer up. Start light and build up your colour from there. Wait for each layer to dry to prevent any unwanted muddy colours.
Mark making. These pens are dual ended so you can make all sorts of marks! Switch up your mark making for visual interest. Change up the angle you hold the pen. Apply more or less pressure with line work. Try dotting, flicking, swirling and hatching.
Remove mistakes. Use a wet cloth or tissue and push directly into the area to remove the pigment.
These markers activate with water so you can also create some really fun watercolour effects!
Things to try with water:
1. Lay a flat line of colour onto the page, then swipe a wet brush just under (or above) the line to allow the ink to bloom out.
2. Colour an area in, then with a damp and clean brush make some circles/dashes/dots/squiggles into the pigment. It will lighten where you have applied the water to create some interesting marks.
3. Use a sponge. Wet a clean sponge and colour directly onto it. Sweep or dab across the page to create texture.
4. Wet-on-wet. Wet the page with clean water. Use a palette to pick up some of the pigment, or straight from the pen, and brush it onto the page for some interesting bleeds and blooms of colour.
Blending. These pens we’re made for blending, so that’s just what they’ll do….
1. Lay your lightest colour down, then gently work over your darker. Use the lighter pen to sweep from light to dark to gradually blend it out.
2. Touching tips. Exactly that- touch the darker tip into the lighter one, for a gradual blend. 3. You can also use water to blend: Lay your colour down onto the page and work a wet brush into the pen. Working from light to dark will create a lovely bloom of colour that blends the pigment out.
4. Scrawl down the two colours you wish to blend into each other, leaving a slight gap between them. Use a wet brush to sweep the lightest colour into the darker.