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Learn How To Paint Flowers Using Ecoline Ink

22nd April 2020 Estimated reading time: 3 mins

Full of colour and different shapes this bunch of flowers is the inspiration for a step by step guide, using the bright and brilliant Royal Talens Ecoline Watercolour ink. The Ecoline Watercolour ink is a range of 60 bright and vibrant colours. They are dye based with a Gum Arabic binder which means they can be rewetted like a watercolour.

I am using the Primary set of 5 colours which offers great mixing potential and should provide all the colours and tones for this vibrant bouquet.

Step 1: Sketching the flowers

An outline for you to copy at homeFirstly, I sketched out many of the main shapes and details only moving a few bits of foliage here and there to add balance. I have created an outline so you can have a go yourself.


Step 2: Adding the paint

I started with the lightest colour, which was the yellow and noticed that it was very fluid, transparent and brightly coloured. It can be diluted with water to create softer tones. I applied the diluted yellow to the yellow flowers, not as a solid block but using the shape of the brush to help create the shape of the petals.
Then mixing the yellow and the magenta I moved on to the onto the orange Gerberas starting with a light wash and letting a darker colour wash into the wet areas, I love the way in which the colour moves organically.

Step 3: Building colours

Moving around the composition I continue to build up the colour. The Magenta, Blue, Green and Yellow in this set are very transparent but very bright so dilution is key when building up the colours. I was mindful of leaving areas of white to help define the shapes and keep the highlights.
There is a bright green in the set, and it is a little artificial, but this can be altered with a little of the other colours making to make a more natural green.
To get the darkest shades I mixed a little of all the colours and painted around the flowers in a negative painting technique Even though in the Primary set of 5 there is a black, which has a slightly thicker constancy and much more opaque, I was able to achieve the darkest dark tones from mixing 3 colours together.

Step 4: Creating the glass vase

The glass vase is a little challenging as you want to give it some structure without losing the transparency. I used a very diluted blue and purple picking out some of the more solid areas. Look for some of the more definable shapes in the glass structure – less is more when painting the glass.
A little wash of blue or purple under the vase will ensure that image is grounded and looks like sitting on a surface rather than floating.

    Anita’s Top Tips

  1. When colour mixing it is easier to add the darker colour to the lighter colour, and you use less paint to get the colour you are looking for .
  2. It is important to find the best surface for your medium, so you have an idea before attempting a final piece.
  3. Start off with lightest tones as it is easier to add and build up colour than to take away.

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