These are a watercolor brush pen and I think that lots of people love them because they are very juicy! The tip is nice and flexible and gives a very thick downstroke when you press firmly.
You can see in this lettering example that they’re taking a bit of time to dry and when they do dry, they have a bit of that watercolor look to them where there is quite a color difference between a thick downstroke and a thin upstroke and I think that’s because the upstroke is quite a bit less concentrated with liquid.
Even after all of that lettering, there are still quite a few spots that are wet and would streak pretty easily.
These Ecoline Brush Pens blend beautifully in my opinion. You really could get creative with your color combining or do one color per letter. I am not someone who does a ton of blending, so I’m sorry this isn’t super creative but I hope it gives you an idea of what this brush pen blends like.
I didn’t have a ton of space to letter horizontally with that first blending example but imagine if you wrote out a long word or across more room and your word kind of gradually went from one color and faded into another, that would be a really fun way to blend these!
So I hope you don’t mind that I’m not using these straight onto watercolor paper, but with delicate brush pens and hand lettering, that can be a bad combination because the brush pens tend to fray. If you’re coloring with them that may not be a big deal but for hand lettering, it can be hard to create thin upstrokes with frayed brush pens. But they do dry beautifully onto watercolor paper so I wanted to show you a way to use them on watercolor paper without ruining the brush tips.
In the video review, I color the marker onto a piece of acrylic and then pick it up with my water brush. Then I can letter right onto watercolor paper. This is super beautiful and as someone who doesn’t have a lot of practice blending, I was really impressed with how beautiful these colors came out. I need to try this more in the future for sure. I do assume that if you were to letter right onto the watercolor paper, that the colors would be darker like in my lettering example, but I love this muted look and you could really get a range of colors and tones with it.
If you’re looking for the Windsor and Newton Watercolor Brush Marker review, you can find it on YouTube here so that you can compare the two if you’re interested in using watercolor markers for hand lettering.
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