Echo Technique – Fun & Easy Landscape Tutorial

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Da Vinci Watercolor on Hahnemühle Britannia Cold Press Watercolor Paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune 1 in Mottler, Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4 and Princeton Velvetouch Long Round Size 6.

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Echo Technique

The Echo Technique is pretty simple.

You draw a plant, whether a bush, shrub, tree or flower, using simple shapes.

You add similar shapes inside the plant. If your plant is drawn with round shapes, then you draw round shapes inside. If your plant has long spiky shapes, you draw long spiky shapes inside.

It’s easier to show than explain.

The variety is endless because you can vary the shapes inside, as long as they echo, that is, they are similar to the overall shape of the plant.

Here’s a video, so you can see how I draw the plants, and how I vary some of them.

If the video doesn’t work properly on your device, click the link below it to be taken to the YouTube version.

Now you’ve got the idea, go forth and echo plants in your own unique way!

Wanna buy some of the cool toys used in this tutorial?

Hahnemühle Hand Lettering Pad

Hahnemühle Britannia watercolor paper

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Princeton Neptune, Series 4750, Mottler Synthetic Squirrel, Size 100

Princeton, Series 4750, Quill Synthetic Squirrel, Size 4

Princeton Velvetouch Series 3950 Synthetic (review)


  1. WOW this very stunning. Your colour choices suit your art piece. Like that you provided us with the techniques to design this piece. You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful imagination when creating such wonderful art.
    Thank you for sharing an teaching me new ways of creating outside the box.
    Be sure to have yourself fun filled weekend.

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