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Sai watercolor tutorial + brushes, Sai file by bluekomadori Sai watercolor tutorial + brushes, Sai file by bluekomadori
Tutorial on how I make digital watercolors in Sai. The old version was a bit outdated so I made a new one!
It's also on tumblr: bluekomadori.tumblr.com/post/9…

And here you can find a few useful links:
  1. You can download the Sai file of this picture here: link 
  2. Video process of painting another picture: link
  3. The old watercolor tutorial: link
  4. Sai brushes (none of them is made by me) link + file you need to open them in Sai: link
  5. Awesome watercolor brushes made by Kyle T Webster: link

Here’s the finished painting: link

EDIT: OMG my second DD!!! :o (Eek)  I feel so honored... ;_; I can't find words to express how grateful I am to :iconotkurzacz: and :iconnazegoreng: for suggesting it and :iconpiratelotus-stock: for featuring!! *Free Icon/Emote* Toothless (Love it!)  Thank you very very much!!! 

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[Stock & Resources] Suggester says, "It's one of the best and easiest digital watercolour tutorials I've ever found on dA!" Sai watercolor tutorial + brushes, Sai file by bluekomadori  (Also suggested by Nazegoreng  ) ( Suggested by Otkurzacz and Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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StarlightDawn1216 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this tutorial helped a lot, many thanks ^^
~* Voletant *~ by StarlightDawn1216
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kivimajuri Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, looks wonderful (at least when you do it)!

Smug Spooder (additional version) by kivimajuri
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Okamay Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

May Watercolor Test by Okamay
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Loryska Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
 Thank you so much for this! This was beyond helpful!!
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yatocommish Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial bluekomadori !!
Tried it and I love the result!
Here ya go:
Kyurem by yatocommish  
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Franchiimi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Student General Artist
I dont understand how I install the pincel :(
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foxes76133 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
I agree with :iconotkurzacz: and :iconnazegoreng: when saying this is the best tutorial I've seen for creating a watercolor effect on SAI. I'm still not use to SAI so I've never experimented with the watercolor aspect, this explains and shows a great deal of what to expect and experiment with when working this method. I use watercolors to a certain extent but I might prefer this over the real thing to be honest.

Great tutorial you have here :iconbluekomadori:!
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CombotheBeehen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Tex FX"?
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martinATHF Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
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yoomzie Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This helped!  Lurantis Watercolour by yoomzie Lurantis Watercolour by yoomzie Lurantis Watercolour by yoomzie Lurantis Watercolour by yoomzie
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dqube Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thats pretty helpfull thanx
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cardboardgod Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. Can't wait to start applying. :D
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jupiter-boy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i tried this and omfg i love the result ???
demon girl by sevenchoi
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TGrant-Jinxt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yoosung Watercolor by TGrant-Jinxt  Thank you so much for the helpful tutorial!Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3] 
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amberisrad Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2017
does anyone have a download for "Leaves" the brush shape thing?? ;;
edit: i figured it out wow
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:iconkrytzl:
Krytzl Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you tell me how or where you got the "Leave" brush shape?
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:iconamberisrad:
amberisrad Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
yes! ok this is gonna have some screenshots so it's easier to explain :0

what you do first, is download all of this stuff from the link in the description prntscr.com/frp2sd (link: drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Sme… )

while that's downloading, find the folder that your Paint Tool Sai is in. if you have a shortcut for it on your desktop you can just click "open file location" (i think) it should look something like this: prntscr.com/frp3q7
now, press the back button in your library prntscr.com/frp8ek
and then you'll be able to see the folder in it's entirety prntscr.com/frp8l5

now what you want to do is copy the ENTIRE FOLDER and paste it (somewhere, it doesn't really matter as long as you know where it is) in case editing it breaks the original sai, and if it does, you have a backup of your original sai and you won't have to redownload it. prntscr.com/frp4w2

now, after your download is finished, click on your original sai folder and open your download in WINRAR or some other program that is similar that can open/extract .zip files. prntscr.com/frp5ug

now, delete all of these folders/files in the original sai folder: papertex, elemap, brushtex, blot map, papertex.conf, New Canvas.jpg (i didnt have this in my original sai but just in case you do, delete it), brushtex.conf, brushform.conf

now, go to winrar and extract alll the files in the download to your original sai file. prntscr.com/frp70i
after the extracting is done, close winrar, close the sai folder, and if your sai program is open, close that too.

reopen sai and it should be there!
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CrepeThePancake Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
This was so helpful tysm
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amberisrad Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
np
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Caffeinated-Bee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!! this helped SO much!! <33
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amberisrad Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017
no problem!
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KahlaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like something is wrong with my SAI because I downloaded those files and when I open the SAI file locator it doesn't say  "This PC>Downloads>Sai 1.1.0> + Brushes and so there is no back button. Any thoughts? I'm so confused ugh. 

Thank you!
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amberisrad Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
nothing's wrong with it, it's probably just stored somewhere else under a different name! 
i don't know where it could be, but i found this post on a forum sai.detstwo.com/forum/index.ph…
i'd try those 2 suggestions and see if you can find it
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KahlaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! This is a ton of help I really appreciate it! :) seems like my SAI doesn't line up with any tutorials but I guess I wasn't looking at the right ones!
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amberisrad Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
no problem! glad to help
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Krytzl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you. I hope this will work. :D
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amberisrad Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
no problem!! i hope it works for you too! i tried this method out and i think it turned out pretty cool
good luck c:
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Krytzl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again for your niceness!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ  (is this even a word?)
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:iconamberisrad:
amberisrad Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
haha np! (and yes i believe so)
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Krytzl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
(And I'm only typing this because I want to be the last one who replied)
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amberisrad Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2017
how in the world do i get the "paints effect" tab?
edit: I FOUND IT LOL
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carnival Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hrrnm~! beautiful! Going to have to give this method a go some time! :>>>> LOVE YOUR WORK omg!! X333
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Singarl Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017  Student
Thank you SOO much for this amazing tutorial! <3
Really nicely explained and lovely style!
Here is a little something I did using your tutorial:

Singa and Tico - Watercolor by Singarl
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Dibalikawan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I've been in sai for like.... almost 3 years and just found out that 'Fringe' effect ._.
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LoveCatLol Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOW TO DO IT ;-; WHERE IS IT 
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Dibalikawan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
in the collumn titled 'Paint Effect'
you can search on google, just type 'Fringe effect in sai' :3
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LoveCatLol Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you 💗
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dexa101 Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Juliannb4 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll tell you one thing: even if I lazely followed your tutorial (because of how tired I was that day), it worked out incredibly good! And on closer examination... it's brilliant! I just wished I wasn't that lazy on the day I decided to implement this... oh well!
I've been using SAI for quite a while, yet I'm not using its full potential, but thanks to you, now I'm one step forward!

From both me and my friend, thank you very much for enlighting us with this tutorial! :D
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Eggdis Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Joolian show me the shit you did o:
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Juliannb4 Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Eggdis Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man that looks nice af!
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killcodes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Student General Artist
aaa thank you so much for making this, I've been trying to emulate watercolour for so long!
This is beautifully done,, I can't wait to give it a shot
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RocknSweets Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to say thank you so much for the guide! IT helped me a lot on this drawing
Bassken Rumble by RocknSweets
But what gets me using characters that have white fur/hair/feathers. Like how do I color them without lazily leaving it white, besides keeping the layer on fringe to help me identify the color (since the background is white to begin with when starting out)... As you can see the character on the right has white feathers so I have to use purple and gray shading to help.
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Vampian Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's an old tutorial, but I wanted to give thanks. Watercolour in itself is something I haven't tried yet, so trying to figure it out digitally was intense. ;v;
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Portalpaw Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAD
holy frick how i find you everywhere
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Vampian Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOT THE HECKIE
HI SON :'D
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Madelonetjj Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Whenever I use these, the resolution of my SAI gets messed up :(
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DancingArti Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :00

i also tried it out lmao-

fav.me/dazplrz
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Caove Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agh... I still can't use the brushes but... It's a good tutorial
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