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Watercoloring tips

By dodostad
Sorry this took so long! I hope this is any help haha.
There are probably gazillion typos, I'm pretty tired :'D

Here's a step-by-step watercolor by me:[link]

Guestion about color wash:
"If you put watercolor under running water wouldn't the rest of the colors wash away?"
Nope, the paper absorbs color so it won't become "like new". It depends on how dry the paint is though – wet paint will fade away more than one that has dried(dried watercolors won't even budge sometimes). You should try it out to see how it works! It's hard to explain without a camera so I could do before and after shots. It also depens on what kind of paper you use and how thickly you applied the paint.

Additional tips:
-scrunched paper/plastic wrap on wet colors=cool texture!
Example: [link]

-logically there's also DRY BRUSH ON WET PAPER. The end result is similar to wet-to-wet, but the colors won't spread as far.

-if you blow air on wet colors you can make some interesting splatters.

-using rock salt makes bigger texture!
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tsuki-zero's avatar
Thanks, it's a great tip
ElectricPoodle's avatar
thatgreenbean's avatar
This is a great tutorial!!  Thank you!  
Lady-Pandora-808's avatar
I love your tutorial!Its very thorough and easy to understand.I love the examples  too.I cant wait to try all these out!
PizzaPotatoNBacon's avatar
These are really great tips explained very nicely. :w00t: I'll be sure to keep them in mind. :D
Dreammaster-Loki's avatar
I've found that using rubber cement instead of masking fluid is also effective ;)
It resists water all the same, but it's a lot thicker so the downside is it is hard to work on a small scale with the stuff.
Bastayun's avatar
I suggest not using rubber cement as it can change/damage the paper
CelticKawaii's avatar
Thanks for this. Just what I needed!
Raakelh's avatar
Perin mielenkiintoista kyllä.........
Drekalder's avatar
Very nice tips. Not too long, and easy to understand. :)
itraenk's avatar
Thanks for the note, this is exactly what I needed :)
SsnakeBites's avatar
Thanks so much for these great ideas, I'm always experimenting with watercolours and it's always nice to find other great ideas to create different textures and such. I'm looking forward to trying these out, especially the salt, the masking fluid and the colour wash ^^
dodostad's avatar
You're welcome, it's nice to hear these tips are any help!
Cyrkael's avatar
Great ! =)
Nice to see that someone else had the idea to "color wash", as you say =) Though, I don't have the time to try at the moment -_-
PeachyLatte's avatar
There's also the fish-eye technique. With either Acetone or Alcohol.
It makes this circle that looks like a fish-eye. ^-^
UmmuVonNadia's avatar
thank you. this will help me with water colour
ApatheticInsanity's avatar
Makes me want to break out my watercolors again! I'll certainly be using some of these. :)
Anamia's avatar
Very nice tutorial.
ColbyBluth's avatar
Some nice pointers. :)
If you're too impatient to wait for your layers to dry, you should use a hairdryer.
Do you stretch your watercolor paper first?
dodostad's avatar
I'm too lazy to go pick up the hair dryer! Naah, it's just the way I work, blending stuff together.
I do sometimes, very rarely when I have some specific outcome in mind. But as I said at the top, I almost never plan ahead. I might want to crumple the paper etc and I like to work quickly C:
orugosa's avatar
Awesome Thanks <3
very useful tips, thanks :)
dodostad's avatar
that's good to hear, thanks!
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