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Rainbow Watercolor Process

Hey guys! A lot of people have been asking for this. One of my most faq is how I personally go about doing a watercolor background, and how to keep the edges so clean. Well, there are a thousand ways to do this, but personally I use this method:
1. Lightly sketch out the subject
2. Wet most of the area I want to fill in the background
3. Paint carefully around the subject, and get the background design I want
4. Wait for the background to dry
5. Paint the subject! :D

I don't use any masking fluid or anything like that.
Maybe I'll do a full tutorial sometime. I liked this picture, so I thought I might as well share it.
In the background I have PH martin's concentrated watercolors. They are very bright and vibrant :3
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2399x2995px 1.86 MB
iPhone 5
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
4 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 27, 2012 2:48:06 PM -05:00
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What brand of watercolor do you use and what kind of watercolor paper do you use? Does anyone know?
sweetieamy's avatar
 in her description she says she uses PH martin's concentrated watercolor and in a different tutorial i think i saw that she uses bristol watercolor paper...
Nellielle7613's avatar
pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase do a full tutorial >.<!! not because i wanna copy your technique and la-dee-dah, but i just wanna see a pro at work >.<!!!
thexyz's avatar
Do you dilute the colors, or drop them right on to the paper? Also what colors of PH do you recommend? I just got a set of rainbows inspired by your work here, but I cannot seem to get the same effect. Requesting tutorial! :)
ikena's avatar
Love iiiiiiiiiiiiit! :D
TheAngriestHorse's avatar
OOOoooOOOOoooo....... Nice job!!
IaldaTK's avatar
Is this wet onto wet for the blending part in the background?
angela808's avatar
What typ of paint it that?
Frost8Paw's avatar
Trust me, I am your no 1 fan!!! You are making great things...
Valkyrie-Skarsten's avatar
I love it, pretty cool! I'm not too good with watercolors, but I'll sure try your method to this kind of art!(:
fivethousandtrees's avatar
Your art makes me want to take an art class. I have not taken one in like almost 9 years. Thanks for saying what you use: the PH martin's concentrated watercolors.
MikuLeekLover01's avatar
Nice job, very rainbowy
LeaSmile's avatar
beautyful ! you are amazing
zakuro-rainbow's avatar
RoseandBeast's avatar
omfg!....*crys8 this is just beautiful!
SamanthaArnold's avatar
Yes! Please do a full tutorial. :D This is awesome by the way. :)
KatyLipscomb's avatar
I'm working on one :D Thank you!!
SamanthaArnold's avatar
YAY! and No problem. :P
2-my-cynical-crowzz's avatar
:squee: :squee: :squee:
twinrot-arts's avatar
This is so cool~ It would be awesome if you did a full tutorial~

CloverMakesComics's avatar
I really wish I could paint so amazingly as you
carampark's avatar
this looks great
Chey4ever's avatar
WOW very nice :D
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