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Watercolour Tutorial: Advice and Guidance
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Published: April 30, 2012
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Watercolour Guidance and Advice Tutorial
(on watercolour paper)


I know I'm not the greatest artist out there, but I thought this might help anyone wanting to try out watercolours ^^

I really hope it is helpful, but if there is something you want to ask please feel welcome to, I'll do my best to give out good advice :aww:

EDIT NOTE: Actually, I know I recommended soaking your paper with water before use but, yes they may dry slower, but it's actually not good for layering paints... After one coat, putting on another might rub off the paint underneath so be careful. So this technique would only be good for one layer afterwards. I forgot to might this, sorry brain was having a duh moment.


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DWRaxart's avatar
DWRaxart| Traditional Artist
This helped me a lot! Thanks for this tutorial Kidura :):):)
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Mikkie15's avatar
Mikkie15|Student General Artist
how do you shade the skin??~
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Julesmary's avatar
Julesmary|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was gorgeous! I'm just learning about how to use watercolour and this was by far the best tutorial I could possibly find! Thaaaaank YOU! :happybounce: 
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Silver4012's avatar
Silver4012|Student General Artist
Helpful! :)
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DayDreamingOtaku's avatar
A useful guide indeed~ Just recently bought some watercolors (tubes) & I wanted to read up on special techniques before using them. Glad I came across this!
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Silver4012's avatar
Silver4012|Student General Artist
very useful! thank you so much for posting this where anyone can see!!!
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BladeWithin's avatar
BladeWithin|Student General Artist
This is amazing!~Hope i could use this once i get proper watercolours :hug: Excuse, but may i ask..What brand of watercolour are you using 030
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samui153's avatar
very usefull,now i gonna apply it on my drawings :)
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CryptoPhonic's avatar
Very pretty! I just have a questin though.. when you mix colours together straight from the tube of paint, will you need to add water to the mixture of paint?
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Shikigami-chan|Student General Artist
What brand of paint do you use? Also, for watercolor I have only ever used the blocks (and coffee), so I was wondering, how do you paint with the tube watercolor?
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luluChwan's avatar
luluChwan|Student Traditional Artist
thnku soomuch i cnt wait to try out my watercolors ^_^
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lyseeart|Professional Digital Artist
All of your advice about drying and wetting the paper are really helpful. I don't have any watercolor paper right now, but once I do get my hands on some, I'm going to try out what I learned from this tutorial! I like working with watercolors and should really buy more paper ^^;
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Tropicanine|Hobbyist General Artist
this is interesting and even had some fine tips that are not to take form a technique book. i always wondered why my coclors didnt spread so well.. i have very expensive aquarelle but not tubes, i have the dry pigments. this looks really great. i should give it a try on your way i found some cheaper bristol paper so i got me 2 pads a while ago, u may know my friend Shazy since u met her on an expo, she does really well on bristol too,but couldnt make a real difference between her expensive and my cheap pads. i didnt try copic markers on it yet i hope it really doesnt suck up much. hey what about copic + aquarell,did you try it yet?
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Kidura|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah helloo Ron-san or Shazy-san's friend! :3
I'm glad you found it a little helpful, thank you for your interesting comment.
You two must be doing the same sort of thing to be getting the same effect, if not, I guess it's the paper/bristol board. Not used it much but I know it's stiff surface allows the water to dry slowly, giving the paint time to mix and blend equally.
The difference with expensive brands is that they're usually more vibrant with more of a palette to choose from. Though most basic colours like cadmium red, burnt umber etc etc look the same to ordinary cheap stuff.
I watched somewhere where it proved that dried pigments are not as vibrant as the tubes, since the tubes are fresh.
I haven't tried Aquarell brands, I heard it's got good quality but at the moment I'm pretty happy with what I have right now ^^
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Tropicanine|Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for your answer ^^
not sur eif i said this already so excuse me if im repeating,
i have the little dry pods from schminke which is the best quality to find and even quite the only ont he market here,it might be expensive for such little ones but they reach for a long time, they are quite vibrant,mor ethan usual watercolor and they blend well,but when i see some other paintings with aquarelle, i always think they are even more vibrant so i guess its the tubes. bristol is really great.shazy sent me a sheet of hers and its quite equal as mine in quality but i was lucky to find cheap pads.
so you have the dry pods as well?
ill probably upload a few pokemon paperchildren i made with aquarelles on usual aq.pad
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Eyecelphil|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned a new technique here.. thanks :) Stupid that I didn't see it before..
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heydipwitdotcom's avatar
this is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! I have never seen something done so well. It takes me for ever to just sketch I cant imagine all of this extra stuff. I know shading takes forever and I am soo impressed with everything amazing job keep up the stunning work !!!!!
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12L4e172s3s|Hobbyist Artist
coooollllllll!!!!
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DarkDryad17|Student Digital Artist
I... may be able to use watercolors now... i was always trying to use a flat color and go darker over it, like with pencil... heh. no wonder it didnt work.
Thank you!!

And you are an amazing artist!! :D
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Thank you for making this! I haven't worked with watercolors for a while because they ended up messing up and then I throw it away after, but I'll give them another go :)
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Arti4000's avatar
o3o Dat's pretty awesome. Yer skills are always awe-inspiring.
= w= Sorry for being slightly idle lately~
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shazy|Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much kiduraaaa! *goes to paint*
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Samuraispirit1's avatar
Thanks, this is really helpful! =)
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Alpha621|Student General Artist
This tutorial = :iconepic-winplz:
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