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watercolour tutorial v.4 by koyamori watercolour tutorial v.4 by koyamori
Finally compiled enough photos to do a tutorial.
Most of it is common knowledge but I hope it answers some questions. C:

If you have something you'd like to know in addition, feel free to ask them here and I'll try my best to answer.

p.s. I get asked a lot about masking fluid but no, I don't use it very often. None was used for these pictures.
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:iconthecityofdreams:
TheCityOfDreams Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great tutorial! definetely going to try it out!
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Eurpoe Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist
Your tutorials are amazing, great work!
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jordanoye Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!! I love your tutorials, I hope you're okay with me using them, I'm running so low on time for my AP art projects!! It gives me some guidelines!
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koyamori Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
Of course!
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:iconcornymistick:
CornyMistick Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Hi! Can I ask how do you scan your watercolours so perfectly? Whenever I try, I loose all the subtle shades and colours, and so in the end I just take a photo of the painting... :C
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Pitsel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
You can check it out on her tumblr account. Scan tutorial.
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:iconsolelli:
solelli Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
i had that problem too. i don't know about you, but it was because my scanner has an auto-color correct option that's turned on by default, i turned that off, restarted it, and it worked a lot better. if you're making them specifically for DA and only care about how it looks on here, you could experiment with making details that would normally be subtle more striking and then mess around with them in either SAI or Photoshop- either with the hue/saturation/contrast options, or adding a layer, setting it to 'overlay', and then messing around with white-gray-dark colors with a soft brush to see how that changes it.
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:iconcornymistick:
CornyMistick Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconsolelli:
solelli Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
noo problem <3
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:icontrapped-in-eternity:
trapped-in-eternity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
ooooo well done!
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:iconxiaooyu:
Xiaooyu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how long have you been doing watercolour for? 
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GPSAmangaka Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eeer...sorry to be a bother but how do you create such *even washes with each layer, while still managing to add *depth? ; v ; 

The first layer is a wet-on-wet wash, of which you let it dry. After the first wash/layer, do you continue with wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry as you paint? I've been frustrated with layers because as I continue with wet-on-dry (started with the initial wet-on-wet wash then add layers of wet-on-dry), it looks dry an uneven. Gahh, so what kind of watercolor technique do you use after the first wash of wet-on-wet to layer and create the shapes? I'm sorry for the late questions - T^T 
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GPSAmangaka Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aahh, sorry to be a bother but I was wondering how do you create such an even look with such depth? ;; u ;;

With the first layer it's wet-on-wet - then you let it dry. After the first initial wash, do you continue with the wet-on-wet process for each layer or is it wet-on-dry after the first wash? Eeer... I just beeb having some difficulties after the first layer - sorry about the.bombarding of questions. T^T
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150c Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
than you for the tutorial!// would you happen to have any tips for using the blowdryer? ; v ; such as certain position/angle/strength. Whenever I use the dryer, the dollops always get blown over to the areas I don't want painted;;
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koyamori Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I usually just turn the blow dryer to high, and blow dry in a circle all around the page so the paper is not damaged by the heat. The dollops I try to wipe away with a dry brush as much as possible before drying because then they will fly everywhere. ><
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mapelie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I followed! Result's here >> [link]
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:iconcolourfactory:
ColourFactory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
thanks for the tutorial.

(gracias por el tutorial)
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:iconseylyn:
Seylyn Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thanks for sharing your process with us! Always interesting to see how others work :)
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
My pleasure! ^^
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PaperStreet-Soap Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If its not to much trouble can you make more little tutorials like this or just maybe tips. It would be helpful.
Good job btw.
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner May 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sure!8)
I will make more as I gather some pictures of work in progress.^^
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PaperStreet-Soap Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks
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:iconvanessaaosorio:
vanessaaosorio Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is a great tutorial.
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:icongn125:
gn125 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for sharing!
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:iconlittlemoonboots:
littlemoonboots Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Very helpful! Thank you :heart:
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:iconlove-bun:
love-bun Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
THANK YOU! I literally love EVERY one of your pieces!!! <3 <3 <3
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kami-sama16 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you so much for the tutorial!
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:iconmorningbun:
morningbun Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
What type of watercolor paints/pencils do you use?
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:iconkamikazekitteh:
KamikazeKitteh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is so helpful! thank you!
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Gypsophillia Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
in using watercolour pencil to outline, i'm guessing you can't paint over the outlines or they'll wash away? do you have to leave a small gap between the wash and the pencil?
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koyamori Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
I usually just paint over the lines of the pencil, but it does wash away after a while but it gives a good guideline.^^

Sorry for late reply haha.
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vampiresongka Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Artist
cute! these are helpful ^o^
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DancingWolfDragon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
really helpful tutorial! thanks for sharing :)
how long does it take you to finish a watercolor piece?
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:iconarisuhige:
arisuhige Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I wanna try something with watercolour :D
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pasta-for-the-win Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
You're so amazing and thanks for sharing :) I have one question though... Do you ever use masking fluid?
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D-D-Memories Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
i just recently bought some water colour pencils they shall now be put to great use but i bought a small water coulor sketch book just to test out my skills in this area :) thanks for sharing :)
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FrozenDreamsFading Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Incredibly helpful!
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Detaclyver Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Thank you for the tutorials! They were really helpful
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:iconpaper-plein:
paper-plein Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
when you do the first wash layer, do you 'assign' a brush to each color or do you only use a single brush?
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
I just use one or two brushes and don't assign colour. ^^
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paper-plein Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
on the darkest part (the last wash?) what colors do you use ,is it just plain black or do you mix other colors? how do you make it look 'flat?

sorry for being so annoying. Thank you so much for replying ^^
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SOV3000 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
OMG that's so handy !THANKS !
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Moonlight-Traveller Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello (:
I'm a big fan of your work and I often tried to follow your tutorials to create something like that. And I always wonder how you can get the shapes in the background so clean! I always totally mess everything up ... do you have any tipps or special tricks? ^^
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NostalgicOblivion Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love your watercolor gallery its so inspirational :D
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:iconcolorwired:
colorWIRED Featured By Owner May 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
i wonder if using these techniques with digital painting and watercolor texture would look good :O!
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:iconthewolffox:
TheWolfFox Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I want this *-*
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:iconnishigo:
Nishigo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Wonderful :) Is it easier to work with watercolour in tubes or why do you use it (instead of, for example, liquid one)?
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:iconsakura-no-josei:
Sakura-no-Josei Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ty! i really want to get better at watercolor and i love you style/techinique :3
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope it'll be useful to you!<3
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devyni Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Should one stretch the paper before or after doing the sketch? I've got 9x11 inch 140 lb paper, and I was told that I probably wouldn't need to stretch it.
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