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Watercoloring for Cheap People
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Published: July 22, 2011
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Yeah; that's right. It finally happened. My first ever tutorial.
Yesterday was the only day I've had free since...well the beginning of July and I spent it working on this for you all!! Love me now :iconmegustaplz: rofl

So....yes. Pretty self-explanitory. This is the watercolor tutorial I promised my watchers innnn....February :? xD Yes; I AM A BUSY PERSON x_X

So if there are any spelling mistakes I would be grateful if you pointed them out ^^;
Also I might as well point out if anyone doesn't understand; THESE OPINIONS AND ADVICE ALL COME FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN WATERCOLORING AND I AM IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM TELLLING YOU EXACTLY HOW SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE. Just so we're clear there x3

Supplies I found links to!!:
Watercolors [link]
Sakura Pigma Pens [link]
Watercolor Paper [link]


DISCLAIMER: I do not own Allen Walker, Capri Sun, Pringles, iPod, JVC, or My Chemical Romance ;p
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Now for the boring history!; :la:
I started watercoloring in Fall of 09' when I got fed up with having colored pencils as the only thing to color my art with.
Here's some of the early stuff...
Aug 26, 2009
Feb 14, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
I went from that first watercolor fail {wrong paper} and then into a bit of an ink phase when I had a Fall art class {free supplies :D} But atfer that I got lazy and discoraged and didn’t touch watercolors for a good 5 months after that.

I guess in the end I realized my gallery desperately needed more color and watercolor was the only way I had. So whalah! I worked at it in Fall of 2010...
Sept 13, 2010
Sexy Mailman, the first full-page only-watercolor deviation I did since May 2010 and then I didn’t watercolor for 2 months after that.
In November I was rewarded with even a bit more visible improvement with Nov 15, 2010

Hah I laughed when I was looking back on these old deviations today! On that first one it said <and I quote> “I hate using watercolors…but I SHALL CONQUER THEM!!”
So I still haven’t conquered them, but I am proud to say that I think I have improved a great darn deal!! I look forward to improving my drawing skills as much as my water-coloring skills :3

ENJOY! :heart:

Allen Walker and original reference (c) Katsura Hoshino!!
See the final artwork from this tutorial here
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AvPDTV's avatar
My sister got me a watercolor set like,10 years ago and I've never used it. I plan on changing that now...
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely do it!! Hah that's how I started my "new" phase of watercoloring xD It's never too late to put those watercolors to good use! :)
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Elegant-Blue-Heart|Hobbyist General Artist
This actually boosted my confidence a lot about starting to paint with watercolors, I've always been told when it comes to art "you get what you pay for" but as a struggling student, can't afford to drop tons of cash, but this is something I could easily afford and you made such amazing art doing it! Great tutorial, super informative, and super helpful! <3
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm really glad you thought this was helpful AND boosted your confidence! I've always just learned to work with what I had and being unable to/reluctant to spend that kind of money on supplies really helped ;) And I love that they still make these watercolors...I just bought another set the other day xD Eventually I will move on to some new ones, but for now I am content!
Happy to help^^
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this is awesome, its nice to know that not everyone uses super expensive materials
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is rather reassuring, isn't it?? I thought for the longest time I had to use nice, expensive supplies to have great art- which, I'm not going to lie, they do help sometimes, but it's definitely not a necessity! ;)
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blueani|Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely Loooooove this :D Helps me big time since I desperately want to improve in watercolor and also don't have a lot of money to spend :cries: but this is really good for someone like me. XDDD Thanks a bunch for making this, you are wonderful.
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you love it! ;) And I'm just a cheap person in general, so I learned to work with what I had and this is the result! Proves it can be done :D
You are very welcome too :meow:
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Thank you! That was great help :)
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!! I'm glad :}
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Miyori999|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2 questions; one being what weight paper did you use for this in particular (It's hard to read on the cover) and the other is; how do you keep the edges from running into one another? I realize I'll have to have my blow-dryer ready, but is it just about waiting for layers to totally dry?

On a sidenote, this is probably the first watercolor tutorial I've looked at that actually seems do-able. Very VERY in-depth, and explanatory. Thankyou for that.
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ummm...weight paper...I didn't even know there were different weights ^^;
If I were to venture a guess I would say medium...sorry I'm not much help!

And to keep the colors from running into one another, I just et it really precise- the main thing that helps is not putting to much water/paint on the brush so it starts running away from you and into other colors! Waiting for layers to dry won't necessarily stop the colors from running- just try to minimize the amount of paint so that it doesn't have the chance to run!

And thanks so much! I'm so glad to hear that :} It's kind of exactly what I needed when I first started watercoloring and then had to find out on my own. So I'm glad to share and help others with it! :D
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Miyori999|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou for the tip, and I got to squinting at the photo and you used 90Lb paper, which is great for smaller images and characters. For like beachy/landscape scenes use 140Lb paper, it's thinker and doesn't wrinkle as easily. I actually got my paper 1/2 off with a coupon so I have more of the 140 lb, but generally 90lb is cheaper. Also, My dad scored 18 tubes of "professional paint" for $2 at the thrift store, but until I'm certain how to used them I'll use the crayola set I have.
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Ithilloth| General Artist
I'm surprised you can get such nice effect with school watercolors. though actually one can see the difference in quality between those cheap ones and those produced for artists. to be honest I think it's better to save a little more money and buy a decent quality watercolor paints than to go for the cheapest available. good quality paints can serve you very long - I got my first artist's watercolor set in 2006 and still have it working (using it more often than once a month;)), while the cheap panes I used back in elementary school have always run out after a year. so it's kind of investment.
but as for a very start with watercolors, your way is really good - you don't waste money on something you aren't sure if you even like it. I can see that you are actually getting better and better in watercoloring, so I recommend you to spend some money on a set of better quality paints;) it's just a waste of skills - your paintings are worth better materials.
one more thing - I'm curious why you don't advise to use wide and thick brushes. when I was a total beginner, I got three brushes - a round 2, flat 6 and flat 16. I can't imagine how to cover big areas of painting without a big brush. covering it with small brush is just a waste of time and you simply cannot get a smooth transition of colour, which is clearly visible on your paintings. don't be afraid of big brush, it's your helpful friend. ;p
I wouldn't recommend eating anything while painting to a beginner. you must be very careful not to spoil a sheet of paper immediately with a greasy finger. ;p it's better to have clean workspace free of distracting things like food.
anyway, thanks for sharing your tutorial, I'm sure it helped many people to start an adventure with watercolors ;)
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just really like the watercolors I have now so I'm afraid if I go out and buy expensive ones and don't like them, it will be a huge waste of money! D: Hah, I've had these same watercolors for over 10 years xD And they're only just starting to run out xP
I will definitely look in to getting better quality ones as soon as I have money though! I think it will be worth the risk and I'm excited to see if the quality of the colors improves :meow:
And for this particular drawing (since it was face and body and mainly small areas) I didn't suggest a big brush! They're great for doing large areas, but I didn't want to have people mistakenly think they should use them for the smaller areas (which is difficult and frustrating ^^;)

And thank you so much! Your suggestions about better paints has me thinking I should ask for some for Christmas ;D
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Ithilloth| General Artist
wow, you must have had good paints then ;) too bad I never got myself such ones ;p
you don't need to spend much money at once, especially if you are afraid of wasting them - you can pick a set made only of primary colors and try them out before you decide to buy more. though it's also risky, because if you buy them singly it gets more expensive in the end.
if you plan to ask for paints for Christmas I can recommend Leningrads, I got them myself last year (also for Christmas XD) and they are simply amazing, I fell in love with them immediately. :lol: it costed an equivalent of 20-25$ for 16 colors set (at least it costed this much in my country), so it's not that expensive I guess. you can also ask on forum which paints would they recommend for an advanced artist like you, but who doesn't have experience with professional stuff yet.

about the brushes, I believe the sooner you get proper tools, the better :) maybe it depends on individual preference :D
you're welcome and I hope you get yourself your perfect paints :D
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KazuAC| Traditional Artist
I had just purchased me the crayola watercolors 2 hours ago. :D
I paid $3.99 at Target. The back to school sale is the reason.
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! Gotta love back-to-school deals!! :XD:
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dont-u-know|Hobbyist Photographer
very helpfull ,, thnx !
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! You're welcome :}
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dont-u-know|Hobbyist Photographer
specially ,, i just started with watercolours so i have cheap stuff and not so much yet:P some other tutorials are with advanced equipment..
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was how I was (okay, that's how I still am ;p)
I tried looking for tutorials when I began as well but yes, lots of them are for pretty advanced materials D:
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brokenkaizer|Hobbyist General Artist
i love this the fact you used cheap watercolour pants and such just makes it even more awesome thank you for this cool tutorial
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MoPotter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They work just as good as the expensive ones (as far as I know) ;p So why not??!
And you're welcome^^
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