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Welcome to Watercolorists

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 6, 2008, 4:12 PM
:wave: Hello watercolor friends, and welcome to watercolorists. The mission of this club is to share deviantArt's knowledge and skills of their watercolor users for the enjoyment and inspiration of others. View AquaTips for tutorials and other watercolor resources.

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Better-When-Wet is watercolorists proud sister club. They will feature monthly "themes" that members will be invited to offer their own artistic impressions and interpretations of. There will also be collaboration opportunities as well. We will keep our members up to date to their activities in our journal here. You can also see what they are up to in their own journal.

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Members share advice on watercolor subjects and techniques.
Masking Fluid
Watercolor & Pen Sample
New Watercolor Products 2006
Transfer drawings to watercolour paper
dA Watercolor Tutorials
Wavy Watercolor Paper
Internet Watercolor Resources

Community AquaTip - Stretching Watercolor Paper
Community AquaTip - Salt Techniques
Community AquaTip - Watercolor Stories
Community AquaTip - Watercolor Texture Techniques
AquaTips - Colored Pencils & Sandpaper by BibianaX

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watercolorists shares a special bond with deviantArt's other watercolor club, Better-When-Wet. We share information and the love of watercolors with the entire dA community. Stop by their page and see what they are up to!

:star:Current Feature
For the month of September, Better-When-Wet has watercolors featuring Fatherhood in their journal. Go check it out!

:star:Past Features
Better-When-Wet Past Club Feature Journal
June 2008 - Fire
May 2008 - Your Country
February 2008 - Travel
August 2007 - Mystery
July 2007 - Emotions
June 2007 - Three Colors
May 2007 - Feminity
April 2007 - Literature
March 2007 - Spring
February 2007 - Dreams
November 2006 - Water

Community AquaTip - Textures

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 1, 2008, 9:11 PM
This is the another installment of an ongoing feature called AquaTips. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. Just send a note to the club with "Tip" in the subject line and we will put it into our AquaTips collection. Come together watercolorists, and share the treasure that is our knowledge! :love:

This is a community AquaTip. DeviantArt members responded to a question with their knowledge and expertise. You can still contribute by responding to the journal, but no more entries will be added to the actual journal.


As with many paints, watercolor can be manipulated in many different ways. Different techniques affect how it dries and the appearance on the paper. Be it using a different mediums in your paint, highlighting the granulation, or even a different paper or collage.

Question: What techniques do you use to add texture to your watercolor paintings?


:iconlechtonen: Lechtonen  
I use quite a lot of salt -- both ordinary and sea salt. You can do all kinds of things with it from various fractal-type colour formations to glittery crystal surfaces. Recently I've made some experiments with pigmented salt, i.e. I mix salt in coloured water and let the liquid evaporate. :)

I also use all kinds of textiles for various ends. I just dip the textile to colour and press it on the paper. That helps me to represent clothing and also interesting natural surfaces.

:iconmilosflaca: Milosflaca
I use wax, salt and cotton. With the cotton, you just have to dip it in the watercolor and press it against the paper! it's very easy and it works very nice if you want to paint clouds and stuff. Also you can use cotton swabs to work with details. You have to add a considerable amount of water to the painting, because the cotton will absorb all the water in one take.

:iconpillowsrock: pillowsrock
I sometimes use rubber cement to keep an area white. I do speckles, lines, splatters, and designs. There's an example in my gallery where I use it to do a kind of splatter that looks like something out of a comic book.

:iconzwazoa: zwazoa
I'm all self taught but i think fresh out of the pack dish sponges look cool when your trying to get grainy surfaces like pavement or sand. Other than that I've heard real for-the-purpose-of-painting sponges give their own textures as well.

:icondawnbluewings: DawnBluewings
I've found that doing a wash of a light color and then dripping a slightly darker shade of the same color onto the still-wet paper gives a very interesting effect.
Example: dawnbluewings.deviantart.com/a…

:iconjoguff1977: joguff1977
Rubbing Alcohol has a neat effect. I also like to splatter Masking Fluid to create little dot or spots. Keeping the paper white. I will also use crayon. Bronze and silver and white are the colors I like to use.

:iconp-e-a-k: p-e-a-k  
There are many ways to simulate texture in watercolour painting….

By stamping - with crumbled paper, sponges, lace-like textiles – anything goes, even real leaves.
In my recent grape paintings (Pinot and Riesling) I used some real leaves as stamps.
All my far away greenery/ trees are done by stamping with a natural sponge.
The foliage on Lagen Island and some other Palawan series paintings were stamped with crumpled paper.

By lifting paint - using wadded-up tissues, cotton, or stencils cut from clear plastic.
I usually do clouds this way - lifting out paint with tissues.

By displacing paint – creating intentional back-washes, using wax paper or cling wrap, adding salt to the damp paint, spraying water or dropping another colour or rubbing alcohol into it.
Example for cling wrap - look at the background for Cosmos.
Example for wax paper - the grapes in Pinot and Riesling.

There's also a texture medium for watercolours. I have a bottle (of course! :lmao:) but I don't think I've ever used it.

Happy painting, everyone and, above all: EXPERIMENT!

:iconrinaswan: rinaswan
- Dripping yellow onto still-wet paper is my favorite technique as in rinaswan.deviantart.com/art/Fi… .

- Rubbing white candle creates wonderful water-surface-reflection effect.

- Drawing with colored pencil before adding watercolor shade as in rinaswan.deviantart.com/art/A-… .

- Sprinkling salt, sugar, rice grain, pigment powder, etc. Each gives interesting textures, but don't forget to use a hair dryer.

:iconabasss: abasss
If I need texture I use a dry brush on a dry paper, or sometimes I remove the excess of paint and water with toilet paper. Salt gives a nice texture, but once I tried to use a white candle to create some sort of effect but nothing happened.

(and sometimes I cheat and use 3b pencils to give a bit of an "ageing" look to a painting)

(addition: by rinaswan - Once a white candle is applied onto paper, the best result are viewable with intensive colours. Watery paint didn't work well.)

:iconhlgem: HLGEM
Crumpled up paper towels give a nice texture. I also like to work very wet and use granulating paints.

:icongh-mongo: GH-MoNGo
Q-tips during various stages of drying. Also, paper towel adds texture through blotting.

:iconfleetfoot: fleetfoot
I sometimes push the paint around (especially when I have a lot of water) with my fingers.. Other than that, dry my paintbrush and use it to "suck up" the excess water on the paper, salt, cloth.

:iconmarcieness: marcieness
Use the tip of the brush handle to make lines :O Like for trees and stuff.

Also I don't usually paint wet on wet, I find it easier to clean up mistakes if its wet on dry.

:iconwitchesrose: witchesrose
* Plastic foil in wet paint creates a nice effect, ...
* I like to stamp with a varaity of thengs like leafs, cotton, dried spaghetti, coins, rope, spunges...
* Sraping in still whet paint(but yhe paint doesn't reflect the light anymore) with an old ballpoint, the end of my pencil, ...
*Oil pastels give the same effect as a candel but in this way you can use colours, ...
* Spraiing paint with a spraydefuser...
* Drippings,spatsof paint in wet paint or on a dry surface, ...
* and of course different types of sals, ...
Most of it all ,is the willing to experiment, ... with very differnt things...BE creative ;-)

I hope this all will come in handy...

:iconwanderinatnight: wanderinatnight
I paint on Smooth Claybord and Textured Claybord (aka Aqua Board) instead of paper. Paper and I just don't get along. :shrug: The clay covered surfaces themselves create some interesting effects. For example, I've discovered that scattering salt on the board has the opposite effect of salt on paper. On the clay covered surface, dark pigmented areas form around the salt crystals instead of white areas. To achieve white areas on either of the clay surfaces, saturate them with clean water then add your paint by moving the brush rapidly over the surface. This creates pockets of tiny air, which bubble up through the paint, displacing it in the process. For an example, take a gander at the sky in my painting 'Migration.'

I've used steel wool or a fiber glass brush to lift paint after it has dried.

Watercolor pencils are useful for different textures, and can be used wet-on-wet or dry-on-dry, wet-on-dry, etc... The pencils act differently on the two surfaces.

Unlike fragile paper, the clay surface can take a lot of abuse and manipulation. I'm trying to let my imagination run wild, but it seems content to sleep on the porch all day. :D

At any rate, I recommend giving the Aqua Board and Smooth Claybord a try. It's made by Ampersand. A 4-pack of 6x6 tiles is under $5. The Smooth boards react like hot pressed watercolor paper and will hold a lot of detail, while the textured reacts like cold press. You can lift back to white with water, but be aware of which of your watercolor paints are staining. If you make a major mistake the boards can be washed clean and reused. Various methods of etching with X-acto knives, scratching, scrubbing, etc... can be employed on the boards.

Community AquaTip - Internet Watercolor Resources

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 15, 2007, 3:54 PM
Journal Design by chi-u | Coded by Jamaal10

:wave: This is the another installment of an ongoing feature called AquaTips. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. Just send a note to the club with "Tip" in the subject line and we will put it into our AquaTips collection. Come together watercolorists, and share the treasure that is our knowledge! :love:

Internet Watercolor Resources

Note: unlike our other AquaTips, this one will be periodically updated Tutorials presented here are supplied by :iconkelliroos: :iconab39z: :iconabasss: :iconlucieon: :icongreensprite: :iconevilllama-polly: :iconfeidhelm: :iconnoli27: :iconemmalazauski: :iconleochi: :iconwitchesrose: :iconsylvancreatures: :iconwildhaggisis: :iconsailortitan:
Thank you for sharing your knowledge! :love:

Tutorial & Resources

:bulletpink: Watercolor Tutorials - Full of tips and tricks on watercolor technique, also visit the main page, more links to watercolor resources than you can shake a stick at Watercolorpainting.com
:bulletpink: handprint - Detailed studies and reference on all forms of materials and watercolor theory. If you study watercolor seriously, this site is a must read.
:bulletpink: BigCityArt Tutorial - Highly detailed tutorial describing how to choose materials and paint with them.
:bulletpink: Yong Chen - Yong Chen is an accomplished watercolorist, with his own website. Check out the Learning Center for massive amounts of information; demonstrations, technique, step-by-steps, and critiques.
:bulletpink: How To Paint A Blue Sky With Clouds - Easy video lesson that's only 5 minutes.
:bulletpink: Deviant muttiy's ustream channel - Watch muttiy paint live.
:bulletpink: Foxspirit tutorial by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law - Simple step by step tutorial, perfect for getting comfortable with watercolors. She also has a dA page, puimun Be sure to check her main site and her blog.
:bulletpink: Artist Alistair Butt Website - Gallery and demonstrations of painting techniques.
:bulletpink: Watercolour Secrets - Free videos and e-book for instruction in watercolor.
artistsnetwork on YouTube
- New tutorials each week, a fair amount are watercolor along with other painting mediums.
:bulletpink: The Painting & Drawing Channel - New tutorials each week, focusing on drawing and painting techniques.
:bulletpink: Susie Short's Watercolor Tips</b> - The tips here are NOT SHORT. They cover a variety of concerns of beginning painters, including palettes, brushes, trees, flowers, and on and on!
:bulletpink: Virtual Gouache Land - an artist's blog that mixes and matches techniques and sketches and medium to get the desired result. Great for experimentation ideas.
:bulletpink: Gurney Journey - You'll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums.
:bulletpink: Joseph Zbukvic's Webpage - Joseph Zbukvic is one of the finest master watercolor painters in the world; his watercolor painting instruction workshops sell out wherever he travels.
:bulletpink: Fountain Studios Watercolor Tutorials - Many great tutorials collected and presented, inluding how to  Make stamps for watercolor.
:bulletpink: Christian Wharton - Water in Watercolor - A brief, but highly informative and insightful site on watercolor usage. Highly recommended. Sometimes the main page is down, then visit the site map to view the contents.


:bulletorange: watercolorists Your destination on deviantArt for watercolor technique and resources. Review our blogs for techniques and advice from other users, artist focus and features. Check out our favourites folder for tutorials from all around.
:bulletorange: WetCanvas - A large community of online artists like dA. There is a massive amount of great resources here, especially in the Watercolor Channel
:bulletorange: Creative Spotlite - They are an online arts community focusing on learning and interaction among members. They have made a great directory of free watercolor demos and examples that can be found here.

Special Interests and Watercolor Related

:bulletyellow: leochi's Working with Watercolors Journal Great, great tips and ideas for paints, brushes, palettes and colors, go check it out!
:bulletyellow: NYSS Watercolor Exhibition
An exhibition at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. It contains a brief synopsis of the history of watercolor and works of 40 modern watercolorists.


:bulletpurple: Winsor & Newton - Comprehensive website reference in materials and usage, in 7 languages! Highly recommended.
:bulletpurple: Aquarelle Arches - Manufacturing watercolor paper in France since 1492. Available in 3 languages.
:bulletpurple: Canson Papers - Also, the English version of the site is here Canson US
:bulletpurple: Daler-Rowney Limited - Another English watercolor manufacturer of fine watercolors.
:bulletpurple: daVinci Artist Brushes - A quality manufacturer of artist brushes
:bulletpurple: Da Vinci Paints - American manufacturer of artist-quality paints.
:bulletpurple: Fabriano - For over 700 years, they have made paper in Italy. Check them out in 3 languages.
:bulletpurple: H. Schmincke - German art company, very high quality, in 3 languages.
:bulletpurple: Holbein Paints - Another highly respected watercolor manufacturer.
:bulletpurple: M. Graham and Co. - Small, but high-quality manufacturer.
:bulletpurple: Old Holland
Artist grade manufacturer since 1664. Available in cyber space in 4 languages.
:bulletpurple: Princeton Art & Brush Co.A new manufacturer of brushes.
:bulletpurple: Raphael Brushes - The oldest manufacturer of brushes in the world. In English and French.
:bulletpurple: Sennelier - French-made art materials, in 3 languages.
:bulletpurple: Strathmore Papers - They manufacture a wide variety of student to artist grade papers.

AquaTips - Watercolor Stories

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 24, 2007, 12:30 PM
This is the another installment of an ongoing feature called AquaTips. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. Just send a note to the club with "Tip" in the subject line and we will put it into our AquaTips collection. Come together watercolorists, and share the treasure that is our knowledge! :love:

This is a community AquaTip. DeviantArt members responded to a question with their knowledge and expertise. You can still contribute by responding to the journal, but no more entries will be added to the actual journal.


When you work with something in life, stories and anecdotes are made to share them with others. They can be funny, educational, or guidelines.

Question: Do you have any pieces of wisdom, sayings, or anecdotes about watercolor painting or the way you paint?


:iconpurpleartichoke: purpleartichoke
Don't worry about making mistakes. If you make one you can always make something amazing out of it, and colours are supposed to be mixed :nod:

:iconvitious: vitious
Don't paint in a hurry, I sometimes want to let water dry and sometimes paint on wet, sometimes I start with light tones and sometimes with dark ones. It takes some patience to understand your style. Practice with patience and try different techniques, you'll end up with your own.

:iconkelliroos: KelliRoos
A teacher once told me - "You need to paint 1000 watercolors before you can paint your first watercolor painting." It basically means a great understanding with watercolors comes with practice.

:iconabasss: abasss
The best advice I can give is that you've got to know your tools; exactly how a paper reacts to water, if you mix colours, how they will turn out, if you feel comfortable with your brushes... I think I work better with older stuff (like those inch short pencils) than flashy new materials but they are things I know like an extended part of me =)

:iconsilveril: Silveril
Always paint the background first! otherwise there s a good chance your foreground gets screwed up when you paint the background afterwards!
(i can testify about that!)

About Drawing Gum: it takes away your lineart if you put some on it, and it can destroy your paper if you leave it too long; so remember to take it as soon as whatever your painted around is dry!

:icongourdhead1997: gourdhead1997
Feel free to let the watercolor do what it wants to do. You get the best effects this way. You will learn with experience how to maintain some control over this phenomenon but hey, that's why watercolor is popular.

:iconnnicc: nnicc
Maybe my advice is a little obvious, but I think that be careful about preservation of white is the most important.

:icontipi: Tipi
two words - DON'T HESITATE! :wave:

:iconstaatsf: staatsf
the less you do the better it looks.

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