Journal Entry: Sun Oct 8, 2006, 4:54 PM
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Welcome to the main listing of our AquaTips feature. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. If you have a question about watercolor, submit the question to tips and we'll have the community answer. 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:

Featured AquaTip

AquaTips - dA Watercolor Tutorials
AquaTips - Internet Watercolor Resources

AquaTips - Masking Fluid by p-e-a-k
AquaTips - Watercolor & Pen Sample by analog77
AquaTips - Transfer drawings to watercolour paper by p-e-a-k
AquaTips - Wavy Watercolor Paper by KelliRoos
Community AquaTips - Stretching Watercolor Paper
Community AquaTips - Salt
Community AquaTips - Watercolor Stories
Community AquaTips - Textures
AquaTips - Colored Pencils & Sandpaper by BibianaX
AquaTips - Mixing Black by bobby297uk
AquaTips - Mixing Flesh Tones by bobby297uk
AquaTips - Too Much Pencil on Final Painting by Magali-Mebsout
Community AquaTips - Preserving your work
Community AquaTips - Travel Case - Sell art
Community AquaTips - Gum Arabic
Community AquaTips - Painting in different surfaces
Community AquaTips - Taking care of your kit
Community AquaTips - Converting your paint into a digital format
Community AquaTips - Fixing mistakes

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dutch0927 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I tried a different concept recently and it worked great.  I took two complementary colors, red and green, and made a palette of mixtures of those two colors.  I put the red paint some distance from the green on my palette.  About midway between the two bubbles of paint, I put another bubble with equal parts red and green (sort of brown).  Next to the equal color bubble, but immediately on the red side, I put two dips of red with one dip of green paint.  I did not allow the bubbles to mix.  I continued to move toward the red with three dips of red and only one dip of green.  I continued toward the red bubble, increasing the red by one dip  until i reached the red bubble.  Then, I started toward the green bubble with two dips of green and one dip of red, then three green to one red, and on until I reached the green bubble.  This created a range of colors using only two basic colors.  I then painted a scene using only the colors I created.  What a nice exercise...and it will work with any two complementary colors.  If one has never tried using a limited palette, this is a good exercise.
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015   General Artist
were you able to put that exercise in your :dalove: :gallery:?
If yes, and if it has the description you've outlined in this comment,
send it along and we'll put it in our techniques folder
for everyone to see. :boogie:
SparkleFairyMangoFsh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't have any "good" watercolor kits yet, but I'm looking to buy one. The problem there, I'm broke. For now though, I had a few, tricks I wanted to try out, and was wondering if anyone here might be able to help me make them work better?
I have a poor Crayola set I got from school, and a no-name brand with extremely dull colors that's over 10 years old. I have a varity of watercolor pencils, and am learning and practicing spreading the colors, but I want a way to use more paint-like colors as well.

A teacher of mine in the past had once made a comment along the lines of using PrismaColor chalk-pastels in a similar way to watercolor pencils. Since I have a set, would I be able to crush up some bits of pastel and use them to make "watercolors" of a sort?

Also, what would you recommend I use as a make-shift mixing pallet? I'm currently working on scrubbing out some old ones. They're dry, but I want to see the color I'm working with, and sometime the hues seep out into the paints I'm trying to work with.

any and all ideas/suggestions are welcome ;-;
SparkleFairyMangoFsh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
sorry for the extra commas;; I forgot to remove them when editing the text....
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Just bought my first watercolors kit, a bery basic and cheap one, its caked, but there isa tube of zinc white, is this for touching up mistakes?
abasss Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
No, is for mixing with the other colours. I use it to tone down the brightness in my mixes.
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh, okay, thank you kindly for replying!
Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Gatorboard.. A foamcore like board for stretching watercolors.. Is it worth it? I just did two massive watercolors and destroyed them BOTH because the gummed tape wouldnt come off the masonite and also old gummed tape remnants stuck to the back of the paintings.. this is sad because I've been painting this way for years but cannot afford to loose paintings like this.. I loos paintings I loose $$. :( Any info will help. Is there a better way to stretch paper than gummed tape?
Armypete Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I staple mine, my first art teacher (Years ago) had me get a normal (Cheep) piece of wood and then staple the paper onto it. it leaves holes around the edges but i am not a edge to edge painter.
CourtNouveau Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey guys, not sure if this is relevant- but what I want to know is how to sell art. Are there licenses to register for? How do you report it on taxes? What are the legalities? How do you keep receipts? Or, if the art income is under a certain amount, can you proceed informally?
I would love to know more about the professional side of selling my own work, on a small scale, and since my mother is an accountant I'd like to do it as correctly as possible. I think this could be a great and far-ranging tutorial!
Zzombieluv Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I just learned that you can make gouache by taking a some white tempura and mixing it with watercolor.

But I'm not sure what the benefits of gouache are, or how it relates to watercolor. Why would someone use it in watercolor? What good is it?

I've searched the internet and I could only find out how to use it, rather than why.
lyraleperformer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Gouache is used more for flat colours/paintings. I have a friend who works in gouache a lot for posters and illustrations and it works well for that sort of thing. It's a tiny bit thicker than watercolour, but is still water-soluble.
Zzombieluv Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! :P I use it a lot now, actually. it is very useful.
bobby297uk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hope these are of some help to others in community
waterhealing Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsome ,,they are really good ,,i was looking for them for monthes!!!
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey! :D

These are great tips, unfortunately, I don't think they will be noticed here. I can see the skin tone one being really valuable, would you like me to post that as an AquaTip blog?

I really appreciate your previous one, :thanks: it is exciting to see such great replies.
bobby297uk Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if u say flesh tones help the add that one
bobby297uk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flesh tone mixtures

1. Titanium white or gouache white
2. Cadmium red light
3. Cadmium yellow medium
4. Yellow ochre
5. Burnt sienna
6. Burnt umber
7. Ultra marine blue

light flesh tone
Medium Flesh tones
Dark flesh tones

Darker tones add touch Payners Grey or Burnt Umber
bobby297uk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
By adding a little black to yellows = Greens and Khakis

Ready made greens add to Yellows = Different greens

Ready made greens added to Blues = Different greens
lyraleperformer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
this is a great tip. Especially the black to yellows.
bobby297uk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grey for skies

cobalt blue or ultra marine blue with either burnt sienna or red (rose)
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