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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 19, 2009, 10:18 PM
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The goal of our group watercolorists is to provide resources pertaining to the creation of art with water-soluble media, using translucent, painterly, watercolor-like techniques and to display those works for the benefit and enjoyment of our members.

You may submit one image once a day to our Members Submissions folder.  Upon acceptance your submission will be assigned to the appropriate gallery folder by a moderator.

 Submission Rules - why are submissions accepted or rejected

:bulletgreen: Paintings created with water-soluble media such as watercolor, concentrated watercolor ink, acuarela, liquid watercolor, transparent ink, India ink, Ecoline, coffee, tea, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, acrylic washes and gouache are welcome.  If your image has none of these materials, your submission cannot be accepted.

:bulletgreen:  All deviations must include the media (paint, ink, pencils, etc) used to create the image in the description of the work.  Submissions without this information cannot be accepted.

:bulletgreen: Works must be made in a painterly manner. If you use any acceptable media and apply them in a dry, drawing, or opaque  manner, your submission cannot be accepted.

:bulletgreen: Finished paintings only. No in-progress works or unfinished sketches can be accepted.  

:bulletgreen: We accept tasteful nudity and other tasteful forms of mature content as long as the submission acknowledges DeviantArt nudity policy.
FAQ #23: What are DeviantArt policies on nudity?
FAQ #565: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic imagery'; what do you consider this to be?

:bulletgreen: Images with offensive subject matter may be declined at the discretion of administrators.

:bulletgreen:  Paintings must be presented properly. If the submission is photographed or scanned crooked, notebook wires visible, too dark, blurry, and so on, the submission cannot be accepted.
 
Here are some references should you use a camera to scan your work Scanning With A Camera 2 by Cmac13 and Scanning With A Camera 1 by Cmac13

:bulletgreen:  No digital interference to the artwork is allowed, apart from adjusting brightness/ contrast, watermark, cropping the scan or photograph etc. Works with digitally added content cannot be accepted.
(Exceptions could be made if the digital part is not a part of overall composition and does not obscure the watercolor part of the artwork.)


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Why my artwork is still waiting for approval?

Even though we have over 9,000 members, we work very hard to have all submissions reviewed within twenty four hours of your submitting them.  

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:iconlillendandie:
Lillendandie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Good thing I always list my media. I do not always list the specific paint in my palette but I will do that for anyone who is curious. :D
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018   Traditional Artist
We (the group & viewers) just like to know which art media was used to create the painting...was it watercolor, ink, watercolor pencils, maybe coffee :plotting:
So a simple "watercolor" or "watercolor painting" is perfect =D
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:iconlillendandie:
Lillendandie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Okay. Thank you. :D
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:iconhititle:
hititle Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
which folder should I submit to?
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:iconhititle:
hititle Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah nothing I just found it. sorry for stupid question haha
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:iconthe-emmeranne:
The-Emmeranne Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist
I have a question about the rule "All deviations must include the media", the media used should be on description or image? 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017   General Artist
It is stated in the very same sentence :B
All deviations must include the media (paint, ink, pencils, etc) used to create the image in the description of the work.
Hope that explains!
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:iconthe-emmeranne:
The-Emmeranne Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist
OMG I haven't paid sufficient attention and confused everything, sorry!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017   General Artist
No worries, glad it's clear now :aww:
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:iconinky-shade:
Inky-Shade Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh, will have to leave then. A pity, this group seemed like fun.
Yet I don't use that much water for my painting and prefer rather dry techniques and add shiny effects with PS.

Example:
Facing the Woods


Well, the 5 seconds here were nice.
Have a nice day, folks :heart:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016   General Artist
We're glad that you liked the 5 seconds here :) (And that you actually read the rules :heart:)
A lot of your works would be acceptable for our group, but it's your decision. 
Have an excellent day too and hope your works will find their place anyway :hug:
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:iconinky-shade:
Inky-Shade Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thanks C:
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:icon1bookfish:
1bookfish Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there!
I just wanted to ask if something like this could be accepted if I added the materials used into the description? 

... It's Irresistible

It IS under a mature filter, but the main reason that it is is because it may be triggering for people who have dealt with self harm or abuse, so out of courtesy I made sure people could view it only if they're comfortable with it
Well, that, and the subject in the picture is naked, though it is not in any sexual way whatsoever; it is simply both to show the physical wounds the subject has, and is a symbol of the vulnerability of the subject is feeling
I wasn't sure of the group's stance of artwork under a mature filter, so I figured I should explain beforehand, because I've had issues with this work with other groups who don't accept anything under a mature filter, or that wish for mature works to be submitted into a specific folder

Another thing I would be worried about would be the presentation. I don't exactly have many good places in my house to take a quality photo ^^; so I have this, and I completely understand if the presentation is unacceptable ^^

The last thing I'd be worried about is a tangent off the whole issue with it being under a mature filter, which would be if any admins might find any work with this kind of content offensive. If so, I'll certainly keep that in mind when submitting to this group! 

I'm sorry for writing such a rambly comment about something so specific |D I just really don't want to make anyone upset by submitting something without fully understanding what's acceptable and what's not, so I thought I should ask by using an example ;v;
Thank you for writing out this FAQ and submission guidelines journal! And thank you for taking the time to read this, if you get the chance :P 
I hope you have a wonderful day <3 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner May 31, 2016   General Artist
Hi! :wave: 
We appreciate your consideration about eligibility to submit your work to our group, it's very thoughtful of you! :hug:

About topic of the artwork itself, we have no strict mature content censorship, and we allow tasteful nudity. Personally I don't think self-harm is offensive matter, it's an important issue many people struggle with and artists shouldn't sweep it under the carpet. Your artwork in particular pictures self-harm in pretty delicate way, so I see no problem.

About presentation, it should definitely be improved. Look for a good source of light, best would be daylight on a bright day (not direct sunlight but a day without clouds) and try to take a picture with tripod. Anything could be a tripod, even a pile of books :) Then crop the surroundings and adjust brightness and contrast. I keep my fingers crossed!

Thank you for your consideration, thanks to your question I realized we might need a point in rules clarifying our approach to mature content. :D
Have a great day too! :heart:
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:icon1bookfish:
1bookfish Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for responding so promptly! Your advice is very helpful ^^ 
I'll certainly see if I can improve the presentation in any way! Thank you for the tips on how to do that, I'll definitely keep them in mind! <3 
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:iconxxsensi:
xxsensi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
I wanted to ask if a mixed technique (watercolour and pastels) is allowed?
xxsensi.deviantart.com/art/A-W… that's the painting but I'm not sure if I should try to submit it >__<'
sorry for bothering!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015   General Artist
Thanks for the question, it's not a bother at all! :aww:
Our main determinant when it comes to watercolor + mixed painting technique is translucency/ opacity of the artwork, also whether watercolor is major medium (more than 50% of the painting) or minor accent. That's usually hard to decide and each case is solved individually. If you can say about your artwork that it's more watercolor than pastels, there's pretty high chance it gets through :) all moderators have different reasons and we usually discuss such artworks before deciding if we should accept or not, so it depends on whole crew's opinions. 
Even if this one doesn't make it, we hope to see new watercolor works from you! :heart:
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:iconxxsensi:
xxsensi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
thank you!
I'll give it a try then :)
have a nice day!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015   General Artist
Thanks, have a nice day too :)
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:iconsahasa:
Sahasa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Is a dry brush watercolor technique also acceptable?
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015   General Artist
It depends upon how opaque it is - can you give me a link to an example of the work in question?
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:iconsahasa:
Sahasa Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Of course. Thank you for considering. Dry brushing has been used partially:
Week 02 - Weekly Watercolor - by Sahasa
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015   General Artist
Thanks for the question - and the example :boogie:

I've sent the image in a note to the moderators of watercolorists to be sure they agree with me that it's very acceptable for our group - I'll give you more insights as soon as I have some :highfive:
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:iconsahasa:
Sahasa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
I've got your note! Thanks :heart:
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:iconluisarosati:
LuisaRosati Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If the description of the piece is mainly written in a foreign language, would it be enough for me to add a line in English where I list the media I used?
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   General Artist
yes - that would be just fine - thanks
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:iconluisarosati:
LuisaRosati Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for replying :)
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:iconjackmcslay:
jackmcslay Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
If I dillute acrylics in water, does that count? What about inkwash?
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   General Artist
yep - both are okay as long as the media is applied in a translucent rather than opaque manner :nod:
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:icontheaceofwands:
TheAceOfWands Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see that the group accepts other tools besides watercolors, so I got a question.
What about nankin? I got some works done with water diluted nankin.

Like this one theaceofwands.deviantart.com/a…

Would a work like that be accepted?
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014   General Artist
The example you site is a bit opaque for our group :tears:

I can't find namkin anywhere on the internet :no:
will you link me to a site that explains the properties of the
media better?  many thanks
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:icontheaceofwands:
TheAceOfWands Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its the same nankin as the pens, but we use the paint with a brush and use colored nankin, besides the black, with water. Like a watercolor.
I learned the technique in art class, and I call it for what my teacher calls it :b

But I'm starting to think that maybe my teacher don't know the actual name and call "nankin painting" because we paint with nankin :b

Looking for something to show you, I found some videos on youtube, but only with titles in portuguese, with oriental painting techniques. I believe, because of it, that maybe you call it for something else.

And I would like, if not bothers, an example of a good material to submit in the group (: 

Thanks for answering (: 
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   General Artist
nosso grupo exibe imagens que são criados com a mídia, como aquarela quando a tinta é aplicada de uma forma transparente, não podemos aceitar imagens que são opacos na natureza
vá em frente e dar uma olhada em nossa galeria para ver o typle de imagens
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:icontheaceofwands:
TheAceOfWands Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, acho que agor eu me explico melhor :D

A técnica chama "nankin aguado", dei uma olhada e tem bastante coisa na net
tipo:

a-winter-garden.blogspot.com.b…

www.dracco.com.br/blog/2011/03…

Verei a galeria, obrigada :)
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   General Artist
obrigado pelo link

se você usar tinta acrílica a imagem acabada muct ser translúcido e não opaco
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:iconseth-ravenclaw:
seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so if i made a painting with ink and watercolor and i applied the ink with a nib pen, would it be accepted? o.o just to be sure ^^;
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   General Artist
if you link me to the image you're speaking of  i'll be able to tell you more about how it does or does not comply with our standards :nod:

many thanks Cmac13
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:iconseth-ravenclaw:
seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fav.me/d76gode
here i used only watercolor and ink and pencil for the sketching of course >w<'
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014   General Artist
this one would be accepted :nod:
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:iconseth-ravenclaw:
seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah ^^ ok ty x3
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:iconmomokamisama:
momokamisama Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Hi, excuse me if this question was already answered somewhere in the group, but just making sure.. is there a limit to how many works we can submit to the group within a day/week/month? Thanks!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   General Artist
one submission every seven days :nod:
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:iconhennatree:
HennaTree Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Read and understood :)
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:iconcrimzonlogic:
CrimzonLogic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I've been blending watercolor with acrylic paint, and painting with acrylics over dried watercolor paint. Can I submit mixed media paintings like these?
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   General Artist
it depends upon the opacity of the final project :nod:

if you apply the paint in watercolor washes - yes, if you apply it as an opaque medium, then no -

why not submit one and we'll see what you have - sound okay?
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:iconcrimzonlogic:
CrimzonLogic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I use both washes and some opaque lines/marks to add back details that I accidentally cover. In these paintings, i used some white acrylic to add some highlights to the paintings, but other than the white acrylic they are all watercolor.  crimzonlogic.deviantart.com/ar… crimzonlogic.deviantart.com/ar…
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014   General Artist
yes - that image would be accepted into our :gallery:
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:iconoinkwarrior:
oinkwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, thank you! it really helps leading us to the right guideline! o w o 
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:iconpaperanddust:
PaperandDust Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is really helpful. Thanks!
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:iconl-yggdrall:
L-yggdrall Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
ok :)
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