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How much water do you like in your watercolor? Share your tips for working with water, the very root of our main painting medium. 

142 deviants said Just balanced with paint
117 deviants said Definitely a lot, but to still control the flow
41 deviants said Not much, I prefer more opaque style
20 deviants said Gallons!

Devious Comments

peet Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
As others say, so many variables!
k8lag Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I usually start a watercolor painting very wet and use less water the further i get on the painting.
Lanevska Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not too much water, my style is very controlled. I add white gouache for better control. Still it depends.... Sometimes I let the color flow and add plenty of water, it depends on what you are painting. 
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
depends lol
kios18 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It is completely depend upon subject and painting style. Watercolor painting is combination of water with certain amount of colors but the surface means paper and perfect time to take particular action is also very important. One should know how much water mix with color to get the result, enough wetness of paper and reaction of water on the paper as well as on color .... It's a play :)

Usually I use more water in the beginning then the amount of color pigments increased step by step. 
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016   General Artist
I totally agree with everyone who said it depends - however I remember how my style evolved as I grew more confident with use of water. As a beginning watercolorist I used so little water it was hardly a "water"color because I was too afraid of losing control over my painting. I couldn't paint with natural fur brushes as they were too absorbing for my style. I'm using 250g paper often, but once I've learned to use natural brushes it turns out this gramature is too low for very wet style. Only papers of 300g and above are able to handle this much water as a red sable brush brings to the surface. I guess learning to use more water is an important step to grow as a watercolorist.

Now I prefer my works balanced - I'm not the wild wet (:D) watercolorist, more the planned and careful one, but I'm happy to have evolved from more opaque one. 
lu--24 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends a lot on the part of the painting. Backgrounds and non definite parts need lots of water, while figures and detail need to be more dry. And also it changes if the feeling of the painting needs to be more washed up and foggy or bright and definite. And to obtain certain textures (barks, water, clothes) the amount of water is crucial. So, basically, I have no rules ^^
AriaFawn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It completely depends on the stage of the painting.  Quite a bit of water at first, down to near dry brushing at times and then a fluid ink consistency on a barely damp brush for the majority of the detailing.  :blackrose:
Dancing-Miriam Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2016  Student Artist
the only response I can relate to . _. :heart:
wateradept8 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Student General Artist
its so hard to commit to those darks early on. I always feel the need to build it up, though I'm trying to gain confidence.
roxya1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I use a varying amount of water. I'm not sure how one would paint using a consistent amount through the painting, unless you have zillions of colors of paint.
orselis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
To say I use a lot of water is an understatement ^_^ I actually "paint" with water and then introduce paints. Layer by layer I use less water but it's still a lot. I use cotton paper, 300gsm and don't stretch. Also I paint on wood panels that I prep with Qor cold pressed watercolor ground.
designer356 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016
Lot of water for base. As I progress, I make it more and more like oil painting. n _ n
Sacha-Nievsky Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess for me it just depends on the kind of painting I want to create... When I do cutesy little anime girls I tend to use less water, but when I go for watercolour portraits or landscape, I feel like more water give a more ethereal effect, which I love about this medium :)
GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
I use a lot. I tend to build up many layers.
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