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How long have you been painting with watercolors? 

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82 deviants said More than 10 years
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68 deviants said 5 to 10 years
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63 deviants said 1 to 3 years
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42 deviants said 3 to 5 years
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35 deviants said More than 20 years
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32 deviants said Less than 1 year
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8 deviants said I don't paint, but I like to see watercolor art :blush:
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2 deviants said Do you remember how it all started? Can you still remember the first time you used watercolors and what you have painted with them? If so, please share your story in the comments down bellow.
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1 deviant said I haven't painted with watercolor yet, but I want to try them. =D

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EverIris Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I took watercolor in catholic college from a nun who taught us to stretch paper and set up a W&N pallete and I did well, then I didn't paint with WC for 10 years. I started again but didn't paint correctly, I used it opaquely like acrylic... not with a lot of water. Now I'm going back to basics and painting wet on wet and using washes.. it's a process and I'm not sure I'm succeeding but I'm having fun (and going through a lot of WC paper). :)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2018   Traditional Artist
That's an interesting story that not many can tell. :P
But after all nuns/priests were always the teachers...since ice age. :giggle:

Thank you for sharing your story. :blowkiss:
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The-Mistress-of-Time Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been doing watercolor for...2 years now? I started by using it to do my backgrounds on my marker art! I only really started using it as a coloring medium for characters when I couldn't achieve the right color on Zolo's (from One Piece) hair! C: From then on...history!!!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
Cool beginning :P
I haven't tried the markers...but when I was into manga I soooo wanted to...but it was too expensive.

Now I love my watercolors =D
Thank you for the comment :la:
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The-Mistress-of-Time Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Markers are expensive! That's why I've almost completely moved over to watercolors! So much more affordable, plus you can mix just the color you want!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
Exactly...you can even start with some basics (3 to 5 colors).
And not to forget the blending and mixing...it's so wonderful to see watercolors spread on the paper...only when they go where they are not supposed to, then it's not fun. :B
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The-Mistress-of-Time Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha yeah. They can be a bit squirrely. I just use very little water, sort of concentrating it, and then I don't have any trouble!
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Loricsen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist
I started to paint with watercolors a long ago, but less than a year ago. I love Japan and anime and manga and so I decided to try painting in that style using watercolors. Then I discovered an artist called Mateusz Urbanowicz and I got something like the Illumination XD! I decided I wanted to become like him and I'm still working. My first painting was a little Japanese traditional store, of which I painted a new version, which is on my profile.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
It's good to have inspirations and artists to admire and aspire =D
It will keep you motivated and wanting to learn more and more.
Just keep on painting and you will see how much you improve :nod:
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ro5ert Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
About 6 months ago. I had been watching some amazing lessons on watercolors by Stan Miller, and when he introduced a portrait I finally had to give it a go! I started painting following his "lesson 16" but, after realizing that my one small brush and experience would not fit Stan's style or pace, I simply took a screenshot of the original B&W photo and continued on my own (learning watercolors with a Portrait).
Since then I've been playing around with watercolor paper, some gelatine homebrew and stretching (my eco-friendly contraption now being tested), and the result should be ready soon : )
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
Great! Welcome to the dark side =D
Once you try watercolor, there's no turning back :P
It's a nice addiction to have...let's see what you will create :plotting:
And don't forget to submit to our gallery ;)
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't remember exactly, but I probably started using them sometime in elementary school. This is the earliest piece in my gallery though:

Fern Green by driftwoodwolf

It's so painful to look at :'D
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
No, it's great...some would wish they could painting something like this after they have been using watercolors for 10 years.
Thank you for sharing it ;)
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driftwoodwolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
aww you flatter me :'D
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018   Traditional Artist
:flirty:
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666slash-dragon666 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
the first time I painted with watercolors was in either sophomore or freshman year and my teacher had these watercolor pencils and I decided to use them and rather liked the way my project turned out. after which I started experimenting more with watercolor,especially liquid watercolor paint and just kind became part of my style
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Watercolor pencil are great too...I had them many years ago and now got them again as a gift and it's very interesting when you use them. It's not like regular watercolors. =D
Thank you for the comment. :la:
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018
Started earlier this year! My amazing cousin who does watercolours brought her paints set and paper pad over for me to try when she came to visit in February. It was love at first sight and I can't believe I wasted all these years having not tried it before. (So thankful to her!) I think I always thought it would be too hard, but I've found it to be a very forgiving medium that encourages playing with ideas and colours and still allows freedom for corrections.
This is the piece I did that day (and obviously my first attempt): 
Snowy Tiger by toedeledoki
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:iconloricsen:
Loricsen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist
WOW! That's so wonderful! If my first watercolor painting was like this, I would have been the proudest person on earth!!!!
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
Awh! Thanks so much! While it was my first watercolour, I have been drawing and painting in other mediums for years, so it really was just getting to play around with the paper texture and water solubility of watercolour paints that was novel :) Still, I too was pretty darn ecstatic over the result!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Liar! You gotta be kidding meDepressed ...THAT's your first watercolor?! *so jealous* Onionhead cry - Onion head 
OMG...what will you even achieve after 5 or 10 years :faint:
Thank you for sharing your story :hug:
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:icontoedeledoki:
toedeledoki Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018
Hahaha, thanks! :heart: I was super happy with it too. But it did help a lot that I'd done Chinese Ink painting for a year and half at that point and it's similar in some ways :D

I sure hope to get a lot better though! There's so many amazing artists to admire in this group. It's been great getting to follow so many different water colourists and seeing how I might adopt different styles and aesthetics in my own works. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018   Traditional Artist
That's what a group is for...not only to share your own art, but to get to see lots of artworks from others. =D
Keep up the good work ;)
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ZeldaGeek401 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess I started using watercolors way back in elementary school during art classes. Those were some good times. :) 
I unfortunately don't remember what my first watercolor project was, but I'm certain it was something I had to make for class.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
The story of our lifetime...when you had to use that weird looking pan set of some colors and didn't even know they were watercolors :giggle: We just all painted with them and didn't care how you're supposed to use them. ;)
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krazysidhestudios Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do not remember what the first image was, but I do remember and actually still have the first good set I was given. I have used watercolors off and on again, for a long while now. The first set was a gift from my grandmother, who loved doing watercolor portraits.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Great, what a gift to receive! :happybounce:
Watercolors are timeless and can be old as much as possible, you just add a little bit of water and you are good to go ;)
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krazysidhestudios Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. :)
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jeskohh Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I started short after I discovered Agnes Cecile in spring 2014 (or was it 2013?). I saw her art and only thought: "I want to be able to paint like her."
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Sometimes seeing an art piece or an artist's artworks in general triggers in us to aspire to be able to do this also. That's many times the motivation for me, when I see how someone paints the eyes or hair...it pushes me to learn and get better. =D
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krukof2 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2018  Professional
More than the max X2 :faint: for water&colors because I use a lot of medium with water as the watercolorists technics  since .... a very long time... or more  :D
 
but "real" watercolor / aquarelle .... more than 20 years.
The first time to create a "carnet de voyage" . Drawings with colors, during a trip in Bretagne , France. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
In other words...since stone age :P
Watercolors are a wonderful art media. You can never get bored of it. :happybounce:
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FreeSpirit29 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been painting in watercolour since i was a little kid. I love watercolours and i am trying out some new tricks with it like blushing.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Blushing :dummy: what's that? I want to know more :wow:
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FreeSpirit29 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's when you wet the paper and then add a little bit of water colour and let it lightly colour the page. You can do two or more colours together and let them mix on there own. It is very soft and light. Makes a good starting point for any waterclour painting.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
Now I get it =D...I do it sometimes too...for the background, but the scanner hates it...those light colors and transitions never look good.
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GeorgieDeeArt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
One of my first watercolour paintings, experimenting back in high school...
Wyvern by GeorgieDeeArt
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
It's more like a design piece =D one of those modern ones.
We all started from humble beginnings...I don't even remember what I did...probably an abstract thing :giggle:
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Tales-of-Torment Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My first time painting with watercolors actually happened after I tried painting with tea.nervous neko emoji 
An artist I follow here (Herio13) did paintings with tea and coffee and I liked those, so I gave it a shot.
I showed it to my art professor at the time and he suggested I tried watercolors because they functioned similarly and wouldn't fade like tea. cat ghost emoji He gave me a Grumbacher watercolor pan and I tried 'em out.
It really clicked with me and it's been my favorite medium ever since.cat lovey dance emoji 
I probably did a few little crummy studies, but this is one of the first things I ever painted in watercolor:
Winter Spirit by Tales-of-Torment
(pretty sure it's ended up in the trash) Bunny Emoji-73 (Wondering) [V4] 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
What?! An art teacher who was smart enough to introduce you to watercolor. There's still hope :happycry:
I did color the paper with tea once, it's great. Just that coffee thing didn't worked out...I would have to use the instant one, but I only had the grinded coffee...so I got loooots of little coffee dots on my painting :giggle:
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Tales-of-Torment Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, yeah he's a splendid artist too! :squee: Paints lots of birds, plants, and salamanders. :D
It's a shame he doesn't have any of his work online to view because it's amazing!
Yeah, they definitely look cool, but it's crummy they fade so quickly :saddummy:
Not gonna lie tho, I've totally gotten drips of coffee on my art just from me being clumsy ^^;
I guess in that case it's a pretty good thing coffee fades fast :lmao:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
It's all part of art :P coffee, ink, watercolor...it's called being in the moment of creation =D
We are artists...we can get away with those "lies" :P
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IvieMoon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018   Traditional Artist
I've been painting with watercolors since 2005, though my first exposure came as a kid - my school art class had those cheap little oval watercolor paints you find in every school around the world. I hated them, the yellow was always dirty and the paints would never cooperate with me.

I'm fortunate that my mother is an artist so I grew up living and breathing art. I've used a lot of different mediums but could never find the "perfect" one. When I first started college I took a batik (fabric art) class from a great teacher, and I enjoyed it a lot. Several years later the same teacher was offering a watercolor class, and I thought, why not? Though I'd dabbled with acrylic paints in the past I was looking for something different, and gave watercolor a go.

Talk about a life-changing decision! I fell in love with watercolors immediately, and never had trouble adjusting to having to paint "backwards" like many of my acrylic and oil-using classmates. Here is the first painting I ever did for my first class assignment:
One by IvieMoon

Though there have been times in the last thirteen years where I wasn't able to paint as much as I'd like, I always come back to watercolors. :heart:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
Now I'm starting to get jealous...you all have such lovely mums (+artists). Ok, mine is wonderful too :flirty: just isn't an artists :blush:

Wow :wow: you even have your first watercolor painting. I don't even know what I did o.O
And yes I had that school oval watercolor set too :nod: 
I still want to master acrylic more...just haven't had time. And I even bought a retarder and gloss finish :cries: and sets of canvases. :shakefist:
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IvieMoon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
A good mom is worth her weight in gold :nod:

It's so dry and arid where I live that often my paper and my puddles of color will dry up in my palette while I'm still painting. Frustrating for sure, but I've gotten used to it and it's just a part of how I paint now (and why my backgrounds are always blotchy, haha). But I am lucky that I can always re-wet everything and give it another go. If I tried to do any serious painting with acrylics I would end up with so many ruined, dried-up brushes. I still dabble now and then though (metallic paints Rainbow Heart [Free to use] !!!) and it is fun. I know you'll get a chance to use yours and blow us all away! :)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018   Traditional Artist
Those are my only one acrylic paintings on canvas.
Before I did some on regular paper :P
You better not look at the dates XD
Swimming Rocks by TokyoMoonlight   Pikapolonica by TokyoMoonlight  
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ebjeebies Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I've only been painting with watercolor for a cumulative total of probably four or five years.  I first tried them as a kid (I think I was probably five or six), when I got into my mom's art supplies and used her Windsor & Newton tube paints, which she was not super happy about.  But, rather than insisting I use the Crayola pan sets we already had, she bought me a set of Cotman tubes and a few squirrel hair brushes.  I used those paints off and on growing up, but was often more involved with drawing media like charcoal and pastels.  I experimented with a lot of different media in college before coming back to watercolor and doing my senior thesis project in ink and watercolor. 

After I graduated with my BFA, I got burnt-out on art in general and didn't really draw or paint much for a few years.  I started coaxing myself back into art, making fan art, some watercolor, a lot of sketches, some digital media.  I really only settled regularly into watercolor about two years ago, after deciding it was a great medium for someone who worked a full-time job like I do, because it involves so little prep and clean up.  Besides that though, I love the way watercolor likes to paint itself, and kind of do its own thing; I've learned to work with and manipulate that tendency well enough now that when I try other media, I feel like I have to put so much more effort into it because it doesn't have a mind of its own!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2018   Traditional Artist
What a great story to read :wow:
Your mum was smart and so nice to buy you actual watercolor supplies...not that children, cheap versions :giggle:
For some time I also got uninspired to create something and needed some art time-off =D
I like watercolor because it's translucent, light. I also like silk painting (but haven't done it in years :faint: )
And I like the quality of watercolors being clean also. That's something I got to appreciate, when I tried out soft pastels...what a mess :B They look beautiful as a finished drawing, but using them...oh my...I was like a piggy. pig in a blanket and everything around me...

Thank you for the comment :blowkiss:
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ebjeebies Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you!  Yes, my mom was and continues to be great with facilitating my art! These days, she sends me links to shows she thinks I might want to submit to. :)

Silk painting is awesome!  I have only done it once and would love to try it again!

Back in college, I did a piece in chalk pastel that was 4 feet by 6 feet.  My dorm mates were adamant that I was not allowed to draw in our common room again--I had to keep it all in the studio!  Pretty sure we were still getting pastel dust out of the carpet at the end of the year... Oops. >.>
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018   Traditional Artist
:rofl: I just have that image in my mind and their look.
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