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Watercoloring tips by dodostad Watercoloring tips by dodostad
Sorry this took so long! I hope this is any help haha.
There are probably gazillion typos, I'm pretty tired :'D

Here's a step-by-step watercolor by me:[link]

Guestion about color wash:
"If you put watercolor under running water wouldn't the rest of the colors wash away?"
A:
Nope, the paper absorbs color so it won't become "like new". It depends on how dry the paint is though – wet paint will fade away more than one that has dried(dried watercolors won't even budge sometimes). You should try it out to see how it works! It's hard to explain without a camera so I could do before and after shots. It also depens on what kind of paper you use and how thickly you applied the paint.

Additional tips:
-scrunched paper/plastic wrap on wet colors=cool texture!
Example: [link]

-logically there's also DRY BRUSH ON WET PAPER. The end result is similar to wet-to-wet, but the colors won't spread as far.

-if you blow air on wet colors you can make some interesting splatters.

-using rock salt makes bigger texture!
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thetruthisunlucky Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial!!  Thank you!  
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Lady-Pandora-808 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   General Artist
I love your tutorial!Its very thorough and easy to understand.I love the examples  too.I cant wait to try all these out!
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
These are really great tips explained very nicely. :w00t: I'll be sure to keep them in mind. :D
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Dreammaster-Loki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've found that using rubber cement instead of masking fluid is also effective ;)
It resists water all the same, but it's a lot thicker so the downside is it is hard to work on a small scale with the stuff.
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CelticKawaii Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for this. Just what I needed!
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Raakelh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Perin mielenkiintoista kyllä.........
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Drekalder Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice tips. Not too long, and easy to understand. :)
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itraenk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thanks for the note, this is exactly what I needed :)
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SsnakeBites Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for these great ideas, I'm always experimenting with watercolours and it's always nice to find other great ideas to create different textures and such. I'm looking forward to trying these out, especially the salt, the masking fluid and the colour wash ^^
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dodostad Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
You're welcome, it's nice to hear these tips are any help!
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SsnakeBites Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student General Artist
=D
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Cyrkael Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great ! =)
Nice to see that someone else had the idea to "color wash", as you say =) Though, I don't have the time to try at the moment -_-
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PeachyLatte Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student General Artist
There's also the fish-eye technique. With either Acetone or Alcohol.
It makes this circle that looks like a fish-eye. ^-^
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UmmuVonNadia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you. this will help me with water colour
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ApatheticInsanity Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Makes me want to break out my watercolors again! I'll certainly be using some of these. :)
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Anamia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Very nice tutorial.
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ColbyBluth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Some nice pointers. :)
If you're too impatient to wait for your layers to dry, you should use a hairdryer.
Do you stretch your watercolor paper first?
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dodostad Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
I'm too lazy to go pick up the hair dryer! Naah, it's just the way I work, blending stuff together.
I do sometimes, very rarely when I have some specific outcome in mind. But as I said at the top, I almost never plan ahead. I might want to crumple the paper etc and I like to work quickly C:
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orugosa Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Awesome Thanks <3
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Hippy-Hobbit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
very useful tips, thanks :)
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dodostad Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
that's good to hear, thanks!
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mercuryspeach Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Writer
this is a really great tutorial. I've always had trouble with paint, i think this'll help, especially since you added extra materials and their effects. C:
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dodostad Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Nice to hear you found it helpful! :3
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Velurno Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
i possessed no knowledge of the goauche painting, how differently from watercolor does it work?

by the way, very nice tips (: I'd have loved to know them when starting using watercolors

have you ever tried applying acetone [that thing commonly used to remove nail polish, i don't know how it's said on English] with a Q tip on wet paint? it does a cool bubble like texture o:
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dodostad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Think of gouache as a thick watercolor. Because that's what it is, really. I usually only use the white myself, but it's easier to create brighter, more vibrant colors with other gouaches!

Nah I haven't, my watercolor works are usually very thick and dry and I don't really bother with much texturing :'D (plus I never have nailpolish remover) haha. Seems interesting though!
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Velurno Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
haha thanks for the tip anyway (:
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NAN-EE Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
OMIGAWD YES.
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dodostad Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
:flirty:
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Emruki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I'll have to try out the gouache and color wash methods! Watercolors are so fun because there's lot to explore... It's an intellectual medium. xD
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dodostad Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Do try them out, it's pretty fun :3
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PetiteIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
I cant wait too use this on my new watercolour set !
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solfieri Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is extremely invaluable, thanks a lot for posting! =D
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
No problem :3 Glad to hear it's any help!
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quidditch-chick Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've always had some issues with watercolor, this makes me want to try them again! <3 (And by the way, your watercolors are gorgeous.)
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
That's good to hear, and thank you!
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wucheydi Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
This is great! Thanks for posting :3
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Thanks and no problem!
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Seophiee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Wow, nice tips, thx! btw, what program do you use?
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Well, this whole tutorial is about traditional painting. I might do some adjustments to the colors afterwards on photoshop, but everything else is handmade :)
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Seophiee Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
oh wow... that makes your art so much more amazing *.* I can't paint traditionally to save a life XD
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Seophiee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
if u do use programs, that is :D
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Antique-Artistry Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful! thanks!
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
You're welcome! :)
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I-Joe-Writer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Pretty useful D. Thank you.
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flyingcorpseinthesky Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah, you're wonderful, it's really useful~ :heart:

may I ask about your personal opinion of masking fluid? Do you usually use it? Or find it easier without? S-sorry for asking but : <
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I don't use it often because I usually don't have it(because I always forget to buy it) XD I'm not for or against using it, it'd depend on what kind of thing I want to paint. I'm so used to working without it so I suppose it's easier like that for me haha
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MagicalGreenPen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of the thoughts for texture (like the salt and what's in your comment) sound really cool, as does the "colour wash" thing. (:
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Hoho, that's nice to hear!
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is so helpful! Thank you for making this!
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dodostad Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
No problemo! This is the first time I've done tutorial so I wasn't sure if I was doing anything right ahah
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