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watercolor tutorial by testdrive watercolor tutorial by testdrive
EDIT: it's supposed to say "add"..not "ass"...lol, gee, i make myself laugh.

here you go everyone, as promised!
you can see the completed version here, though it looks a bit nasty because it was scanned in pieces: [link]

The original painting is for sale!
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treegarchie Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is very useful, I'll use it for training purposes I think. (I realize now that I bought my black and white watercolo tubes for nothing... Ah well, whatever ^^)
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hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for sharing
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RivyMayre Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Thank a bucnh for this great tutorial and Los of very helpful tips!! :D
And the ass instead of add was great :XD:
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dailydesign Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Student Photographer
very hard to study this technique.. by the way thanks! it's very helpful :D
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xXDarknessAngelXx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
This tutorial is really beautiful and helpful :D :heart:
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kasumixkira Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing. This is really helpful.
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eLlAakaJelloVanilla Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
lol..i was like "ass?"

but this is really helpful!! thanks
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:iconlietchgoo:
lietchgoo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
thank you very very very much for this tutorial!
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:iconelyonum:
Elyonum Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This Tutorial was incredibly useful for me. Thanks to you, I'm going to get good grades in my I.B project xDDD
Anyway, it was clear, detailed, and made me giggle once in a while. Thank you :3
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plastic-bird Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
very nice, just got some water color paper and i cant wait to try it out!
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:iconkaroish:
Karoish Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Tutorials always make it look so easy. D:
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:iconcute-aholic:
cute-aholic Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
nice tutorial! :D....um this is kinda my first time using watercolor...so um any tips?...
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Eliwi Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yaaay, awesome!
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Kenai-Okami75 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really do love watercolor :D Thanks for sharing this, I think the tips will help me to get better at painting. ^^
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martinanitram Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Thanks for the advice.
I have a question...you think if I use the thinned colors in tempera or acrylics I get the same effect as the watercolors? If it is not then what is the difference between the two colors in the final result?
Yesterday I did a test by diluting the acrylic and I found the effect is identical to that of watercolor ... but perhaps you could give me some advice ... thanks ...
Sorry for my English not very well but I'm Italian...
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testdrive Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
I'm not sure; I'm not very familiary with tempera and acrylic, but they are water based so it should be similar.
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martinanitram Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Thank you for your reply...but I've noticed that if I use acrylic colors they will form around a darker border. This is because the acrylic colors have an adhesive that doesn't stand up to very high dilutions.

P.S.:Sorry for my english not very well...I'm Italian
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magicmeg8 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome, can't wait to try this out! And there's gonna be a lot of "trying" involved, lol. :+fav:

~Meg~
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HiMe-NaRisSa Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
wonderful tutorial, I hardly do watercolor but wanna get better lol
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drianis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watercolor rocks! And I love your tuto!!! *.*
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Dr-Logical Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
It's all becoming very clear now. Thank you for doing this!
and the painting is truly amazing!
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Squeeky-toy-123 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Wowww! SUPER helpful and you are amazing :heart:
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KingOfSheeple Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
This is really, really helpful. I've been thinking about working with watercolors for a long while and your tutorial really helped me. : D
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supermanrules25 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
this is so amazing. it makes me wanna give it a try even when i don't paint (although I got a A in art first semester :P)
i think i'll try it in the summer!
I'M SO EXCITED
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wylf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Faving And bookmarking this one!! A million thank you's for this wonderful, Wonderful tutorial!!!! :glomp:
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bunnyloveyou Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very informative. thank you for posting it.
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Nurak Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Wow, this is by far one of the best tutorial for watercolors I've seen so far : D
Since you seem to be pretty familiar with this media; would mind answering a few questions? c:
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testdrive Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
sure. what's up?
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Nurak Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Well, I've wondered which brand of watercolors you're using. I'm not that familiar with watercolors in tubes.
And I've wondered whether you're familiar with Gouache (spelling?). Someone told me it would be something similiar to watercolor. Is it better than normal watercolors or are WC still the best?
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testdrive Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
I use ShinHan watercolors; I've had them since I was like.....6 and I still use them (that was 14 years ago)
watercolors, no matter what brand, are good, in my opinion. Just squeeze them out on a palette, let it dry over night, and use it then. I never use my watercolors wet. They're all dried on the palette and I use them by adding water to it.

I don't use gouache. I've never used it before.
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Nurak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
aah, okay. Thanks for the info. :3
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LossingFeathers Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
I'm mostly a self tought watercolor-er. Reading over this has helped confirm alot of things I already know, but also has tought me a few things as well. I get so impatience with layers, but I will try to be better. You are right, it looks better then a boat load of paint all at once.

thanks for this enlightening tutor! It's nice to know I'm doing some things right!

~Becca
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BOONJAGGA Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Student General Artist
Nice stuff, thanks for the tutorial ^^
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kuro-rakuen Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice tutorial, thanks =) I especially like the way you painted the water, I'll definitely have to practice that later.
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Marco-Island Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Thank you for the tutorial!
And your picture is wonderful ^^
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Gothic-Sketch-Book Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Yay thanks I really did need to learn about watercolor! I am doing a painting tomorrow in school so yay *Is excited*
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SwiftstarDawn Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial, thanks so much! ^-^
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Bochichan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
thank you so much! i've been looking for a tut like this :) *favs*
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Demoncupcake Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
wow thanks a lot! that really helped :]
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Quiet-Eternity Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for some pointers when it comes to Water Colors! I can't find any oil paints in Korea, and this was a class in Art that I wasn't interested in until now... Hee hee...
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yay! <3
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psychoxzombie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
really helpful! ^ ^

thank you :D
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kurenai-sempai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
it's very nice, and it helps! thanks~
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thredith Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Well, thanks a lot fot his precise tutorial!, I'm starting to work with watercolors so this is very handy!! (also it is very well explained!!)
A must :+fav: for sure!
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wash-away Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, this is going to help a lot more then my teacher in class did xP
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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cottonball Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
thank you SO much.
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aznbabii0712 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Hobbyist
wow this is good i probably wont be able to do that but the tutorial was very very very VERY helpfull to me thank youu :D
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mart-san Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
such a useful tut! :+fav:
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grifo-ua Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Great tutorial. I want to ask for your permission to translate this tutorial for russian DemiArtForum ([link]). Sure thing I will put your name and a link to your page in that translation.
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