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Watercolor Walkthrough Part 2 by Laitma Watercolor Walkthrough Part 2 by Laitma
Th-Thank you guys for your great feedback on part 1! I hope this walkthrough can continue to be useful, and sorry it's taking so long. I have a lot more material than I thought I would, so there's a final part still to come. Ahhh!
And to credit where it's due: Nearly everything I know about traditional art I learned from :iconprogo:. I just hope to be able to pass on this knowledge, since a lot of it seems to be stuff most people don't cover in tutorials but that I find to be really useful--y'know, common-sense tips that some of us (like me) will always be lacking in, like not rubbing wet paper. C':>
Thanks for everything, ~progo~ ;c;
Enjoy!

Watercolor Walkthrough: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]
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xXAngelsofChaosXx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow you have nice nails... O3O
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Laitma Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahahahah, thank you??  xD
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SketchySei Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I need that masking fluid!! D: And that extremely fine tip paintbrush :I.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I've actually stopped using masking fluid since I made this tutorial; it's really hard to control the edges of the fluid and they also make for very hard edges. Hahahahah this tutorial is kinda out of date, sorry... but some people still find it useful, s-so... u_u

The fine-tip paintbrush was great for me for doing tiny details and having a lot of control, but as I've been working with my watercolors I've been slowly learning to use larger and larger brushes--these brushes still come to a very fine point so I can do my details, but they are tougher to control. But you can hold more water this way and get more even washes! So, it's a tradeoff, but for starters I think a smaller brush is a lot easier while you're still getting the hang of it. xD
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Laitma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I've actually stopped using masking fluid since I made this tutorial; it's really hard to control the edges of the fluid and they also make for very hard edges. Hahahahah this tutorial is kinda out of date, sorry... but some people still find it useful, s-so... u_u

The fine-tip paintbrush was great for me for doing tiny details and having a lot of control, but as I've been working with my watercolors I've been slowly learning to use larger and larger brushes--these brushes still come to a very fine point so I can do my details, but they are tougher to control. But you can hold more water this way and get more even washes! So, it's a tradeoff, but for starters I think a smaller brush is a lot easier while you're still getting the hang of it. xD
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Saramyst Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Thank you for these tips! I am currently taking art classes & water color is so hard for me, so any tips are helpful. Thank you for posting this
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Laitma Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, not at all, just very happy to be of help! Good luck!! :)
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Saramyst Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Thank you!
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, so helpful!! I was wanting to learn how to get a nice skin tone color to help with a Coraline picture I was working with, and this was just the thing! :la: Thank you!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, so glad to hear that it was helpful to you, you're quite welcome! :)
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ Incredibly helpful! :) Thanks again!
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K-choKaiden Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This whole thing is just so helpful! Makes me want to try coloring something with watercolors right now, haha. :D
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahhhhh, just glad to hear that it was useful! Thank you so much, and hope you will give it a try! Watercolors can be quite enjoyable~ :heart:
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pink-kitty14 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what colors should i buy i guessing blue, red, yellow what colors should i get? i have burnt sienna and burnt umber, cadmium red,orange and yellow what else do i need?
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Laitma Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, sorry for the terribly late response~

Ahm, let's see... So, you seem to have most of the warm colors, huh? I'm not sure how exactly this works, but I read somewhere that a "complete" watercolor kit would have "warm" and "cool" versions of all the main colors, that is to say, red, yellow, green, and blue. The kit I have comes with these colors:

Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
Cadmium Yellow Hue
Cadmium Red Pale Hue
Alizarin Crimson Hue
Ultramarine
Cobalt Blue Hue
Viridian Hue
Sap Green
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Chinese White

Of these, I mainly rely on Burnt Umber, Alazarin Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue. I don't use green much in my colorschemes so I haven't need it, but viridian and sap green are very different in hue, so it might be a good idea to get both?
I also suggest picking up a purple if you can find it; you can mix purple from blue and red perfectly fine, but it's hard to mix a large batch of a consistent color, and the blue tends to settle out. I use purple lake, which is a reddish purple, but I really want a dioxazine purple, which is bluer and quite pretty. C:

I, uh, hope that helped? Please let me know if I can clarify! ovo;;
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pink-kitty14 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yep it help but guiness said i should a set it had all the colors you list and then some
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bartventura Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been having the same problem with those water edges myself. :angered:
Thanks for sharing this tip :happycry:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahaha, th-thanks! I just hope that it'll come in handy~ x3
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Timaely Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips. I'm new to watercolors and this helps clarify some things that confused me.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahh, just glad it helps! I'm pretty new too, but I hope that this was useful in explaining the basics. I never felt like enough tutorials explained the simple things! x3
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Garm-Fang Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010   Writer
Awesome, traditional watercoloring!
I'll say this again: like to see that there's still people that like to color in this way instead of doing all via photoshop lol =P
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahahaha, thank you! I kind of bounce between mediums, though, and I did almost everything with PaintTool SAI not too long ago~ but there's just something about tradtional that's so soothing and fun!
Thank you~ <#
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Taranir Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
EEE tidbits of info
I am gradually picking up
~*learning*~ * n*

I want to try letting the mixed colors dry and then adding water! * A*
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
A SUCCESSFUL WATECOLOR PARTY
WE MUST HAVE IT *C*
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Taranir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
BUT WHEEENNN /sigh
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student General Artist
when i am not dead /sob;;;
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Taranir Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
HOW'S COLLEGE...
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student General Artist
........LET ME GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT IN LIKE.... A WEEK LOL;;;
trying to choose between suicide and wuss is tough :u
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Taranir Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
ALDKFGJKHFJGKF.....................
be a wuss.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Student General Artist
...........sorry i think i failed
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13roses Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
You use the smae type of paper as me XD
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Charolique Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Omg, I so so stink at watercolors, They scare me! You make this look like fun and so easy! I adore that you shared your talent with us by making this!

~Thank you!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahahaha, th-thank YOU! I'm glad that this could help so much~ x3
And really, don't be afraid, give it another shot! It took me quite a few tries to get the hang of watercolors, but it's most definitely worth it. They're so flexible and fun!
Good luck! C:
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InceptusNovus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW










Love it. <3
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
GOOOODDDD this is so cool. :heart: It's so fascinating to see how you work, hun! All this crazy detail you put into your stuff. I also love how your personality comes through in your text again. :heart:

I actually like that little edge when the watercolor dries, but only on certain types of watercolor- your style is so gorgeous, and that's such a neat way of removing stains and problems! So damn cool. ^^ Your washes seems just so nice and clean and thin and ajsflaksj I kinda wish we could mix colors on sai like paint. :( Maybe there's a way, I don't know it. XD

EEEE YOU HAVE SUCH NEAT LITTLE FINGERNAILS

/wierdo
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
LOL
My friends are always complaining about my fingernails being too long.
....which is entirely true. xD;

SAI IS THE CLOSEST TO PAINTING WE SHALL EVER GET.
But I failed at digital and I find traditional to be incredibly soothing for now. xD It's just the way things go, man. Digital and traditional coloring can never be the same. xD
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I-I think they're really pretty D:> If they don't interfere with your art and typing and stuff, don't cut'em! XD

True facts! I just . . . need to learn to use it better. XD AND IF YOU SAY YOU FAIL AT DIGITAL ONE MORE TIME I SWEAR TO GOD I'LL HURT YOU DDDDDDD:< Your digital work is gorgeous. As is your traditional, and I can see how that's more soothing. XD
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahaha, yeah, I'm a loser so I'll leave them long until they bother me when I'm typing, then I'll trim them back a little bit xDDD
Well, I guess I just mean, I'm not very good at digital coloring? It looks okay sometimes, but the time it takes me to reach that point and how it isn't at all what I originally intended is what sets me off. :u
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Typically with me, they break off while I'm working. So I usually carry around a nail file. ^^; And then I cut them all back down to size when I go back to my room.

I guess I understand where you're coming from, but I find your digital stuff so gorgeous and amazing . . . ^^; But it's good to find out what works best for you. :>
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balnibarbi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great walkthrough, covers the basics in a short amount of time, it's concise and to the point, and easy to understand. If I were a teacher, i'd use this.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
adlskfnsk d'aaw, th-thank you so much, hun! D: That's really encouraging to know~ >w<
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flareblitz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome as usual ;w;

I almost feel ready to attempt watercolours! But perhaps not yet...

I shall have to remember that "using less water" point. XD The name is too misleading, though...

I must say that I really love how you make the difference between warm and cool tones make so much sense! I've never actually realised it before -- or, if I did, it was too sporadic to take effect. I'll make sure to use it next time -- you have helped a person! Mission accomplished! XDD

(I have no idea how masking fluids work -- can't wait for the next part! :>)
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Ohohoho, go for it, man! 8D You get the hang of them sooner or later, really~ I just personally found that using less water really helped, since I'm kind of a control freak. xD
I haven't ever taken a color theory class, so I figured I'd stick to the super-basics and just do my best to explain those well. xD
Thank youuuuuuuuuu~! >w<
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flareblitz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall try! :>

... After O levels... >:

I guess I will start on cheap drawing blocks first. And try to get my hands on some watercolour stuff XDD I have absolutely no materials!

You did awesome! *Flower*
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Curenio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Haha you're so much more organized than me. I throw down, slather, and all-around abuse my paper to get what I want. xD Soak that puppy up before any paint gets on it, I say. Makes it interesting. /weird

idafhidfh and you just LAY the colors down? Dear Lord, I have to do about ten washes before I even think about anything like that. D: How...how can you juxtapose colors so well without a similar base coat? HOW ARE YOU SO GODLY, I DEMAND REASONING.

But neeeeeerg masking fluid is just about the greatest thing in existence ever, I adore it to pieces.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Ohgod I agree completely, masking fluid IS GODLY. Particularly since my paint seems to dry out ridiculously fast and makes it impossible for me to do decent washes without messing things up. 8|;;
But yeah, I'm just a control freak, hahahaha. I hate it when a color goes somewhere I don't want it to, and am content to brutally attempt to blend it with my brush instead. xD; I guess I'll figure something out eventually... maybe? 8D;

And I.... buh.... wh-whuh? I AM CONFUSED. WHAT BASE COLOR--WHAT.
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SketchySei Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmmm... really makes me want to try water colours out. I have some lying around here, I just need the paper now D:. ...and the confidence... ._.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahaha, have no fear, and give it a shot! 8D Cold-press 140lb watercolor paper isn't all that expensive~
And I'm kind of a bum and watercolor both sides of some of my paper, so don't feel like you're wasting too much paper trying things out. x3
Go for it! I'd love to see the results! 8)
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zelfidite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh, nice! :>
Since you do plenty of details, this really helps! I wonder about the drying time about the watercolors I have, though, since yours seem to dry pretty quickly. I'm not even sure how this will apply to colored inks... :/
But anyway, thank you! I will be sure to keep these in mind!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
I've never gotten to try colored inks but have been really tempted to do that now, thanks. D:
And d'aaaaw, thanks. I'll do my best to be as detailed as possible! >w<
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