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Art Tutorial: Watercolors Prt1 by Xadrea Art Tutorial: Watercolors Prt1 by Xadrea
This is part 1 of a series of tutorials I'm doing on watercolors! :la: This is an overview of the materials you will be using as well as a few extras that will be fun to play with in the future :dance:

Here are some places that you can purchase relatively cheap papers, paints, and supplies for watercolors:

Dick Blick: [link]
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff: [link]
Utrecht: [link]
Jerry's Artarama: [link]
Art Supply Warehouse: [link]

Here are some brands I recommend:
For watercolor cakes: Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Beginner Set
For watercolor tubes:Grumbacher Academy Watercolor Paints
For paper (pads): Darice "Studio 71" 9"X12" Watercolor Pad 12 sheet
For paper (large sheets): Arches "Aquarelle" Watercolor Paper 22"X30" natural white 140lb cold press
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've read mixed reviews on the grumbacher tubes. You have any submissions where you used them a lot?
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
actually most of my watercolor submissions have been created with at least half grumbacher academy watercolors ^ ^ i use windsor and newton as well. grumbacher is pretty decent for the price, some colors aren't as saturated as the higher end watercolors, but i bought my tubes almost 3 years ago and they're lasting me quite a while! royal and langnickel is a lotta bang for your buck too. their dried watercolor cakes are really saturated and last a REALLY long time :D
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The concerns I had seen most were that the Grumbacher tubes were really grainy. I have some pretty good pans, I think. I have the Sakura Koi travel set, with 24 colors, and I got lucky and won a set of 12 Van Gogh half pans. I've got a set of Marie's tubes to start out, but I've been looking for something that's a bit nicer than those. Been debating between Grumbacher and Cotman, since they're similar in price.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It could be that you maybe got a bad batch :lol: I did notice that the medium yellow that I have of grumbacher is somewhat grainy, but the other pigments seem to be alright. On the same subject, occasionally Derwent brand pencils have shards of really hard material mixed in with the graphite I ha to toss a whole box of em once but it's only happened a few times
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh I hadn't bought them yet. I've been looking at reviews, and that's what they said.

Oh dear, that stinks! My next colored pencil set is probably going to be a set of FC Polychromos.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh i've never heard of those before ^ ^
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Polychromos pencils are oil based instead of wax based, so no fixative is needed for them. The leads are also glued into the wood casings, so they won't break as easily as prismacolors. [link]
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ooooo, i'm gonna get some
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kjods Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great tutorial:) But I tried the rubber cement and it didn't work, are you supposed to put it on thick?
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no, a thick layer will not work. it's best applied in as thin layers as you can get it :D
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