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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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Foodogfool Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Thanks! Liked this short but informative tutorial. I'm excited about using alcohol to see what effects I can come up with. Looking forward to more!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it informative!
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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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kjods Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, thanks :)
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no prob!
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Ephraimx Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
You have some really cool ideas here. I never would've figured using rubbing alcohol on a painting!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: thanks! and yup, it's a really fun additive to work with!
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I work with watercolors for several years but still this tutorial is very useful :)
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: i'm glad you're finding this useful!
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Rbananas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student General Artist
This is great! I can't wait to see the next one!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's up in my gallery ^ ^
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Rbananas Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Okay, thanks! :-)
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem!
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MadElfTk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh man...it's been a miniature century since I've last used watercolours (I'm more partial to gouache, acrylics, or oils these days whenever I paint/experiment traditionally). I've always worked with rough watercolour paper, but I'm really tempted to try out hot-pressed. I've never even considered using rubbing alcohol with watercolours either (I've always experimented with it in conjunction with my copics, prismas, and trias which produced pretty much same sort of ring effect). This definitely one awesome tutorial! :clap:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
aw thanks! yesh the ring effect is varied i found out between mediums with alcohol. with watercolor, there's little to no running because the paper is so much like a sponge, so the instant repelling action is literally frozen right where you dropped the alcohol :la: im going to do a tutorial about using the additives i mentioned here :la: the first one will be on saran wrap (i forgot to mention that one here lol)
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ENJ0 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Great tutorial. I actually learned something just before having to head out to work. It was short but very informative! And, great pics ^^
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful! i didnt want to make it long and complicated because really, learning watercolors is short and sweet, it's all about application (unlike learning about drawing or using a digital program) have fun!:heart:
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yassaman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Thanks, that was informative
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome!:heart:
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geremy-raven Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
AHJSHKDH--BLESS YOU AND THIS TUTORIAL. :iconiloveyouplz:

This is quite informative (alcohol and rubber cement) for beginners attempting to tame this medium. Thank you very much for making, having time to work on them and sharing these series of tutorials for us. :tighthug:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome! i decided that i would just add all the info i got when i learned how to paint with watercolors so that included additives! watercolors are really awesome! thanks for your kind words!:hug:
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Cnids Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Rubber cement is like my favourite thing ever.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i know right! other than the smell, it's the best thing evar!
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SaharaKnoblauch Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Just what I was looking for! :dance: I've just started experimenting with watercolors, but have no bigger clue how to use them (I've only been learning how to draw, but never how to paint). Really looking forward for the next part :D
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful! and the next one is almost done :la:
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SaharaKnoblauch Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
yaay :excited:
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Cagliostro929 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
This is really helpful. thank you!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome! glad to help :dance:
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Deceptikitty Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Thank you very much for this helpful tutorial (: I plan on trying out this media and having a backup of good tutorials makes me feel like I might even get somewhere :XD: Really helpful! :la: Will you also make a part with all the effects you can achieve (with salt etc.) shown? :D I'm really interested in those as well :meow:

Anyway looking forward to the next part! :D And once again, thank you for going through the trouble of putting this together for us :heart:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
hey no problem! and yes, i am definitely planning a tutorial covering some of the sweet effects you can get with watercolors, especially salt ^ ^
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TheLanguidClown Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
that was really helpful, thanks for the tutorial!
have you ever tried using suran/plastic wrap to make cool effects on watercolour?
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome! and yes, i forgot to add saran wrap to the list of extras, the effects are really unparalleled lol
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TheLanguidClown Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
do you think that you could do a tutorial on using saran wrap? :iconbeggingplz:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes i sure could!:pat: im planning on doing one on techniques, so that will definitely be added!
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TheLanguidClown Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
yes!!! thanks! :iconthankyouplz:
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome!:dance:
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Terry-P Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Very useful info - thank you!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^ ^
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CMCarter Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this, I am just beginning to use watercolour and this has been helpful.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome! have lots of fun!:dance:
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anmeher Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! :hug:
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