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Art Tutorial: Watercolors Prt2 by Xadrea Art Tutorial: Watercolors Prt2 by Xadrea
This tutorial is about the actual painting of watercolor work :la: I hope it will help you beginner's out! It's a WHOLE lotta fun :la:
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ImagineArtVibes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've heard of painting light to dark, but no one has ever mentioned working background to foreground! Thank you so much! These have been really great!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey I'm glad you find them useful :) And yes, painting background to foreground is really helpful if you're worried about making mistakes or if you really like building up subtle layers (which I love love love ^ ^)
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SpeakThroughFingers Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Something I never understood, why do you work background to foreground?
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you should work all of your paintings this way, not just watercolors. for one, it's easier to avoid mistakes (such as getting too dark too soon) which could be irreversible. when you use watercolor your brightest highlights should be from the white of the paper. in this particular painting, the figure is lighter than the background (lighter things come foward, darker, duller things recede) so working the background first was a way for me to preserve the white of the paper in the areas that i wanted to be light.
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toofuckeduptocare Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so helpful! I`m a beginner when it comes to using watercolours! Hopefully I`d be able to create beautiful works with the guide of your tutorials! :D
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! And hey, lots of practice will definitely help! I'm by no means a master at this either, I'm just sharing stuff that I've found helpful along the way! :D
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LynneLiesAllot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
I have water colored pencils ^-^ have you ever worked with those? they are quite fun though I don't use them often enough
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yup they're so awesome!q
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LynneLiesAllot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
I know! My brother made a volcano with them : D
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: awesome!
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MadElfTk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Digital Artist
Yep, I'm definitely set on painting with watercolours again. I've always been a little lazy in the past about building up layers. I'll really try to take my time with things this time. I had some issue with warped paper in the past too. Would it be better to adhere the paper so some sort of surface?
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i didn't go into this in the tutorial, but a way to keep paper from warping is to soak it in the bathtub for about 10 minutes, then lay it out on a flat hard surface, tape it down on all corners, then let it dry (all single layer) this "stretches" the fibers of the paper to absorb more without buckling so much.

an easier, less time consuming (and less messy lol) method is just once the painting is done, laying it on a level hard surface and piling an equal amount of books on it. that'll straighten it out completely.
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Pereyga Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
aw so the first layers are done with more water and then when it comes to details less water but more pigment?

This is a really helpful tutorial thanks =D
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yes, it will help with you getting a handle on the control of the watercolors, but also help you from getting too dark too soon (which is also a problem when you're first starting off ^ ^)
you're welcome!:hug:
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Pereyga Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
aw yeah watercolors get lighter or more transparent with water right? heard that somewhere XD

^^
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
exactly! :la: the more water, the more transparent, the less, the more opaque :nod:
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Pereyga Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thanks =D
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
np :hug:
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CMCarter Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Again, thank you!

The painting you used here is very interesting, btw. :)
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're very welcome! i hope you find it useful!
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GigFizZ Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That is amazing! Thank You!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: you're welcome ^ ^
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FlashyFashionFraud Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Sooooo helpful, Melissa! Thank you!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
^ ^ no prob!
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FlashyFashionFraud Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Writer
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CreativeExcess Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
You haven't covered any of the ways to prep the paper or the other ways to utilize watercolors such as using them directly on dry paper.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I did actually talk about dry into wet application. For most beginners, paper prep will be unnecessary.
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CreativeExcess Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I meant wet watercolors onto dry paper. No pre-wetting. Paper prep would depend on the paper.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yup I understand, and I did talk about that lol. And since this follows the previous tutorial in which i recommend sketchpad/block sized paper (140 cold press) stretching is a little more than wasted time, i would know lol XD
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CreativeExcess Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sigh, obviously if I am commenting it is because I feel your tutorial is insufficient. I am very critical of tutorials targeted at beginners because you are a in a position to take advantage of someone who isn't knowledgeable regardless of whether that is your intent or not. You did not talk to beginners as though they were true beginners but as though they had some knowledge of the subject, in that case they are not beginners. Either way I also did not feel you explained certain portions of your tutorial very well, which I was trying to point out.
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Whether or not you are finding this helpful isn't really my issue because other people are. And also by the way, how am I going to 'take advantage' of someone in a tutorial of all things?? The information in this tutorial is the very same I received from my painting professor when I took her water media class.

Which areas do you not feel are explained well enough? Because it seems like you're picking on me about a method that is not particularly useful until you get used to working wet into wet and putting down your washes. So? What else do you find insufficient?
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Sindergosa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I........ really, really love this. Just amazing. Thank you!
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome! glad to help!:la:
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