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Journal Entry: Fri Nov 8, 2013, 10:05 AM

Watercolors are such magical media; you can try to master them but usually they have their own mind and they add little twists to your works without asking. But that’s just a big part of their charm!

However, you can always try to befriend with watercolors and learn how to lure them to show their best sides in your artworks. Here I have collected my favorite tutorials which I have found helpful when learning how to work with watercolors. I wrote few sentences of each tutorial to point out which tips I have found especially useful from that particular tutorial.

Awesome Tutorials

a) Watercolor Tutorial by JannaFairyArt b) Watercolor Tutorial by kalicothekat c) TUTORIAL :: WATERCOLOR by Ecthelian
d) Watercolor Tutorial Part 1 by ElvenstarArt Watercolor Tutorial Part 2 by ElvenstarArt
e) Textures in Ink and Watercolor by hibbary f) Watercolour 3: Tricks by Gold-Seven g) Watercolor Tutorial by cherriuki
h) Doormouse Watercolour Tutorial by WildWoodArtsCo i) marker techniques: alcohol by demon-rae j) - Tutorial - watercolor+Gel Pen - by Losenko

a) Great walkthrough showing the painting progress from sketch to finished painting.
A whole packet full of watercolor secrets!

b) Another walkthrough showing tips for blending and a creative way of using masking fluid for background.

c) More masking fluid tips! Showing also how you can make unbelievable fine details and smooth shading with watercolors.

d) Really detailed two-part walkthrough with lots of close-ups.

e) People often ask me how do I do salt patterns in my paintings. Well, I still haven’t got a tutorial done but this epic tutorial shows the secrets of salt better than I could ever explain. Plus as a bonus the tutorial is introducing other cools ways to create textures in your paintings.  

f) Lots of tips and tricks in this tutorial! My favorites are how to add textures by applying water on painted areas.

g) Such happy mixed media tutorial. My favorite part is at the end: add those sprinkles! I, however, have never managed to sprinkle anything with brush but I use toothbrush instead. Try out which way works best for you!

h) Wonderful, wonderful walkthrough showing how the magic happens when you can do it.

i) Ok, I know this is not watercolor tutorial but alcohol works with watercolors as well creating similar effects!
You can always adapt techniques from other tools and even from digital art for your watercolor paintings.

j) Lovely walkthrough showing how you can make characters pop with outlines and white gel pen.
You also might need post-processing after scanning  - this tutorial shows tips also for that.


Inspiring Art

Last but not least: a collection of beautiful watercolor/mixed media works for your inspiration!

The Owls Are Not What They Seem V by bedowynn
Running of the Leaves by TrollGirl Stay right there! by kurootus
Jardin d'hiver by Papercolour Summer Breeze by Si3art  Today, right now...never, watercolor painting by jane-beata
Gump's Forest by Vennatrix SS Natoli by Amadoodles Fall colors - Preview by AuroraWienhold
Outrun by Kitsune-Seven Harmony by shadrad Legend by golden-quince
:thumb326231892: raven apothecary by kiriOkami Nom! by NerielMi
Morning Tea by Sieskja time by taniacoello  Snowwolf _ 2 of 3 by SteelC
Splash Dance ... by paleWOLF Himalayan Blue by aruarian-dancer


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:iconyoung920:
young920 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
good art...
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, they're all really talented. :love:
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WildWoodArtsCo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for featuring my tutorial :heart: :hug:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, your tutorial has been really helpful and great source of inspiration. :huggle:
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kiriOkami Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for add my painting! :tighthug:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, your works are gorgeous! :glomp:
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cherriuki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
thank you for the tutorial feature ^^
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :aww:
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Amadoodles Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Thnaks so much for including one of my works amongst all of these amazing ones. I'm really flattered. i'll also have to check out those tutorials!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :happybounce:
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kurootus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Kiitoksia tästä, noista tutoriaaleista sai kyllä paljon hyviä neuvoja! :la:
..ja mitämitä?! Paljon kiitoksia featuresta! :heart: ;;;o;;;
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ollos hyvä vaan! Kiva, jos tästä oli hyötyä!
Ja tottakai sun työ on mukana, tykkään tosi paljon sun tyylistä! :huggle:
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FireGemini Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

thank you for sharing!!

 

do you possibly know any good ink tutorials? like those purple/ blue/ pretty colored ink you can pain with (kinda like watercolor)?

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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :heart:
Unfortunately none of good ink tutorials come to my mind... but I am sure there are plenty of those hiding somewhere!
I haven't been learning to use inks myself so I haven't been collecting tutorials yet.
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DaddylordOzai Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
thanks you for sharing :hug:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :huggle:
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RurikoChen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student
Great collection of tutorials, thanks for this. Clap
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you like! :bow:
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent feature!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am happy to hear that! :happybounce:
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome feature! I've always loved watercolour art :D Thank you for sharing !
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :floating:
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bettamsart Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi thanks for sharing i find water colours the trickiest medium xx
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here, they're tricky but also fun and fascinating!
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Lelixiana Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us :3 I'll take a look at it when I have time - watercolors are my prime interest now :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, I am happy to hear that and looking forward to see your watercolor works! :yayay: - NaNoEmo 24/30 + Plz :happydancer:
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Lelixiana Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, you're watching, right? xD I submit a lot of craps and spammmmmming... ^^' hehe, I still don't get why those tons of people watch me o.O
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, I am watching you and at this very moment there are plenty of your works in my inbox waiting for me to take a look. :w00t:
Feel free to keep spamming; that's the reason why I watch an artist: to see their artworks!
And of course it is also nice to talk with people and hear their thoughts but seeing the artworks is the main point. :D
I am pretty sure those tons of people watching you feel the same. ^^
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:iconlelixiana:
Lelixiana Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just take your time ;)
I feel bad for spamming my watchers xD I've tried to reduce my activity for the past days... but then I figured I just can't xD My watchers have to get used to it :D
I agree :3
Oh, I'm not... I think some watchers might unwatch my deviations or journals for spamming xD E.g. if I do a poll, only like a 40 people vote :/
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries about spamming, I am sure people will go all the deviations and journals through in their own pace.
Just post when ever you feel like it! Sometimes there are more active phases and sometimes less.

I don't think the replies in polls are necessary meaning that people have unwatched stuff from you; for example I post a poll only few times a year and my last poll has got ~12 votes.
So I don't believe people have unwatched my polls because of me spamming them; I guess they just haven't voted because of other reasons. ;P
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:iconlelixiana:
Lelixiana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It really makes me feel better, you always know, what to say! :D

Oh, well, I love polls! I would do one a day, but I'm afraid it would bother my watchers XD But there are so many things I would want to know the answer to!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, as long as you don't make a new poll every single day I am sure no-one thinks it as spamming. :giggle:
And you might ask questions other people would like to know answers as well so they're actually useful for others too! ^^
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SteelC Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
thank you <3
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks, I am very happy to see this kind of article :heart:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome; I am glad you like! :happybounce:
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NerielMi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Agaave, thank you very much for sharing and also for the feature!:)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :teamo:
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ReQuay Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
This is a totally awesome resource, and I can't wait until I have some time to sit down and go through each of these tutorials.  Thank you so much for compiling and explaining your choices! 
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you! It was my pleasure to put this together and I am so happy to see that also other find this useful! 182 : Dance Together Emoticon
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Sieskja Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! I could have featured your whole gallery; they way you paint with watercolors is so beautiful. :loves: V2
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Reixma Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Faving this as it's quite interesting for me!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds great! 182 : Dance Together Emoticon
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional
cool stuff
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :w00t:
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vladimirsangel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've just discovered masking fluid. It's my new best friend :D And all those features are wonderful, such colours :clap:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Masking fluind really is awesome stuff. I used it a lot earlier but then became too lazy to apply it... should start using it again and find out new ways to benefit from its possibilities.
I am happy to hear thay you enjoyed the features! :heart:
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow there's so many, when will i go through them all!... :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Take your time, this journal is here to stay. :dummy:
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