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Watercolour Tutorial: Advice and Guidance by Kidura Watercolour Tutorial: Advice and Guidance by Kidura
Watercolour Guidance and Advice Tutorial
(on watercolour paper)


I know I'm not the greatest artist out there, but I thought this might help anyone wanting to try out watercolours ^^

I really hope it is helpful, but if there is something you want to ask please feel welcome to, I'll do my best to give out good advice :aww:

EDIT NOTE: Actually, I know I recommended soaking your paper with water before use but, yes they may dry slower, but it's actually not good for layering paints... After one coat, putting on another might rub off the paint underneath so be careful. So this technique would only be good for one layer afterwards. I forgot to might this, sorry brain was having a duh moment.


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RCS615615 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
This helped me a lot! Thanks for this tutorial Kidura :):):)
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Mikkie15 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student General Artist
how do you shade the skin??~
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Julesmary Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was gorgeous! I'm just learning about how to use watercolour and this was by far the best tutorial I could possibly find! Thaaaaank YOU! :happybounce: 
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Silver4012 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Helpful! :)
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DayDreamingOtaku Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist
A useful guide indeed~ Just recently bought some watercolors (tubes) & I wanted to read up on special techniques before using them. Glad I came across this!
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Silver4012 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student General Artist
very useful! thank you so much for posting this where anyone can see!!!
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BladeWithin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!~Hope i could use this once i get proper watercolours :hug: Excuse, but may i ask..What brand of watercolour are you using 030
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samui153 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
very usefull,now i gonna apply it on my drawings :)
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CryptoPhonic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Very pretty! I just have a questin though.. when you mix colours together straight from the tube of paint, will you need to add water to the mixture of paint?
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Shikigami-chan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
What brand of paint do you use? Also, for watercolor I have only ever used the blocks (and coffee), so I was wondering, how do you paint with the tube watercolor?
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luluChwan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thnku soomuch i cnt wait to try out my watercolors ^_^
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
All of your advice about drying and wetting the paper are really helpful. I don't have any watercolor paper right now, but once I do get my hands on some, I'm going to try out what I learned from this tutorial! I like working with watercolors and should really buy more paper ^^;
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is interesting and even had some fine tips that are not to take form a technique book. i always wondered why my coclors didnt spread so well.. i have very expensive aquarelle but not tubes, i have the dry pigments. this looks really great. i should give it a try on your way i found some cheaper bristol paper so i got me 2 pads a while ago, u may know my friend Shazy since u met her on an expo, she does really well on bristol too,but couldnt make a real difference between her expensive and my cheap pads. i didnt try copic markers on it yet i hope it really doesnt suck up much. hey what about copic + aquarell,did you try it yet?
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Kidura Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah helloo Ron-san or Shazy-san's friend! :3
I'm glad you found it a little helpful, thank you for your interesting comment.
You two must be doing the same sort of thing to be getting the same effect, if not, I guess it's the paper/bristol board. Not used it much but I know it's stiff surface allows the water to dry slowly, giving the paint time to mix and blend equally.
The difference with expensive brands is that they're usually more vibrant with more of a palette to choose from. Though most basic colours like cadmium red, burnt umber etc etc look the same to ordinary cheap stuff.
I watched somewhere where it proved that dried pigments are not as vibrant as the tubes, since the tubes are fresh.
I haven't tried Aquarell brands, I heard it's got good quality but at the moment I'm pretty happy with what I have right now ^^
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for your answer ^^
not sur eif i said this already so excuse me if im repeating,
i have the little dry pods from schminke which is the best quality to find and even quite the only ont he market here,it might be expensive for such little ones but they reach for a long time, they are quite vibrant,mor ethan usual watercolor and they blend well,but when i see some other paintings with aquarelle, i always think they are even more vibrant so i guess its the tubes. bristol is really great.shazy sent me a sheet of hers and its quite equal as mine in quality but i was lucky to find cheap pads.
so you have the dry pods as well?
ill probably upload a few pokemon paperchildren i made with aquarelles on usual aq.pad
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Eyecelphil Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned a new technique here.. thanks :) Stupid that I didn't see it before..
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heydipwitdotcom Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist
this is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! I have never seen something done so well. It takes me for ever to just sketch I cant imagine all of this extra stuff. I know shading takes forever and I am soo impressed with everything amazing job keep up the stunning work !!!!!
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12L4e172s3s Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
coooollllllll!!!!
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DarkDryad17 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I... may be able to use watercolors now... i was always trying to use a flat color and go darker over it, like with pencil... heh. no wonder it didnt work.
Thank you!!

And you are an amazing artist!! :D
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princess-phoenix Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Thank you for making this! I haven't worked with watercolors for a while because they ended up messing up and then I throw it away after, but I'll give them another go :)
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Arti4000 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
o3o Dat's pretty awesome. Yer skills are always awe-inspiring.
= w= Sorry for being slightly idle lately~
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shazy Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much kiduraaaa! *goes to paint*
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Samuraispirit1 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thanks, this is really helpful! =)
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Alpha621 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This tutorial = :iconepic-winplz:
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soniclover300 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is really great. I do art class and we do watercolour painting. I'm sorta average at it (I upload a few to my dA) and I find this really helpful. I never thought of outlining or using pencil on my paintings. Thanks for the ideas. Your work is so great <3
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SpaelotisDemavendi Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very cool, but you lost me at painting the skin part, so I will download this and one day take my time and study this well. Oh and if you are making another tut please let me know. Thx
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SpaelotisDemavendi Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh there is no download button. Lol
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TimeSorceror Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think this is really cool. With the new materials my art teacher has been providing me with this past year or so, I think I could seriously do something like this.
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope it has been helpful ^^ good luck and create a masterpiece :meow:
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JordanBalch Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Thats amazing technique you used for water colouring.I only just started to use water colour paint as the colour comes out great and the texture it gives after its dried. Thanks for this Tutorial. Good Work.
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Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a very beautiful technique,what I showed is only a simple example,and once you have soaked your paper, you don't have to do it again (only wet the area you want the technique on). ^^
Thank you very much, I hope it has been helpful!
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JordanBalch Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I thought of wetting the paper before hand but I was kinda scared that the paper would buckle to much,but am the kind of person to do something great (that may not show on my DA) that i hesitate about carrying on but i think i have to say F**k it and and go for it. And it has been helpful thank you.
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Supersillycool Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I've always wondered about your techniques on watercolors, and now I know ^^-

Thank for the awesome tutorial, you did a great job explaining everything and it was well organized. I'm definately going to play around with watercolors soon :D
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahaha I have revealed my secrets :XD: I'm glad it's okay,I hope it will be helpful to you ^^ thank you for your kind words :hug:
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Supersillycool Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime! :hug:
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Cucumbermonster Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Whoho! Thank you that's very helpful. :))
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :hug:
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wisshhfullthinking Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BLACK ROCK SHOOTER :heart:
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VerminFu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me want to actually try a proper watercolour painting. Shame I am so impatient with traditional mediums lol.
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is a medium that does test your patience ^^; but with learned patience, it'll help you with other kinds of painting mediums too ^^ Hope you try them one day, they're worth the effort, honest ^^
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VerminFu Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No doubt I will, I have been really envious of some watercolour artists lately, which makes me want to try it out! I just need to invest in the watercolour paper and watercolours themselves, and maybe a better pallete heh heh

Of course, as with anything the best way to learn is to do it!
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ArtisticZack21 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Yo. I suck at watercolor. This looks very helpful. Thanks!
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and I'm sure you're better than you think :)
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for creating this tutorial, it really gives me a better idea on how to improve! From this I really want to just sit down and work for hours on a piece of art :3 I must admit that a lot of the times I rush my pieces as I don't like spending too much time on them! :heart:
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so glad that you find it helpful ^^ you're very welcome!
I find that it's very time-consuming and does test your patience.. but it is worth it ^^ Most importantly, I hope you have fun painting :aww:
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Ydriss Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did! Again, thank you very much! I always really appreciate it when well-known and greatly talented artists make tutorials.. it's amazing that you decide to share your tricks with us other humble artists ;p I will have fun as I always do; art is just one of those things that really makes me happy :]
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TheArmyArtist Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd never heard of the wet-on-wet technique. Thanks for the tutorial!
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Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome Hex-san ^^
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Doomed-Mage Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you! I've been experimenting with watercolors recently and I'll definitely be using some of these tips in the future. :D
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:iconkidura:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy it's been helpful to you, all the best and have fun! ^^
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