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Watercolour Guide/Tips by Qinni Watercolour Guide/Tips by Qinni
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  1. The closest I could find on Amazon to the watercolour set I use is the Sakura brand of Koi Assorted WaterColours Field Set.

  2. Just use any old toothbrush. I used to use the ones that my dentist would give me after a visit, just because those were kind of cheap and I wouldn’t actually use them anyways.

  3. I use acrylic for flicking and highlights because watercolour-whites tend to fade when they dry.

  4. Also, remember to keep your hands clean, because nothing’s worse than smudging graphite into your watercolours and then unable to get it out.

  5. Try to avoid black and white when possible. They tend to dull the colours and it loses that watercolouring lustre.

  6. There are other things you can do to make certain effects, such as scratching whites on the paper (if you have thick paper), using salt when it's still wet (makes a certain pattern), and more. I am not personally too familiar with them as I want to get the hang of wet-on-wet technique before anything else.

Since I started watercolouring again for my daily sketches, I’ve gotten a lot of asks/dA notes on if I could give a tutorial on watercolouring and also more specific questions that overlapped each other, so I decided to do a semi guide/tips/answering thing.

I actually started watercolouring before I went into digital medium, so I have a bit of personal experience, but I am essentially self-taught when it comes to watercolouring since there weren't a lot of watercolour tutorials online back then to begin with, so I cannot promise that these are the absolute correct way of doing things.

Hope it helps anyways :). If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'm posting this via dA's scheduled postings atm though, so I won't be able to reply until later :D.

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algonquinpaddler Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
This is amazingly helpful - thank you so much!! How exactly do you avoid getting white paint on the parts you don't want splattered (like The Doctor and Idris in that piece)?
fluffy-over-dose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whhaaa!~~ You're so awesome I'll follow you now~~
thecucuyo Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I'm hoping to experiment with techniques like these sometime in the near future! :D
FateZerofangirl Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you so much!This tutorial really helped me out!:) Can someone please help me?I really want to buy this watercolor paper but I don't know if they have one in the Philippines. :/
Haru-Akira Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Gonna try out the toothbrush trick :D
TheGirlIsDaEbAk Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Medical-Shenanigans Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been wanting to get into watercoloring so these tips are exceedingly helpful
thank you so much ;w;
KemikLy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for all your helpful posts; they truly are inspiring! :icongrin--plz:
Deerockin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
this is an awesome tutorial, makes me want to paint!
TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suck at painting almost anything... so thanks for posting this.
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