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post #1 of 9 Old 05-14-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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First attempt at watercolors .

I bought a watercolor set a long time ago, but was always too afraid to try them out as I had no idea how to even begin working with such a different medium than I am used to.

Yesterday I finally got to work and whipped out this little guy. It actually wasn't as difficult as I had expected. Although for those who are familar with watercolors, any advice would be appreciated. Also, I ran into trouble with the paper curling up which I can only assume was from possibly adding too many layers of watered down paint? I started very light and gradually added layers.

I would like to start offering watercolor paintings at a super discounted price just to gain experience, so I was thinking $25 (shipping is included) for now and then increasing my price as I gain more experience. Does this seem reasonable based on what you see here?
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WoW, that is really beautiful. I love the textures that are used. Very nice job.

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I like it! Great job!

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Cute! Looking forward to seeing more!
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Love it! Would love to see more of them for sure!
I would defiantely pay $25 for one :P

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Awesome! I work with water colours often (not incredibly good but I have been studying artists too) and that is really cool, only suggestion, careful with your strokes in the white :)
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That is such a sweet portrait
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-23-2012, 11:35 AM
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wow, this is amazing! certainly worth $25.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-25-2012, 03:37 AM
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Watercolors are challenging, more so than acrylic or oil, IMO. But , remember to let the water work for you. So, don't paint with tons of brush strokes, as you might in acrylics. Let the paint flow. Use big brushes for big areas, small brushes for small areas.. YOu can mop up excess water with paper towels blotting.

Think what your lightest areas will be first, and leave them blank. you can even use latex resist to protect small areas, like whiskers, that you need to remain white no matter what sort of paint is put down around/over them. Then you remove this resist, the very last step.

experiment with wetting the paper, then putting paint into this, so -called "wet on wet" technique.

utilize some drybrush for manes; dry the brush out completely before applhying some fairly dry (not soupy) pigment.

Don't paint ever inch of the canvas, leave some "blank" space.

When you go to the artstore, buy a "Block" of watercolor paper. It is glued on all edges so that it does not warp when you paint. When you are done and the painting is fully dried, you insert a razor knife between the glued sheets and free the one sheet you have just painted.

Good luck.
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