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    12-24-2011, 07:32 PM

Hey guys for Christmas I got some watercolors. I honesty have no idea how to use them, do I layer the painting? How to I make really dark areas? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)
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    12-24-2011, 08:13 PM
I bought a set of watercolors a long time ago and have never tried them out. I willd definitely keep an eye on this thread so I can pick up a few pointers myself. After I have finished with the last of my commissions, I'm going to start practicing with new mediums. Can't wait to see what you do with your paints.
    12-24-2011, 08:22 PM
If I were you I would PM Tinyliny... I am friends with her so she is on my profile. She does AMAZING work with watercolors. I'm about to go pick up the ones she did for me next week.
    12-24-2011, 08:23 PM
I am trying to use a few different mediums as well. I also got givin some oil pastels so I think I will be busy for the next few weeks haha.
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    12-25-2011, 03:38 AM
The Copper Kid- Sorry I didnt see your post before I will defintly PM her thanks :)
Here is my first go, spent about 30 minutes on it. Bare in mind it is my first ever try with watercolours. Any advice would be great

Note: I realize proportions are off I just quickly did it so I could start painting haha.
    12-25-2011, 04:05 PM
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    12-25-2011, 04:06 PM
That is exciting! We will be watching for updates. :)

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    12-25-2011, 08:45 PM
Heres it finished ....I think? I made the mistake of not using very thick paper so it crinkled the page.

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    12-27-2011, 02:57 PM
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There are a whole bunch of different types of watercolor paper, but ya, many with crinkle. When it does that to me, I press it under a bunch of heavy books for a few days.
As for using the actual paint, i've been teaching myself slowly as well.
The more water you add to the color, the lighter it will be.
So if you want dark areas, just don't water the paint down as much or else go over it a few times in layers.
That first painting is pretty good for a first go! Just keep practicing and eventually you will get the feel for it.
    12-27-2011, 03:37 PM

You will need to buy some watercolor paper. It is specifically designed to not warp like that, though if you use a lot of water, it will warp anyway. There are ways that professionals get around that warping problem by "prestretching" a large piece of paper. You'd have to google that and watch how it's done. It's kind of complicated.

I don't prestretch mine, but since I dont' use a ton of water, I usually don't have a lot of warpage. What is there, is just part of what makes the buyer know it's an original, and not a print.
Another way to avoid the warping is to buy watercolor paper on a "block", where the edges are glued down to disallow this.

You will start with your lightest areas, so you must really think ahead in doing watercolor. Rmembe to leave blank anything you want to be white, becasue that is how it's white; it's the white paper showoing through.
I use a test piece of the watercolor paper, so when I mix up some paint in the pallette, I test it first on the tester to see if it's too strong or what., then go to the painting.

Practice with first wetting the paper in a small area, with just plain, clean water, then loading your brush with your color and laying down some paint abutting up to the wet area and watch how the paint wicks into the wet area. This is called, "wet on wet" and is a great technique for doing soft things like backgrounds or skies or clouds.

Also, try laying down an area of thick color and then sprinkling table salt on it for a lovely effect.

Don't use much black at all. Remember to use the color system of using complimentary colors to create shadows, just as you would in oil or pastel painting. So, for an orange horse, shadows with be made by adding blue to the orange color. For a yellow horse, purple. Black is almost never used and only in tiny amounts.

Play with the paints to see the effects you can get.

I like the work you did. It's important to lay it out pretty firmly with pencil first. WEhn it is totally dried, you can erase all the pencil without damaging the paint.

Good luck and keep them coming!
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