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Basic Watercolor Tutorial by LiquidFaeStudios Basic Watercolor Tutorial by LiquidFaeStudios
So this is my first tutorial.

I did a basic watercolor tutorial covering eyes, hair, and skin.

I hope this is some help to people who are wanting to learn or become better at watercolors. I think it is harder to learn from a step by step guide than it would be if I were able to do a video or something, but I tried to include as much information as I could about the technique.

If you do painting based off this tutorial I'd love to see it. Please comment and let me know if this was helpful!

I tried to not make it confusing! >.<;

I am also going to be doing an Advanced tutorial, with a much more complicated image and a lot more steps lol
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Ziggyman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice work. Let's try your way to see how works.
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i hope its helpful. i dont actually work this way anymore, but for a 'beginngers' guide to doing skin i still think it a good starting place - when i started i didn't know where to begin!
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zombihandba Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Do you "stretch" the paper before you start painting on it or do you paint dry enough that it doesn't warp? In art class I was taught to paint using a lot of water (which took forever to do) but it always caused my paper to warp no matter how I prepped it. The warping drives me crazy because I'm obsessed with good craftsmanship and then the whole painting is ruined for me. What sort of preparations do you do if any at all?
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I use artists tape to tape it to a masonite board. you can then wet the whole paper, and wait for it to dry if you are going to be using a lot of water that will help keep warping down. or, you can just paint directly onto it. with it taped to the board it will dry almost entirely flat. I hardly ever have any warping (I hate it too)

I also use thick paper as that helps. I dont ever use less that 120lb and usually use 140lb.
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zombihandba Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Thanks for sharing that with me. I'll be sure to try it! Have a nice day :)
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SaorAngel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will certainly try this out!!:D
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
cool!
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Mystieka-Senko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh thank you I am so going to be using your tips ^^
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
cool! these are just getting started tips so dont be afraid to try different variations to make it your own! :D :hug:
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Skeletina Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
I will try to make time to try this out sometime tomorrow or Thursday. I'll let you know how it went! :D
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
cool! :)
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dragonflair22 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very clear tutorial, even though your font size is a bit small. A difference in what I do with watercolors is using less water for more powerful colors... I have been told I do not paint with watercolors "watercolor-y" environment. I use the tracing method as well, but I trace with watercolor pencils in the colors of my intended painting, so that absolutely nothing shows. I found that even thorough erasing where there is light colors did not work for me satisfactorily.
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ahh thats an interesting idea. If i can find my watercolor pencils I might give that a try.
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dragonflair22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
In re-reading your tutorial I also like that you included having two water bowls. I also find that useful - otherwise everything goes muddy. I prefer using the watercolor pencils for tracing because with graphite I like laying down a nice dark line- even when I am trying not to - and the pencils I prefer usually end up scratching the surface of nice watercolor papers so it makes the colors bleed a bit there, even after erased. The watercolor pencil erases with water or with overlay of the same color
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial, it is great to see how you work!Thank you for making it:heart:
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D :D the next one will be much more in depth... its taking a while to put together! hehe
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FF7ninjachan Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats awesome!
U make it sound so easy, lolze I fail at watercolor
^^
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL well at least it SOUNDS easy. :D
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FF7ninjachan Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^_^
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kittymoon14 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is a very good tutorial. i am going to try this out sometime. thank you for taking the time out to make this. :) i am glad someone out there thought to do this. i have been wanting to learn more about watercolors for a while now.
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
yay! your very welcome! :D
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kittymoon14 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
=^.^=V
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79Shiv97 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, i was surprised how simple and easy this is to follow!
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh thank god LOL I was hoping for just that kind of response! glad you like it! :D
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79Shiv97 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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Reilune Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice set up ^.^
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LiquidFaeStudios Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ah, thanks :) I was trying to keep it simple
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Reilune Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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