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Watercolor Tutorial by golden-quince Watercolor Tutorial by golden-quince
A watercolor tutorial...hope it proves useful!

*The numbers in the parentheses refer to the brushes at the top of the tutorial. :)

**AND in Step 6, I forgot to add that the alizarin crimson, burnt sienna, and yellow ochre wash is for the fox's body...sorry.

Here is a better look at the finished pic: [link]
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:iconmikaj1:
mikaj1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting a tutorial.
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:iconkallielef:
kallielef Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great piece! I have a question about layering, how long do you wait to begin the next layer between drying time? 
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:iconanniefeng93:
anniefeng93 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you stretch your watercolor paper or just taping it down?
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No stretching or tape. Usually, my first wash covers the whole paper--all the parts I want to paint anyway (sometimes I like to keep a space white so I won't touch it), so it's kind of like stretching it. After the first wash, I blow dry it, then put it under something heavy for a few minutes.
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Tala-ezhno Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ! :o
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FrostedMayhem Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
aah this is such a good tutorial, thank you!!! Your art is so beautiful and I've wondered for a long time how it's possible to pick out such delicate leafy shapes using watercolour.
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:iconannaindeed:
annaindeed Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is such a beautiful work of art! How and when do you remove the sketch/pencil marks? Thanks!
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:iconjasmine2792:
jasmine2792 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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:iconfluffyfeatherwings:
Fluffyfeatherwings Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thank you so much for sending me here! Really helps!
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:iconowls-in-october:
owls-in-october Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Thank you thank you thank you, I have a watercolor set at home I got as a gift I'm desperate to start using ;a;
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:iconjbilodo:
Jbilodo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you this is helpful
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:iconhyperskygirl:
hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this thanks for sharing :)
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:iconartloverinspired:
artloverinspired Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student General Artist
ethereal ...
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:iconitsamirullatiff:
ItsAmirulLatiff Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
What paper are you using? 
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did this on a sheet in a Cotman Watercolor Pad. I think the sheets were cold-press, probably 90 lb.
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:iconthegraystray:
theGrayStray Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013   General Artist
Great tutorial, simple and inspiring :3
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconsoftbluewind:
SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial! I like the way you create the painting, almost like the automatism method of surrealists, also I think it shows a new way of painting with watercolors, awesome job, and thanks a lot!
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Kjesta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I love your graphical style, the shape language and sense of design are so strong. It reminds me a lot of the animated film "The Secret of Kells", you might want to take a look at it! A lot of the concept art and animation backgrounds were done in watercolour.

This deserves both a llama and a watch, thank you so much for making such inspiring art and a walkthrough!
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that movie! Thanks for the wonderful compliment!
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:iconjules-89:
Jules-89 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
so great!Thank you I love all of your pictures :dalove:
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:iconpaula-the-cat:
paula-the-cat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing !
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:iconblackcrystaleyes:
blackCRYSTALeyes Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Sure we like it !! :o
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:iconcassie148:
Cassie148 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I just thought I'd tell u that u inspired one of my best watercolors that I'm about to post
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:iconbagasuit091:
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so cool to see the process! I was wondering how you did all those little details.
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:iconmtgrave1:
MTgrave1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you much. I like this process, and your work is super.
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:iconconforimor:
conforimor Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome.
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:iconninina-nini:
Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing! Your works are gorgeous! :love:
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:iconharleygreen:
HarleyGreen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very useful tutorial!
I can't wait to give a try ^^ !
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:iconpagodacomics:
PagodaComics Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you very much, it really IS heloful! :lol:
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:iconblackby:
BlackBy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you, it is very useful !
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:iconwakeupatnoon:
wakeupatnoon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So useful! Thank you!
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:iconyume-sakurai:
Yume-Sakurai Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I shall try, thank you ^^
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Eleyan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I have just one question: In step 3 when you say "pick out shapes" (foliage)you mean like removing the paint from the canvas while it's still wet? :)
Really helpfull tutorial btw ty :)
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golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! Sorry, that was not very clear language for describing the process...when I am "picking out the shapes," I am looking at the wash composition and drawing in the right leaf shapes that I think go with that composition--it's important to sort of "listen" to the painting and not be too deterministic or exacting...just see what happens. The wash is dry when doing this, and pencil will easily erase if you don't like what you've drawn. Then I fill in with paint around the pencil outlines-- no removing paint.
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Eleyan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that was perfectly explained, thank you <3
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HurricaneLeslie1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
For the fine details and the lines with the #1 brush, how do you keep them from "running away?" Do you use a different kind of paint, or ink?
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golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For that, I try to control how much water goes into how much pigment; the waterier the layer, the more apt it is to run. Also, when doing the finest details, you don't want to load up your brush with paint...this will cause bleeding or the line will be thicker than wanted.
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HurricaneLeslie1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Ahhh. Good to know. Thank you! :)
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful tutorial ^^* thank you for sharing
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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The-Bails Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
great tutorial!! and such a delightful piece!!! thanks so much for sharing your process!
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And you're welcome!
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:icontragic-flower:
Tragic-Flower Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been thinking of doing watercolours soon, and this tutorial has made me confident enough to try! Thank you!
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:icontwinklepunt:
Twinklepunt Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   General Artist
So helpful! Thank you for sharing, definitely trying this out for a while =) :hug:
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome...
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Silverilix Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, beautiful, I will try this technique for sure. Thanks.
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:icongolden-quince:
golden-quince Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, thanks!
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sfepan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I like it! Very nice tutorial!
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