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MINI-TUTORIAL about WATERCOLOR EFFECTS

Normally I had a lot to do today, but I didn't feel very well and so I wasn't able to do the things I had planned. In the middle of the afternoon I just decided to throw together this little overview (better than nothing...)

Last weekend at the MMC Berlin I was invited to give a little workshop concerning watercolors. One part were effects; and in preparation I made little cards with different effects to show to the participants. As they all liked the cards a lot I thought I could as well scan them and share them with you.

As always, this is just the way I do it, it's no universal way. Also, there are a lot more tools and methods you can use to create effects, this is just a very small selection. Try also using toothbrushes, sponges etc. for your paintings. Also, the paper plays an important role! Effects will of course also look different on different paper. (I believe there is a better overview concerning the matter already existing on dA).

If you find some things that are strange, things you don't understand or simply typos (I reread it a million times now I swear I'm blind...) - please contact me! Also, if you have other questions - just ask me! I'll try to answer you as fast as possible and the best I can.

Now I hope this is helpful to some of you and that you have fun being creative with watercolors! :la:
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:iconmymylle:
Mymylle Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, it will be useful :)
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EccentricTeatime Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry to keep pestering you so much with questions ^^;
but when you purchase modeling paste for watercolors, do you choose fine or coarse? What are the differences?
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Miutari Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome tutorial, thanks very much for doing it! :D I haven't seen anything similar till now... :la: :D
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad when it helps! Watercolours are so awesome and versatile <3
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:iconmiutari:
Miutari Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they're definitelly are! :nod: :love:
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OurHands Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I'll have to try traditional art once in a while :O
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! And you should definitely give traditional art a try, it's very rewarding! (:
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EccentricTeatime Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully helpful tips! Thanks so much for posting it!

Sorry to bother you, but I have a quick question; do you use Schmincke watercolors? If you do, do you find them to be of good quality?
I want to finally get professional quality watercolors, but I can't decide on the brand; I heard schmincke was really good from multiple reviews, but others said that the colors were too dull. Have you found this to be so?
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hi! Please excuse my late reply, lately I don't find the time to be on dA very often @__@
Glad the little overview helps you!

Yes, I've partly used Schmincke colors back then when I used pans for my artworks! I've always been satisfied with them and didn't have the impression that they were dull. I'm no expert when it comes to Schmincke though. What's important though is to think about the difference in colour when it comes to student and artist quality. Here's a good overview about everything: storyofthedoor.tumblr.com/post…

As for me, I never thought that there would be a real difference, and so when I went from pans to tubes, I used tubes in student quality. This summer though I decided to invest in colours with artist quality, and there is truly a difference. The colours are really more vibrant. My new colours are from Mijello Mission Gold which is a Korean brand. However, I know many who paint with Schmincke and are satisfied. In general I think tubes are have more brilliant colours, compared to pans. I still have some pans though just for having colours ready when I travel and such.

Schmincke also has a good website in English, not sure if you've already seen it: www.schmincke.de/produkte/aqua…

I hope this helps a bit! @__@
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EccentricTeatime Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for all the information! It's so helpful ~ !
I will def buy Artist quality Schmincke; can't wait to put it on paper :eager:
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad when it helps (:
I think Schmincke is a good decision, I wish you loads of fun with your new colours! :heart:
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BlackCatINK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Gah, such cool watercolour effects XD I try the salt one most regularly-_- still turns into a mess every time i try haha. This is a pretty awesome reference material though:D
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Glad you like them! Some of them are a bit tricky and need a bit of practice sometimes, like the thing with the plastic wrap as well. It's rewarding when it works out though! XD
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AQart2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
nice thank you!!!:)
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! And you're welcome (:
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Raphaelsgirl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This is a great tutorial! I haven't seen another one as helpful as this in different effects!
Great job! :thumbsup:
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear that it's helpful, thank you!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional
Thank you this is helpful
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I love how well you explained these effects, their effect on a piece, and how to make them. :clap: Also love the tips at the end. :)
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it (:
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lelewigg Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really amazing and helpfull!

I'm currently working on a birtday present and would really like to inclued some bluish/Grey smokelike pattern in the Background. Do you think I could use two difference methods? Or which method do you think would fit? I love the salt & water on wet ones ...
I'm sorry for asking so many questions ^^' normally I'm rather shy but I need this painting to be Special ;)

Also I'm really happy to have found you here! Your work is (I know I'm repeating myself) quite amazing!

ps.: one last question, you mentioned the MMC Berlin - are you from Germany? I'm curious as for the chances to actually meet you at a con ;)
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Please excuse my late reply, I've not been at home the last days ...

I'm glad to hear that it's helpful (:
Hm, for your picture I think it also depends a bit on the general impression you'd like to have/what fits the picture better. I think both patterns you mentioned look a bit smoke-like, though the version with salt would be a bit more "bumpy" while the other would give a more calm impression imho. And of course you could use both methods, I just think you need to pay attention where you sprinkle the salt or water, depending on what technique you are using (I'm not sure if the salt-technique will work when there's too much water, it will probably just dilute the still wet paint layer and the effect will not be as strong...I hope you get what I mean). It could also be an option to use the two different methods for different areas of the picture (:

I'm happy you like my works so much, thank you! And yes, I'm from Germany! I'm currently pondering whether I'll try to apply for Animaco in Berlin this autumn. If not I'm at the bookfair in Leipzig pretty much every year (: Most of the time I'll announce it in my Journal here on dA if I'll be attenting a convention.
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johnbecaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
No Problem! (: I hope it helps!
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I never worked in watercolor before :no: , but with all the tips and suggestions I've been seeing  Hmm. Evil plotting in progress.  ....I'm itching to try it OMG! I can't contain my excitement! 

Thanks for the tip #1
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! You should really try it out if you have the chance (: I think watercolour is a really really beautiful medium, kind of unpredictable but very rewarding.
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matomiki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Ahh this was very helpful! ^^
Out of curiosity what is the name of the text font you used?
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad when it helps (:
Oh that's a good question...I believe it's one of the free fonts from blambot (:
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matomiki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Ah thanks again, ^^
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RayVictoria Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad if it helps!
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RayVictoria Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it helps so much! thank you thank you thank you!
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BeachsideBlue Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Exceptionally well written. Great tut!
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm really glad you like it!
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WereWolf96 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Oooh..! Interesting o3o
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
I hope it helps XD!
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Diegote89 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
hello, is possible translation into Spanish of the texts of the picture?
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hi! Sorry for my late reply! Do you know somebody who could translate it? I have nothing against it but unfortunately my spanish is not good enough to translate it ;__;
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ChibikkoBluePencil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice and very useful :D
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yay! Thank you. I'm glad to hear that!
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lin-zheng Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Thank you! I was pretty nervous about actually coloring (painting?) my drawing, but this tutorial helped a lot. 
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad to hear that it helps :heart:
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br-it Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! I'm about to work on my first major watercolor project. This was very helpful and gave me more confidence.
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm very glad to hear that! I hope you'll have fun with your watercolor project :heart:
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Danimi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, this is what I was asking for! Short and quick, some people just keep taaaaaalking and then I get confused xD Anyways, thanks is really helpful now that I'm trying to practice watercolor!
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
No problem! I'm glad if it's helpful. Have fun and good luck with your watercolours (:
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cheyannesexton Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
found this on Pinterest and thought it was a great tutorial
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner May 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh! I didn't know somebody posted it on pinterest XD
Thank you! I'm glad you like it (:
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Areia13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
WOAAAAAAHHH!!!! It helps me a lot !!!!! *O* THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!!!!!
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