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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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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner 2 days ago  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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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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