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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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Mymylle Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, it will be useful :)
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?
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
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
Miutari Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they're definitelly are! :nod: :love:
OurHands Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, I'll have to try traditional art once in a while :O
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! (:
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?
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:…

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:…

I hope this helps a bit! @__@
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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