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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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EccentricTeatime Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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?
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
AQart2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
nice thank you!!!:)
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:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional
Thank you this is helpful
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. :)
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 ;)
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.
johnbecaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
No Problem! (: I hope it helps!
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