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basic watercolor tutorial by leinef basic watercolor tutorial by leinef
I promised to some people to do a watercolor tutorial for a long time. Now I finally did it. I'm not sure if this will be a help.

Uh... I'm sorry for the grammar mistakes, English isn't my mothertongue x_x

Other tutorial from me:
basic pencil tutorial
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xLuna-tan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 I'm starting with watercolor and this helped me a lot! Thank you very much! :heart:
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ZI-PA Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
noch n kleiner tip das du vllt einfügen könntest ist dass man das aquarell "wegradieren" kann, füge wasser auf die betroffene stelle und tupf dann mit nem papiertuch ab. natürlich bleibt was von der farbe übrig, aber das ist dann so blass, dass man ruhig mit ner anderen farbe malen kann :D
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leinef Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank :) Das Tutorial vermisst viele Dinge wie das, was du erwähnt hast.
Eigentlich sollte ich noch eins machen um das und andere Dinge zu erwähnen.
Aber trotzdem vielen Dank für die Anmerkung! :hug:
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ZI-PA Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
hab ich doch gern gemacht :)
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Kamibi Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Scared of using water properly? I think that sums up my entire opinion on watercolors in one statement. I really appreciated this; it was thorough and detailed, and while it did have a few (the operative term being "few") errors, you still write better than most people (even grown adults) I know. Actually, I think I'm in the exact opposite situation of you, if your native tongue is German; I first learned English, now am (attempting to) pick up German.

But that's besides the point. What really matters is that this helped a lot, and now I think I can look at my watercolor set without feeling panic.

Thanks.
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leinef Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah that was my problem for a long time until I met a teacher who taught me not to be scared of using water. Thanks for your compliment :)
How come you are learning German?
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Kamibi Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
At my school, middle schoolers have to take a foreign language, either German or Spanish. I knew a German opera song before I had to pick a language, and I loved the sound of the language, so . . . That's how that happened.

I don't know if this is a dumb question or not, but have you ever used watercolor pencils? Is it the same process, do you know?
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j-rocky Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice paper... :iconimhappyplz:
All this time maybe i buy wrong paper and that make me difficult to use watercolor... :icononionfailplz:
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hachikuji Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
thank you it helps me a lot :DDD
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leinef Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no need to thank me <3
I'm glad it helped you! :)
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LaileenM Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
thank you ^^
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Chimera-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student General Artist
thx 4 this! I just got a water color set 4 Christmas, and this Tutorial has given me some gr8 ideas on how to use them ^^ THX!!!!
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leinef Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy to hear that! :D Have fun with the watercolors ;)
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Chimera-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student General Artist
I will :la:
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Mera-Uchiha Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! ^^ It's very, very helpful! =D
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leinef Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks to you for liking it! :D
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Mera-Uchiha Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No need to thank me! X3
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rareity-1004 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
just curious, but here u from?
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm from Korea :D
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vya Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Das ist total toll!<33 Ich muss zur Zeit eh ein bisschen mit Aquarell und sowas üben, für die Schule, aber bisher habe ich mich da nie richtig getraut..>///< Aber bei dir sieht sogar schon der erste Schritt total perfekt aus!<33 Trotzedm glaube ich, dass mir das schon ein bisschen geholfen hat, ich hab jetzt allein schon Lust drauf los zu malen! ^__^
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design-ns Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
great. ;)
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Tamayatz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Student Photographer
This is a pretty good tutorial from whta I've just read trough ( I read 4 of the ones in watercolourlovers group). I'm gonna give it a try but first I need to figure out what my subject is. =( I'm lacking inspiration.
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jhenee Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
lovingg this. looking forward to trying it out! thanks!
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aldreich Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
hi, this is a wonderful turtorial! i would like to ask, can we just shade with a normal 2B pencil/mech pencil? because i get the feeling that sometimes when i wet a particular place, teh black of the pencil comes out a bit too. can u suggets any other pencils suitable for such a job? i like inking a piece, but i don't always have time to do it. so, for a fast job, pencil it will have to be~
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leinef Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much :D Yes you can shade with normal 2B pencil. I'd even suggest to try F although it won't be dark then. But it won't make the sketch "dirty" when doing wet coloring onto it :)
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aldreich Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
oh thank you~:D:D:D i will bear all those in mind!
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leinef Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope I was able to help you^^
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aldreich Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
it is helpful:D:D:D
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BlackCatKaya Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I surely will try workin after this tutorial. It seems to be a good basic tut for me.
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CustomCookie Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Thanks!
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leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks to you too for commenting to this tutorial! ;)
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CustomCookie Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
(^_~)b
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fay-freyja Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Great tuto!
I love tutos *~*
Thanks for sharing your knowledge :heart:.
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leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart: I'm glad you liked it! :D
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fay-freyja Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Indeed I do. :love:
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Deefah Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tutorial, thank you for sharing your knowledge... It's much appreciated!!!
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leinef Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No need to thank me! >_< I'm glad you liked it!
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TheMsmadcookie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Awesome!
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lunaSerene Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
oh great!!! i try soon when i have free time :D, thanx a lot for it. :hug:
do you have any tutorial but with watercolors pencils?
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leinef Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have another tutorial about basic pencil drawings, it's linked in the comments :)
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lunaSerene Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
cool ;)
i'll take a look at it then
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EdgeSwallowWork Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this will be useful leinef, thanks.
but the subject of what should i color ill be a problem xD
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leinef Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great to hear that xD <3 I hope you have fun when trying out watercolors :D
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luchisei Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question, does your paper wrinkle at all? I use Canson's acuarela watercolor paper and a lot of the times they wrinkle. They look fine on their own but horrible when I scan them. I don't see a problem with all your works. Care to share the secret? :confused:

Also, do you use watercolor pencils?
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leinef Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it doesn't actually. Perhaps the paper you use doesn't fit to your style? Either use another thicker paper or use less water. Or it's the scanner when you say that they look fine on their own >w< Sometimes it's better to take photos from watercolors but you need a good light situation to do so :)
I do have watercolor pencils but I don't really use them. But you can mix both media and it will work perfectly together!
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luchisei Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the pointers! I'm still pretty new to the medium but it's pretty fun to play with. :la:
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leinef Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to hear that! That's most important :heart: I'm sure you'll draw amazing pieces soon! :love:
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luchisei Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I hope so too, only if I have more time to draw :D
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Fantastic picture. And I commend you for taking the time to document all of your steps! This is great =D
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little-wizard Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
endlich *______*
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