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Watercolour Textures by DragonsDust Watercolour Textures by DragonsDust
Here is a little tutorial/guide on how to do some cool effects in watercolour, mainly useful for backgrounds but can be used for other things.

Anyway it was something to do and i've not done a tutorial before so excuse the poor layout and the spellings ^^; lol

Edit: Meant to say some of these effects will be effected by what paints you use and the paper. I used Winsor & Newton Cotman pan watercolour paints for this and 300 gsm hotpress paper. Different brands of paints will have a different amount of pigment which will most likely effect the Salt Trick, Water Drops and Plastic. Different paper will effect the drying time of the paint, especially if it isnt watercolour paper.

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Edit 19.01.08
I have a more updated version of this if anyone is interested [link]
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Hederia Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you!
Veboshi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
animalpearl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you this helped me out a lot! :D
WhenThingsGoBoom Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
These will be fun to experiment with! Thanks ^^
usagiringo Featured By Owner May 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
this is nice X)
fluff-kun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Hello. You helped my life and I love you.
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lol I'm glad it helped :)
harichi-chan17 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, resourceful, and done with simple objects that can be found at home. Thanks! I'll definitely try them out! :)
BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
This is awesome! thanks, gonna try some of this :D
Sarcastic-Squirrel Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
very useful, thank you!
sugarplumfairy6 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
This is awesome! ty!
x-yeva Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Wah ,you made a cool tutorial ,it's very comprehensible,my English is not very well but I understand well =)! ,and very useful ,I'll try the tissue paper effect x]!Maybe water-drop ,but just for fun xD!

thanks =)!
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you found it useful, have fun!
FleurStolk Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very usefull tutorial! I've used the salt texture and it turned out very interesing: [link] . Thank you!
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow thats awesome, im glad you found the tut useful :nod:
tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
This will be very helpful! thanks.. :aww: i like the plastic method.. :D

Now, can somebody make a tutorial for patience? :giggle: i really need some helpful advice on that one.. :aww:

--impatient artist
Lily-Chi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008   Interface Designer
When using masking fluid, dip the brush in pure dish washing detergent, then use as normal. True you'll get some bubbles on your page, but they should do no harm and still protect the brush <3
electrodude102 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist
thanks ...does the "plastic" one have a specific name?
(if i was to ask someone to make that for me what would i call it?)
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, the plastic i use are sandwhich/freezer bags, a really flimsy plastic that you can scrunch up easily, I hope this answers your question :)
ramikin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Student General Artist
This seems really really good!

I might just use this soon :D

red-nouveau Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Very cool, thanks for sharing this :D
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thats quite alright, Thanks for the :+fav:!
red-nouveau Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
no problemo :D
draumstafur Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial, once again. I had no idea how these textures could be applied to the watercolors till now!
pauscorpi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
thanks a lot for this tutorial - i feel it is going to make my life a bit easier :D
creusa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Very useful! Thank you )
kudose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
its ver helpful ^-^
genkaku-kun Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Exactly what I was looking for. This will be a nice starting point for me. Thank you so much!
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am glad it's helpful :)
DarkElin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
This is really helpful, thanks :hug:
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad its helpful, thanks for the :+fav: :)
FaerytaleMalice Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
I'm actually about to use watercolour for the first time ever.. soon-ish.
Soon as I figure out what I'm doing.
So I'll be trying some of these techniques :D
Wish me luck :)
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck and thank you for the :+fav: I've made another watercolour textures tutorial with more textures in if your interested :)
PrincessOfDonutland Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
thank you so much
I had forgotten about some of these >w<
and this is clear and to the point :D
thank you
it'll help me a lot :D
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it helped :), thanks for the :+fav: :hug:
Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Nice job. Clear and very informative.
kmaier99 Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
Nice tutorial, especially dropping water in a drying wash...I have never tried that.
Lilav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
that really helpful, I am am now curious to try other methods!
Ciardubh Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Interesting! I had never tried the plastic idea so will have to give it a go..
Thanks for sharing!
Bliz77 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Saving this for future reference, I'll definitely be using it. ^_^
1B6 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Student Digital Artist
this has been really useful ^^
i am just starting out on using watercolours and i really need things like this for reference, ty ^^
ilovefreddiemercury Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
i'm just starting to paint with watercolours and this help alot for nice effects. thanks
pilife Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
thanks a lot! it is very helpfull.. i specially like the plastic made texture! it looks so good

pathlost Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
Excellent examples - thanks
bunnymix Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
This is great. I will fave it for future references. :D
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
Strytho Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
You could use crayons for the second one which is also known as wax resist. draw stuff with the crayon, then paint over it. The paint will slide tight off.
Manafairy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
I've been wondering why I kept hearing about salt in reference to water color ^^;

As a complete beginner at watercolor, myself, I can't say I knew any even basic techniques so this was pretty useful. The descriptions are clear and easy to understand, so you can rest assured that you at least helped one person ^_^ Nice job!
DragonsDust Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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