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Watercoloring for Cheap People by MoPotter Watercoloring for Cheap People by MoPotter
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Yeah; that's right. It finally happened. My first ever tutorial.
Yesterday was the only day I've had free since...well the beginning of July and I spent it working on this for you all!! Love me now :iconmegustaplz: rofl

So....yes. Pretty self-explanitory. This is the watercolor tutorial I promised my watchers innnn....February :? xD Yes; I AM A BUSY PERSON x_X

So if there are any spelling mistakes I would be grateful if you pointed them out ^^;
Also I might as well point out if anyone doesn't understand; THESE OPINIONS AND ADVICE ALL COME FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN WATERCOLORING AND I AM IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM TELLLING YOU EXACTLY HOW SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE. Just so we're clear there x3

Supplies I found links to!!:
Watercolors [link]
Sakura Pigma Pens [link]
Watercolor Paper [link]


DISCLAIMER: I do not own Allen Walker, Capri Sun, Pringles, iPod, JVC, or My Chemical Romance ;p
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Now for the boring history!; :la:
I started watercoloring in Fall of 09' when I got fed up with having colored pencils as the only thing to color my art with.
Here's some of the early stuff...
Aug 26, 2009
Feb 14, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
I went from that first watercolor fail {wrong paper} and then into a bit of an ink phase when I had a Fall art class {free supplies :D} But atfer that I got lazy and discoraged and didn’t touch watercolors for a good 5 months after that.

I guess in the end I realized my gallery desperately needed more color and watercolor was the only way I had. So whalah! I worked at it in Fall of 2010...
Sept 13, 2010
Sexy Mailman, the first full-page only-watercolor deviation I did since May 2010 and then I didn’t watercolor for 2 months after that.
In November I was rewarded with even a bit more visible improvement with Nov 15, 2010

Hah I laughed when I was looking back on these old deviations today! On that first one it said <and I quote> “I hate using watercolors…but I SHALL CONQUER THEM!!”
So I still haven’t conquered them, but I am proud to say that I think I have improved a great darn deal!! I look forward to improving my drawing skills as much as my water-coloring skills :3

ENJOY! :heart:

Allen Walker and original reference (c) Katsura Hoshino!!
See the final artwork from this tutorial here
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Elegant-Blue-Heart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually boosted my confidence a lot about starting to paint with watercolors, I've always been told when it comes to art "you get what you pay for" but as a struggling student, can't afford to drop tons of cash, but this is something I could easily afford and you made such amazing art doing it! Great tutorial, super informative, and super helpful! <3
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm really glad you thought this was helpful AND boosted your confidence! I've always just learned to work with what I had and being unable to/reluctant to spend that kind of money on supplies really helped ;) And I love that they still make these watercolors...I just bought another set the other day xD Eventually I will move on to some new ones, but for now I am content!
Happy to help^^
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cooljewl98 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
this is awesome, its nice to know that not everyone uses super expensive materials
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is rather reassuring, isn't it?? I thought for the longest time I had to use nice, expensive supplies to have great art- which, I'm not going to lie, they do help sometimes, but it's definitely not a necessity! ;)
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blueani Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely Loooooove this :D Helps me big time since I desperately want to improve in watercolor and also don't have a lot of money to spend :cries: but this is really good for someone like me. XDDD Thanks a bunch for making this, you are wonderful.
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you love it! ;) And I'm just a cheap person in general, so I learned to work with what I had and this is the result! Proves it can be done :D
You are very welcome too :meow:
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SecilTurhan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Thank you! That was great help :)
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!! I'm glad :}
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Miyori999 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   General Artist
2 questions; one being what weight paper did you use for this in particular (It's hard to read on the cover) and the other is; how do you keep the edges from running into one another? I realize I'll have to have my blow-dryer ready, but is it just about waiting for layers to totally dry?

On a sidenote, this is probably the first watercolor tutorial I've looked at that actually seems do-able. Very VERY in-depth, and explanatory. Thankyou for that.
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ummm...weight paper...I didn't even know there were different weights ^^;
If I were to venture a guess I would say medium...sorry I'm not much help!

And to keep the colors from running into one another, I just et it really precise- the main thing that helps is not putting to much water/paint on the brush so it starts running away from you and into other colors! Waiting for layers to dry won't necessarily stop the colors from running- just try to minimize the amount of paint so that it doesn't have the chance to run!

And thanks so much! I'm so glad to hear that :} It's kind of exactly what I needed when I first started watercoloring and then had to find out on my own. So I'm glad to share and help others with it! :D
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Miyori999 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   General Artist
Thankyou for the tip, and I got to squinting at the photo and you used 90Lb paper, which is great for smaller images and characters. For like beachy/landscape scenes use 140Lb paper, it's thinker and doesn't wrinkle as easily. I actually got my paper 1/2 off with a coupon so I have more of the 140 lb, but generally 90lb is cheaper. Also, My dad scored 18 tubes of "professional paint" for $2 at the thrift store, but until I'm certain how to used them I'll use the crayola set I have.
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   General Artist
I'm surprised you can get such nice effect with school watercolors. though actually one can see the difference in quality between those cheap ones and those produced for artists. to be honest I think it's better to save a little more money and buy a decent quality watercolor paints than to go for the cheapest available. good quality paints can serve you very long - I got my first artist's watercolor set in 2006 and still have it working (using it more often than once a month;)), while the cheap panes I used back in elementary school have always run out after a year. so it's kind of investment.
but as for a very start with watercolors, your way is really good - you don't waste money on something you aren't sure if you even like it. I can see that you are actually getting better and better in watercoloring, so I recommend you to spend some money on a set of better quality paints;) it's just a waste of skills - your paintings are worth better materials.
one more thing - I'm curious why you don't advise to use wide and thick brushes. when I was a total beginner, I got three brushes - a round 2, flat 6 and flat 16. I can't imagine how to cover big areas of painting without a big brush. covering it with small brush is just a waste of time and you simply cannot get a smooth transition of colour, which is clearly visible on your paintings. don't be afraid of big brush, it's your helpful friend. ;p
I wouldn't recommend eating anything while painting to a beginner. you must be very careful not to spoil a sheet of paper immediately with a greasy finger. ;p it's better to have clean workspace free of distracting things like food.
anyway, thanks for sharing your tutorial, I'm sure it helped many people to start an adventure with watercolors ;)
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just really like the watercolors I have now so I'm afraid if I go out and buy expensive ones and don't like them, it will be a huge waste of money! D: Hah, I've had these same watercolors for over 10 years xD And they're only just starting to run out xP
I will definitely look in to getting better quality ones as soon as I have money though! I think it will be worth the risk and I'm excited to see if the quality of the colors improves :meow:
And for this particular drawing (since it was face and body and mainly small areas) I didn't suggest a big brush! They're great for doing large areas, but I didn't want to have people mistakenly think they should use them for the smaller areas (which is difficult and frustrating ^^;)

And thank you so much! Your suggestions about better paints has me thinking I should ask for some for Christmas ;D
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
wow, you must have had good paints then ;) too bad I never got myself such ones ;p
you don't need to spend much money at once, especially if you are afraid of wasting them - you can pick a set made only of primary colors and try them out before you decide to buy more. though it's also risky, because if you buy them singly it gets more expensive in the end.
if you plan to ask for paints for Christmas I can recommend Leningrads, I got them myself last year (also for Christmas XD) and they are simply amazing, I fell in love with them immediately. :lol: it costed an equivalent of 20-25$ for 16 colors set (at least it costed this much in my country), so it's not that expensive I guess. you can also ask on forum which paints would they recommend for an advanced artist like you, but who doesn't have experience with professional stuff yet.

about the brushes, I believe the sooner you get proper tools, the better :) maybe it depends on individual preference :D
you're welcome and I hope you get yourself your perfect paints :D
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KazuAC Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
I had just purchased me the crayola watercolors 2 hours ago. :D
I paid $3.99 at Target. The back to school sale is the reason.
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! Gotta love back-to-school deals!! :XD:
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dont-u-know Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very helpfull ,, thnx !
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! You're welcome :}
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dont-u-know Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
specially ,, i just started with watercolours so i have cheap stuff and not so much yet:P some other tutorials are with advanced equipment..
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was how I was (okay, that's how I still am ;p)
I tried looking for tutorials when I began as well but yes, lots of them are for pretty advanced materials D:
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brokenkaizer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this the fact you used cheap watercolour pants and such just makes it even more awesome thank you for this cool tutorial
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They work just as good as the expensive ones (as far as I know) ;p So why not??!
And you're welcome^^
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brokenkaizer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is great i love to make awesome things on the cheap
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ditto!! :XD:
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DrMarvelous Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheap and lazy ppl rule!!! -we should make our won group ^^ This is uper cool. I want to go digital but I don't have the cash T-T But with tutorials like this I LOVE being traditional XD
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, yes they do :XD:
Our own group would be awesome..but then we might be so cheap and lazy nobody does anything for it xP hah

I've got the stuff for digital but it just doesn't compare!! And it takes so much longer D:
And thanks!! :D
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Animle Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol this is too epic :,D
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah, thanks :XD:
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KloKloShoo Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
wow its crazy how much you've improved!
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MoPotter Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :love:
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KloKloShoo Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
haha :blush: no need to thank me. you were the one who improved! :D
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MoPotter Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes but it's always nice to hear it from other people!! :D
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KloKloShoo Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
haha yeah i guess :D
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FeatherfromHeL Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are really good with this. Now I know I can use Crayola watercolours for cheap :3 Anyways, why not the flat brushes? I find them good with doing wrinkles.... But I love a bushy brush XD Anymore tips you can give?
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
Hah yes, now you know!! You don't always have to spend extra money to make pretty art :meow:
And it's more of a personal preference of what you're comfortable with- for me, I work on a pretty small scale whenever I'm water coloring and big brushes would take up the whole head of the character in this tutorial if I used it. Though I have no doubt they're good for backgrounds and wrinkles and things!! I'm just not very good at using them and just found them troublesome when I was first using them so I left them out of this tutorial ;D
Use them if you can!! I still need to try using them :XD:

And hmm, more tips...well as far as coloring go I've come to realize I don't use nearly as many layers {go as dark} as some people do and it tends to look prettier with more layers so you could try that! Um, I haven't water colored in quite awhile so I can't think of anything else...but if you ever have any questions I still might be able to help you!! :D
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FeatherfromHeL Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :3 Yeah It seems to be layers is a big thing with water colour. However, I think the three layers you did should stay that way. It's crisp, clean, and effective. I think the max should be 4-5 layers since it might over power the paper and start to spread to places you don't want it to. XD Thanks again.
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, reading this makes me want to try water colors again. I did a little bit in an observational class during my freshman year of college, but that was back when I first got into school, thought I knew better than everyone, and thus didn't bother to actually pay attention.

(If I could go back in time and smack myself and tell myself to pay more attention I so would).

But yeah, maybe I'll try to take up the brushes again....X3

~VelkynKarma
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well why not try again??
Hah and I always end up having that kind of attitude in most beginning art classes and regret it later ;p
And have fun if you do! :D
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Diana-Silver-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for such interesting and useful tutorial!
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!! I'm so glad you thought it was interesting AND useful!! :la:
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Diana-Silver-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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feed-me-cookiez Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011   Photographer
i dont do watercolor, but i read the whole thing, this is one awesome tutorial :clap:
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well maybe you might try it now!! ;D
But thank you too! :D
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KirigakureShura Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist
great tutorial! ur very talented :)
AND YAY FOR MCR PICTURE! i love that song/album :D
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! :aww:
And hah YES; MCR is awesome!! :icongrin--plz:
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KirigakureShura Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist
you're welcome!

totally, they're like my favorite band in the world.
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JuicyPinkPeach Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
This is the best watercolour tutorial I've seen! ( Especially for one like me, who has never watercoloured before and in trying to open the watercolour bottle had it explode all over my sketchbook for art class ;~; ) thanks so much for this tutorial, it certainly comes in helpful! ^^
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MoPotter Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah well thank you very much!! I wish you the best in your endeavor to learn watercoloring :meow: {Though unfortuinately spilling things when watercoloring still happens to me too :XD:}
And you're welcome^^
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JuicyPinkPeach Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
This is my attempt at watercolour... it didn't turn out that great, but I was inspired by your guide and stared watercoloring soon after I read it. :3 [link]
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xandju Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
as many tutorials as ive seen (and i have the tutorial club on watch, so thats a L O T) this actually made me want to watercolor. Except for elementary school, ive never ever watercolored before, i prefer acrylics, but THIS! This gave me a much better understanding of the process. So many people just put :hey, this is what i did here: and don't really explain the WHY.
Wordy is GOOD imho!
Thank you SO VERY MUCH for posting this! Watercolors just made my xmas list!
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