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Watercolour Tutorial by bleuphoria Watercolour Tutorial by bleuphoria
This pretty much explains itself.

If you really liked it and found it useful - you could do me a favour and link to me.

Here is the original painting used in the tutorial: [link]

It's all (c) :iconmirrew:
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This tutorial is a big help! It's understandable for a beginner like me, and walks the reader through the process with important information and tips and tricks from an expert. :la:
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you found it useful! I am considering making a new complementary tutorial, since this one was made quite a few years back (2007).
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CrysEevee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student
Thanks for the tutorial! C:
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! : )
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HystericalGirl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for awesome tutotial!
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. : )
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chocolate21secret Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
very beautiful ~~ tkank you so much for this tutorial
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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chocolate21secret Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
you're welcome ~~ I hope you will do a lot of tutotial like this ~~~
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blue-bones Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow,you're very talented,beautiful final painting :heart:
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! : )
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blue-bones Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist
No problem :D
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breezeblocks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
This is really helpful, thank you for making this (sorry for my bad english)
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey, you're welcome! And don't worry about your English, it's fine. Besides I'm not a native speaker either. ; )
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Blue-Angel-X Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it is wonderful! THANK YOU
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onionscratch-paper Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is indeed very helpful. Thank you very much. :)
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haimokochan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, this was helpful! :love:
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Wolfie-Okami Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is such a helpful tutorial and that is such an imaginative artwork!
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! : )
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Wolfie-Okami Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No problem. It is a really helpfull tutorial.
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Rxios Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Just what I've been looking for. Thanks
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hokorihime Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! :D, you've inspired me to try to make my own watercolor painting! thanks again for this tutorial its been very insightful and really useful. :hug: ur finished painting was really pretty <3
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome! If you make a painting and upload it to DA - feel free to post a link to it in the comments here so I can see it! :)
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hokorihime Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay, i'll be sure to do that :D
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sariiita Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
absolutely gorgeous! and very very helpful. thanks! [link]
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sanitygonewrong Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I love the transformation of the pages ^^
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kawai-hime Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student General Artist
it'e really helpfull, thanks a lot for this tutorial ^^
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kumbangrusa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tute, it's very useful!
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Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist
Great tutorial! :)
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yukitakarai Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
great turorial! awesome !
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Mittoran Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Nice tutorial! That helps out a lot!
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CoffeeKarena Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful. Thanks for sharing.
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LuisaRafidi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Helpful tutorial, thanks for sharing!
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it! : )
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midnight-ruby-thief Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
that drawings very sweet...i like it ^^
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desfous Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Wonderful tutorial. Picked up some good hints here which will hopefully come into practice soon. Thankyou!
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alex-inacorner Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
wow! amazing tutorial.

but how do you keep the colours inside the lines so well without masking? I mean, whenever i rely on brush control only, i get uneven colours because i take too long and things dry at different rates. Do you have a trick?
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah my trick is to use more water on the first strokes when painting with very little colour. If you are precise when you do this, the next layer with more colour will stay within the wet areas.
If you should happen to paint outside the lines be really quick and paint with clear water on top of it and use paper to dab the colour off.
After that you should wait with painting that area until it's completely dry - or the colour will bleed outside of the lines to where you wetted the paper.
Things drying at different rates is very common, it happens to me all the time. Especially with bigger paintings/areas. It is better to wait until the area you just painted is completely dry in that case - or you might get these "flowers" of brighter areas where the colours won't stick.

I hope that was helpful!
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alex-inacorner Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
yah, it totaly was, thanks!
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ElementumIunctioAqua Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
It was great!
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Tyche-Pasithea Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Great tutorial, really useful. Just a couple of questions though.
1) Is watercolour paper with 300gsm too much or would it have to do more with the surface texture of the paper?
2) Do brushes with sable, hog hair or synthetic materials make a difference when painting in watercolours?

I love how you use deep colours with subtle shades to create high contrast. I imagine the scanner or camera you used didn't do the original justice :)
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the wait!

1) That's the same type of paper I use myself, so no I don't think it's too much! I use it either from prestretched blocks or stretch it myself. The texture do make a difference. If you're going to do small or very detailed work I would recommend a paper that is more smooth.
2) I... don't really know that much about brushes (I don't really care that much to be honest, haha). But I found some better advice than mine here: [link] I would recommend buying brushes of different sizes though. It's always good to at least have a bigger brush for backgrounds, and a small one for detailing.
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Loleia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That was a GREAT tutorial! And it's very good to know there are waterproof pens because the last time I tried inking what I used wasn't waterproof and the result was a disaster!
Watercolors are my favorite medium but I just can't seem to master it. This helps a lot :aww:
Thank you!!
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you found this tutorial useful. And if you have any other questions, or want advice, regarding watercolouring - don't hesitate to ask me! : )
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Eliwi Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is so prettyyy
it helps a lot C:
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Isis-M Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
I loved the tutorial and the idea, and is very well explained! Thanks! ^^
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drianis Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O Trully amazing!

I use to risk with ink pen later, after painting. And the results are often no good... So your way makes much more sense to me, and I'll try it as soon as possible!
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Thank you for sharing!
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
I have not actually tried to ink after painting. I can imagine it's a bit difficult though. I prefer painting on ink lineart, or on faint pencil lines.

Glad you had use of my tutorial!
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justdoodles Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Great tutorial- so detailed!

I also love the end result- very creative and whimsical. :)
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Artiste-Pars Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
veryyyy helpful thankyou for sharing!!!
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