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Watercolor Tutorial by Loonaki Watercolor Tutorial by Loonaki
Gosh that took me so long. I hope it will be helpful for you! :B

Used pictures:
Violet hair: [link]
Colorful one with the bird: [link]
plant: [link]
Ariel: [link]

Collage of painting examples: [link]

I didn't spell check and I had some problems finding the right words in English, since I'm German. If there are mistakes... sorry about that. xD

Thank you so much for the DD to =kayleero and ^Elandria
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Watercolor Tutorial by *Loonaki ( Suggested by kayleero and Featured by Elandria )
KristineBreum Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Great tutorial, thanks! Clap 
Loonaki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :]
chepau Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I'm still beginner in painting with watercolors so this helps a lot :D (Big Grin) 
fairy-auntie Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tutorial. Thank-you.
jenninn Featured By Owner May 5, 2015   Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! :clap:
AnodyneOcean Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I think that this is the post that will get me back into watercolour painting!
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   Traditional Artist
That is awesome! I'm glad. :]
Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Writer
This is really neat, thank you for sharing! :D
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :3
thetruthisunlucky Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for making this tut!  I was wondering if you could help me with my salt placement problems..?  When I put the salt on, it doesn't do anything.  I used sea salt; not regular table salt.  Do you think that would matter?  How wet do you have the paint when you sprinkle it on?  And what type of paint do you use?  I use just crayola watercolour paints on a pan...  do you think paints in a tube give different results with the salt?  Sorry I'm asking so many questions : (( Thank you!!
Loonaki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Mh. Well, when I put on the salt, the paper is still pretty wet, though I do wait a little between applying the color and sprinkling the salt. The type of color you use can be a factor, but I myself didn't use all that many different types to really define what is best. I use liquid watercolors, which always works for me.
I guess it also makes a difference if you put the salt on, let's say yellow or black for example. I've seen the effect work better on darker colors. 
I don't know if the point is that it's sea salt. What is important is that the salt has to be really dry, as the effect is only made possible by the dry salt absorbing the water from the wet paper and colors. So if your salt tends to clump together or something, it's probably too damp. Try and put dry rice in with the salt and let it sit for quite a while. Maybe that helps. Also sea salt (I don't know if that's the case with yours) tends to have larger grains which makes the effect harder to achieve, so maybe use salt that is finer grained.
If it still doesn't work, it's probably the type of colors you use after all.  
I hope this helps a little. :]
thetruthisunlucky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I have had more sucsess with it when I used some new paints.  Perhaps this brand is better.  Thanks again!
CokeH Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
beatiful and very helpful tutorial, thank you! <3
carlyartdaily Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks!
Fridayfelts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely and helpful, thank you!
ilovepumpkin2014 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
So good tutorial!  Thanks!
Scarlett-Winter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Ein wirklich sehr sehr gutes Tutorial (: !
Katwyn-Lauryl Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this tutorial extremely helpful, thank you so much! But I don't now what do you mean when you say the light on dark technique?
Loonaki Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Glad you found it helpful!
It's something I found to only work well with certain Ecoline colors (in my experience so far). It's when you put a lighter color (best works with Ecoline yellows) or clear water over a darker color and then dab it off again with a paper towel, it leaves lighter parts there. 
Katwyn-Lauryl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! That makes sense, thank you so much for helping me out!
TheSyrin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :)
Just found your tutorial today it is very helpful and I hope I can begin my watercolor journey soon. However I keep getting confused and frustrated on what to do with the watercolors that are in the hard block form. I don't understand how to use them and how to mix colors. For example how to i get the color onto my mixing palette(not sure that's the correct term) and how to mix the colors with out muddling the brush.
Could you help by explaining in detailed steps on how to use the watercolor in blocks? It would help so very much. Thank you so much for your time and this wonderful tutorial. 
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm very glad you're finding it helpful!
When I use the watercolor thats pressed into blocks, I put some (clean!) water on the block to get some liquid color. I use my brush to get the color over to my mixing palette. Just load it full of color and then squeeze it out on the palette by just pressing the bristles down. To then get another color for mixing I clean the brush in a cup of water and then again use clean water to get the next color from a different block and so on. I always have two cups of water for painting! One with the cleaning water, which gets dirty with time and one with clean water to thin down colors and mix them. This way the brush doesn't get muddy with colors that can get into your mix unwanted.
With all your now liquid colors ready on your palette you can start mixing them. :]
TheSyrin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh thank you so much this is all I have been searching for<3333
thank you so much!!
meus-dilingo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is a really useful tutorial. I like how you go beyond the wet on wet or dry on wet and give us other techniques as well :) I'm definetly going to experiment with these :)
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Traditional Artist
Glad it was helpful to you! :]
Angel-of-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
das ist echt genial!!!
vielen lieben dank!!

ich wollte auch gerne mal die flüssige variante an tusche versuchen und habe mir koh-i-nohr bestellt, hoffe mit denen klappt es auch ^^°
geht das mit den droops farbe auch mit anderer wasserfarbe oder nur mit der tusche? also das du mit gelb auf dunkel und dann blaiben gelbe flecken zurück? (kompliziert ausgedrückt ><°°)
Loonaki Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Diesen speziellen Effekt habe ich bisher nur bei Ecolines beobachtet, und da auch nicht bei allen Farben. Kannst du nur ausprobieren. Ich hatte auch mal koh-i-noor Tusche, die hab ich aber nie für solche Effekte benutzt. Irgendwie glaube ich mich zu erinnern, dass die dickflüssiger waren als Ecolines. Ecolines sind auch transparenter. Aber vielleicht funktionierts ja trotzdem. Viel Spaß beim Experimentieren. :] 
Angel-of-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
ich versuche es wenn sie da sind ^^ kann ja sagen ob es funzt XD
Light-Lein Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a nice technics do you used! I definitely going to try some! :D I am experimenting with water color now and its still a bit hard but these effects are really nice to know! :D
Kiror Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty Nice tutorial!  Thank you very much! :D
ohoimarshall Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thanks! This is really great
fuShiU Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is so helpful and great! thank you a lot!!
ColorPixie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is really helpful and easy to understand, it definitely deserves the DD ^^ Thank you for making this, it's wonderful~
TheCatWithTheHat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
OK. that's amazing.
Spigos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING :heart:  Thanks so much for making this!
imke14 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never been this eager to try this out since i never really knew how to start so thanks! :D Amazing tutorial
EvaRusso Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
fabulous tutorial!
candypink22 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Great tutorial! U helped me a lot!
sarphifish Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Krepp ist "masking Tape" auf Englisch :) 
Schones Bild ^_^
graceartiste Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What style of drawing is that?? I've been wanting to do drawings like that but have never been able to find the name for it.
Loonaki Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Uhm... Watercolor.
graceartiste Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't mean the watercolor. I meant the actual drawing that you started out with. Sorry for the confusion.
Loonaki Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
I don't actually know how to call that style of drawing either. xD 
graceartiste Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, thanks for replying. your art is amazing, keep up the good work!
Stars-In-The-Ocean Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I'm 97.2% sure its a style called manga.

The art itself is manga (duh) but when used in films or cartoons (so when its 'animated') it is called anime. It's a popular Japanese style of art :)

zaphyrae Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoo~ Awesome!
So Jun Mochizuki uses salt, and not a computer to to all the weird molted stuff <3
and the straw splatters are really interesting, as is the water dripping and then blotting dry effect.
Thanks a lot for this tutorial !! ^^
ChibikkoBluePencil Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aoi-pervert Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student
oh my god !!!!! you're so awsome ... it's a very useful tut !!!
H-Johanna Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey hey,

I just wanted to thank you for this great tutorial. I have taken the liberty of using it and creating my own work inspired by it: [link]
Of course I've credited you, I hope it's ok.
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