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So, HEYA people! I'm back again with some new tutorials and tips this time!
Are you ready?
 I decided to write an article for beginners in traditional art.
This time it's beginner's guide to watercolors!

The index of the explained things is as follows:
  • Introduction
  • Why use watercolor ? ( with precautions)
  • Types
  • Additional Tips
  • A word of Thanks!
SO LET'S BEGIN!
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Introduction -

So, What are watercolors exactly? Watercolors or waterpaints are water based paints(duh) that exist in both paste and solid form. They can be used by the addition of water in their base pastes or solids. Their usage varies with the amount of water used in them and the type of paper you are using to paint on. Generally paper of thickness of 150-200 gsm is preferred for waterpainting.

GSM means Grams per Square Meter; It is the unit by which you can decide the quality (mainly thickness) of paper used. This means that more the texture and gsm of the paper, more the high quality and rich experience you'll get while you paint. So, more things will be told as we move on further with the article! Enjoy!


Why Use Watercolor?

Watercolors are a great medium to paint with because:

  • They are easily accessible
  • They don't get exhausted easily/early (if used correctly)
  • They give varied textures on different surfaces.
  • They can be altered with varied water densities
  • They can be easily modified into varied layers on paper
  • They are easy to use!
  • They can be revived after getting dried (by applying water!)
  • YOU DON'T GET BORED WHILE USING THEM!
  • Their effects and reactions with different liquids give off varied and lovely results!

The above mentioned points were that of advantages of watercolor. These can be obtained with a good practice and a great sense of experimenting. You can literally experiment watercolors with almost all kinds of liquids (except ones which are concentrated acids/bases or radioactive materials..so as to prevent yourself from critical damages). However there are some points to care of while using watercolors:

  • They (watercolors in tubes) can exhibit some weird changes when kept in hot environments...Like overflowing on their own when their cap opens.
  • They should not be left open on your desk as they may accidently get squished.
  • While using them, ensure to keep a spare cloth in hand, in case they spill and mess up.
So these were some tips & precautions to keep in mind while using watercolors

Types -

Watercolors come in 2 types :

1) The tube paints

2) The standard pans

Both of them have their own specialties:

THE Paint Tubes:
  • Are easy to maintain
  • Don't get exhausted often                             
  • Promote efficient utilization of paint
THE Pans:
  • Are easily accessible
  • Are easy to store
  • Promote satisfaction of color used
Now we come to their disadvantages:

THE Paint Tubes:
  • Are prone to temperature defects
  • Can be a mess if are squished
  • Aren't easy to store

THE Pans:
  • Are prone to get dirty
  • Can be a mess if not regularly cleaned 
  • Get exhausted early as compared to tubes

I hope everything till here is clear and concise...We now move on to the next topic-

Additional Tips -

  1. Storage:
Storage of these colors is always a major issue in the life of an artist because if they aren't stored safely and carefully, there is always a chance that either they will be lying near your workspace, are lying in some freaking depths for your cupboard or drawers or will be all splattering throughout your home making your parents scream on you like hell! Thus, to prevent such circumstances from occurring:

1) Make a separate storage box for your paints and brushes
2) Store your tubes in dry and cold areas
3) Prevent your pan colors to be in contact with moisture for many days
4) Store the paints in such a place where children below 3 or 4 years of age can't reach (child safety is a must!)
5) Don't leave the water containers uncleaned as they will start to stink like vile in a matter of 5 to 6 days


 2.  Paper:

Finding the best quality of paper is also a difficult task as there are a wide variety of types of paper all around you! This includes all types of note paper, your diary paper, your sketchbook paper or any other paper; After seeing this huge list you remember a brand of good quality papers and it was also cheap! But not accessible!!! The end to this problem is to start browsing Google or Amazon and find your best quality paper. Well I recommend brands like:

1) Daler Rowney
2) Canson
3) Fabriano
4) Brusto
5) Faber Castell

All of these come in both pads and separate sheets!
Also, type of paper also modifies texture:





 3. Brushes:

With the coming of pages and paints, comes the arrival of paintbrushes! They are the basic tools for any painting to occur! They are mainly of two types:

1)The Round brushes


2)The Flat Brushes


Both of them have different structure and hence different utilization. Their existence gives rise to various other forms of brushes according to their utility :


Each one of them has its distinct appearance, utility and function and hence, all of them contribute equally to the formation of a masterpiece!


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So, This is the end of this article and the first part. It was a great experience teaching you all and I hope I have been very clear and concise in all the information. If you have any doubt regarding any content of the article, do note me up! I'll be ready to give you a constructive and helpful feedback!

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A word Of THANKS!

I thank all of you, my friends, the editors, the advisers and all the other staff people for helping me out in bringing up this article! If you hadn't been there, this article wouldn't have been a successful one! KEEP BEING AWESOME!

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Credits :

article written by Tudalia 
tube paints picture :: static1.squarespace.com/static…
paint pans picture :
 wonderteacher.com/wp-content/u…
yellow paint tube picture :
somecallmebeth.com/wp-content/…
colorful paint pan picture :
goldseven.files.wordpress.com/…
paints and brushes assortment set picture :
www.hofcraft.com/images/wn0190…
daler rowney product :
www.theartshopskipton.co.uk/We…
canson product :
www.jerrysartarama.com/images/…
fabriano product :
i130.twenga.com/leisure-hobbie…
brusto product :
img5a.flixcart.com/image/paper…
faber castell product :
www.fabercastell.com/~/media/P…
types of paper 1:
static1.squarespace.com/static…
types of paper 2:
www.willowing.org/new3/wp-cont…
types of paper 3 :
www.osweetnature.com/uploads/3…
round brushes picture :
thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/…
flat brushes picture :
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varied brushes picture:
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

Thank you!



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:iconcanvasoftheheart:
CanvasOfTheHeart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this. I have been having problems with paint...they don't like to listen to me. haha. I look forward to learning from you and learning to work with my paints. :) 
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I'm very happy that it served you well!,Be sure to see my next editions !
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
oh thank you! I just started and this helps, I'm going to read the other parts too :nod: :clap:
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I'm really happy that it helped you! Don't forget to keep track of the coming series!
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
faving spree :D
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Of what?
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
basically watercolor tutorials ;P
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh.
Got it!
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Is this a dedication? But thanx for having a look around my articles!
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Eleweth Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Your article is very informative, thank you very much for posting this. Looking forward for second part :la:
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanx!

For your info....the ext article will contain tips to start off with watercolors, precautions and practice measures!
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Agaave Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
Interesting and informative, thank you for sharing! Looking forward to see the second part. :dummy:
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I'll post it in the traditional art week or artist tools week or the next community week!

Thanx!!!
:heart:
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Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
:highfive:
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:iconthanksplz:
:la:
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Mirage-Epoque Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks very interesting and helpful! Thank you for taking the time with creating this article and sharing it too! :D
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Aww. .


Thanx a lot!
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Mirage-Epoque Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No, thank you! :) But you're welcome. :D
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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vindolet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
It was an interesting article, thanks! I'd like to read (or see in a picture) the different kinds of strokes and functions of each brush. 
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
As I told, all that will be on the second part... That is how to use these brushes, pros and cons of each type...precautions... As setting your workspace!
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nihilistic-hun Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Yes, I am also surprised that you do not have Arches.  That is the best in my opinion. 

Also lately, I have been using the Winsor Newton watercolor sticks.  They are just amazing little things.   Huge amount of pigments in them and you can lay them on really thick.
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Haven't heard of them lately.... I just mentioned the reasons for not including arches and other brands....basically due to extreme length of the article....and I hope you like the article too!
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Theblackanomaly Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015
I'm surprised arches watercolor paper isn't mentioned 
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I could have mentioned more than five brands....like 20 or 25 more...but the size of the article along with the credits was huge enough to limit myself to 5.However, how did you like the article?
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Multi-FacetedFangirl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I'm really glad I found this! And thank you for posting it. Lately, I've been interested in trying out painting, and this has been very insightful. The only thing I would say as constructive criticism is that the Daler Rowney brand, while having excellent paper quality, does not stay in one piece... that is to say, if you like to keep your art and sketches with you at all times (like myself) the sketchpad, which I have, falls apart. But again, thank you for this! I'll be sure to look into more of your posts.
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thannka for the feedback!I know that the pad is meant for a single time cover usage. That's why with time it falls apart... The same occurs with fabriano sketch pads. They are meant to hold their papers for a single time usage and hence need to be stored in a folder.

Thanks for the watch too!
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Multi-FacetedFangirl Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooohhhh!!! See, I'm not really knowledgeable in the field of visual arts (yet), so I don't really know much about things like this... it's really helpful for you to post something like this for people like me! Again, my greatest thanks to you for this!
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome!
I'm happy to share something more knowledgeable with you guys!

Keep being awesome!

~ Tudalia
(Your friendly neighborhood Goth)
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Vimes-DA Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015
Thanks for putting this together, very helpful. The only thing I would like added is tips on watercolour technique, like beginner things to avoid
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:icontudalia:
Tudalia Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That will be added in the second part.
Thanx for the support!
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Keep being awesome!
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