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Fri Jul 11, 2014, 1:32 PM
At Traditionalists, each month is dedicated to one traditional medium - July is for watercolour. Here's a collection of useful and interesting articles on the subject.

Everyone can contribute and post their own journals! How to take a part: simply send a note to Traditionalists and tell us what would you like to write about (or what art would you like to feature). We'll provide any needed help (including spell-check).

PE: ARTIST TOOLBOX: Water-based Media!Waterbased Media!
I love water-based media! What is “waterbased media” you say? Well that would be any kind of water-soluble ink or paint! There are many advantages to working with water-based media, the main one being that many water-based paints and inks are not extremely dangerous to work with (in comparison to oils which are not good to get on your hands people…wear gloves!), there is no need for special clean up or a specific work environment (on that note, please PLEASE do not paint with oils in your living room).  Another advantage to working with water-based media is quick drying times. This is a pro especially if you do illustrative works. A third pro to water-based media is that they are somewhat cost effective for us starving artists. Here are some types of water-based media: watercolor, ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint. My favorite type of water-based media is watercolor. Tip: you don’t need t
WatercolorWatch depthRADIUS
About|Previous Journal

Foreword by techgnotic
Christopher Behrens, the 7-year deviantART member contributing this wonderful history of watercolors to depthRADIUS, along with curating artists and interviews, is a modern renaissance man held in high regard by fans of his unique artistic vision. He is an independent filmmaker, author, and a masterful watercolorist in his own right. His gallery of works can be perused here.
Watercolor by ctbehrens
he history of painting begins with watercolor as it is the oldest painting med
Watercolor Tutorial FeatureWatercolors are such magical media; you can try to master them but usually they have their own mind and they add little twists to your works without asking. But that’s just a big part of their charm!
However, you can always try to befriend with watercolors and learn how to lure them to show their best sides in your artworks. Here I have collected my favorite tutorials which I have found helpful when learning how to work with watercolors. I wrote few sentences of each tutorial to point out which tips I have found especially useful from that particular tutorial.
Awesome Tutorials
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e) f) g)
h) i) j) - Tutorial - watercolor+Gel Pen - by Losenko
a) Great walkthrough showing the painting progress from sketch to finished painting.
A whole packet full of watercolor secrets!
b) Another walkthrough showing tips for blending and a creative way o

Artist's toolbox: Watercolor Equipment
✿   Watercolor Equipment

Watercolor is a painting technique in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble binder. Usually, the result is transparent and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a relatively pure form with a few fillers obscuring the pigment color. This medium was never taken as seriously as "high art" techniques such as oil painting and was rather seen as pale and miniaturist, but it's gradually reclaiming it's place as a vehicle for the most beautiful and unexpected artistic expression. Watercolor can be vibrant and large, very vital, spontaneous and leaning a little on luck. All these aspects make watercolor painting a medium with great potential for new discoveries. 

✿     This article will introduce the most ba
Artist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment II
✿   Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools

In the first week of Artist's Toolbox, we discussed basic Watercolor Equipment such as paper, brushes and paints. Second week's article presents additional tools, equipment that some artists use to enhance their watercolor creations or just for the fun of it, however none of them is crucial to create a watercolor painting.
I divided these tools into two categories - those used to Create Highlights and those used to Create Textures. Bottom part of this article belongs to our watercolorists and their Personal Experience regarding additional tools.

1. Cr
PE: Watercolour and saltWatercolour and salt
Watercolour painting provides us with fantastic possibilities to create various textures. They can be achieved in many different ways with use of many different side components and equipment - in this article, I'll focus on salt textures. It usually takes time to get a handle of it - like everything else - but the outcome is definitely worth it.
Water and pigment
The three factors that determine the effects are the amount of water, amount of pigment and amount of salt, with the two first being the harder part. The more water you use, the more time it takes for the paint to dry and the more time the salt has to work - therefore the pigment will be pushed further away and you'll get bigger, paler spots between darker pigment borders. Less water will get you smaller, star-like

Watercolor TechniquesWatercolor Techniques I

Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting! :#1:

Laying a wash
A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this s
Watercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques II
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting! #1
Wet-in-Wet Technique
Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This i
9 Reasons to PAINT WITH WATERCOLOR1. - Watercolors are FAST. They dry fast and you can finish a painting within one day. Given that you learn with every finished painting, you learn fast!
2. - Watercolors don't stink. No dangerous chemical fumes, no headaches, usable around little children. Isn't that a wonderful reason!
3. - Watercolors are easy to clean. You don't make a lot of mess, and if you do, what water fouled, water will clean.
4. - There is no need for white paints. All the lightness is already given by your paper.
5. - Watercolors are practical to use outdoors. All your tools will fit into a small pocket.
6. - Watercolors are RELAXING. It must be the flooding, but whenever working with water and brush, your mind is set on ease.
7. - Watercolors bring transparent, delicate and ethereal results. Sometimes even a few well-lead brush strokes deliver sightly accomplishment.
8. - Watercolors are DIVERSE. They can be used in many very different ways and are ea

Watercolor videos on Youtube and not onlyHello!
We thought it would be a good idea to gather all the links to your favourite watercolor videos from last poll in one journal, so that it can be added to favourites and easily accessed. :)
You can still add new interesting videos that you spot anywhere on the internet, we will update this database of useful video tutorials and works in progress for anyone to view!
Enjoy :heart:
Channels and Livestream
Agnes Cecile:
Muttiy (livestream):
Jamie Kinosian:
Tutorials (videos with explanation)
How To Paint the Red Hibiscus Flower In Watercolor By Ross Barbera
Amber Seegmiller Tutorial
Watercolor Lesson
Watercolor papers review[Originally posted on my blog but I thought some of you might find this of interest here :) ]
Hello everyone,
As I frequently get questions about the paper I use for my illustrations, I thought it would not be a bad idea to make an in-depth review of watercolour papers: the ones I have tried, whether I liked or disliked them and why, their caracteristics, and what you should pay attention to when looking for a good watercolor paper.
Keep in mind that all opinions are my personal ones, and refer to how I work - the right paper for me may not be the right paper for you, depending on your personal techniques. :) 
Also, I use watercolour paper because I almost systematically mix markers with watercolour and thinned acrylics, but if you use markers only I would not recommend them - they suck the ink out like crazy.
Watercolour papers 101
Papers come in different thicknesses that are descr
The magic of Polish watercolors
I spend a lot of time browsing watercolor works here on deviantArt and most of the times, when I find a painting that I like and go check on the artist, there are 50% chances that he/she is from Poland. All coincidences and personal preferences aside, it still intrigued me that this country produced so many talented artists, so I set out to find some answers.  I interviewed some people, asking them why is watercolor the medium of their choice, whether there's an artistic background that facilitates this and what's it like to be a watercolorist in Poland. After almost 3 months, here's what I found out:

karola-j: I became interested in watercolor in high school. I knew it's possibilities before, but I did not feel strong enough to use it. The breakthrough came during a painting workshop in Italy (organized by the school, I was attending the art school), where I was being e

Watercolor Paper Sizing - Why it Matters"Why does the size of watercolor paper matter?"  No, not 'size' but 'sizing'.  It's the surface treatment of the paper that determines how it absorbs moisture and takes paint, and good sizing is essential for good watercolor paper.
Recently, I ran into a sudden, awful change in the brand of watercolor paper I use, to the point where it is unusuable.  An email to the manufacturer went unanswered, so I'm hoping this blog entry I wrote will help spread the word to manufacturers that changing the sizing of paper without warning the consumers is harmful to the artist:
Please feel free to spread this around if you feel it's an important issue.  I know I'm not the only one who has experienced this, and I'd love to hear other peoples' rants!
New Additions to my Etsy Shop:
Community AquaTip - Internet Watercolor Resources:wave: This is the another installment of an ongoing feature called AquaTips. Members of the club are encouraged to submit tips and techniques they discovered or use to create and enjoy watercolors. Just send a note to the club with "Tip" in the subject line and we will put it into our AquaTips collection. Come together watercolorists, and share the treasure that is our knowledge! :love:
Internet Watercolor Resources
Note: unlike our other AquaTips, this one will be periodically updated Tutorials presented here are supplied by :iconleftyfro: :iconab39z: :iconabasss: :iconSiluan: :iconGreenSprite: :iconevilllama-polly: :iconFeidhelm: :iconnoli27: :iconemla: :iconleochi: :iconwitchesrose: :icon00frostfyre00: :iconwildhaggisis: :iconsailortitan:
Thank you for sharing your knowledge! :love:
Tutorial & Resources
:bulletpink: Watercolor Tutorials - Full of tips and tricks on watercolor technique, also visi
Sharing some advice on Watercolors and Ink. Tumblr | Etsy | Facebook | Flickr | Google+ | Fine Art America | Pinterest | Society6
I was recently asked for some advice from somebody who wanted to get back into painting with watercolors and ink. I'm posting the answer in case anybody finds it useful.
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The best advice I can give is to just throw some paint or ink on some paper and have fun with it. I've looked at tutorials which can be helpful, but nothing compares to hands on experience. I lea


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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional
thank you

this will keep me busy for a while
mahiruru Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
thanks for posting this! these are very helpful :D (Big Grin) 
RubayyaTasneem Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist current medium is Watercolour
Agaave Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Great collection! :happybounce:
IvieMoon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for this great compilation! Watercolors = :love:
STelari Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed :heart:
dharma-dvg Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Helpful, thank you for sharing. You made my day
STelari Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to hear!
Xantipa2 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Oh ... thanks so much for the journal ... sooooo interesting :clap:
STelari Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for looking (:
Lonacc Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You make my life better with these. I love you and I appreciate it a lot :heart:
STelari Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That is really great to hear :heart:
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