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Watercolour Texture Techniques by hatefueled Watercolour Texture Techniques by hatefueled
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Here's some interesting texures you can make using watercolour paints. from top to bottom:

Alcohol - Drip some alcohol on the painted area and the paint will separate from the area. the dryer the paint is, I've found, the darker and crisper the edges of the seperated area of white will be.

Salt - Sprinkling Salt on the paint created a sandy texture. the longer you leave the salt there as it dries, the more the paint will spread but this works best the more semi dry the area is.

Blotting/Lifting - As an area dries, you can used water in your brush to blot areas back to white by making the paint spread away or you can use a dry brush to absorb or lift the paint from the area.

Stencils/erasing - While an area is semi dry, you can use paper or plastic shaped to remove the paint in a shape. I like using tape when i do this, shiny side down and sticky side up, this way you can touch it with the other end of your paintbrush to pick it up instead of trying to peal it away with your nails.

Sandpaper - This is hard to pull off in my opinion but is you use good, thich watercolour paper so you dont get holes and wait for the paint to be nearly dry like on the right rather than the left, you get a scratchy effect.

Wax - Use candles or wax crayons to make marks and shapes but drawing with the candle or crayon then adding the paint. Like on the left. You can go back after the paint dries and wax out more areas to keep that colour and then paint again like on the left to create layers.

EDIT: Thank you so much to all the people stopping by and appreciating this um... deviation haha. I hope its helped you all with your art. If you've tried out any of these effects in your work successfully feel free to leave a link to your work in a comment and I'll drop by and have a look :D

EDIT: just got the 1000th fave on this! that's so cool! thanks everyone!
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geoxine696 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, helps me learn to do new things to try out myself. Thanks again for posting, nice of you to share what you found out. :)Bear Emoji-21 (Polite Formal Bow Respect) [V1]   Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3]  Base Penguin Pixel Icon  bye penguin
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Obsiron Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's really usefull, thanks !
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WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Student General Artist
This great, thanks for sharing!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
welcome x
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Naivara Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you somuch for sharing this!! :heart:
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minooveggi Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
really great! I always have many questions about texture and you give me some awesome answers. :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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Boughe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, now I need a vodka






For the watercolours



No, seriously, I need to try that
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J-Ro-20 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice
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Craftynanny Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Thanks for reminding me found you through Pinterest
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
^.^
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YamaBerryCZ Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the tips!
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ArtAtDeviant Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oohs! This is really great to know. I found this top by following this from a link through another link.

Thank you :)

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Dark-Maree Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful~! Thanks so much :heart:
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
:)
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InvaderMoesha Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesomeee!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
:)
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InvaderMoesha Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice avatar btw
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
:) cheers!
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Willlake Featured By Owner May 29, 2014   Digital Artist
good god this is useful, thankyou!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
:)
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sickpanda303 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
This is so cool! I'm a beginner so this will be a lot of fun to play with when I get better!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
:) enjoy
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Thank you for this tutorial!!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
very welcome :)
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poofusgirl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
I remember in Art class in school using white crayons to draw on paper, then using water colors, but never thought about the rest. The vodka one reminds me of clouds.
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EiceBleu Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
VODKA! THAT'S WHAT I WAS MISSING! *headslap*
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hatefueled Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
lol!
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Areia13 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
How come when i tried using salts, it didn't look as good as in the picture QAQ the effect also doesn't show too much
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EiceBleu Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Different salts will get slightly different effects too. Try kosher. It's my fav.
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
you need to get used to the best timing for when you add the salt, if the paint is still too wet the salt won't be able to absorb it all, if you do it too late, theres not enough to absorb and the paint has already stained the paper.
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Alexia-P Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Thank you! Im going to try this
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ssJanell Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool techniques
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
thanks! have fun trying!
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DreamCharley Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
I hope you know, this is now on Pinterest and that's probably why you've been getting the 1000 favs!!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Yeah I've been told haha :)
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MissPerceived Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting. I didn't know about some of these techniques. :D
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haimokochan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Helpful!
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TaishoEri Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
O MY GOD! I totally needed this! Thank you!!!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
very welcome!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
:) thanks
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries
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HayleyGraphic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
:D
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pekoedeakin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Use old cordials from the cupboard that no one drinks anymore, freeing up space for more flavored vodka's. Rice or Orzo works well if sprinkled on wet surface and placed in the sun to dry.
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natafka Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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bbozii Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
:tighthug:
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suzysuNZ Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Awesome. I've been struggling with how to make interesting backgrounds for a series of collages, and now I can't wait to get to work. Thanks.
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hatefueled Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
:D no worries! i used to do the same thing for my visual diaries for collage but with ink instead of watercolours. same theories really.
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suzysuNZ Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Ink! Now there's a thought. Thanks.
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