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Watercolour 1: Material by Gold-Seven Watercolour 1: Material by Gold-Seven
I realised that the first version of this was totally out of date, faulty, and not really comprehensive. So, since so many people ask me what paper, brushes, paint I use, here is the answer! :)

Part 2 (Painting basics) is here: [link]
Part 3 (Tricks of the Trade) is here: [link]

For a more in-depth look at different types of watercolour, see here: [link]
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FishingJB Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for tutorial!cat planet cat planet 
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Arunea8 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Danke für das Tutorial!
Ich überlege mir, mit Aquarell zu beginnen, mit deinem Tut habe ich noch einen besseren Einblick bekommen!

Es gibt ja auch alle möglichen Arten an Aquarellkartons, etc... sind die empfehlenswert? Ich habe mir die Preise noch nicht angeschaut, aber ich fürchte, sie sind einfach nur besonders teuer...
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ein guter Tipp sind immer die Eigenmarken von Märkten wie Gerstäcker, Boesner etc. Die haben gutes Aquarellpapier zu erträglichen Preisen. :) 

Ich nehme immer eher die größere Blätter und schneide sie klein - damit spart man auch noch mal.
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Arunea8 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Danke für den Tipp! :) (Smile) 
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Very useful, thank you!
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awildtara Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you thank you thank you for making this set of tutorials! theyre really helpful!
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Art2Key Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
What effect can gove vodka on watercolors? It's the first time I saw it, I've seen efectes with salt or using sugar to amke watercolors shine but not vodka! Please, tell me *O*
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Alcohol pushes the pigments away, leaving a light stain. :)
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DayDreamingOtaku Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Aww man, I gotta look out for those water brushes on my net trip to the store! (or I can ask my mom to buy one from the post office...) Thanks for taking the time to make this and the other supplementary guides. They're readily understandable and look very neat~ Thanks again!
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LucyxNatsux333 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Du kommst aus Deutschland O_O Den Hahnemühle Block hab ich mir heute geholt! Ich werde zum ersten Mal mit Aquarellfarben malen... hoffentlich wird das was x) Danke für die schönen Tutorials!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Viel Erfolg! :)
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FabulasArt Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Huhu :)
Hab mir jetzt alle deine Aquarelltuts durchgelesen, weil ich echt mal ein bisschen Hilfe brauchte xD
Ich hab zu Hause 230g/cm³ Papier, welches sich aber sogar wellt. Ich wollte dich nun fragen, welches du nun als empfehlenswert findest. Hab schon viele Papiere mit über 300g/cm³ gesehen, aber es gibt soo viele verschiedene Sorten, da weiß ich gar nicht was ich nehmen soll :faint:
Wie gesagt, ich würde mich nicht als blutiger Anfänger beschreiben, aber wirklich Fortgeschritten in Aquarellmalerei bin ich auch nicht.

♥Schoko
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
230 gr wird sich wellen - erst ab etwa 300 wellt es sich nicht (außer du malst sehr nass!) Ich kopier dir hier einfach mal einen Post rein, den ich gerade jemandem in einem Forum geschrieben habe:

Ich habe die ersten 15 Jahre meines Aquarelldaseins nur auf Blöcken gemalt, und zwar nur auf der Akademie-Preisklasse, und bin erst in den letzten Jahren auf Künstlerpapier und Einzelblätter gekommen. Die Papierunterschiede sind groß, egal ob Block oder Einzelblatt. Da gibt es kein richtig und kein falsch! Es dauert Jahre, bis man die Unterschiede versteht und selber entscheiden kann, welches Papier einem wirklich liegt - aber eins ist sicher: Mit dem ersten Papier freundet man sich an und gewöhnt sich ans Medium. Anfänger haben vermutlich weniger Probleme, sich auf verschiedene Papiersorten einzustellen, als ein Profi, der jahrelang auf glattem Akademiepapier gemalt hat und dann 300 gr raues Arches in die Finger kriegt und darauf nur Müll produziert. (True story...!)
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FabulasArt Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Okay dankeschön!
Werd dann mal in den Gerstaecker gehen ...
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Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Du hast echt unglaublich tolle und super-hilfreiche Tutorials! Ich habe dieses und noch 3 weitere gefeatured, und zwar hier :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ui, danke!
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Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kein Problem!
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ColorBloX Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Danke, großartig. :D Vor allem das mit den Pinseln ist sehr interessant. Gibt es eigentlich bestimmte Vor/Nachteile zwischen Aquarellfarben in Tuben oder den Töpfchen?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nein, nur in der Handhabung. Aus Töpfchen kriegt an nicht so viel Farbe auf einmal raus. Für große Flächen empfehle ich daher immer Tuben oder flüssig.
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JMagnus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Your tutorials are excellent!
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Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One thing I want to understand: Should you always wet the paper before painting?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That depends. Wetting is a good idea to make the paper "ready" to take the paint. Then it's up to you if you paint while the paper is wet (which results in runny, soft gradients) or dry (which allows sharp edges and details).
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Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah. I just have the problem with the paper's surface rolling up into bits like it's deteriorating or something... And the colors being too thick and not so watercolor-like.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you using watercolour paper? If you are, is it very old or very cheap? Do you scrub it with your brushes? Otherwise, it shouldn't behave like this.
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Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use watercolor paper and mixed media paper. I did a test and it seems when I use the higher quality, moist-looking watercolor pans it doesn't mess up the paper or thicken. But the dried and much cheaper pans seem to damage the paper.
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ncpendergast Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Vodka, huh? Gotta try that. :D
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judith Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
wow super hilfreich, vor allem das mit den papiersorten, genau da hab ich letztens im Laden gestanden und die Verkäuferin war so unwissend, dass ich vor Verzweiflung wieder gegangen bin :) vielen Dank für das Tutorium!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, freut mich!
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Valhallia Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Thank you! :D
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Nivailis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think there is a big difference between Schmincke Akademie and Horadam? And which ones do you use?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I use Horadam. I can't really remember if I ever saw any difference between Akademie and Horadam...
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I bought one da Vinci Forte brush for inking, and I'm quite satisfied by it.

As usual, this was really interesting! I'd known about alcohol for effects, but never thought about vodka... :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, I've used them for inking too.
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Pika-Seizures Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Great tutorial! I have one question about the paper though: Do you think that I would be able to print out cold pressed 300g/sm watercolor paper on a home printer without jamming it? I have an HP Photosmart 5510 ([link]) and in the recommended paper weight, the maximum is 300g/sm. I'm a little wary to try it though, at the risk of jamming the printer. But I was just wondering if you had an opinion on whether it would be okay or not.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I can see two problems with that - first, is that HP a printer that draws in the paper straight from a top feed, or does it get bent in the process? If it's the letter, it probably won't work at all.

The other problem is that HP ink isn't waterproof. It works better than Canon, but still bleeds some (and in my experience, it bleeds green...)
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Pika-Seizures Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Ah, I see what you mean. Actually, now that you've mentioned it, my printer does actually bend the paper too. Seems that I'd be better off finding a good copy place.
Thank you!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Juro89 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
These "forte" brushes seem quite useful, I always get angry when I try to trace contour lines with the sable brushes.
And the Canson paper can probably be my salvation, if I don't want to buy yet the Arches (is a little too expensive, and would be a waste use it just for hobby). Have you ever tryed W&N paper? W&N produces wonderful colors, that's sure, but his paper is horrible.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No, W&N paper isn't available in Germany :)
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sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this! I've never really spent much time with watercolors, prefering to draw but lately I've felt like trying out something new and then I noticed I didn't really know the much about it. This is a great help, thanks!:)
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KoShiatar Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think you may add one very important tool: eyedropper. I greatly prefer it to the syringe; much less messy.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh right! My liquid watercolours have them built into the lids. Very useful.
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odyssey01 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Du kannst Dir gar nicht vorstellen wie lange ich etwas in dieser Art gesucht habe. Ich möchte mich an meinen schicken neuen Aquarell Teilen probieren, wollte es aber nich komplett dilettantisch angehen. Dank Deiner diversen Tutorials kann ich jetzt wenigstens so tun, als wüßte ich was ich tue!

Vielen, vielen Dank und frohe Ostern! :hug:
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Danke, und bitteschön! :) Freut mich, dass es hilft!
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odyssey01 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Das werden wir jetzt bald sehen. Es ist aber auf alle Fälle super inspirierend :)
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efil4rekac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips! I didn't know that vodka could be used for watercolours. Have you ever tried using bleach? It has some pretty neat effect on watercolours.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds great! I'll have to look into that.
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Desheria Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The information about the paper was especially useful. I love your tutorials. ^^
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great! Thank you!
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Winterhall Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
und der nächste schritt geht in richtung video auf youtube, ODER? ;D
schöne sache! danke für den einblick!
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