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Thread: As requested - some watercolour methods - Dry Brush watercolour 27th March

  1. #1
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    As requested - some watercolour methods - Dry Brush watercolour 27th March

    It's hard to put it all down, and I did a painting this morning of my dog's new soft toy and recorded it, but it will take a while to pick the necessary info out of it.

    Here is the painting:

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    Here is a quick scribble to get those interested something to play with. Any questions, please ask!

    1. Rough your canvas up. New Layer.
    2. Get your Gloop Pen with settings (below) and fill in the area you want to paint. The Gloop Pen has a rough edge which is much like a true watercolour edge. Do NOT lift your pen while you are filling in your area, because you will get twice as much pigment. Not so desirable if you want a wash.

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    3. Use Magic Wand to select outside area, then invert the selection. I have a keyboard preference set at 'I' so I can access it easily. So the coloured area only is now selected.

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    Throw in some colours that might shade or complement. See following post.....

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    Last edited by copespeak; 03-27-2014 at 04:47 PM.

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    Set your Blender with these settings and try blending a little.

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    While selected, also play around with the Airbrush. You need the size to be large (see below) to get away from the misty look. You want the texture!

    Airbrush Settings:

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    Deselect and blend LIGHTLY where you want it to mist out. Play around again with the Airbrush.Use a new layer to have control. With that, you can also erase areas back, full pressure, or lightly to get that washed out, watercolour effect..

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    This has a blue Gloop Pen layer beneath the top layer, which is set at 'Multiply'

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    A new stronger colour on another layer. Sometimes I duplicate the layer just to get it brighter and darker, then merge it down. Or you can set a top layer to Multiply, and then Airbrush it down with pure white, showing the lighter layer beneath. Keeping your layers separate until they need to be blended always gives you the option to use the selection process at the beginning of this thread.

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    I've just dreamed up this idea to get lines or shapes with a watercolour edge into my paintings (see 'Pooh' at the top).

    New Layer, and use your Gloop Pen again to write or draw what you want. It can be a large shape, just make sure the centre is filled in so it doesn't mess up the selection process.

    Select, invert selection and delete so you have only the selection lines. Go to the layer below and hit Delete, and the base colour will be all that's left. Keep your selection alive, and paint inside. It really works well!
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    Last edited by copespeak; 03-03-2014 at 07:18 PM.

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    This can shaded, blended, shadowed, or what ever you want.

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    Of course, you can REALLY have fun with this method, by shadowing via an empty layer beneath with the Airbrush and move sideways and down a smidge with the Transform tool. This can also be done with normal text on a layer, select by the method above and then go for it. Using the spray gives you the grain that looks great with a shadow, rather than a solid colour.

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    That's it for now, my head hurts! I will come back in and add. I hope it's understandable. Enjoy playing!
    Last edited by copespeak; 03-03-2014 at 05:31 PM.

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    Thank you so much Robyn for starting a 'Tut' on this, always been a mystery to me.....
    but something I've always wanted to attempt. Looking forward to the next installment,
    knowing me it will probably take a week for me to muddle though part one!
    Take care,

  6. #6
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    Wow! You are incredibly accomplished with this technique! I like the Pooh painting very much. You've really captured the look of traditional watercolor. I would not have thought of the gloop pen for this. Thank you for taking the time to make and post this tutorial.

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    Thanks guys! I hope it was understandable.

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    This is really interesting, thanks for sharing

  9. #9
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    Fantastic!!! I'll have to go try it out right away. Thank you so much, copespeak, lass.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    Thank you for your thank you, Mr Akey!

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