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Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits
The long awaited watercolor tutorial!

If you want to know how to paint this picture, read the tutorial ;3



Here's a short table of content:
1. Tools
2. Painting the background
3. Painting the skin
4. Painting roses in watercolor
5. Painting the hair
6. Painting details of the face
7. Painting fabrics
8. General Flowers & Plants

This tutorial covers the basic blending and layering techniques of how I paint with watercolors.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! I'll gladly help!



I'd be happy to see your artworks inspired from this tutorial ;3


14/12/2012 Edit:
If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit this journal entry
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Do not use without permission - if you share it on other websites, credit me!
I'd appreciate comments and favs - please do not just download this without a word ^_^'



I really wanted to do this as a flash tutorial, but retro long-ass tutorials are much faster to do. And since I didn't want to let you wait any longer and most of you wanted this format anyways, here's the long picture tutorial ;3
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:iconinkris:
Inkris Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial!
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RitaHearts123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you to make this lovely Tutorial! I need to use watercolor in some of my art.
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MochaliciousMC Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing this!

I didn't use watercolors for like, 6 years.

It's great to be back again.

I honestly thought when you stain a color in a pan, it's gonna stay there forever. lol
But now I know it doesn't. :3
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Mizael-Mizanity Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
This really makes me want to practice more water colours. *_*
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015   General Artist
That's very nice to hear!! Have fun! And don't focus too much on the result - more often than not, the process is what's important :)
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goldkaizerflims Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial I try to draw a robot with this style :3
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015   General Artist
Ohh I'd love to see a robot in this style! *A*
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hestereotyip Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
This is indeed really nice!! thanks so much for this tutorial and I look forward to more watercolor tutorial from you :3
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   General Artist
Thank you very much!! My watercolor process is pretty much described in this tutorial, but of course, there are still a lot of other things I could tackle (like blending methos, wet-in-wet, masking etc)

If enough people are interested in seeing those, I won't say no to making those tutorials ;)
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unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! I used this tutorial in a recent fanart piece.
its a lovely tutorial! I am struggling with the eye area a little bit, maybe I need to make the original sketch bigger?  I took some progress shots too, so watercolor friends & experts can kind of give me some crits. XD like if im not doing it in the right order? color scheme clashy? maybe I should line with ink and not leave in pencil? //shot.
TYVM for posting the tut again.  !
Midorima Progress by unsolvedenigma
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   General Artist
Wow! I really like it! And you have a really nice art style as well!

The color scheme looks good to me! If you prefer clean and visible lines, go for ink! However, be careful to choose a brand, that's water and smudge resistant and won't start running if you scrub it with your brush. You could always ink it after applying watercolours to be on the safe side. In my tutorial, I only used pencils, and later "inked" some darker parts with watercolours and a very small brush - to bring back the contrasts.

But in the end, there's no right or wrong way - just do whatever yields the best results for you and what you're most comfortable with in your painting process. :)
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unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg ty so much for the reply...omggg SENPAI NOTICED ME. *.*.  and ty for the tip! i bought a .3 micron inking pen so ill experiment with it, but i love how you 'ink' with watercolor too.  looks like i have lots of practice in front of me.
and also btw, im glad to see sports animes across your gallery cuz im TOTALLY GEEKING OUT ABOUT MAKISHIMA and im going to try to cosplay him but omg im kinda nervous but yea. ;D

i love the pedals, the Free! (btw its marinka week on tumblr, you should draw something for it!!), hq!!, please add KnB to your repertoire watercolor-senpai! 
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   General Artist
ahhh S-S-Senpai? hahaha

Ah, tell me if you make good experiences with the micron pen! I'm always looking for good brands for inking :)
"Inking" with watercolors is a lot of fun, because you can actually do it with your brush - which in return gives you more freedom with the lines. It's a good training for brush handling haha

Yay! Sports animes! Ah don't be nervous, have fun with it :)
And thank you for informing me about it! About KnB...I used to be more involved with this series, but I kinda lost track of it, and there are so many other fandoms I'm "involved" in, so I'm not sure when I'll get to draw knb (watercolor) fanart Q__Q  I have made one aaaaaaaaages ago when I just started out with this medium - but that fanart is just embarrassing hahaha
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unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean about being involved in a lot of fandoms, almost like too much of a good thing.
CAN YOU HANDLE ALL THE FEELS.
(I think sometimes, I cant OTL).

so far micro is 1 good experience, and 1 bad experience. lol so I cant tell.
I like how it came out for ariel img.photobucket.com/albums/v46…
but not how it came out for makishima img.photobucket.com/albums/v46…

ill keep trying with pen, and with the '1' brush (that's the smallest right?) and see how I feel.
looking forward to see new art from you too.! :3
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015   General Artist
Haha yeah, but also - the bigger the fandom, the more idiots and drama makers :/
And it gets chaotic haha

The pen looks good with your style though! I like how there are thicker and thinner lines mixed - it gives a nice feel & look! For brush sizes, there's also round brushes with the size 0 or even 00 and special line-brushes that have longer bristles to make long and even lines (they were traditionally used to draw the pole of sailing ships) called rigger brushes.
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LotusBlum Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this tutorial^^
i love it
Heart Heart 
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015   General Artist
Ah, my pleasure! if you have any more questions feel free to ask ^^
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LotusBlum Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks... you're very kindHuggle! 
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S-P-Liana Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for sharing your knowledge :hug:
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015   General Artist
Ah no, you're welcome! ^^
It's nothing new tho, but I'm glad if it's still helpful to you!
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innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student General Artist
This was really helpful. Thank you so much!
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015   General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! It helped me tremendously. Painted this as an inspiration: darkrapier.deviantart.com/art/…
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   General Artist
My pleasure! And the picture looks fantastic!
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DarkRapier Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! 
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RiaMishra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Thanks a lot!!! i'm gonna go and start painting rite away!!! this has helped a lot!!! Thanks a bunch fr posting this.. i really needed this... :D
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   General Artist
Thank you! I'm really glad it did! I'd love to see the finished painting ^^
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RiaMishra Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
:D
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aalnantria Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
it's help me so much >W< thank youuu!!!
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015   General Artist
My pleasure!
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MemSepe Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
thank you so much! i've been struggling with my armature watercolor attempts, but I believe this tute will help me IMMENSELY! thank you very much! i hope to paint something soon and upload with link to here 
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   General Artist
Ah it's my pleasure!! I would love to see the finished piece! And if you have any questions, that weren't covered in this tutorial, feel free to ask me anytime ^^
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Hesperida Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you a lot :noir:
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   General Artist
my pleasure! ^^
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DaQiao Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Oh my god this tutorial is amazing!!! This is the best watercolour tutorial I have seen. You have made it so clear, simple, detailed and well layed out. Thankyou so much!!! I never knew how to use watercolour before but now I actually have confidence. ^^ I will be faving this hehe!
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it!
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river-mist-naiad Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so freaking helpful! Thank you!
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   General Artist
my pleasure! ^^
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DaisyKittyArtist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! This tutorial was extremely helpful!~ Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy) [V1] 
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   General Artist
My pleasure! if you have any questions, just ask me ^^
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Rosaka-Origo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial, I can't wait to try out these techniques.
It's been several years since I used watercolours so I'm pretty excited. X) This tuto will help for sure. :3
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   General Artist
My pleasure! Ahh the joy of picking up a "forgotten" medium again <3
Good luck (and more importantly, have fun!) with the painting!
If you stumble upon questions, feel free to ask me ^^
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Rosaka-Origo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Yup, it's a bit scary in a way but also very very exciting in positive sense!
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SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome tutorial, you should really make more traditional art tutorials :')
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:iconze-rofruits:
Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   General Artist
Ahh thanks! Haha I'm not sure if people would be interested in my half-knowledge of other mediums though xD
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SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome, there is no need to hesitate about making new tutorials, I am 1000000% sure that they will be just as awesome and helpful. maybe even more since you always manage to capture my attention with your amazing  and beautiful art. I absolutely love whatever you make, so two thumbs up for your artworks and good luck with everything ,not that you even need it ;-) and most importantly, enjoy what you are good at and take care of yourself Hug 
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   General Artist
thank you so much! It makes me really happy to know that someone else has faith in me (even when I don't have any)! So thanks a lot!
You cheered me up! <3
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SarahArsalan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to mention it. I am glad for making one of my favorite artists on DA happy even if it was just for a bit ^^. And it really shocks me (not to mention saddens me) to know that you don't have much faith in yourself. You are an awesome artist. Its all due to your hard work which is obvious whenever I look at any of your works and because of your inspiring creativity in your themes and styles. before seeing your works I was in a period where I almost completely stopped drawing, but when I saw your works I became inspired to draw again. I must thank you for that.
I hope you have known how amazing you are now, you cheer me up all the time!Hug 
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lilyyyyyyyyyyy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this!
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014   General Artist
my pleasure!
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