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I'm not having any luck with watercolours lately. I'm just glad I had the intuition to scan this before I ruined it.

Coloured inks, watercolour, salt, masking fluid, slight saturation adjustment in Photoshop.
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:iconalexandraserres:
AlexandraSerres Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing colors. I love the effects you gave the paint. It's not ruined, look, it is here! ;)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
True, if you put it that way :) Thanks!
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
it's gorgeous!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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AralisJ Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I can almost feel the warmth of it!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :)
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AralisJ Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :)
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yasha-oqlie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :heart:
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ullakko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey there I found this piece via Gold-Seven and it was an instant favorite. :) I'm a sucker for watercolour/ink effect paintings, and yours is a perfect example of capturing that lively feeling of liquid paint. I just love watercolours (I'm yet to experiment with inks, although they sound fascinating), the process of painting and just watching how the colours move around, blend together, form such beautiful fractals and forms. And bonus for you to making also a pretty scenery out of it, those trees are lovely. *_*
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like inks because it's much easier to create effects like salt texture or waterdrops on them. They're much more sensitive to these things than watercolour. Do give them a try when you can! :) This piece was completely inspired by ink behaviour, in a way. I'm glad I have someone who loves the medium and appreciates what I did here :heart:
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured it here! :aww: [link]
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D I just made a weird happy noise out loud.
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retrolex Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Salt is such wonderful stuff to use with watercolours :D. I love the colours with this, vivid and autumn-flavoured.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW. How come I've never seen this one? Staggering technique, wonderful feel. Fantastic image.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that's a whole lot of compliment there. :blushes: I'm really happy you like it!

The technique happened because this is 80% ink, and inks are much more sensitive to water drops and salt than watercolours (at least in my experience). I just (ab)used that as much as I could.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting. I've debated trying around with ink as well, and it seems I really ought to. Sounds like multi-coloured coffee! :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, I don't think it behaves like coffee. You said coffee is more forgiving than watercolour... well, ink is less forgiving. It stains and there's absolutely no way to lift it off the paper once it's dry. But I often prefer it over watercolour because the colors are more vivid, you can cover large areas faster, and it's easier to avoid hard edges where you don't want them (if you paint wet on wet). Plus, the previously mentioned fancy effects.

Definitely give ink a try! I find it very useful and fun :) Get the cheapest you can find, I do too and it works great.
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
:heart: :)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
aw :)
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
:heart: :)
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Degare Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No luck?! Curse your humility! :shakefist:

I love this :heart: - love the autumnal colours, the salt and masking-fluid effects. Brilliant way to capture trees without the horror of painting every single effing leaf! :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Remember that I did ruin the original after all (I should scan it for you to see :P)

And yes, any shortcuts that keep me from drawing millions of detailed tiny things are welcome! :D
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Degare Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The devil's in the details, as they say :D
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Temrak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I am madly in love, how you work with watercolor. * __ * You do invent, or somewhere you take these techniques?
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, they're well-known techniques (such as using salt). I guess what makes my watercolors different is the fact that I use many layers.
Thank you *_*
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Temrak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I've got a lot to learn.))
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AlonBir Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
What beauty You have turned!
I really like =)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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jogause Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
just keep practicing. i had problems with watercolors when i first used them also. just do a bunch of doodles and practice.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have about 10 years of practice already, and I think I master them well enough :) It's not that. Sometimes they just suddenly decide to hate me for a while. Which is fine, since I enjoy digital art too.
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jogause Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
oh - wow, you are a maestro!!! lol. Well, I loved the colors. And I understand that completely.
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jogause Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
great autumn colors
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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paradanmellow Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
mwrawr, quelle beaute! simt.. foarte fluid..

PS:
salt?
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:icongreensprite:
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yess it's right there in the description babe <3
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist
This is really, really beautiful. Maybe you ruined it later on, but right when you scanned it, this painting was just about perfect. :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! I can't believe you like it so much. Thanks :)
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist
Well, you DID adjust the colors in photoshop, or something like that, so... maybe the original looks ugly...? XD
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hah no I think I actually went a teeny bit overboard with the saturation, so this version is uglier. I assure you the tweaking is minimal, anyway :p
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haius Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist
Well, then I don't know. It's very atmospheric, and has cool shapes and patterns and stuff..... Yeah, I dunno. No accounting for taste? :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well ok, ok, you're allowed to like it :lol: I'll shut up now.
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Feidhelm Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Look at all those crazy things salt and water are doing. :iconteheeyesplz:
Your Windsor and Newton are awesome, may they have a long and prosper life.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Except the only thing Windsor&Newton here is the blue. Inks ftw!
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Feidhelm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Oh, next time you feel that the colors are taking an odd turn, why not wash the paper (in the sink)? It will leave a faint trace of color that you can use for the background or to build a color scheme that you might like more. :nod:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Inks don't wash off, as far as I know, and I use more ink than watercolour when painting lately. And I do like the colours here, why are you saying this? :|
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Feidhelm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Because you always seem to be displeased with the way your watercolors turn out. :shrug:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Um... that's not entirely true. I did ruin the original, but I like this version that I scanned. And even if I could wash off the mistake, it would ruin the background which is a pretty big deal. I'm afraid I'm not one of those magical people who can correct their watercolors.
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RogueLiger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Wow..foarte frumos lucrat. :)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Multumesc! :)
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