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Textures in Ink and Watercolor by hibbary Textures in Ink and Watercolor by hibbary
I promised to make this a long time ago. I had done the experiments, taking photos and scans, but became busy before arranging the tutorial.

I dunno if you've ever made a tutorial, but they take bloody forever. I spent all day on this crazy thing.

A lot of this feels really obvious and self-explanatory to me, and it may to you, too, but I know that to some people this is all very new so I kept it pretty simple.

I may, at a later date, add on the bubble texture and maybe a blotting kind of texture. Right now, I am calling it finished XO

I don't remember if I offered these textures as a resource yet, but I meant to. If not, I'll arrange a packet shortly.

Please forgive any kookoo mistakes. By the end I was like this --> @_@ and not sound of mind.
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0137Amy0137 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A helpful tutorial, thank you for this :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional
Thank you this is helpful
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cthulhusan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
actually i have made the alcohol one :p
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's so fun to do but the result is kind of visually strong and harder to work into a cohesive artwork than, say, salt. 
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deBreaKennedy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Fantastic tutorial and good examples, I'm new at this do you have suggestions to type of paper to use? I'm using a slightly textured acrylic paper currently and it doesn't hold the water well, all bubbly and warped now :( Thanks!
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Watercolor paper works well. I use bristol and just flatten it afterward. 
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deBreaKennedy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, so should I expect all paper to need to be flattened afterwards? And have you heard of the technique of soaking the paper in water and letting it dry flat? I'm not sure if it depends on using hot or cold pressed paper or if it was just the person's style. :P
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
If you have a VERY heavy paper and at a small size. But what you are thinking of is called 'stretching' and you have to either staple your paper or fix it with watertape to a board while it's wet  if you want it to dry flat. Otherwise it will warp. It doesn't matter if it's hot or coldpress. I prefer hot, myself, because I don't like that tooth. 
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deBreaKennedy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, so the tooth in hot press is the edging or the texture of the actual paper? And what is the difference between hot/cold? I'm an honest newbie. :P
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hot press has little to no tooth because the paper fibers are pressed hot (hence the name) and the paper has a smooth finish. Cold press has a lot of rough surface (tooth) because it's pressed cold. :) 
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deBreaKennedy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thank you so much, I think I'm preferable towards the cold pressed.  :)
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem :)  There are a few paper companies that sell watercolor paper packs that have a few kinds included, if you want to experiment. 
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TwentyYearsAgoToday Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
This will be a great reference in the future!
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Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Fantastic work, so detailed, creative and scientific :) And Your texture paintings are so beautiful!
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is awesome! Thanks for the tips! :painter:
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andyaly Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this tutorial! Can't wait to do some experimenting, especially with the alcohol!
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scribblin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Great tutorial :D
hah i need to be more experimental with this stuff =w='
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, that's so cool and inspirational! I always say that I can't paint, but... doesn't hurt to keep trying!
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I tried to use your tutorial here for the background: genny-raskin.deviantart.com/ar…

If you have any tips, I'd be really grateful. :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your tutorial has been featured in an article Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools. Thank you for sharing it with all of us :heart:

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Frodofox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We used to do this in art class a lot, but with a slightly different method. This one works just as well though. 
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Devangelus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely tutorial informational in both the techniques and the science behind them. Thank you so much for taking the time to create and post this.
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Finally someone who has a clue in chemistry AND painting, giving a nice advice. ;)
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monochromera Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I've been looking for a good way to texture some watercolor pictures I've wanted to paint, and this is a huge help! An enormous thanks for sharing this with us all~! 

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Weatherlore Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
You have just spurred me to try everything I can possibly find to make textures for watercolor. Thank you so much for making this tutorial~
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hibbary Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's soooooo fun!
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LaraInPink Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I've featured this tutorial here [link] Thanks for sharing this with us! :heart:
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HappyGirl06 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Great tutorials! I love the science you involved in it, and the examples look beautiful! Thank you!
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Elephantfreak Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great examples and information on how and why water color texturing stuff works the way it does. I really like this.
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Miyasia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Linked back to your great tutorial, here: [link]
Thanks for sharing it with us! <3
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Clashe Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
awesome, thanks!
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SpottedJaguar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This is brilliant. I've never really ventured into the world of watercolors, but tonight I decided to look up some tutorials to see how it'd be to kick-start the habit. I never even thought about doing things like this to a canvas, and they're such neat, profound effects that a brush would never be able to make on its own. This is a very sincere "thank you" for making this, I truly appreciate stumbling upon this. It may just be that inspiration I needed.
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SpottedJaguar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Sorry for the redundancy of the word "this" in the previous comment. Mai bad.
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RighteousVampire Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I love the effect of the table salt.
Will definitely try this! :D
Thanks! :thumbsup:
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Onnor Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Very informative! Thanks for the ideas :heart:
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome ideas you got there :D I already knew the effect of salt and alcohol, the grass and leaves are nice too!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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cypii Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Breathtaking! Thank you, going to try these out! :o
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   General Artist
Cool ideas!!
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Ari-M1A1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Great techniques. ^_^
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Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bwee finally a mint paper texture tutorial how to do it right ^^
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blix-it Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Wow, how fascinating! oAo I've taken watercolor courses, but I don't think special effects were ever well explained. ^^; Very interesting. Will save and experiment with later.
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issuldra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to say thanks for making this tutorial, and it's helped give me the bravery to really attempt watercolors again!
Here's what I have working: [link]
THANK YOU!
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MissSmithxx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student
that is so awesome and amazing i have found this and i didn't know anyone else would love it as i do i done it with ink and white spirit as in uni i'm printmaking and when i clean the colours and the white spirit emerge and mi beautifully if you want to see a sample just reply thank you for sharing! :D :tighthug:
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thatartistyouforgot Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was amazing! I'll definitely try the petals method! Thanks for sharing!
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Shine--Cat Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   Digital Artist
I've done it with rock salt before.it was an red and yellow background,and I painted flowers
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Klipiec Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Woah,these results are amazing!! I think I'll try that out! :D
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
awsome! thank you!
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SaphierWolf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is AWESOME! Gonna be occupied tonight :)!
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Elmelli93 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Que buena onda! Me gusto mucho la idea :D
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