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Watercolor exercises

Hi Everyone! I'm new with watercolor and determined to learn how to pain with it! I love it.! I am a graphic designer and during art school I learned to paint with acrylics and colored pencils mostly, and I enjoy them but always wanted to learn watercolors. Thank you Angela for this amazing class!! I loved it!!!

Here are some of my exercises.

1. Playing with combining my watercolors to see how many different colors I could get out of my set. I am using DaVinci, W&N and Daniel Smith, all in primary colors

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2. Trying some salt effects (love them!)

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3. Trying to layer some color and water to see how it will react (too much water at the top)

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4, Trying some cling wrap and salt to create effects (love them love them!! )

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5. Apple exercise. So much FUN! :D this was my first one.. I had so much trouble LOL! way too much water and too much color ( I need some rehab from acrilyc painting hehehe)

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6. Second Apple. I felt I had better water content but way to much color so I stopped..

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7. This one I really liked it. Still some water problems but much better than my first exercise. Didn't like the green for the leaf but I need to get myself a different color

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8. I tried some color mixing on the paper using fall leaves! I love their colors..

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Final Project.

I chose this lovely sea turtle. I love sea turtles. I love how relaxed they always seem to be!! I liked this one because of the cool water effects and the textures on the turtle. I tried to focus on the texture, and to represent the turtle (not in a complete exact realistic turtle) but more like a painting of the turtle..

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I got this second reference for the water because I wanted a more tropical water color..

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I wanted it to look almost like floating in the water.. that feeling I get when I see turtles in the middle of the sea and they are almost floating, letting the water move them. Here is my result.

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I  really liked the salt effects so I created a wash for the background and then applied some salt and let it sit for an hour. This was the result. I am very happy considering it is my first watercolor !! :)

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I am looking forward to continue on this journey!! :)

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