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Tutorial: Realistic Watercolor Effect

Cayce Garrison — August 15, 2016

The new Watercolor Brush has been one of the most popular tools since it was introduced. Today I want to show how to use that brush to create a realistic watercolor painting.

To start I am using a design from the Flowers 2 book and the Beach Time color palette.

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Now in similar fashion to how I approach the Marker Tool, I like Opacity around 50% and the brush size at the max.

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Starting from the center of flowers I slowly circle around letting the brush laydown layers of color. I extend out from the center a little bit to let a light layer of color spread around the petals.

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After the base layer has been applied I raise the Opacity a bit and circle around the center again.

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I continue this process throughout the design changing up the colors as I go.

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Remember that to help create a realistic watercolor look it helps to have areas of vivid color. This is suppose to represent when a watercolor is first applied to paper. Its starts off very vibrant and as you spread the pigment out the color begins to lighten.

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For added effect I decided for this piece that I was not going to stay within the lines. Additionally I added a light layer of watercolor to the background to finish it up.

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We would love to see the work you produce using the watercolor brush and the technique just shown. If you post your work to social media make sure to tag #pigmentapp for an opportunity to be featured.

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Cayce Garrison
Pixite Apps Content Manager