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negative painting tutorial by koyamori negative painting tutorial by koyamori
Tutorial / step by step for the negative painting technique with watercolour and masking fluid. C:
It is quite an easy technique as you can see, so have fun playing around with it! :heart:

If anything is unclear, please feel free to ask me.:)
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:iconbabyyoucrazy:
BabyYouCrazy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial. Thanks. 
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MingariaSky Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This was very helpful and the end result was gorgeous!
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GoloriaAJ Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I am going to try water coloring my drawings,hopefully it would turn out closely as good as urs :)
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FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhh very enlightening
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Rariaz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!! 
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Otaku1366 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did you paint over the background again after you applied the masking fluid? the color became darker... oh, and thanks for the info by the way.
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H-SWilliams Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Interesting technique. I've a bottle of masking fluid somewhere that I've never used, this looks like something fun to try out with it, :XD: if the bottle hasn't dried out yet that is. 
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Yomi-Romanov Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Your pictures are beautiful :D congrats xP
By the way...Gosh...You have guts!:iconshockplz: 
I use that once...JUST ONCE! because smells like hell:iconpetrifiedplz:
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CornyMistick Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I'm trying to get that effect, but the masking fluid comes off with paper... I've tried applying it thick, thin and watered down with water, but still when I peel it off, the paper uderneath it is mostly white... Can you help me with advice? Is my paper too thick or something? 
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koyamori Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
No~ That happened to me a lot too. Some papers like Arches have a stronger surface and will not rip as easily and will absorb more colour so it might work better.
In the end I stopped using masking fluid.
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CornyMistick Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Ah I see, thank you!
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uglyshoujo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what brand paint do you prefer?
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teepeeweepee Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist
What a neat idea! Thank you so much :)
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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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Symphony7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I just want to let you know that you're one of my all-time favorite artists here :D your artwork is inspiring and is a delight to the eyes! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful sense of creativity with us!

Oh, and what kind brush would you recommend using for the frisket? I have user liquid frisket I'm the past, but I ended up having to throw my brush away because it got ruined:(
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wishfullDreamer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm just wondering, but how are the last two pictures so different? Did you wash the picture after peeling off the masking fluid?

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koyamori Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
No, the last picture is a scan and the rest of the pictures are photos, so the colours look a bit yellower in the photos due to the light cast. :3
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JeanaWei Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
In pieces like kaleidofish and secrets to a whale, did you leave out the face when masking (I'm guessing you used masking fluid?) or paint them on later?
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Nah I didn't use masking for those. I stopped using masking fluid for many years.
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:iconjeanawei:
JeanaWei Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Aaah I see, then would you suggest I leave the face out when masking or paint it on later?
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koyamori Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
It might be better to paint it later! Depending on the paper and masking fluid it can rip up the bottom layer colours a bit.
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Pink1398 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Do you take commissions?
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Not at the moment!
Thank you for the interest~<3
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting method! Thanks for sharing it !
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ColourFactory Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
great tutorial, thanks
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:iconoka415:
oka415 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thats so pretty *O*
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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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gumigirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a neat method! Thanks for the tutorial~
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PlatinaStar Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How cute!
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miammi12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is absolutely amazing and inspirational and thank you so much for the tutorials
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LiniAriva Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artworks are so beautiful and this tutorial is helpful. :)

BTW Is the character applied with masking fluid too? because it was so clean..
in my country there wasn't any store that sell those masking fluid. Maybe I'll buy it online.
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koyamori Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
For the character, I just painted around it. 8)
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LiniAriva Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh..okay thank you so much XD
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LostWunderland Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Where would I be able to buy Masking Fluid? I get all my paints in an Arts and Crafts store, but I've never seen any Masking Fluid
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Tiramiizu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wont it be that if i used a kneading eraser to remove the masking fluid, it would erase the lineart? then if i used my finger, wouldn't it smudge the drawing? how about you, what do YOU do to remove the masking fluid?
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koyamori Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Once the watercolour is dry, it should be ok to gently rub off the fluid with an eraser. The lineart I usually do in watercolour as well so it doesn't really rub off.
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Tiramiizu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh ok then, thank you for replying :3
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emstheunitaur Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Just what I needed! Such cool effects! :D
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KamikazeKitteh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
where do you buy your masking fluid?
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Just any art store should have it. If not, online. C:
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Arseniks Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Which masking fluid do you use?? :3
The one I use dries slowly ;_;
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:iconkoyamori:
koyamori Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
I used to use Demco masking, but it wasn't very good at all.
Try blowdrying it maybe? C:
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Arseniks Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
; 0 ; Okay... thanks for your help <333
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Kolamaya Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Thank you for your tutorial, I tried yesterday and I love the result ! :D
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vampiresongka Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Artist
wonderful technique!
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osipingi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
AMG YOUR PROFILE PICTURE IS SHIZUKU FROM HXH XD LOLOLOL YOUR LIKE MY NEW BIFFLE XD
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vampiresongka Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Artist
aha, i did not think anyone else will like shizuku..
only a tiny amount...~ :iconblushplz:
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:iconosipingi:
osipingi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
SHES SOOO CUTE! i like what she wears lol ;)
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:iconvampiresongka:
vampiresongka Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Artist
I know! It is very easy to cosplay ^u^
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osipingi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lol ikr!
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