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Sai watercolor tutorial + brushes, Sai file by bluekomadori Sai watercolor tutorial + brushes, Sai file by bluekomadori
Tutorial on how I make digital watercolors in Sai. The old version was a bit outdated so I made a new one!
It's also on tumblr:…

And here you can find a few useful links:
  1. You can download the Sai file of this picture here: link 
  2. Video process of painting another picture: link
  3. The old watercolor tutorial: link
  4. Sai brushes (none of them is made by me) link + file you need to open them in Sai: link
  5. Awesome watercolor brushes made by Kyle T Webster: link

Here’s the finished painting: link

EDIT: OMG my second DD!!! :o (Eek)  I feel so honored... ;_; I can't find words to express how grateful I am to :iconotkurzacz: and :iconnazegoreng: for suggesting it and :iconpiratelotus-stock: for featuring!! *Free Icon/Emote* Toothless (Love it!)  Thank you very very much!!! 

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Given 2014-08-14
[Stock & Resources] Suggester says, "It's one of the best and easiest digital watercolour tutorials I've ever found on dA!" Sai watercolor tutorial + brushes, Sai file by bluekomadori  (Also suggested by Nazegoreng  ) ( Suggested by Otkurzacz and Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
Eninaj27 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is just epic!! Thank you for sharing amazing stuff like this to help artists. I didn't know it's possible to draw so watercolor alike with Paint Tool Sai. ♥
Just one question, where can I get the "leaves texture" for the watercolor tool? I poorly don't have it.
Pri-ThePuppeteer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   General Artist
Awesome tutorial!  going to check it out! 
samueltcopp Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome stuff. I will try this. Love the style. GREAT!
Jamie5m Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i cant get the brushes to work right for me? when i make them, it looks totally different. i dont know what im doing wrong :(
theclevercarrot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Great tutorial! Used the brushes here:…
RamosGarciaArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!! *-*
opgezwolle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!!Thank you!!
Funeyim Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
Thank you so much!! >.<
DoodleKnots Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2015
Sorry to ask rookie questions... Im new to coloring in sai since all I have done is just using sketch/ink linearts.
Also my English is not too good so sorry if I did not cross the point correctly...

I already paid for the actual version of sai (I cannot download the pirated version because I do not want to face of risk of losing my new laptop...
How do I open the files for the brushes since I already have sai?
It didn't have any window popping up to download or anything like that.
Also my sai only has default textures...
I checked on deviantart for leaves texture but there are none for for sai I see....
So I cannot really get the effect I want for my brush/market settings...
How do I fix that?

Also I kinda do not know how to go with this, but the only time I did saw other textures was in the botmap file on but everything was labeled "no". How do I turn those features on? (if thats the correct way of saying it)
Yuu-ah Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
Thanks so much for an awesome tutorial :) 
MoreMadness Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Filmographer
Eyh ! Just saying I followed your tutorial and it really helped me ! ^.^
Thank you !
Ewalynn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial and sharing your technique! :meow:
sleepless-stars Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Thank you for sharing!!
serenciel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
so pretty! thank you for sharing! .:Happy star:. 
yukarishii Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student
Woow, It's help me so much!
I aways belive it's a handwork, but this mode is soo more viable.

Thank you for this tutorial! I really apreciate.
DubiousTemp Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
I'll gonna try it out, but I think it'll take some time before I get good at coloring.
WendyLine Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing!
Pokekid963 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you.
I love you so much.
Thank you for being such a beautiful person.
CNDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GOD.... this tutorial is so AWESOME!Shocked  Thanks for sharing :squee: 
jakedreamer6 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Fennekin Braixen y Delplox son unos de mis pokemons favoritos el primero es Gardevoir
lila79 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this useful tuto !
I tried something…
Chaosreign Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Such a beautiful tutorial. owo
KAkkoiITO Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to thank you for sharing the brushes! I look forward to using them in my future drawings.  :) The tutorial was also useful!
Aevspeare Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student General Artist
thank you so much for the tutorial and brushes! :la:

used it here:
Hntpo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow the render is beautiful, thanks ! :)
Deadlytwins Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial deserves a gold medal, really, it´s easy to understand and the results are great!!
Thanks you very very much for making this amazing tutorial :la:
Cheetah-Of-Darkness Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
This looks great! Where did you get bar 1m overlay? :o
xXxButterflysxXx Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rory221B Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!
It wasn't easy at the beginning but I think I'm getting better and I hope I'll improve using this tecnique!
Here's my (second) try: Nightcrawler Valentine's Card *Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (So exciting!) 
D-TRiK Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*everything is so clear now*
this works like 100%
even though I had to compensate for the tools or settings that I dont have for certain things (for some reason) it stills works really well!
thanks for the tutorial!!
Bellisaurus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is so useful! Looks amazing, thank you so much for sharing <3
DogMango Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow amazing!!
And ur lineart is very good
How do u get it so crispy and clean
waterwolf996 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
waterwolf996 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thank you alot for making this tutorialHug 
waterwolf996 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i just wanted to ask you how to download brushes for sai?
Kimkun06 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial helped me out WAY TOO MUCH!
Other than I learned more about the texture settings, it also helped me to create even Better artwork! :D
I managed to successfully make a nice present, and satisfy myself with a recent artwork of mine, and it takes A LOT for me to be satisfied!

Again Thank you so much! And Keep being awesome! 
Ikalye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Artist
Very nice tutorial! *W*
dorito-dude Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
so i wanted to download the brushes from the pack, and when i try to convert them, some files are missing. ex… ( the brushes are on the left and sai on the right)
what do i do? 
Mig515 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I love this so much! I found it on Tumblr and I just had to try it! You're super amazing! This really deserves a DD. It helped so much peeps to try out a water color style on Paint Tool SAI :heart:

Here's my take on your lovely tutorial!…
Cerulians Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Thank you so much! I can't wait to try out, OMG! :D
bluekomadori Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy to hear that you like it!
Storytelleri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student General Artist
This looks interesting and inspiring. *-*
bluekomadori Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OminousEcho Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
there are a lot files on that link for the brushes.  Do you use all of them/Do I need to download all of them? And also is the water color brush made by Kyle? Cause idk if Im willing to buy something like that seeing as Im new to digital art.
bluekomadori Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything's in the tutorial! I showed which brushes I use in the last step. 
Kyle's brushes are not there, you have to buy them. But they are only a shortcut, you can achieve the same effect with Sai ones. So you don't really need them :)
SlimeCloudBeta Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can download the Sai brushes but I can't download the file I need to open them in Sai. 
Was there a step I forgotten?
joolzanfire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bluekomadori Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh a really cool Deidara!! I love how he came out!! :D
joolzanfire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :3 Your tutorial was super helpful!
daisydearest Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
One of my friends recently did a drawing using this tutorial and shared the link back to it. I couldn't help but want to try to do one as well now!  I LOVE the brushes, and WOW... My texture pack just went from 2 different textures to a WHOLE collection thank you SO SO MUCH for sharing with everyone.

Definitely want to work on brushes for it too now!
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