Cats On A Couch by Kyly Sheldon

Here’s a fun and lovely doodlewash from Kyly Sheldon, ( a freelance 3D animator in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kyly comes from a family of artists. Her mother is an artist and so was her grandmother. Having always been surrounded by art, in different mediums, she was destined to have an interest in art herself. She says, “I have been painting and drawing all my life. I’m an impatient person so watercolour’s fast drying nature suits my personality perfectly.”

Kyly uses Winsor & Newton paints and favors cold pressed 300g paper for its lovely textured surface. She likes to paint any subject and will sometimes go for realism and control, and other times try something more whimsical or illustrative, like this wonderful doodlewash. (love that approach! DO anything and everything that inspires you!)

She doesn’t have a set in stone process, basically starting with lighter colours/washes and adding darker washes/sections as she goes. Sometimes, as in this painting she’ll add an outline at the end. Kyly says, “Sometimes I get so wrapped up in detail I will finish one section completely before moving on, which is a much different approach (and probably not the “right” way to do things).” (That’s perfect Kyly… we don’t believe in a “right” way to do things around here! Just do what works for you!)

Kyly says, “I like to let the water move the paint around to create those wonderful watercolour effects when one colour meets another and they bleed into a new fanned out colour. It’s so exciting to see the unexpected result. That’s what keeps me coming back for more.” And we’ll definitely be coming back for more of your lovely doodlewashes Kyly! And we hope all of you reading this will be sure to follow her on her blog at!

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

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