After a month of being a kid again in January, I decided to go all the way back to the beginning with a little alphabet adventure. I’ve been wanting to doodlewash some animals so it made me think of an ABC Book. My first plan was a month of animals, but I paused. Much of what I find enjoyable in these little adventures is the randomness of the images that end up getting made in a single collection.

I also like the ability to just jump to anything I want to paint while roughly staying in a theme (even a toy or two I may have missed last month). So instead of a book of animals, this little book will be just as crazy and random as you’ve come to expect from me.

Also, I rather like it when you make suggestions and give me ideas of what you might like to see, so feel free to shout out thoughts as we go to the next letter of the alphabet. Tomorrow we’ll begin with A and move through to Z. I have no idea where this one will take us, but we’ll just take it one letter at a time and find out together!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Azo Yellow, Azo Orange, Sap Green, Permanent Green Pale, Burnt Sienna, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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!

53 replies on “Doodlewash ABC’s

  1. I was just about to write “awesome,” in regards to your post, painting and ideas. I use this word a lot. Is my Gen X showing? I’ve been thinking about this word, and I would like to come up with a new word(s) to express appreciation, impressiveness, and admiration. I think along with your first “A” day, I will start by working on not using this outdated slang so much. Great post Charlie🙂

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  2. We WERE separated at birth!! This is how I started my blog last year!!! I’m dying to see what you do with this!! Love your blocks, Charlie! 💜💜💜 What’s cool is to go with adjectives or even adverbs, no need to stick with nouns at all! You could take this on so many different directions. Looking forward to it, bro!!

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    1. Hehe…it was funny because I pulled back and decided not to start this when I hated my doodlewash yesterday and then saw your B is for Buttercup! 😉 hehe… And was like yay!! 💕💕😃I was going to do all animals and realized I’d get bored so I put a halt on things to think it through. Random stuff wins instead! Yay! And I’ll have the weirdest ABC book ever by the end of the month! 😊😊

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  3. Love the way you’ve incorporated an ant and an anchor in block A, and similarly with blocks B and C. Were these just blocks you dreamed up or did you have a set like that?
    I am not a doodlewasher, but I can draw fairly well. As a grandmother living in China with my first grandson living in the USA, I wanted to build a relationship with him through skype. I made a set of A4 drawings with a letter of the alphabet and a word he would know. When he was 2yrs old we began with 15minutes each day, I would hold up the drawing and he would say the word and we’d repeat the alphabet letter. I showed them in random sequences – he knew his whole alphabet before he was three, and numbers up to 20. It was a fun game. I’m now doing the same with his little brother, your proposed series would be perfect for long distance grandparents to do the same thing.

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    1. What a wonderful story!! I loved that you did that and it sounds like it worked wonders. I’m sure it was also really a blast for him to interact with you like that! Love it!! ❤️😃 These blocks were from a couple references I found, though I have similar blocks. I made up some of the characters on the side as they were on the references but just things I wanted to include. 😊Hehe


  4. Love the finish on those blocks. I think your rest paid off!

    Exciting stuff. This is always a fun concept – recently I’ve been trying to put together a fun A-Z set of cards for my niece, but have found myself stumped by a few troublesome letters. Perhaps your work will inspire me to actually finish it! I’ve no doubt you will make the alphabet even cooler than it already is (hashtag nerd).

    A is for Albatross! Acropolis! Aeroplane! André the Giant!

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    1. Hehe…thanks Jacob!! I really needed the posting break although I actually did post I guess to tell people so it wasn’t a break. And I drew three things that I didn’t share so I didn’t really break from sketching. But they were so bad! Like I forgot how to draw suddenly. Turns out I just wasn’t inspired with the direction and freaked myself out because it was too specific (baby animals). I need room to play and do weird things!! Lol Though yeah…I will definitely need help when we get to X. 😊

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      1. Yeah, I have those spells too – lots of offensive stuff you don’t see! It’s quite worrying at the time. It’s not good to force it, but I usually find that switching to a fresh subject and focus helps you to work through it, as you did.

        Ha, I actually really enjoyed xylophone for X! It was the ones where there were too many to pick that I got flustered!

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