World Watercolor Month July 2016 Primary Logo - - Founded by Charlie O'Shields Doodlewash

After we’d celebrated various official days with sketches and posts, it seemed odd that there wasn’t an official annual celebration for watercolor! July is the one year anniversary month of Doodlewash so, I thought I’d try to fix this missing holiday by writing a proposal to register an official month for watercolor – battling over 18,000 submissions received each year to become one of the coveted 30 to be added to the calendar. A long shot, to be sure, but that’s never stopped me and the great news is – it actually happened! And I wanted to let you all know so you could mark your calendars! July is now and forever, officially World Watercolor Month!

Take the ultimate challenge in July of 31 watercolor paintings/sketches in 31 days! (or join when you can, and tag all your watercolor images with #WorldWatercolorMonth in the month of July). And best of all, I’ve teamed up with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation to raise awareness for art education and encourage people to donate art supplies for underprivileged children around the world. Helping our future artists learn and grow! I’m hoping all of you fabulous doodlewashers and friends out there can help me begin to spread the word about the world’s first month-long global celebration of watercolor coming this July! Click the links below to learn more!

This is your celebration, I’m just playing host as usual, so I’m looking for any and all suggestions on how we can make this thing BIG. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!




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!

90 replies on “EXCITING NEWS: July Is OFFICIALLY World Watercolor Month!

      1. You are a true persuader Charlie lol! I try to paint every day at home, but I also do pastels and other projects, so I really hope that I will be able to do one watercolor a day for 31 days. 😁

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  1. I’m in! I’ve joined the Facebook group and have posted a link to your post on my Facebook page. This is so awesome! I’m ecstatic about being part of the first-ever “World Watercolor Month”!

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  2. You have more energy than anyone I know! I’ve already joined the FB group, I’ve blogged about this and emailed our art teacher to see if she or some of her students can participate! This should be fun! Kudos to you, Charlie!!!

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  3. Well done, Charlie! I’ve passed the word on for you over on my blog, although I can’t say I’d be able to complete 31 watercolours. I will participate, though, hopefully I’d have become semi-professional by then – well, stranger things have happened! Seriously, though, getting the world on board is some good going!


  4. I hit like on this post wishing it had multiple exclamations!!! 😀 You’re so SUPER – well done Charlie! The worlds certainly a brighter, better place for art. These are GREAT news! ^_^

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  5. You are beyond amazing Charlie…what a wonderful thing to have happen, just brilliant! While FB and Instagram are on my someday ‘To Do’ list, until then, your June nature walk will be a great way to limber up for a 31 in 31 challenge…oooooh, nerves and excitement…who needs coffee? lol

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  6. WOWZA! Look at you go, Charlie! 🙂 Congrats on making the calendar for July! I probably won’t be able to join every day but I will try to splatter the watercolors around a bit more that month! 🙂

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  7. Charlie that is SO COOL!!!!! You are So COOL!!!! Yes I would love to join in. Come July I will have moved … Happy Dance 😊 Thank you for doing this and your continued support to artists everywhere. 💓💓💓

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  8. Charlie. I. am. so. impressed.
    that is amazing! leave it to you, to think of doing this! July is a perfect month for watercolors, though, I won’t do every day.Fancy
    but will do Heaps!! this is Great 🙂

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  9. Oh wow Charlie! This is really exciting!!! Congratulation for this great achievement!!! Of course I will join and I will do my best to make the 31 days! Yay awesome you are always full of ideas much love to you 😉

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      1. It’s wonderful and great Charlie to have this official Day! I actually have been thinking about during the month of April and wanted to tell you I am happy that you had this idea! It is awesome to join the creator of this worldwide event yay!!! 😉 ❤

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  10. Wow Charlie this is amazing, you are a star! I’m just catching up after being on an internet free trip and this is fantastic news to come back to, well done you 🙂

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  11. So cool! I’m so impressed that you applied for a watercolour month, got it and now you are spearheading a month of watercolour activities with a good cause. And your banner/logo is awesome!

    Well, I finally painted my first watercolour bird last week. It took me a long time to get motivated, but I finally painted number one! I used your recipe for black/grey – I mixed burnt umber and ultramarine. Magic!

    Thanks for your lovely attitude, paintings and for bringing artists together.


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      1. Thanks for accepting me into your Facebook group. I don’t usually use Facebook, so I’m not Facebook savvy, but I have been enjoying seeing the watercolour paintings people have posted on your group page so far. 🙂

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  12. What a wonderful thing you have created Charlie! Hats off to you for making the month of July all that more wonderful. I’ll do my best to join in on the fun! Cheers to you Charlie!

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