And so, our June challenge comes to a close as our annual 31 day watercolor celebration begins in July! Yep, World Watercolor Month has already started in some parts of the world, but here in North America it begins tomorrow. And if you made it to the end of our June challenge, then it’s just one more day next month to rock another challenge. I hope you’ll join me for this 31 day watercolor extravaganza as we come together to paint the world and spread the word about art education. There are so many new ways to give to Dreaming Zebra this year. First and foremost you can click the Artist Ambassador links at the bottom of the main page here. Each artist is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of classes and/or products throughout the entire month of July! And you can also shop for cool souvenirs in the World Watercolor Month Shop, which features limited edition pouches from our Ambassadors, and, as always, 100% of proceeds goes directly to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. By the way, if champagne isn’t to your taste, feel free to celebrate with the beverage of your choice. I do actually enjoy champagne, but totally forgot to get any today so this is just another fantasy doodlewash. But I’m so thrilled for the festivities ahead!
I do have some art supply samples to give away via these posts, so be sure to check back here daily throughout July. And there’s a shiny new section in the main navigation of Doodlewash.com that will lead you to all of the important links you’ll need to celebrate World Watercolor Month properly and not miss out on anything. For my part, I’m still going to be rambling on with various stories and sketching as I go because it’s what I love most. For example, when Philippe and I have champagne, he’s in charge of opening it because he has a little trick where he holds the top and turns the bottom of the bottle. This has perfectly escaped me each and every time I’ve unsuccessfully tried it, so I just give up immediately now and hand the bottle directly to him. And my wonderful friend, Amy, learned to use a saber to slice off the top cleanly once when we were in Montréal working on a movie together and she still performs the trick to this day. In short, it’s often wonderful to surround yourself with people far more talented than you and bask in their greatness.
For me, that’s been the greatest joy of our big little watercolor community. I’m so astounded by all the talent and often boggled by how artists manage to create what they paint. My role and goal is simply to help artists connect with each other as well as awesome art instructors while hopefully adding a little inspiration myself along the way. If I had a title in all of this, I would say that it’s your “DO Coach.” Someone who just hangs out with you and occasionally whispers in your ear that you can and should actually do that awesome thing that you’ve been dreaming about. And I’m right there alongside you, struggling to make something new each and every day as well. Failing and succeeding in maddeningly equal parts with no discernible pattern. For me, some days are great, and others can make me feel like I have no clue what I’m doing at all. But each new day gives me a glorious chance to try again. And that’s why I always show up. I have no idea what will happen next, but I couldn’t imagine not showing up each day to find out. So join me each and every day in July as our 31 day watercolor celebration begins!
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!