When I was little, donning a pair of boots and running outside to start splashing around, our prompt today, was a total blast. It was like having a piece of a superhero costume that made you impervious to puddles. So one could jump in them and splash about with no cares at all. Incredibly fun! This quick little 3-color doodlewash is notable for being a bit looser and including a bit of an actual human creature, which is totally rare for me. Part of the fun of World Watercolor Month is playing, trying new things, and splashing watercolor around. This challenge each July, comes with no rules at all, save the use of watercolor, so I hope you’ve been enjoying just splashing color away in whatever method and subject matter feels most comfortable to you! Actually, as an adult, I don’t even own rain boots. If there are puddles outside I find myself, instead, just attempting to avoid them in sneakers. This is probably for the best as if I were to have a pair you’d find me jumping in puddles and laughing hysterically like an overgrown child. Come to think of it, that actually sounds rather awesome, so currently adding rain boots to my Amazon wish list.
Today, I’m making a little splash with something that always delights the kid in all of us. Free stuff! Once more, I have a 5×7″ sample of Winsor & Newton professional watercolor paper and a professional watercolor 6 color dot card to give away. This is only open to residents of U.S./Canada and only to people who haven’t been told they’re receiving one yet. If you’d like to receive these, simply let me know you want them by adding the comment “I love Winsor & Newton!” while you comment below. The first 10 eligible folks to do so will receive one! (please watch for my comment back to you confirming, and check the ones on previous posts, as I give you a link to my contact form to send me your address!). Also, after today, there’s just 5 days left of this most awesome month, so if you haven’t yet, please consider making a donation to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation or do so by purchasing souvenirs in our shop, where 100% of proceeds go to Dreaming Zebra (these items will totally disappear on August 1st, so get yours now before they’re gone forever!).
It was actually rainy here earlier today and though the gray can seem a bit gloomy, the colors pop all the more. That’s the beauty of life. Even when things are blurry shades of gray it just serves to shine a light on all of the colorful and amazing things that life truly has to offer. As many of you can guess who read my posts, I’m a hopeless optimist. It’s not that I never get discouraged, it’s just that I can’t ever stay that way. Each challenge life poses is just that. Something to conquer and get past. And best of all, those challenges present new opportunities, which are really the coolest bits of life there are! If it weren’t for this or that challenge I’ve faced, I might not even be here with you, rambling today. They say, whoever they are, that things all happen for a reason. And I believe this. So in that logic, there’s nothing that could possibly resemble failure. When we try new things, and play, letting the child inside us guide us, we can make miracles happen. We can turn our biggest hopes and dreams into a reality. We can even make 31 watercolors in 31 days. Because it’s nothing more difficult than simply showing up to paint, letting the colors flow mysteriously, as we find ourselves happily splashing around.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, and Cobalt Turquoise. 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!
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!