We’ve reached the final day of World Watercolor Month and it’s been a thrilling journey indeed! More beautiful watercolors have been tagged and placed into the world in honor of the month than both of the previous two years of our celebration combined! Well more than 12,000 artists joined us this year, from all over the planet, to simply make a watercolor each day, or whenever possible, and share it with the world. That’s a truly beautiful thing indeed. And best of all, together, we helped spread the word about our charitable cause for the month, getting art supplies to kids who need them around the world via The Dreaming Zebra Foundation (once again, the WWM souvenir shop, where 100% of proceeds goes to the cause, will close and disappear in the morning. So, if you’d like something, get it now before its gone!) A heartfelt thanks to our Official Sponsors for making the month possible and our Artists Ambassadors for their incredible generosity and support. And the final prompt of “celebration of color,” couldn’t be more fitting for a month like this one. You could have painted anything at all for this prompt, as it’s the very embodiment of what we’ve celebrated all month long. Beyond the paint, World Watercolor Month is also a celebration of diversity and a chance for people of all different cultures and approaches to watercolor to come together for a single wonderful cause. Thank you for joining me in the world’s largest global celebration of watercolor of the year!
And I hope you’ll keep making art with me as we move into the August Art Challenge. For this one, it’s back to a normal Doodlewash challenge, that’s open to pencil drawings and pen and ink as well wonderful watercolor… doodles and/or the wash! (World Watercolor Group on Facebook and the associated hashtag is still for watercolor only, of course, so join us here in Doodlewash Club to post your drawings). Drawing is foundational to making art, so I hope you’ll take the time to focus on and build those skills as well. This also allows people to share preliminary sketches for their paintings, if yours is produced more slowly and not in a madcap daily doodlewashing style, like I do. If that’s not your thing, then DO your thing. In all of this, I simply hope to inspire you to show up and create. Anything at all, really. There aren’t really any rules here on Doodlewash, other than that watercolors or gouache are currently the only painting mediums we share. Beyond that, it’s entirely up to you how you choose to paint, sketch, or draw, and what methods you want to employ. Just have fun and enjoy the journey!
When I first started painting, I was ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy at what I had discovered. Now, over three years later, still painting daily, I’m just as ecstatic as I was when I first began! But, in truth, it’s all because of you. You, dear reader and community member. You’ve made my journey feel like it truly matters. That my splashes of paint and often ridiculous rambles are something wonderful. And this inspires me to believe that this effect is really not unique to me at all, but something true for all of us. When we create art with our heart and all of the passion we can muster, and share it for the whole world to see, it’s guaranteed that someone, somewhere on this crazy planet will say, “thank you, that’s just what I needed to see today.” And this is worth showing up for each and every day. Please don’t ever stop creating, even on the days when it seems nearly impossible to do so. Your heart will always thank you, and someone out there will thank you as well. And this, in the end, is why I founded World Watercolor Month. I hope you’ve discovered just how many smiles you can create, when you do nothing more than show up each day to make art, and share your own personal celebration of color.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Indigo, Vermilion M. Graham Watercolors: Indian Yellow, Pyrrol Red, Manganese 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!
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!