EXCITING NEWS: July Is OFFICIALLY World Watercolor Month!

World Watercolor Month July 2016 Primary Logo - worldwatercolor.com - 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!

VISIT WorldWatercolor.com!



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  1. Arts & Rhymes 6 years ago

    Wow, this is amazing! You’re the man, Charlie!!! 😀

    • Author

      Aww thanks Sibella! Hope that means you’ll be joining in July! 😉

      • Arts & Rhymes 6 years ago

        You are welcome! 🙂 That’s my plan, but may not be able to do it every day… It’s great what you’re doing, really!

        • Author

          It’s still a play as you can challenge as well! But wanting to see how many people I can get to try the 31 days. It really is amazing to commit to daily. Forms a wonderful habit and isn’t as hard as you’d think!😉

          • Arts & Rhymes 6 years ago

            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. 😁

          • Author

            Awesome!! Hope you’ll take on the ultimate challenge! My tip is go small…hehe… I used to only paint 3×5″ and now no larger than 6×8… takes less time and still looks beautiful! 😉Do it! Do it!!

          • Arts & Rhymes 6 years ago

            Hahaha you’re funny, Charlie. “Do it” reminded me of the movie Starsky and Hutch LOL 😀
            I like 6X4. I’ll try to do it!

          • Author

            LOL… well actually the Doodlewash motto is even shorter since it’s only “DO” … hehe… and I never saw that movie, but sounds fun!

          • Arts & Rhymes 6 years ago

            You should see it, it’s kind of a parody on the 70’s detective series Starsky and Hutch. It’s with Oven Wilson and Ben Stiller and they both are hilarious.

          • Author

            So hilarious! I’ll have to check it out!

          • Arts & Rhymes 6 years ago

            There’s a YouTube clip if you search for ‘Starsky and Hutch do it’ 😄

          • Author

            Cool…I’ll look for it!

  2. Jodi 6 years ago

    Looking forward to celebrating with you Charlie! You are awesome! Way to go!!

    • Author

      Aww you’re too sweet, Jodi!😃💕 This is going to be a blast! But still have June to get through, of course, which will also be a blast! Hehe

  3. Judith 6 years ago

    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”!

  4. Jacob 6 years ago

    How absolutely fantastic! Look at you, changing the world 😉 I’m sure the Doodlewash army is going to get a lot bigger from here on in, and that’s awesome!

    • Author

      Hehe… it’s been fun to see all the excitement! I don’t know if it will change the whole world, but it will at least make a lot of people around the world happy and have some fun! 😉

      • Jacob 6 years ago

        It’ll certainly make a difference, a positive one, and that’s something to be very proud of. Go Charlie!

  5. Teresa Robeson 6 years ago

    You are brilliant, Charlie! <3 I will try to join in a bit in July.

    • Author

      Awesome! You better… or I’ll come find you. Wait… you’d like that… you better or I won’t come!! There! Haha! Thanks so much Teresa! 😃💕Definitely join in! It’s going to be so fun!!

  6. lizintheshed 6 years ago

    That’s amazing! As a watercolourist and July birthday person, I am very excited and just going to work out the practicality of 31 paintings in 31 days….. Congratulations.

    • Author

      Awesome Liz! So glad you like this… and yep… wanted to give people advance notice. Would love it if you took the ultimate challenge in July!! 😃💕

  7. ybromfield 6 years ago

    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!!!

    • Author

      Hehe… I don’t know about energy, but I’m crazier than the average person so I think that works just as well. 😉Thanks for spreading the word, Kari! 😃💕July is going to be a blast!

  8. Hats off to you, Charlie – shame you spelt ‘watercolour’ incorrectly – hee hee! I was planning to do some very loose watercolo[u]rs later this month when I visit Spain so this will be great motivation. As Jacob says, you’re changing the world! Well done.

    • Author

      Aww thanks Michael! 😃I’m at least helping to make the world a little more colorful! 😉And too funny on the spelling… I actually considered making a badge with the watercolour spelling, but didn’t want things to get confusing so stuck with the one!

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    WOW! This is quite an accomplishment, Charlie. And for a very worthy cause – art education. Kids don’t get enough of this activity. Time to celebrate.

  10. Jessica Seacrest 6 years ago

    Charlie- you are the awesomest!!!!

  11. babybluesnowflake 6 years ago

    Wow! Wonderful! Thanks for your dedicated efforts, Charlie!

  12. Sharon Mann 6 years ago

    I’ll be joining in, thanks for all you do, Charlie to pull the art world together. You are fantastic!!

    • Author

      You made me blush! 😊Thanks Sharon! And thrilled you’ll join in. July will be amazing if we can get a lot of people playing along!

  13. memadtwo 6 years ago

    Good job Charlie! (K)

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  15. Tom Merriman 6 years ago

    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!

  16. Sissh 6 years ago

    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! ^_^

    • Author

      Awww so glad you’re excited too, Sissh! Hope you’ll participate every day in July! It will be a blast!! 😃😃

      • Sissh 6 years ago

        I certainly plan to! It will be fantastic – can’t wait!! 😀

  17. artandmoondreams 6 years ago

    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

    • Author

      Hehe!! Yay! Exactly, Haunani…lumber up with a lovely hike and then join the ultimate adventure in July!! Will be so fun! Would love it if you took the daily challenge! 😃💕

  18. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    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! 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe…splatter when you can my friend! Oh wow…that sounds perfectly bizarre. 😊 At any rate! Doodlewash when you can, but join in!! Will be an amazing month!! 😃💕🎨

  19. Carmel Campbell 6 years ago

    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. 💓💓💓

    • Author

      Awww thanks for the kind words, Carmel!! 😃💕And yay to joining in!! Perfect timing then…yay! So excited to hear that!

      • Carmel Campbell 6 years ago

        You know Marc Taro Holmes was giving you a shout out 👍

        • Author

          Hehe… Yes! Marc is awesome! He actually helped me brainstorm a bit before this launched. 😉The Facebook Group was his suggestion!

  20. jeanmackayart 6 years ago

    I like the logo! 31 in 31 will be about 25 more paintings than I can handle in a month…but I’ll be with you in spirit and will tag my limited output.

  21. Teri C 6 years ago

    Oh yay, I’m in! Great idea! The world will never look so good as it will in July!

  22. Damita M-S 6 years ago

    Oh wow! Thanks Charlie. This is so awesome. I love watercolor so I’m really excited. Again thanks for making this happen🎉🎉

  23. I’ve been AWOL lately, but thrilled to see this, Charlie, and I hope to participate too! Maybe not every day in July, but I will do my best! Way to go, Bro! <3

    • Author

      Thanks sis!! 😃💕 It’s going to be a fun month!! No idea what I’m doing hosting something like this, but you know… Just one thing works. DO it! Hehe 😊😉

  24. M. L. Kappa 6 years ago

    Well done!🍾🍾🍾

  25. ann christina 6 years ago

    You´re really amazing, Charlie O´Shields! 😊👍 What a wonderful idea! I will join, maybe I will not be able to make it every day, but I´ll try for sure! You rock!!! 🤘💚

    • Author

      Awww… you’re just making me blush! 😊Thanks, Ann! 💕And yes! Join up! Like everything I do, it’s play when you can as well so more people can participate!

  26. debiriley 6 years ago

    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 That.lol.
    but will do Heaps!! this is Great 🙂

  27. Art We Wonderful 6 years ago

    I join everyone else with my thanks, too, Charlie! And happy 1-year anniversary! What you have accomplished in a year is astounding!

    • Author

      Awww I really appreciate that, Marion! 😃💕It’s been such an amazing year! And making new artist friends like you has made it so wonderfully special! Thanks!

  28. Snehal Kank 6 years ago

    Wow this is so amazing friend! 😀 Thanks so much 👍🏼🙏🏼

  29. YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

    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 😉

    • Author

      Awww thanks Carolina!! 😃💕 Seems proper to have a month dedicated to this awesome medium and now we do!! Officially! Yay! Thrilled to hear you’ll be taking the challenge!!

      • YesterdayAfter 6 years ago

        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!!! 😉 <3

        • Author

          And we got a whole official Month!! Hehe So glad you’re joining the party! Can’t think of a better way to spend the middle of summer than a global painting party!! Hehe! Yay!

  30. Tori 6 years ago

    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 🙂

  31. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 6 years ago

    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.


    • Author

      Awww thanks, Myriam! And Awesome!! So glad you did your first watercolour bird! Yay, can’t wait to see it! And hope this means you’re in for World Watercolor Month? hehe… be sure to join the Facebook group if you haven’t yet! It’s going to be so fun!

      • Myriam (Myr's Bytes) 6 years ago

        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. 🙂

        • Author

          Thanks for joining! I’m not really a Facebook user either, but needed a community forum and it was the best way to do it!

  32. Cathe 6 years ago

    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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