What would YOU like to see happen next on Doodlewash Club?!

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  • #81473
    Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
    Keymaster

    Post your ideas for new features here!

  • #82797
    Profile photo of Elizabeth Metz Elizabeth Metz 
    Participant

    Could there be an archive of all the previous months’ challenges? (If there already is one, feel free to point me to it. I can miss the obvious sometimes.)

    When I’m kicking around looking for something to paint, the challenge lists have been super helpful to me. Thank you!

    • #82806
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Hey Elizabeth! You can find the the previous art challenges at the bottom of the “About Art Challenges” page currently listed under the World Watercolor Month (I reshuffled links from now through July, so it’s a little harder to find).

  • #82798
    Profile photo of Elizabeth Metz Elizabeth Metz 
    Participant

    (Oops. Double posted. Sorry about that.)

    • #82807
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      No worries! My link isn’t showing up… something I’ll need to test more I guess… hehe.. so I hope my description of where to find the archived prompts makes sense! 😊

  • #82804
     Halina Veratsennik 
    Participant

    hmmm so many ideas:
    – have a section where artists can find local artists – if they want to meet for plein air session or quick sketch over coffee
    – section with links for tutorials / useful links
    – “share your tools” thread… with picture of your paints, brushes, workspace – oh I looooove to see those pictures
    – links to other social media profiles \ or a forum topic where we can post links to our websites + a separate topic for general questions

    • #82808
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Hey there Halina! Those are great ideas! I can definitely add forum topics like the ones you listed in the near future. As for the social links, I’m definitely wanting to add the ability to include these in your profile, but still looking into the best way to do so. (I wanted cool icons, but it may just be links to start with! hehe) For the share your tools photos, I’ll need to find a way to make it easy to share those images, yet keep them separate from the watercolor gallery images. I’m learning a lot in doing all of this, and so bear with me as I push the limits of my little brain and try to make it all happen! hehe

      • #83609
        Profile photo of Kate Powell Kate Powell 
        Participant

        I like the idea of a locality page, but people will have to say where they are from…

        Tools thread, very good…

        And reviews by particpants, also very good.

      • #83676
        Profile photo of TanaBelle Watercolors TanaBelle Watercolors 
        Participant

        Halina, I love your idea of finding other local artists to get together with. I know I wish I knew more painters where I am! I’m so impressed by Plein Air painters and I haven’t had the courage to go out and try it yet. For some reason it intimidates me!

        TanaBelle

    • #84136
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Just added a Forum for Tutorials and Resources and another for Art Supplies… had to improve the forum a bit and make it nicer to post and upload images. Should be prettier and more intuitive now to create a post! Started a thread to share your tools here:  https://doodlewash.com/forums/topic/share-your-favorite-art-supplies/ to get us started. Still working how to add social links to profiles as well as location for the other ideas, but they are coming soon! 😃

    • #84276
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Per your suggestion, I’ve just added GeoLocation features to the club! You can now go to your Profile Tab and select “Edit Profile” to add your city, state(if applicable), and country. There is also a location tab, where you can also edit location and have it locate you – you can then approve what it adds and click save (removing street address, for example, if you like, but this isn’t shown to other members). This will allow the new feature under the search in the Members Directory to work: https://doodlewash.com/members/ – allowing people to search for members in their area. Check it out and let me know your thoughts! (Social links in profiles are coming next… just have to find a cool way to add them!)

  • #82893
    Profile photo of Jessica Wesolek Jessica Wesolek 
    Participant

    HI Charlie – what a great idea this group is!
    I do have a question – how does a member set up an Album to put art in? Can’t figure that out.

    I would love to see a forum for product reviews. I know Doodlewashed has formal reviews on the blog, but I’m thinking more free form – like a “look what I found” kind of thing, where artists can sing the praises of materials they think work really well (or not).

    Maybe this should be under Tips & Tricks – not sure? Just know I love to hear about great papers, paint brands, brushes, and everything “watercolor”.

    • #83100
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Yeah, I’m woefully behind on building a lovely Getting Started page! hehe… For Albums, go to your profile and click on the Artwork tab. You’ll see “Uploads” and “Albums” at the top. Click On “Albums” and you’ll see a “Create an Album” button. Click this and you name and create your album. Once created you can add files to it right in your profile. For now, it’s just a single image at a time at the moment as this allows you to create a description for each one that only gets applied to that piece of art rather than the entire group. Next, if you add an image via the News Feed, you’ll see an Album link under the post. Click that if you want to add it to an album. When you view an image in the lightbox (full screen black background) you can always click the text at the top to go directly to the post where you’ll see the Album link.

      And that’s a great idea by the way! I honestly thought I had something set up like that, but in all my testing I think I deleted the forum. I’ll have to add it back! 😊

    • #84158
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Just wanted to let you know that there is now an Art Supply Review forum for members so feel free to make a topic about whatever you’d like to talk about: https://doodlewash.com/forums/forum/art-supply-reviews/

  • #84077
    Profile photo of Mel Scott Mel Scott 
    Participant

    as an art educator I have noticed that people are fearful of watercolor…..one thing I would like to hear and see is how others teach getting over the fear or watercolors.
    I finally hit on coffee paintings as an introduction to watercolor classes. The students were terrified of color but I noticed them bringing in coffee each day…so we began painting with that. That lead to an understanding of the amount of water versus medium….they understood monochromatic painting…then they began begging for color.
    Ideas to break the inhibitions. Watercolor is the most forgiving medium out there….but it has a reputation for being hard..no mistakes.

    • #84087
      Profile photo of Kate Powell Kate Powell 
      Participant

      That is a great topic Mel…

    • #84088
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      That’s such a wonderful idea to do! I have seen lots of people intimidated by watercolor and color mixing and the like. I love the idea of just making images first, gaining confidence and then demanding color! That’s awesome! If you’d ever like to create a group here on Doodlewash, feel free, I’ve opened up the Groups feature so everyone can create their own watercolor group! You’ll now see “Create A Group” option on the Groups page. 😉

  • #84101
    Profile photo of Patricia Mellett Brown Patricia Mellett Brown 
    Participant

    YAY! Thank you Charlie for creating this club, I suspect I shall be hanging around here rather a lot! I like Halinas idea of a section where artists can meet locally. Maybe a section where people can introduce themselves when they join?!? All the best, Patricia.

    • #84152
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Yay! Glad to hear that Patricia! I think this will be a wonderful little club, but I still have lots to work out, of course, based on the wonderful ideas of its members! I love the new member introduction idea… just have to figure out where it might work best!

  • #84155
    Profile photo of Kate Powell Kate Powell 
    Participant

    Is there a way that the emails can be held to once a day in our settings?  I am already getting pings about half-dozen times a day so this cold be crazy very soon!  I know this is probably a big html request and I can be patient….

    • #84157
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      Hehe… you’re already popular!! Actually, you can only turn emails on or off, but I’m looking into the daily digest idea because it’s cool. For now, you can go to your Settings tab in your profile (might need to click to more icon at the far right of the tabs to see the rest, Settings is last), and then select Email to change your notifications. There’s a list and you can turn off the ones that you don’t want to see whenever they happen.

      • #84190
        Profile photo of Kate Powell Kate Powell 
        Participant

        but but but i don wanna turn them off… i just want to get them once a day…  when you get to it that’d be nice.  in the meantime i turned off my dinging bell on mac to alert me to a new email.  whew.

        • #84246
          Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
          Keymaster

          Hehe… yeah… I tend always have my dinging bell turned off! That thing drives me crazy! I can’t promise I’ll be able to figure out how to batch them, but I’ll keep looking into it!

  • #84191
    Profile photo of Kate Powell Kate Powell 
    Participant

    I think this is going to be as big as FB for watercolorists… such a great idea!  All the art without all the other stuff!  Yay!

    • #84242
      Profile photo of Patricia Mellett Brown Patricia Mellett Brown 
      Participant

      That’s what I’m hoping Kate😀👏😀

    • #84247
      Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields Charlie O’Shields 
      Keymaster

      I hope so too!! Actually, I started this group specifically because a lot of artists in my group were getting a little tired of all the other stuff on Facebook and some stopped using it entirely. Then I got complaints of always seeing the same “popular” posts over and over and nothing was in chronological order. I found a hack to get the real order back, but it mysteriously stopped working. Then they fled to Instagram and now Facebook turned it into the same thing and people’s posts started disappearing if they didn’t already have a lot of followers, replaced by a sponsored one every 3 or 4 images, and an algorithm that decides what you’d like to see for you. While maybe this works for other interests, I think it’s horrible for art and artists. It just seems like there’s a better way for us and I’m hoping we can discover that and build that new way together!

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