Today’s prompt of “Friday Night Memories” by my amazing friend Angela Fehr, who is the fabulous artist and instructor who provided us the official prompts for this month, really took me back in time to my backpack from the 80’s. Yeah, you know my mind goes to odd places. This is what I would happily hang on a hook to signal the end of school and the start of the weekend. And I hope that each of you is ready to have an amazing weekend of watercolor painting! Angela kicked off a fun summer challenge and grand prize giveaway in connection with World Watercolor Month and although signing up for a paid course is optional, she gives $1 of every course to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and last year donated $300 dollars! I love that this month brings all of us together, to celebrate in our own unique way, yet make an incredible global gallery of watercolor using the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth each time we post! Seriously, if you see your friends posting without it let them know! Friends don’t let friends miss out on #WorldWatercolorMonth!
Yeah, so in the very early 80’s, I was so ready to become a teenager, and those of you who do math can now calculate my age. Hanging my backpack up on a doorknob or tossing it carelessly on the floor was a way to signal freedom from homework. As I look at this now, trying to remember what books would have been inside, I find myself a bit lost. I know there must have been a Trapper Keeper of some kind as that was pretty much required. I also know there would have been several little doodles in the margins as I tried hard to pay attention while my mind constantly wandered to other thoughts and places. I wasn’t making “art” back then as they didn’t have many art classes to join in my school. Those had already been traded in for sports that held no interest for me. I wanted to create, and didn’t have an official outlet, so I just sketched things in the corners of my notebooks. Even my mother didn’t preserve these notebooks, so I’ve no idea what secrets I captured there. It would be fun to see them again, but like many memories, they’re just lost in time. That’s why I’m so happy to have this site to house them, as I make a little doodlewash each and every day. It’s like my little 80’s notebook that I never thought to keep.
And today, I’m so thrilled to watch the pages of your sketchbooks and watercolor paper fill up each and every day. Always cherish the memories you’re creating with your art. Hold them close, and at the same time, share them with the entire globe to enjoy as well. Together, we can share a world of watercolor memories! And if you’re wondering about whether there’s a free sample today, there definitely is, but this one is a repeat, so if you’re already on the list to receive it, you won’t be eligible to receive it again today. I’ve got 10 Cheap Joe’s American Journey Sample Sets to give to the first 10 who comment on my site and let me know they want one with “Let’s Make Memories Together!” Thanks to all of you who have joined in to celebrate this amazing month. We’re making something incredible happen together each and every day. And today, I’m so thrilled to sit and watch a watercolor posted every minute online, as I make a new and uniquely incredible Friday night memory!
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About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Blue, Gamboge, Perylene Maroon, Burnt Sienna and Neutral Tint. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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!