Watercolor Paintings by April Yip

Today’s lovely doodlewashes come from April Yip, originally from Hong Kong, currently based in Singapore (follow her on Instagram). For this set of images, April started by randomly putting colors onto the paper, without knowing what she was going to draw or paint at the beginning. (Love that!)

She says, “I was just playing with colors and shapes and having fun. I then draw over the doodlewash, or continue to paint to develop more defined shapes.”

April is currently working as an art therapist and is also a freelance illustrator. Click here to check out the latest book she’s illustrated – Excursion to HortPark, a collection of twenty haiku written by Singapore editor and writer Jocelyn Lau.

She started keeping a sketch journal after she read Danny Gregory’s book The Creative Licence. “I started by drawing everyday objects, simple things like my cup, my plant on my table, my food, etc.”

April usually sketches with a fountain pen, and then colors her sketch with watercolor. Now, she goes out and sketches regularly with her friends from Urban Sketchers Singapore.

“I use the blind contour technique to sketch,” she says, “especially when I’m drawing people. I find it more relaxing to sketch this way.”

If she’s not sketching and/or painting outside, you’ll find her doodling at home. April says, “I usually start by randomly putting some colours onto the paper. I love watching the colours flow and mix on paper. It’s really de-stressing!”

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful doodlewashes with us April! So happy to add you to the doodlewash family! Be sure to follow her on Instagram and check out her website for more of her wonderful art!

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  1. Jessica 7 years ago

    April- love the animal standing with trees and I love your technique!

  2. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    Oh, very cool! And a fellow Hong Kong-er (Hong Kong-ite?). 🙂 I really liker her use of colors and her handling of the water medium!

  3. Kari 7 years ago

    So delicate! Love the whimsy!

  4. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    So sweet, love her style and the blind contour way of doing things.

  5. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Lovely doodles and doodlewashes. Wonderful to see how folks let their creative thoughts run free, first with a spot of color then a doodle…nice! Thank you for sharing these.

  6. ann christina 7 years ago

    Love those cute little doodlewashes!!! Thanks for sharing, Charlie!!! 😊

  7. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Hi Charlie- Thank you for introducing us to April. She has a very fresh and delicate style.

    Beautiful artwork April, thank you for sharing your illustration with us. I will take a look at your website.

  8. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    I enjoyed seeing April’s paintings – especially like the flowers as the girls hair – so delicate and yet bold. Very creative! Thanks Charlie for introducing April! 😊🎨💜

  9. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Love that flower hair. Someone’s going to see that and run with it. (K.)

  10. amaryllislog 7 years ago

    How fun and what a fresh approach April has! Thank you for the introduction!

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