Les Petites Choses

Balloon Animal Doodlewash

As we move into the New Year and the second half of the very first year of Doodlewash.com, it’s time for a new adventure! After the close of my favorite time of year, a time where I get to be a kid again, I realized I didn’t want to just leave that feeling behind. So this month we’ll be exploring Les Petites Choses or the little things in life that remind us of what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of a child.

2015 Best Nine Instagram - DoodlewashThis could be anything from baby animals, to nature, to fun or weird things. I sort of liked the hodge podge of things that cropped up during the last few months so I wanted a theme that allowed for such randomness. I tried out the site that pulls up your Best Nine of 2015 on Instagram and it came back as a hamster surrounded by treats and shiny things. So I guess, in some ways, this theme has already started and will simply continue by popular vote.

I like drawing random things that elicit emotions or memories and it’s been a good way to keep practicing my doodlewashing. For example, I’ve never doodlewashed a balloon before, and so I wanted to try it. But then I got to thinking about those cool balloon animals clowns used to make for me as a kid. Although I was terrified of the clown, it was worth it to get the little puppy poodle thing in the color of my choosing. It was magical that those little sausage balloons didn’t pop when contorted into all those wondrous shapes and watching one being made was so cool. It was also the perfect way to avoid staring directly into the face of a clown.

The only sad thing about it was that the little dog didn’t last forever and would eventually wilt. Not all at once, but usually one limb at a time as though it were aging right before your eyes. What started out as a pristine bubbly poodle turned into a puffy wrinkled mass of half inflated skin. As gross as the outcome was, it was weirdly fun to see it transform. Eventually it would become just a limp string of knotted rubber, unless, of course, my mother insisted I “throw that thing away” before I could see it happen.

So, I hope you’ll grab a lollipop and join me for another adventure this month. As we think through our big adult goals and resolutions and return to a month of work without all the days off, let’s take a little time to be kids again. The world is getting warmer and weirder, but if we look at it with the right eyes, it’s still a pretty amazing place. It’s full of wonders we hadn’t noticed before and things we might have simply forgotten. Those “petites choses” or little things that make us smile, laugh, and love the life we’re living.

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Orange, Cobalt Blue, Pyrrol Red and Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 3.5″ x 5.375″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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  1. Jacob 7 years ago

    Aw, what a marvellous idea, and a surefire way to keep the Little Charlie in you shouting loud for a while longer. This is going to be such a lovely series! I used to love watching magicians make things out of balloons – indeed I still do, because I wouldn’t have a clue; it’d just end up with a deafening bang and kids in tears all around me… but I guess that’s why they’re magicians.

    What fun! So looking forward to this!

    • Author

      Lol…yeah, there was a defeating bang sometimes, like watching a dream explode. Sort of traumatic now that I think about it, but I guess we all survived somehow. Thanks, Jacob! We’ll see where this one takes us…hehe… not even sure yet what I’ll make today of course! 😊

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        Haha, yes indeed, the trademark mad rush. It wouldn’t be as exciting if you had it all planned out in advance! 😉

  2. Teri C 7 years ago

    Gee, what beautiful shiny artistic objects. My 6 year old is loving this plan of yours!

  3. Cathe 7 years ago

    What a great fun way to start the year off. I love seeing the kid in you Charlie! I also love your nine square, super fun!

  4. ArtsyDot 7 years ago

    Sounds like a lovely idea! Looking forward to it!

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! Hope you like what you’ll see! As ever, we’ll all be surprised together as I don’t really plan things out in advance and just pick randomly! Lol

  5. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    January should bring lots of fun ideas. You’ve done a super doodlewash on the balloon. I can feel the lightness of it. Thanks for your always funny and interesting narrative Charlie.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 That’s sweet of you to say. Wasn’t sure how to do a balloon! It’s both fun and scary trying to doodlewash something for the first time. Hehe

  6. Beautiful work and love your uplifting message, O’Bro! 😀

  7. 2l2phant 7 years ago

    Reblogged this on 2l2phant.

  8. Jodi 7 years ago

    Oh Charlie O – Only you could doodlewash a balloon poodle so beautifully and interestingly! Looking forward to January and your little charlie posts!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jodi!! ❤️😃 And yeah…little Charlie just wasn’t ready to be put away from another year. He’s persistent! Lol

  9. memadtwo 7 years ago

    I’m ready. Can’t wait to hear the stories too! (K)

  10. Kari 7 years ago

    Love it! I think it’s important to keep our inner child in mind! This month is going to be fun! Can’t wait to see what’s up next!

  11. Nancy 7 years ago

    Fantastic idea! I actually giggled out loud when I scrolled down and saw your splendid balloon pooch! He is so fun and unexpected! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    • Author

      Yay! So happy my little balloon made you smile Nancy! 💕😃This one could go a million ways so we’ll see what happens next I guess! Hehe

  12. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Super creative AMAZING Charlie! I would not of thought of doodlewashing a balloon dog – love your imagination!!! Thank you for sharing your heART and bringing back wonderful memories of my childhood! ❤️🎨😍🌈

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!!!! This comment didn’t show up in my Reader…ugh!!so sweet of you to say!! 💕😃 I adore you!! Hehe…it’s so much fun to make art with you each day!

      • Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

        No worries my friend! Yes, it is fun! 😍🌟💖

  13. thepaperbaker 7 years ago

    You are so creative & doodlewash the neatest things!

    • Author

      Awww that’s so sweet of you to say Nicole! 💕😃nd you make the coolest things my friend!! Hope you’ll be coming along for this next ride in January!

  14. Charlie, I love the “little things” theme. Can’t wait to see what you create. And your stories often crack me up! 🙂 Happy New Year!

  15. Rachel Murphree 7 years ago

    What a super collage of doodlewashes. I am looking forward to the new year of doodlewash tales to make me smile or crack me up

  16. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Lollipop at the ready and a giggle or two waiting to share. See me smile? The wonders of childhood should never be totally left behind. 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks so much Susan…just posted the first little story…where see what crazy path this one takes!! Glad you’re joining for the ride! 💕😃😃

  17. That Aussie Geek 7 years ago

    I like the theme for the month! Growing up is definitely overrated!

    • Author

      I agree! That’s why I refuse to do it! Glad you like this…we’ll send where it takes me. I haven’t a clue yet! 😉

  18. theurbanblender 7 years ago

    Anything that takes me back to the inner child is great.

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