Lessons in Doodlewashing: A Doodlewash Dinner Party

Aesha (@missaesha) hosted the first (of hopefully many) Doodlewash Dinner Parties last night! So Philippe (@Phinomet) and I happily attended. The photos were taken by our friend Jeromey (@the_kansascity_chronicles) who we talked into doodlewashing for the very first time! We also recruited our lovely friend Courtney who made her first doodlewash last night! (She loved it and wants to include her son in the future! Don’t worry… no wine for the little ones. Adults don’t like to share).

It wasn’t a highly planned event so we realized that although we did have plenty of wine, we almost didn’t have enough palettes and pencils to go around. But we figured it all out and after enjoying a lovely dinner, we launched into an hour of doodlewashing.

Another lesson we learned from this little event was that although summer days are longer they don’t last forever. By the time we started painting the light was growing dimmer and dimmer, so the last bits of doodlewash were applied using only the light from citronella candles.

But that didn’t stop us and it was a super fun time that I highly recommend trying for yourself! You don’t have to only invite other sketchers to a Doodlewash Dinner, you can recruit anyone with a positive attitude and willingness to try new things (or simply lure them with the promise of great food).

One of the cooler things that happened was when for a few minutes everyone went silent and was completely absorbed in their painting. It’s an awesome feeling to be with friends in silence, yet knowing you’re all still connected through the art you are making together.

The biggest lesson learned from this experience is that doodlewashing is indeed better with friends. Hope some of you out there will try your own Doodlewash Dinner Party! And if it’s near Kansas City, be sure to invite us! We’ll bring some wine!

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  1. weisserwatercolours 3 years ago


  2. In Art Therapy 3 years ago

    What a wonderful idea!

  3. kirkistan 3 years ago

    Great idea and great narrative. Looks like fun. Great photos as well..Now I’m thinking about this notion of vino and doodlewashing. I may have to give that a try.

    • Author

      It’s so fun Kirk! I highly recommend it. Super fun to get people trying it for the first time as well. Though not too much wine… or doodlewashing becomes a little difficult. Hehe 😉

  4. memadtwo 3 years ago

    Yes. Wine and doodlewashing. I like it.

    • Author

      It’s a pretty lovely combo! But don’t forget to add friends. That’s the most important ingredient to a great Doodlewash Dinner Party! 😉

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  6. ann christina 3 years ago

    Doodlewashing Dinner Party sounds like lots of fun! So cool to hear that you live in KC. I was there once when I stayed in KS for a year as an exchange student. That was in a small town called Holton. It´s not too far from Topeka. Loved the landscape there – huge skies and amazing thunder storms. Have a wonderful week! 😊

    • Author

      Very cool Ann! Hehe…yep…the thunderstorms can be quite a dramatic event here! They’re cool! As long as there are no tornadoes! 😉 Hope you have a wonderful week as well!!

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