Lessons In Doodlewashing: Inspiration Is Rewarding

Doodlewash Manifesto Painted by Ramida Han

Recently doodlewash.com was nominated for a blogger award by Ramida Han (a super talented Guest Doodlewasher… check our her guest post here and you can follow her blog here!) She created the awesome doodlewash above for the post she made using an excerpt from the Doodlewash Manifesto, and IT was truly cooler than the award!

I’ve never been good about following rules, so I know you’re supposed to do certain things in response to these nominations. But instead, I’m going to do something different (big surprise, eh?) I’m going to use this as an opportunity to personally thank each and every one of the Guest Doodlewashers who have shared their inspiring work here! (and thanks in advance to many talented artists yet to appear! Also, there are 25 of you and the award said I could only nominate 15, so yeah… I’m gonna go ahead and break the rules!)

This blog started out small (just last month!) with big dreams of connecting people across the world through the art of watercolor sketching. Beyond my own little doodlewashes, I wanted to share the work of other artists, so we could all learn more and be inspired together. I never expected it to be this rewarding, but it has been, thanks to all of you! 

So, in case you missed them, here are the first 25 Guest Doodlewashers (in order of appearance)! Be sure to follow each of these talented folks who come to you from 6 of the 7 continents across the world (still waiting to hear back from someone who sketches in Antarctica) Thank you all! 

  1. Julia Milner – Nottinghamshire, UK
  2. Aggie Lim – Australia
  3. Sari Atika Sundari – Jakarta, Indonesia
  4. Kit Schuetze, Taos, New Mexico
  5. Marko Refael, Israel
  6. Kirk Livingston, St. Paul, Minnesota
  7. Beverly Dyer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  8. Holly Spencer, Kansas City, Missouri
  9. Carol Jurczak, Northern California
  10. Sarah Smalldon, Plymouth, Devon, UK
  11. Susan Carver Williams, East Tennessee
  12. Melvin San Francisco Garay, Coquimbo, Chile
  13. Ann Hyde, Devon, UK
  14. Ginger Hershberger, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  15. Ramida Han, Singapore (originally from Thailand)
  16. Kyly Sheldon, Johannesburg, South Africa
  17. Lorna Moore, Independence, MO
  18. Theo Carter-Weber, Shepherds Bush, London
  19. Nicola Schofield, United Kingdom  
  20. Esther BeLer Wodrich, Phoenix, Arizona
  21. Patricia R., Los Angeles, California
  22. Jenny Kroik, Eugene, Oregon
  23. Sarah Cruz, Philippines
  24. Pascal Drai – Paris, France
  25. Emily Porter, Longfellow, Massachusetts 

And, of course, a big thank you to the original Doodlewash Crew, my partner Philippe, our fabulous friend Aesha, and our honorary crew member in Paris, Sandrine. It’s not as fun to doodlewash alone, and having this many doodlewashing friends from all over the world is truly the best award I’ve ever received!

Thanks and much love,
Charlie O'Shields

Profile photo of Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. 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!
12 Comments
  1. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Great post and excellent breakage of rules!

  2. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    No wonder I liked you from the get-go! I never follow rules when the rules don’t matter (I follow rules such as traffic signs because they are there for the safety of everyone). 🙂 I’ll check out those lovely folks when I’m in town with fast and unlimited wifi!

    • Author

      Definitely DO! And yes…I only advocate rule-breaking when no one is harmed in the process. And when it just makes things more fun! 😉

  3. ramida78 2 years ago

    Wow it really awesome how you attract doodlewashers from all over the world!
    I wholeheartedly support your breaking of rules ;).
    Thanks for the mention and the watercolor quote. I really just did it because I thought the manifesto was quite inspiring, so I’m really glad you like it!

    • Author

      I LOVED it!! I didn’t even notice the award part at first. Hehe…It just made me so happy that someone else was inspired by the manifesto! And it looks great in doodlewash! 😉Thank you sooo much! And so happy to have you as part of the doodlewash family, Ramida!! 😃

      • ramida78 2 years ago

        Really glad to be part of it too 😊.

  4. beverlydyer 2 years ago

    Bravo Charlie!!

  5. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    A blog with “…big dreams of connecting people across the world through the art of watercolor sketching.” Well done you for succeeding beautifully. Thank you for taking us along on these journeys, they constantly amaze and inspire. /hug

    • Author

      Awww thanks Haunani! You’re part of this family! Thank you so much for joining me on this little adventure. (And I can’t wait to feature you!! 😉hehe)

  6. sariatikasundari 2 years ago

    Reblogged this on sariatikasundari.

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