Today’s prompt of paint meant a chance to doodlewash two of my favorite colors in just the two complementary colors themselves (Cobalt Blue and Benzimida Orange). I love this duo, one of which appears in my Da Vinci Trio, which I announced a few weeks ago. Blue and Orange are my favorite colors so they always make me smile. And I love painting with a limited palette and just mixing very few colors to see what they can do together. Philippe was the first to try watercolor and I quickly followed suit and was thrilled from the moment I started. My tiny little watercolor kit hasn’t changed that much from the very beginning, except to get even smaller. One brush, one pen, one little sketchbook, and just a handful of colors. The very concept of having an ultra-miniature and portable studio is what makes me love this medium. It’s simply not possible with oil and acrylics. And since the kid in me loves making a little bit of mess, watercolor’s ease of clean up is kind of necessary. It’s awesome when you find the paint that fits you best!
As a kid, I know I must have painted with tempera paints at some point, but I don’t have any strong memories of doing so. I remember doodling on paper most and much later, in high school, I made illustrations for the school literary magazine along with some of my own submitted poems. My first and only art award came during middle school. It was a single line blind contour sketch of a pair of sneakers. In college, I talked them into letting me make editorial cartoons for the newspaper, a role that didn’t exist at the time, but everything I made was black and white. My one painting class in college was with acrylic paints and I didn’t like them at all. They were messy and I was too easily distracted to clean my brushes immediately so it cost more than it should in brushes alone. For the latter part of the class, I ran out of money for brushes and had to use a cheap yellow sponges instead. I made the decision after that to stick with drawing and leave the painting to others.
And now, thanks to finding out about watercolor paint, I’m painting each and every day! Well, sketching and then painting, as I still really love drawing and didn’t want to give that up, hence my coined term of “doodlewash.” Even if I start with only a simple contour sketch, I still find myself “drawing” with the tip of my pointy brush. One day, I will attempt a much larger painting that takes more than 45 minutes, but today, I’m quite happy with my little bit of play time. And each day, I learn a little something new about this medium and mixing colors that will help me at some point down the road. But most of all, I just have a lot of fun! And it’s such a wonderful and enriching experience hosting this site and pulling together all types of artists who use watercolor in many different ways. Is there a correct way to use watercolor? Absolutely! Whatever way works best for you! Trust me, you’ll know when you’ve found it, and truly discovered the joy of watercolor paint.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Benzimida Orange, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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!