World Watercolor Month In July, founded by Doodlewash®!


World Watercolor Month 2023 has ended, but will return in 2024! 

World Watercolor Month Is A Charitable Event to Support Arts Education. 

An annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors in 31 Days! But you can join and post however often you like during the month, whether it’s every day or once a week. 

That’s right, 31 days when artists around the globe come together to paint the world with beautiful watercolor and help raise awareness for arts education.

History Of World Watercolor Month


Doodlewash Mixed Fruit World Watercolor Month July 2016 - worldwatercolor.comLET’S MAKE A SPLASH TOGETHER!

Charlie O’Shields, the creator of Doodlewash®, and host of the Sketching Stuff podcast, founded World Watercolor Month in 2016. His own love of the medium led to the creation of a blog and social artist movement dedicated to promoting and connecting the vast community of watercolor artists all over the world. After hosting a few early art challenges, celebrating various fun and delightfully obscure holidays, it became apparent that there wasn’t an official celebration of the medium we all love. Over 18,000 applications are submitted for “official days” each year and only 30 are added to the calendar so it was a long shot, but the registrars agreed with the cause and now it’s official! July is now and forever World Watercolor Month!

It’s a month to inspire people to paint with watercolor (watercolour, aquarelle) while raising awareness for the importance of art and creativity in the world. And anyone can join the celebration from master watercolorists to artists just starting out with watercolor! Simply tag any art that uses watercolors (or gouache) with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July! Try the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days, or simply post when you can! It’s just about maintaining a regular art practice and having fun!

And, best of all, you’ll be part of raising awareness for art education and helping nurture art and creativity in children across the globe via the International Child Art Foundation! (see more below)

Ways To Celebrate World Watercolor Month


Grab some watercolors and make a watercolor painting or sketch each day during the month (or whenever you can join in), and share your work online for others around the world to enjoy! Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth when posting your art and use it to meet other watercolor artists around the globe!

  • TAKE THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: 31 Watercolor Paintings in 31 Days!
  • It’s even more fun to paint with friends, so plan a picnic or sketch walk in your local city and paint outside together
  • Haven’t tried watercolor before? Give it try for the first time this month!
  • Have your kids try watercolor painting (and paint with them, of course!)
  • Support a watercolor artist you enjoy by purchasing one of their beautiful paintings or products for your home
  • Share the watercolor work of other artists you love
  • And please consider making a donation to our charitable partner: International Child Art Foundation!

Support Young Artists

International Child Art Foundation LogoDid you know that if a child’s creativity is not nurtured, it could be lost forever? E. Paul Torrance, American psychologist and founder of the Torrance Center for Creativity documented what he called the “4th-grade slump” in the creative lives of children. When children begin school, their level of creativity is evident and often flourishing, but by the time they reach 4th grade, they are more conforming, less likely to take risks, and less playful or spontaneous than in earlier years. This decline in creativity, if not averted, may continue throughout the school years and into adulthood.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the official charity for World Watercolor Month this year is International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) which employs the universal language of art to cultivate schoolchildren’s creativity to prepare them for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and develop mutual empathy for a peaceful future. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ICAF serves American children as their national arts organization and the world’s children as their global arts organization.

ChildArt Magazine Creativity Cover ICAFSupport International Child Art Foundation by subscribing to ChildArt Magazine! 

Each issue of ChildArt magazine covers a relevant and timely subject. The information is presented in an exciting, colorful way for young readers to enjoy and cherish. You can also send it as a gift to a favorite child in your life!

Click Here for a FREE complimentary issue!

“Filled with brief, energetic articles on art in the cultures, schools and minds of today’s children, this ad-free magazine will quickly become a favorite youth-services periodical…” — Today’s Librarian.

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What could possibly make the world’s biggest global watercolor event even cooler?! Teaming up with the art brands you love most in order to offer you even more amazing things during the month! From exclusive content, tips, and wonderful information to help you make the most of World Watercolor Month to special savings, fabulous giveaways, and much, much more! A huge thanks to these amazing companies for making this charitable event possible! Please support them by clicking the links below!

Ampersand | ArtSnacks | Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff | Daniel Smith | Da Vinci Paint Co. | Faber-Castell | Hahnemühle | Legion Paper | QoR WatercolorRembrandt (Royal Talens) | Rockwell Art Supplies | Princeton Artist Brush Co. | Winsor & Newton | ZenART Supplies


World Watercolor Month Artist Ambassador Badge 2023At the heart of World Watercolor Month is the goal to raise money for the International Child Art Foundation and support arts education and our future artists. In 2018, we started a new tradition inspired by my friend Angela Fehr, who generously donated a portion of her classes during the first two years, that we’ve called Artist Ambassadors. For World Watercolor Month, these generous artists have donated their beautiful art for limited edition souvenir products where all proceeds go to ICAF and many have pledged to donate a portion of each purchased class, painting, and/or other products on their site to ICAF during the month of July! Click the links below to visit and support these wonderful, generous artists!

Alice Hendon | Andrea EnglandAngela Fehr | Birgit O’Connor | Danny Gregory | Denise Soden | Diane Antone | Irina Trzaskos | Jean Lurssen | Lindsay Weirich | Madhu S (Femvisionary)Michele Clamp | Rebecca Rhodes | Ron Stocke | Ruth Korch | Sandra Strait | Sandy Allnock | Tony White | Tugce Audoire | Volta Voloshin-Smith (Color Snack)

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World Watercolor Month 2023 LOGOS & BADGES


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