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Join us for WORLD WATERCOLOR MONTH throughout July!

 World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 31 Days! Yes!
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 to get art supplies for kids who need them via The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

How To Join The Celebration

1. Post artwork on social media featuring watercolors (or gouache) in July
2. Add the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth each time you post
3. Repeat all month long!

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Yep! It’s that easy. Don’t worry if you can’t participate every day in July, simply join us whenever you can by adding the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth when you post ANY art that contains watercolors/gouache and help us spread the word about this wonderful cause and celebrate this amazing medium!

Click Here To View The Global Gallery!!

Artists of all levels and styles are encouraged to join us! (Never painted with watercolor before? This is a perfect month to start!)

And if you’d like 31 ART PROMPTS for the month (totally optional!), then you can click here to get some!

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World Watercolor Month was founded as a charitable event supporting art education.
Please make a child’s dream come true by donating to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!

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®, is the founder of World Watercolor Month™. 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!

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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 children in need of art supplies and art education around the globe through our partnership with The Dreaming Zebra 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 The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!

Help Young Artists


The Dream Zebra Foundation Logo - Donate art supplies to celebrate World Watercolor Month July 2016 Research has shown that art education has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the learning field across socioeconomic boundaries. Unfortunately, arts education programs are too often the first to be cut when cuts are made, so more and more children each year are missing out on the important benefits of art classes.

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation charity for Art supplies and art education for underprivileged childrenWith your help, we can reverse this trend. We’ve teamed up with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is unique in that they provide an art recycling program that is free to the public. Reusable art & music supplies that would otherwise be discarded, along with new or unsold materials, are donated by individuals and businesses and matched to recipients who have requested those materials for arts education purposes in communities around the world. Please consider making a donation! (Just $10 ships art supplies to a child!) Your donation is tax deductible and supports access to art and music supplies for underprivileged young artists.

Have some beginner watercolor sets you no longer use, but still have some life in them? You can also support the cause, by simply sending your reusable art supplies to:

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation
5331 SW Macadam Ave., Ste. 285
Portland, OR 97239

And you can also contribute by shopping for awesome souvenirs in the World Watercolor Month Shop! 100% of proceeds goes to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! You can truly make a different in a young artist’s life today!

2018 Sponsors


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!

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff | Color SwellDaniel Smith | Da Vinci Paint Co. | Hahnemühle | Legion PaperM. Graham & Co. | Princeton Artist Brush Co. | QoR WatercolorsVan Gogh (Royal Talens) | Winsor & Newton 

2018 Ambassadors


World Watercolor Month Artist AmbassadorsAt the heart of World Watercolor Month is the goal to raise money for The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and support arts education and our future artists. This year, we’re starting a new tradition inspired by my friend Angela Fehr, who generously donated a portion of her classes the last two years, that we’re calling Artist Ambassadors. These generous artists have pledged to donate at least $1 on each purchased class, painting, and/or other products on their site during the month of July! Please support them and this wonderful annual charitable event by clicking and shopping the links below!


2018 Trailer

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2018 Logos & Badges

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Want to say hi and connect? Do you make lovely things with watercolor and want to be featured in the next Guest Artist post?! Great! Not sure, just feel the need to say something? Awesome! Just fill out the form below!


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