Doodlewash® https://doodlewash.com Adventures in Watercolor Painting and Sketching, Watercolour Magazine, with Charlie O'Shields Fri, 18 Mar 2022 14:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/doodlewash.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-Facebook_App_Icon-512.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Doodlewash® https://doodlewash.com 32 32 95177578 GUEST ARTIST: “My Watercolor Journey” by Lisha Nasipak https://doodlewash.com/lisha-nasipak-artist-my-watercolor-journey/ https://doodlewash.com/lisha-nasipak-artist-my-watercolor-journey/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2022 14:50:04 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=632218 Hi, my name is Lisha Nasipak and I live about 25 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio. On any given day, you can find me tucked away in the corner of my home studio, a cup of brewed tea at my side and a paintbrush in my hand. It wasn’t until my children were in school and I was facing tough […]

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REVIEW: Hahnemühle Watercolour Selection Sampler Pad https://doodlewash.com/hahnemuhle-watercolour-selection-sampler-pad/ https://doodlewash.com/hahnemuhle-watercolour-selection-sampler-pad/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2022 15:15:01 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=631757 The Hahnemühle Watercolour Selection Pad is a sampler that includes 14 sheets of their watercolor papers. The sheets come in three surface textures, five weights, and three fibers. Some of these are surface sized, and some are not. What a great way to explore Hahnemühle’s watercolor papers, and the variety of watercolor papers in general. Hahnemühle Watercolour Selection – The […]

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Loving Spring https://doodlewash.com/loving-spring/ https://doodlewash.com/loving-spring/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:43:53 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=631479 For our prompt of “Cactus” today, I made a quick little sketch of a cat next to a potted cactus in bloom. The weather here has finally started to warm up a bit in the afternoons and I’m already seeing the budding signs that spring is finally on its way. While I adore spring, the reality is that it’s really […]

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REVIEW: Glitter Sparkling Watercolor Paper – Paul Rubens https://doodlewash.com/glitter-sparkling-watercolor-paper-paul-rubens-review/ https://doodlewash.com/glitter-sparkling-watercolor-paper-paul-rubens-review/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2022 15:04:11 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=621791 I thought I’d seen just about everything when it comes to watercolor paper, but Paul Ruben’s Glitter Sparkling Watercolor Paper is something unique to my experience. There is s glitter embedded in the paper itself, for a subtle shimmer. Because it’s part of the paper, not just sitting on the surface, there’s no glitter rubbing off on your hands, on your clothes, […]

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Just A Little Cuckoo https://doodlewash.com/just-a-little-cuckoo/ https://doodlewash.com/just-a-little-cuckoo/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2022 22:34:35 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=630288 For our prompt of “Cuckoo” today, I felt like having a bit of fun so I sketched a little cuckoo bird careening out of a cuckoo clock. Indeed, this is the image in my mind each time the alarm goes off most mornings as I leave my happy dreams and blast back into another new day. I’m not really a […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “Magical Watercolor” by Evgenia Cordie https://doodlewash.com/evgenia-cordie-artist-magical-watercolor/ https://doodlewash.com/evgenia-cordie-artist-magical-watercolor/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:50:12 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=628066 Hi there! My name is Evgenia, I am 35 years old and I am a professional watercolor artist and a teacher based in Belgium. As a child I always loved to draw, to paint and to color. It was the happiest moment of my teens when I went for the first time to an art school, where I’ve been learning […]

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REVIEW: Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book https://doodlewash.com/review-hahnemuhle-100-cotton-watercolour-book/ https://doodlewash.com/review-hahnemuhle-100-cotton-watercolour-book/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2022 15:20:19 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=627688 I was excited when I learned about the Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. I’ve been using their cellulose/cotton blend sketchbook for years, and love it, but there are certain things you can only do with 100% cotton paper. I was expecting great things from this new book. Hahnemühle didn’t let me down. Video – The Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book […]

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A New Leaf https://doodlewash.com/a-new-leaf/ https://doodlewash.com/a-new-leaf/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2022 22:51:08 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=627518 We’ve reached the beginning of a new month and that means the start of another Doodlewash art challenge! For our first prompt of “Snail” I did a little sketch of one finding a spring leaf, just for a little pop of extra color. Though spring officially starts later this month where I live, I was reading an article that said […]

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REVIEW: Arteza Gouache Paint and Tool Set https://doodlewash.com/review-arteza-gouache-paint-and-tool-set/ https://doodlewash.com/review-arteza-gouache-paint-and-tool-set/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2022 15:12:59 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=623249 Paints and brushes and paper, oh my! The Arteza Gouache Paint and Tool set is a handy collection of the art tools you need to start painting with gouache. It’s also a handy organizational tool for those who already do. This set is also called the ‘Arteza Gouache Paint & Tool Art Set’ on some websites, and the ‘Arteza Gouache […]

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Farewell, Phineas… https://doodlewash.com/farewell-phineas/ https://doodlewash.com/farewell-phineas/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2022 22:36:15 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=624946 The world lost a special little light this week as we had to bid farewell to one very unique basenji dog named Phineas. Our happy little trio has become a duo for now. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a furry friend, but perhaps “goodbye” is the wrong word. After all, they never leave our hearts. And, I know […]

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REVIEW: Paul Rubens (SHI YUN) Precipitated Watercolor Paint Set https://doodlewash.com/precipitated-watercolor-paint-set-paul-rubens-review/ https://doodlewash.com/precipitated-watercolor-paint-set-paul-rubens-review/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2022 14:23:10 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=618655 Last year, I spent a couple of weeks taking care of a sick family member. When I got home, I was bit depressed and not in the least inclined to paint. I received this set of Paul Rubens Precipitated Watercolor (also packaged as SHI YUN) Set as a gift, did a few strokes across the paper and … instant drama! […]

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Sushi Cravings https://doodlewash.com/sushi-cravings/ https://doodlewash.com/sushi-cravings/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2022 22:33:23 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=624606 For our prompt of “Sushi” today, I figured a little cat might enjoy some the most. Philippe and I actually had some Sushi last night. We don’t really go out to fancy restaurants, so our sushi typically comes from the grocery store. I’ve been in the mood for all sorts of seafood lately, so I must be channeling my inner […]

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TUTORIAL: How to Paint a Tulip in Gouache https://doodlewash.com/how-to-paint-a-tulip-in-gouache-tutorial/ https://doodlewash.com/how-to-paint-a-tulip-in-gouache-tutorial/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2022 16:19:17 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=620593 Gouache is a watercolor medium that can be used like watercolor, or acrylic, or like something all its own. The colors are opaque, and can be rewet, but can also be painted over completely without other colors showing through. As with any medium, there are some tricks to making it all work. What We’ll Be Doing Gouache can be used in […]

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Finding Balance https://doodlewash.com/finding-balance/ https://doodlewash.com/finding-balance/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2022 22:41:02 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=621664 For our prompt of “Flamingo” today, I made a little sketch of a flamingo standing on one leg. I’ve always loved this particular bird and find them so elegantly beautiful. I lack this level of poise and grace and wouldn’t last very long without toppling over, were I to attempt to stand on one leg for a long period of […]

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REVIEW: Super Vision Layered Watercolor Paint Set https://doodlewash.com/super-vision-layered-watercolor-paint-set-review/ https://doodlewash.com/super-vision-layered-watercolor-paint-set-review/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2022 15:03:33 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=618729 Layered watercolor? What — like a layered cake or something? Not exactly. Today, I’m reviewing the Super Vision Layered Watercolor Paint Set. Layered Watercolor – So What’s the Difference? ‘Layered’ means each paint in this 10-color tube paint set separates into more than one color. Layered means more than one color in each tube, not that they are stacked next […]

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Year Of The Tiger https://doodlewash.com/year-of-the-tiger/ https://doodlewash.com/year-of-the-tiger/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2022 22:28:43 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=619815 Our prompt of “Tiger” today, marks the start of a brand new Doodlewash monthly challenge as well as the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the Chinese New Year! It’s also the Year of the Tiger, which is associated with courage and resilience. I wasn’t born during a year of this particular zodiac animal, but I think those qualities […]

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REVIEW: GUCAI Pearlescent Classical Paul Rubens Watercolor Paint Set https://doodlewash.com/gucai-pearlescent-classical-paul-rubens-watercolor-paint-set-review/ https://doodlewash.com/gucai-pearlescent-classical-paul-rubens-watercolor-paint-set-review/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2022 15:25:22 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=617581 The city of Jingdezhen is renowned for their porcelain painting techniques. One of their famous enamel glazes is called Gucai. This set from Paul Rubens contains watercolors, not enamels, but they certainly capture the feel of porcelain painting on paper. As soon as I opened this box of watercolors, I knew I had a problem! They’re beautifully embossed, but as […]

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Ready, Yeti, Go! https://doodlewash.com/ready-yeti-go/ https://doodlewash.com/ready-yeti-go/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2022 22:37:08 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=617752 For our prompt of “Yeti” today, my first thought was that this is actually something I’ve never sketched before! I’ve sketched so many things over these past few years that it’s always fun to come across a prompt that pushes me to create something totally different. Since I’ve never actually seen a yeti in person, I imagined a little one […]

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To You, With Love https://doodlewash.com/to-you-with-love/ https://doodlewash.com/to-you-with-love/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2022 22:41:46 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=616068 For our prompt of “Rose” today, I ended up with this little sketch of a kitten offering one to you! It’s also my way of saying thank you for viewing my posts and reading my little rambles. I’m only showing up weekly these days as I’ve got lots of little side projects going all at once. One would think I’d […]

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REVIEW: Kaleidolines Starter Set from Kuretake ZIG https://doodlewash.com/kaleidolines-starter-set-kuretake-zig-review/ https://doodlewash.com/kaleidolines-starter-set-kuretake-zig-review/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2022 15:13:15 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=601064 Need a set of tools for drawing, doodling and watercolor-style coloring? The Kuretake ZIG Kaleidolines Starter Set may be exactly what you need. But What Are Kaleidolines? Kaleidolines is a method of drawing based on patterns, similar to Zentangle and Tangling. It works very well with both. Really, it’s just a way to get started with abstract drawing or doodling. […]

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That Little Lift https://doodlewash.com/that-little-lift/ https://doodlewash.com/that-little-lift/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:31:35 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=614182 For our prompt of “Kite” today, I ended up with this quick little doodle of a beagle attempting to fly one. Though we’ve had some windy days here, you won’t likely find me outside flying a kite. The temperatures are stubbornly staying around a level that’s far better suited to the confines of a refrigerator. It’s a bright and sunny […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “Playing in Puddles” by PM artist Studio https://doodlewash.com/pm-artist-studio-playing-in-puddles-guest-artist/ https://doodlewash.com/pm-artist-studio-playing-in-puddles-guest-artist/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2022 14:42:17 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=611389 The “P” is Patricia and the “M” is Mariah, and together we are P.M. artist Studio in Sachse, Texas! So let us tell you a bit about ourselves and our background. Patricia is a retired art teacher with both an English (University of Colorado) and an Art (Texas Tech University) degree. In fact, getting her degree from Tech was what […]

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Finding Diamonds https://doodlewash.com/finding-diamonds/ https://doodlewash.com/finding-diamonds/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:35:59 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=611232 I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful New Year so far! For our prompt of “Diamond” today, I ended up with a little kitten happening upon what must be the world’s largest diamond. While I always hate to see the holiday season end, I get rather excited about the start of a shiny new year. Everything feels a bit more […]

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As The Season Ends https://doodlewash.com/as-the-season-ends/ https://doodlewash.com/as-the-season-ends/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2021 23:09:07 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=610114 For our prompt of “Arctic Fox” today, I did a quick little sketch of one wearing a festive scarf. It feels like this month has zoomed by so quickly, but I always feel like that this time of year. My inner child is super giddy all month long with the excitement of the season and I don’t want it to […]

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Silent Nights https://doodlewash.com/silent-nights/ https://doodlewash.com/silent-nights/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2021 22:39:18 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=609097 For our prompt of “Fireplace” today, I made a quick little imagined sketch of my dog Phineas in front of one. While we do have a fireplace, it’s too modern for my tastes and so I figured this was a chance to dream up a very different one. Also, we don’t actually have any presents under the tree yet as […]

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REVIEW: Cambio Tambien Brush Pen Sets by Kuretake https://doodlewash.com/cambio-tambien-brush-pen-sets-by-kuretake-review/ https://doodlewash.com/cambio-tambien-brush-pen-sets-by-kuretake-review/#comments Thu, 16 Dec 2021 16:10:50 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=601048 Looking for things to make you paint in bright, bold color? Kuretake Cambio Tambien brush pens come in two sets of 6 Colors each. They’re great for a range of artistic activity — painting, lettering, art journaling and more. But What Are They? These are brush pens — those in-between tools that have bristles like a brush but are filled […]

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Snowball Fights https://doodlewash.com/snowball-fights/ https://doodlewash.com/snowball-fights/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2021 22:35:43 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=608027 For our prompt of “Polar Bear” today, I sketched a festively dressed one prepping for a snowball fight. When I was a kid, there was nothing better than waking up to a fresh bit of snow on the ground. While it took quite a bit to make a proper snowman, we’d usually always find a way to make even a […]

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REVIEW: Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor Paper https://doodlewash.com/strathmore-ready-cut-watercolor-paper-review/ https://doodlewash.com/strathmore-ready-cut-watercolor-paper-review/#comments Fri, 10 Dec 2021 15:10:41 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=600918 Ever tried to find a frame and discovered your painting isn’t an easy size to find? Strathmore Ready Cut watercolor paper comes in three of the most common U.S. frame sizes — 5” x 7”, 8” x 10” and 11” x 14. On the back you’ll find information to help you find the right mat for your painting as well. […]

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Holiday Wonder https://doodlewash.com/holiday-wonder/ https://doodlewash.com/holiday-wonder/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2021 22:48:03 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=601395 For our prompt of “Candy Cane” today, I made a little sketch of a kitten stealing marshmallows from a mug of hot chocolate. Oh yes, with a couple of candy canes and a cookie included. This is the time of year where I turn into a little kitten and enthusiastically count down the days until Christmas. It’s the season when […]

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Dazzling Hope https://doodlewash.com/dazzling-hope/ https://doodlewash.com/dazzling-hope/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:48:04 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=601271 For our final November prompt of “Decorations,” I ended up with a little mouse marveling at shiny holiday ornaments. As we head into the month of December, I do hope you’ll join us for our “Happy Holidays” art challenge as well! If you’ve followed along with my posts over the years, then you probably already know that I adore this […]

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The Joy Of Hibernating https://doodlewash.com/the-joy-of-hibernating/ https://doodlewash.com/the-joy-of-hibernating/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2021 22:38:36 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=600636 For our prompt of “Hibernate” today, I ended up with this little bear snuggling under a blanket. The weather has gotten quite cold where I live and so Philippe and I have pulled out all of our warm blankets. Though I do get tired of the cold weather, it’s actually super fun to snuggle up under a blanket during the […]

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TUTORIAL: “Painting Pansies In Gouache” by Ayna Paisley https://doodlewash.com/painting-pansies-in-gouache-tutorial-by-ayna-paisley/ https://doodlewash.com/painting-pansies-in-gouache-tutorial-by-ayna-paisley/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2021 15:34:55 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=599178 Pansies come in a variety of vibrant colors and thrive in cool climates when planted in rich and damp soil. At times they seem to look like they have “faces” because of their striking contrast of colors. The word “pansy” originated from the French word pensée meaning “thought”, a flower symbolizing “remembrance”. In this pansy painting tutorial I used a […]

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Those Comfy, Cozy Moments https://doodlewash.com/comfy-cozy-moments/ https://doodlewash.com/comfy-cozy-moments/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2021 22:34:12 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=599830 For our prompt of “Sweater” today, I made a little sketch of a fox wearing one while enjoying a cup of something warm. I was thinking of hot chocolate, coffee, and Irish coffee all at once, and couldn’t quite decide which sounded best in the moment. So, if we assume it’s the last one, then the whipped cream has already […]

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TUTORIAL: Pure Watercolour Painting – Amalfi Lamp https://doodlewash.com/pure-watercolour-painting-tutorial-amalfi-lamp/ https://doodlewash.com/pure-watercolour-painting-tutorial-amalfi-lamp/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2021 15:42:22 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=598958 Never miss an opportunity! Watercolour painters must be tenacious by character. The challenges of the medium and the multitude of things to remember when painting can test even the most experienced of painters. The process always starts with the choice of subject, even at the point when inspiration strikes the painter’s mindset will start to analyse and devise the best […]

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Autumn Dreams https://doodlewash.com/autumn-dreams/ https://doodlewash.com/autumn-dreams/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2021 22:54:44 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=598807 For our prompt of “Maple” today, I thought of autumn leaves and ended up with a cat napping on a bed of some. I adore this time of year where I live. The trees have transformed into a beautiful palette of bright warm colors. There’s a tree outside my window that’s turned an almost impossible shade of orange and it […]

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REVIEW: Liquid Watercolors – Royal Talens Ecoline https://doodlewash.com/review-liquid-watercolors-royal-talens-ecoline/ https://doodlewash.com/review-liquid-watercolors-royal-talens-ecoline/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2021 14:21:06 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=595696 Bright, intense color! Color that pops right off the page! Color that makes your artwork sing! You get all this and more with the beautiful Ecoline Liquid Watercolors from Royal Talens. I am often called the Queen of Color and many of my go-to color products come from Royal Talens. Today I am specifically referencing their Ecoline Liquid Watercolors. Seriously, […]

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Easy As Pie https://doodlewash.com/easy-as-pie/ https://doodlewash.com/easy-as-pie/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2021 21:42:39 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=595670 We’ve reached the start of the new month and that means the start of a brand new Doodlewash art challenge! For our second prompt of “Pie” today, my mind went first to nearly every pie I could think of, because I just love pie. The phrase as “easy as pie” came to mind as well. This is used to mean […]

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Jumping Off A Swing https://doodlewash.com/jumping-off-a-swing/ https://doodlewash.com/jumping-off-a-swing/#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:44:47 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=594946 For our prompt of “Chain” today, my mind leapt to swings on a playground and then to leaping out of those swings when I was a kid. It was certainly fun to swing back and forth and see just how high I could go, but the dismount was the real thrill ride. I don’t remember being particularly graceful when I […]

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Sweet Temptations https://doodlewash.com/sweet-temptations/ https://doodlewash.com/sweet-temptations/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2021 21:42:51 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=594034 For our prompt of “Ring” today, the first thing that came to mind was a stack of donuts. This was not because I’ve actually had a donut recently, but because I’ve been trying to avoid sweets in general lately. After I turned 50, my metabolism officially broke up with me completely without so much as an “it’s not you, it’s […]

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Making Messes https://doodlewash.com/making-messes/ https://doodlewash.com/making-messes/#comments Tue, 12 Oct 2021 21:41:47 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=593280 For our prompt of “Glue” today, I thought back to all of those fun craft projects I used to enjoy when I was a kid. Part of the fun, if not all of the fun, was being able to play and make a big old mess. I remember getting more glue on my body than anything I was actually meant […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “On Urban Streetscapes and Creating the Watercolour Mentor” by Darren Yeo https://doodlewash.com/darren-yeo-artist-urban-streetscapes-creating-the-watercolour-mentor/ https://doodlewash.com/darren-yeo-artist-urban-streetscapes-creating-the-watercolour-mentor/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2021 14:17:07 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=592342 Hi there! My name is Darren Yeo. I am a watercolour artist and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I graduated from the University of Western Australia in the field of psychology (B.A. Hons. Psych). I’m also the creator of the online art community “Watercolour Mentor”. I run live classes and provide a safe and supportive environment for beginner watercolour artists […]

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The Middle Of The Night https://doodlewash.com/the-middle-of-the-night/ https://doodlewash.com/the-middle-of-the-night/#comments Tue, 05 Oct 2021 21:46:55 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=592003 For our prompt of “Bird” today, I decided to make a sketch of my little owl character holding a candle. I’ve not yet come up with a story for this owl, but one is starting to brew, so he might end up in a book at some point in the future. Last night, I woke up in the middle of […]

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Lost In That Story https://doodlewash.com/lost-in-that-story/ https://doodlewash.com/lost-in-that-story/#comments Tue, 28 Sep 2021 21:45:56 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=588995 For our prompt of “Chair” today, I ended up with a little doodle of a cat taking a break from reading a book. I’ve always loved reading and lately I’ve been trying to always have a book going. This usually means that I manage just a tiny bit of time each day to read before falling asleep. It takes much […]

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Busy As A Bee https://doodlewash.com/busy-as-a-bee/ https://doodlewash.com/busy-as-a-bee/#comments Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:49:54 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=588232 For our prompt of “Daisy” today, I doodled a daisy flower being visited by a couple of bees. Outside my front door there’s a cluster of flowers and I’m always fascinated watching all of the bees hovering around each individual flower and darting off to the next. I was standing there waiting for my dog Phineas to finish claiming a […]

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A Warm Glow https://doodlewash.com/a-warm-glow/ https://doodlewash.com/a-warm-glow/#comments Wed, 15 Sep 2021 21:37:13 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=587133 For our prompt of “Candle” today, I ended up with a puppy mesmerized by a glass votive candle. I have to admit to finding myself staring into the glow of a flickering candle and sort of getting lost in the moment. As we head into autumn here, my favorite season, the days will continue to get shorter, so candlelight is […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “How Art Changed My Perspective” by Hridaya Keerthana https://doodlewash.com/how-art-changed-my-perspective-by-hridaya-keerthana-artist/ https://doodlewash.com/how-art-changed-my-perspective-by-hridaya-keerthana-artist/#comments Mon, 13 Sep 2021 14:24:17 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=586661 My name is Hridaya Keerthana and I’m a research scholar by profession from India. I started my journey with art at a very young age as my mother was an artist herself. Whenever I made any tantrums, some color pens or crayons would simply make me quiet. As a child, I would immerse myself in drawing and painting and that […]

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When We Meet Again https://doodlewash.com/when-we-meet-again/ https://doodlewash.com/when-we-meet-again/#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2021 21:34:30 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=585692 For our prompt of “Swan” today, I made a sketch of two different swans coming together in the water. Swans are such wonderful creatures! And, like most of nature’s creatures, I find them perfectly fascinating. They have such a beautiful elegance and they actually seem to be aware of this fact.  I remember being on a train a few years […]

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TUTORIAL: “How To Paint Bees Using Gouache” by Ayna Paisley https://doodlewash.com/how-to-paint-bees-using-gouache-tutorial-by-ayna-paisley/ https://doodlewash.com/how-to-paint-bees-using-gouache-tutorial-by-ayna-paisley/#comments Fri, 03 Sep 2021 14:45:10 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=581671 Insects in general have long been a popular subject for artists and scientific illustrators to draw or paint, whether for documentation or for decoration. Millions of insects surround us and just one of those are the bees. They are great pollinators and play an important role in the ecological evolution and development of our planet. This tutorial of How To […]

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Everyday Wonders https://doodlewash.com/everyday-wonders/ https://doodlewash.com/everyday-wonders/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2021 21:56:20 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=581718 Welcome to a brand new month and our September Doodlewash Art Challenge! I’m jumping in as we begin the month to help kick things off using our first prompt of “Kitty,” with this little cat marveling at a butterfly. I have to admit to being like this little kitten when it comes to viewing things in nature. I find myself […]

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Staying Connected https://doodlewash.com/staying-connected/ https://doodlewash.com/staying-connected/#comments Wed, 25 Aug 2021 21:43:14 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=580504 For our prompt of “Rabbit” today, I made a quick little sketch of a couple of bunnies meeting in the grass. I’ve mentioned before that there are lots and lots of rabbits in my neighborhood this season. There are more this year than I ever remember seeing in year’s past. What I didn’t mention is that I squeal like a […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “Mixed Media, Experimentation and Discovery of Artistic Style” by Theodora Augusta Lionti https://doodlewash.com/theodora-augusta-lionti-artist-mixed-media-experimentation-and-discovery-of-artistic-style/ https://doodlewash.com/theodora-augusta-lionti-artist-mixed-media-experimentation-and-discovery-of-artistic-style/#comments Mon, 23 Aug 2021 14:56:58 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=580014 My name is Theodora Augusta Lionti. I am an artist and designer. My body of work is inspired by the modern Renaissance aesthetic and the nude Greek sculptures with idealized and beautifully proportioned bodies. As I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, my work often depicts modernized Greek mythological characters rendered on big paper or canvases with watercolor, gouache […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “Striving With Watercolor” by Melissa Matheny https://doodlewash.com/melissa-matheny-artist-striving-with-watercolor/ https://doodlewash.com/melissa-matheny-artist-striving-with-watercolor/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2021 16:20:12 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=578882 My name is Melissa Matheny. I was born in 1975 and grew up in Pulaski, Tennessee and currently reside in Lawrence County, Tennessee. I am the office manager for an accountant, a jewelry maker, greeting card designer, and a part time mixed media artist. I have recently started learning graphic design and would like to incorporate some freelance work into […]

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News Of The Day https://doodlewash.com/news-of-the-day/ https://doodlewash.com/news-of-the-day/#comments Tue, 17 Aug 2021 21:37:54 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=578685 Jumping in this week for our optional prompt of “Newspaper,” with a quick little sketch of a pup reading the latest news. Indeed, today’s headlines can often seem rather grim, but I like to imagine that a dog’s newspaper would always be an enjoyable and optimistic reading experience. When I was a kid, I would often jump to the page […]

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REVIEW: Etchr Sketchbooks, Perfect Sketchbooks and Accordion Sketchbooks https://doodlewash.com/etchr-sketchbooks-perfect-sketchbook-and-accordion-sketchbook-review/ https://doodlewash.com/etchr-sketchbooks-perfect-sketchbook-and-accordion-sketchbook-review/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2021 13:47:03 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=575526 Etchr started with the goal of creating the ultimate art bag, and then ultimate art supplies of all kinds. In their own words, “Overall, we’re helping artists art.” Want to learn more about Etchr sketchbooks? Read on! VIDEO I made out like a bandit! Etchr kindly sent me: one Etchr Sketchbook – Landscape Bundle cold press one Etchr Sketchbook – […]

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Catching The Ball https://doodlewash.com/catching-the-ball/ https://doodlewash.com/catching-the-ball/#comments Tue, 10 Aug 2021 21:32:11 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=577057 Hello! I hope everyone is having a beautiful and creative August! I’m popping in for our prompt of “Tennis,” with this little sketch of a beagle about to catch a tennis ball. This was the first thing that came to mind as it’s my only real interaction with tennis balls. I’m not really good at sports of any kind, but […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “Watercolor as a Medium of Rediscovering Myself” by Gourav Dutta https://doodlewash.com/gourav-dutta-artist-watercolor-as-a-medium-of-rediscovering-myself/ https://doodlewash.com/gourav-dutta-artist-watercolor-as-a-medium-of-rediscovering-myself/#comments Fri, 06 Aug 2021 14:17:10 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=576286 My name is Gourav Dutta and I am a self taught artist, based in the city of Burdwan, West Bengal, India. I’m 17 years old and not a full time artist but dream is to be one day. My works consists of detailed paintings of beautiful architecture and human emotions. I’m a big fan of the contemporary realism and new […]

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TUTORIAL: “How To Paint An Iris Flower In Watercolor” by Ardak Kassenova https://doodlewash.com/how-to-paint-an-iris-flower-in-watercolor-tutorial/ https://doodlewash.com/how-to-paint-an-iris-flower-in-watercolor-tutorial/#comments Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:35:31 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=575430 Irises are such lovely flowers and make for the perfect choice when looking to paint flowers with vibrant colors, dynamic petal formations, and beautiful visibly linear textures. They are quite popular in Japanese floral arrangements and are said to be the flowers that have been stylized into the decorative fleur-de-lis design that is the royal standard of the French. This […]

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When We Create https://doodlewash.com/when-we-create/ https://doodlewash.com/when-we-create/#comments Sun, 01 Aug 2021 22:10:49 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=574805 Welcome to a brand new month and the start of our August Doodlewash Challenge! Our regular monthly challenges are open to all types of drawings (ink, colored pencils, crayons, etc.!) as well as watercolors and gouache. I hope that if you joined us for World Watercolor Month, that you’ll keep right on making lovely things with us all year long! […]

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With All My Heart https://doodlewash.com/with-all-my-heart/ https://doodlewash.com/with-all-my-heart/#comments Sat, 31 Jul 2021 23:17:56 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=574342 For the final day of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Jewel,” I’m ending with this quick little sketch of a shiny pink gem and a happy little mouse. I’m so thankful to everyone who came together to celebrate the biggest month for watercolor of the year! It’s been an amazing, exciting and beautiful month filled with wonderful […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “About Gouache, Watercolor, Paper, and Experimenting” by Ayna Paisley https://doodlewash.com/ayna-paisley-artist-about-gouache-watercolor-paper-and-experimenting/ https://doodlewash.com/ayna-paisley-artist-about-gouache-watercolor-paper-and-experimenting/#comments Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:13:12 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=574157 My name is Ayna Paisley and I’m a self-taught, London-based artist. I divide my time creating commissioned works, teaching and sharing my art practice through my social media channels. My body of work consists of peculiar contemporary pieces created with gouache, acrylic, encaustic medium, and oil paint, juxtaposed with paper collages and vintage imagery. I’ve exhibited my work in London, […]

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When We’re Together https://doodlewash.com/when-were-together/ https://doodlewash.com/when-were-together/#comments Fri, 30 Jul 2021 22:31:09 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=573924 For Day 30 of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Feathered,” I sketched a pair of birds in a tree. When I first started sketching stuff, I would often sketch birds as I find them very beautiful and there are so many different varieties. Also, they are way more challenging to draw than they seem, so it’s always […]

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Jumping For Joy https://doodlewash.com/jumping-for-joy/ https://doodlewash.com/jumping-for-joy/#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2021 22:15:04 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=573620 For Day Twenty-Nine of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Carefree,” I made a little doodle of a bunny leapfrogging over some mushrooms. Our neighborhood is littered with bunnies this year so there are always around four or five that I spot on our walks in the evening. There were a couple of baby bunnies hanging out by […]

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REVIEW: ZenART Allegro Travel Watercolor Paint Set https://doodlewash.com/zenart-allegro-travel-watercolor-paint-set-24-warm-colors-review/ https://doodlewash.com/zenart-allegro-travel-watercolor-paint-set-24-warm-colors-review/#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:51:58 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=572070 ZenART has released four new cake (aka pan) watercolor sets — the Espresso, the Allegro, the Sereno and the Prezioso. Today, I’m reviewing the ZenART Allegro set. ZenART Allegro Palette Video The set has 24 colors, two brushes, a sponge, and room for mixing colors, all in a beautifully decorated box with hinges and clasp. The photo above shows the […]

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Fiddling Fox https://doodlewash.com/fiddling-fox/ https://doodlewash.com/fiddling-fox/#comments Wed, 28 Jul 2021 22:48:01 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=573083 For Day Twenty-Eight of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Instrument,” I ended up with a fox playing a fiddle. I thought about the various instruments I’ve played or attempted to play in my life and the violin was the one I played the most. I’m not sure I was particularly amazing when it came to this instrument, […]

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Blending In https://doodlewash.com/blending-in/ https://doodlewash.com/blending-in/#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:14:40 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=572350 For Day Twenty-Seven of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Camouflage,” I made a little sketch of a chameleon blending in with some flowers. Or, at least some quick scribbles I made while thinking about colorful flowers. Though chameleons aren’t quite as capable of changing into any background they pass like we might see happen in cartoons, it’s […]

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REVIEW: Gansai Tambi Watercolors by Kuretake https://doodlewash.com/gansai-tambi-watercolors-kuretake-review/ https://doodlewash.com/gansai-tambi-watercolors-kuretake-review/#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:06:44 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=572067 Traditional watercolor, gouache, watercolor inks. Just when you think you know them all there comes yet another kind of watercolor! Like many ‘new’ discoveries, Gansai Tambi watercolor has been around forever. So what is it, and how is it different? Video Gansai – A Little History Gansai is a traditional form of Japanese watercolors based off of Sumi inks. They […]

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On The Case https://doodlewash.com/on-the-case/ https://doodlewash.com/on-the-case/#comments Mon, 26 Jul 2021 22:35:06 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=571323 For Day Twenty-Six of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Focused,” I ended up with a little squirrel trying to solve a mystery. Although I’m always quite busy, I tend to lack focus much of the time. It’s very difficult for me to concentrate on one project for very long and I tend to bounce around between things […]

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GUEST ARTIST: “Slowing Down and Becoming a Mindful Observer with Watercolors” by Mou Saha https://doodlewash.com/mou-saha-artist-slowing-down-and-becoming-a-mindful-observer-with-watercolors/ https://doodlewash.com/mou-saha-artist-slowing-down-and-becoming-a-mindful-observer-with-watercolors/#comments Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:17:49 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=570189 Hello, my name is Mou Saha and becoming an artist was quite an unexpected adventure for me. Born and raised in India, I studied to become a clinical psychologist. Art was introduced to me by my mother when I was two as a means of keeping me safely engaged and entertained while she was busy taking care of our extended […]

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That One Lost Shoe https://doodlewash.com/that-one-lost-shoe/ https://doodlewash.com/that-one-lost-shoe/#comments Sun, 25 Jul 2021 23:05:04 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=569475 For Day Twenty-Five of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Lost,” I was again a little lost as to what to create. Then, on a walk today, I saw a single shoe on the sidewalk and so we ended up with a quick sketch of a little mouse discovering it. I often see a single lost shoe on […]

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Fixer-Upper https://doodlewash.com/fixer-upper/ https://doodlewash.com/fixer-upper/#comments Sat, 24 Jul 2021 22:22:16 +0000 https://doodlewash.com/?p=568015 For Day Twenty-Four of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Weathered,” I have to admit that nothing came to mind right away that I wanted to sketch. So I worked on other projects for awhile and came back to it. By the time I did, I only had a few minutes left to make something so I just […]

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