Playful Splashes – Sketching Stuff Activity Books

Charlie from Doodlewash has written two activity books (for people of all ages) called Sketching Stuff Nature and Sketching Stuff Food. I’ve always admired Charlie’s “coloring book illustrations” and his watercolor style, leaving in so much white for brightness. He is a master of illustrating and painting transparent objects like glass, ice, etc. Although our painting styles are quite different, I enjoyed reading about his process and how he creates his artwork.

Scribble art is something we all probably did in elementary school. The goal is to scribble on paper without lifting the pencil and then find objects in the abstract shapes. When I started scribbling on my watercolor paper, my husband looked at me like I had gone mad! Right away I saw Mary holding Baby Jesus, so I painted those images and then decided to paint all of the sections hoping to make it look like stained glass. Honestly, this was a fun project and very relaxing, too.

Scribble Art
Scribble Art

Charlie does his drawings in waterproof inks and then colors them in. I usually draw with pencil and then add watercolor, but I liked the look of my paintings outlined with waterproof pens.

Pen and Ink Flower
Pen and Watercolor Flower
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Nature
Pen and Watercolor Acorn
Pen and Watercolor Acorn
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Nature
Pen and Watercolor Bananas
Pen and Watercolor Bananas
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Food
Pen and Watercolor Onions
Pen and Watercolor Onions
from Sketching Stuff Activity Book Food

These paintings were done by following the tutorials in the Sketching Stuff books, and I wish I had this knowledge when starting out. Honestly, if you or your children want to learn to make fun and interesting doodle and illustration artwork, these books will get you started. With so many people under the stay-at-home orders, now is the perfect time! All you need is some paper, drawing and coloring mediums of your choice, and your imagination. Stay well!

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Last Days’ Recap

Here we are at the tail end of World Watercolor Month 2018.  This is the first time I’ve painted each and every day for 31 days and followed most of the prompts (I made up a few of my own).  Thanks to Charlie of Doodlewash, who started this month-long celebration three years ago – it’s been a lot of fun!

Day 29-Childhood memory, chasing fireflies

Day 29-Childhood memory, chasing fireflies

 

Day 30-Exotic Location, YT demo by Maria Raczynska

Day 30-Exotic Location, followed a YT demo by Maria Raczynska

Day 31-Celebration of Color, Goldfinch

Day 31-Celebration of Color, Goldfinch – Thanks to my brother Todd for the terrific reference photo!

Lastly, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.  If you’ve been considering a charitable donation, click on the link and do it today!

Thanks so much for following this blog and my humble paintings on this journey.  I am eager to see what August has in store for us!

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 1 Recap

Creating 31 watercolors in 31 days seems a little daunting, but keeping up so far has been fun.  I’ll start here with Day 2 because Day 1 had it’s own post.

Day 2-Delicious Food

Day 2-Delicious Food

Day 3-Primary Colors

Day 3-Primary Colors

Day 4-Fourth of July Sparkler

Day 4-Fourth of July Sparkler

Day 5-Shades of Blue

Day 5-Shades of Blue

Day 6-Simple Things

Day 6-Simple Things

Day 7-Playing Games

Day 7-Playing Games

I post daily on Instagram, but in order not to flood email inboxes, a weekly recap seems to be the best option.   Also, because many of the daily prompt challenges are painted very simply, recapping a week at a time might be more pleasing to the eyes. 🙂  However, I’ll probably do singleton posts intermittently throughout the month, too.

Again, here’s a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

Have a great weekend!

World Watercolor Month 2018

Happy World Watercolor Month 2018!  This event, created by Charlie over at Doodlewash, has participants from all around the world, and we connect our art and blogs with the hashtag of #worldwatercolormonth.

Carnation

Carnation

Many talented artists have tutorials and online classes, and this carnation was inspired by Lindsay Weirich’s online class, Watercolor Flower Workshop.  She explains everything so simply and reminds us not to focus on perfection but to have fun in the process of painting.

Here’s just a little more info on World Watercolor Month and the mission to help young artists through The Dreaming Zebra Foundation.   This is a charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

Lately it’s been really hot in this neck of the woods, so I hope you are staying cool!