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!

Happy December!

Hello, friends! If you are from The States, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Life has been crazy busy lately but it is all good.

Pine Cone
Pinecone

I’m going to try to follow along with the Doodlewash December prompts each day this month, despite all the Christmas hubbub; hence, this little pinecone for December 1. I have so much fun back in my little craft corner of the living room and am grateful to get back to splashing some paint in my sketchbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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 3 Recap

This week’s prompts were a lot of fun.  Hope you enjoy this recap.

Day 15 - On The Beach, Mermaid's Purse

Day 15 – On The Beach, Mermaid’s Purse – This painting is about twice the size of the real thing, which is a dried skate egg case!  Read more about it here

Day 16-Casting Shadows

Day 16-Casting Shadows, Blueberries

Day 17-City Life, Pigeon

Day 17-City Life, Pigeon I know most folks don’t care for these birds, but I think their colors are dazzling, especially in the sunshine!

Day 18-In the Jungle, Poisonous Frog

Day 18-In the Jungle, Poisonous Frog – This one was seen at an aquarium we visited in North Carolina. It was no bigger than my thumb!

 

Day 19 - Rainy Days, Raindrops

Day 19-Rainy Days, Raindrops

Day 20-Wet and Dry, Umbrella

 

Day 21-Glorious Golds

Day 21-Glorious Golds – From a tutorial taught by Birgit O’Connor

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.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

 

World Watercolor Month 2018 – Week 2 Recap

Another week of painting has gone by.  I’ve had a lot of fun trying new techniques and following tutorials that I’ve been meaning to paint for a long time.  The point was not to make frameable masterpieces but to try new brushstrokes, learn, and have fun with the painting process.

Day 8-Flying Things, Atlantic Puffin

Day 8-Flying Things, Atlantic Puffin. I hope to see one someday!

Day 9-Climbing Mountains, Pronghorn from Yellowstone

Day 9-Climbing Mountains, Pronghorn from Yellowstone

Day 10-Light and Luminous, Swan - Followed a tutorial by Lindsay Weirich in her online class "Feathers and Fowl"

Day 10-Light and Luminous, Swan – Followed a tutorial by Lindsay Weirich in her online class “Feathers and Fowl”

Day 11-Beautiful Blooms, Clover

Day 11-Beautiful Blooms, Clover

Day 12-Forest Animal, Bear

Day 12-Forest Animal, Bear

 

Day 13-Fast & Loose, Florals

Day 13-Fast & Loose, Florals

Day 14-Sweet Treat, Chocolate

Day 14-Sweet Treat, Sea Salt Caramel

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.

I’m off to start the prompts for week 3.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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!