Sand Dollar, #WorldWatercolorMonth 2016

I can’t believe today is already July 1, which kicks off the very first ever World Watercolor Month.  This great event was spearheaded by Charlie O’Shields of Doodlewash, who went to the National Day Calendar folks and arranged to make this an official month-long event.  There are a couple of goals of this celebration – to simply share a love of watercolor with other folks, to encourage, and to be inspired by the works of others around the world.  We are also raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick with hopes of bringing art supplies and learning to children who otherwise would not have exposure to these enriching things. If you’d like to learn more about any of this, simply click on the links above.

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World Watercolor Month 2016

Today I offer you a tiny sand dollar (or as I learned from fellow WordPress blogger and amazing artist, Sissh, it is called a pansy shell in her area of the world).  Even though there is not much to it, I struggled with this silly painting.  I was finally happy when I changed all the grays to purple, which makes me think I should call it a purple pansy shell more than a sand dollar at this point.

Sand Dollar aka Pansy Shell

Sand Dollar or Pansy Shell

In any event, happy inaugural World Watercolor Month!  I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

Beach-Inspired Card

It is terribly hot outside today and if you know me, you know that this is NOT my favorite weather, so it might seem odd that I love vacationing at the beach.  Our favorite beaches are on Topsail Island, NC, and although it might be hot, the lovely breeze paired with walking in the surf keeps me perfectly cool.  Topsail is a very non-commercialized island and there is nothing to do there except relax, renew, reconnect, and relish the wonders of the ocean – a true vacation.

Beach-Inspired Card

Beach-Inspired Card

I made a couple of these cards and knew right away which beach-loving friend I was going to send one to for her birthday.  I used Core’dinations papers for the bottom half and the starfish because it has such great texture, and the sand dollars were cut from a beautiful paper that had a sheen to it.  Of course it needed some sparkle on the coral, and the sequins remind me of the tiny golden shells we have found there in the past.  I’m going to Carolina in my mind . . .