Hey, you watercolor artists out there — and all of you who have ever thought you might like to dabble in watercolor — did you know that July is World Watercolor Month? I’m posting my entries for the first four days’ prompts below. But entrants do not have to follow the prompts. It you’d like to paint anything at all in watercolor, you can post it on any social media sight with this hashtag — #worldwatercolormonth — and it will be connected to the main gallery that records everyone’s entries. If you’d like more information on participating — which is totally free by the way — just hop over to the Doodlewashsite and check out the details.
Here are my entries so far:
DAY 1: REJOICE
DAY 2: TEXTURE
DAY 3: PLAYFUL
DAY 4: QUIET
I’ve been experimenting with Watercolor Splotches. The idea is that you put puddles of watercolor on the paper and blow on it through a straw. What happens next gives you the theme of your picture. When I saw that these splotches dried holding hands, I knew it was love.
To counteract all the rain in my earlier post, I thought I’d throw in some summer roses.
I’m jumping in for the “Weekly Smile” at Trent’s World this week. If you’d like to join in, hop over there and get the easy rules for participating. Everyone has something to smile about every week, and even though we sometimes pass those things by without making note of them, there’s something really special about taking the time to share with others about what made us smile. It usually makes someone else smile as well.
That’s what I’m hoping to do this week. I had several smiles during the past week, but one of my big smiles inside was when I was browsing through one of my art journals and came across the cartoon-ish painting below. I did this piece on the spur of a whimsical moment, and it goes with the equally whimsical poem.
I couldn’t hold back the smile and the sense of fun that came over me when I looked at it again. I’ve hardly noticed it since I painted it last October, but this week brought it to the forefront. (Sorry the page is wrinkled, but that happens sometimes when we paint on paper that’s pretty lightweight.) I hope it brings you a smile as well.
Huge cup of tea,
A piece of cake,
A cookie — two or three —
Some chocolate bonbons in a box
That’s labeled just for me —
I think, perhaps, I’ll make it
Through this day adequately.
A recent page from one of my art journals.
I’ve shared on here about creating a new Facebook group called “Art From God’s Word.” Twice a month, we have a scripture prompt, and each member then creates a work of art inspired by that scripture. We can use any medium we choose, and this time around I chose watercolor and ink.
The prompt was 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all keep fervent in your love for one another because love covers a multitude of sins.”