Ink and Watercolour Wash

Welcome to a new week, my friend! I hope that you had a great weekend.  You may remember that last week I shared with you a free online ink & watercolour class. If not, you can read that post HERE, and see my sketch. Today I’m back to share with you my completed ink and watercolour wash piece ‘doorway in blue’.


As I said in my earlier post, this doorway makes me think that it’s somewhere in Europe. The blue makes me think of Greece, but it could be Italy. Or, maybe it’s in my own town – who knows! It’s a free reference picture from Pixabay, which means that you can use it to create your own work, without worrying about copyright.  After I went back & added a few more details to my sketch, I brought out my Daniel Smith watercolour paints. This is my finished piece! (oh my gosh – I just realized that I didn’t sign it!)

Ink and Watercolour Wash

Well, what do you think? I feel pretty good about it. The photo shows up the green a lot stronger than in person; maybe I’ll go back & tone that down a bit.


Doing a line & wash is a very loose, less structured way to paint. It might sound easier, but it takes some practice to NOT colour in every square inch! Leaving white space, and ‘suggesting’ colour is the way to go, to keep it loose. As you can see, I’m still learning!

I did a lot of my own colour mixing, but I did use some colours straight from the pan. The door is a combination of Ultramarine and Cerulean Blue. The shadow areas are a Payne’s Blue Gray, plus Sodalite Genuine. The bottom of the doors, and some of the ground areas are a combination of Burnt Sienna, Cascade Green and Green Apatite.  I even put a few touches of Quinacridone Rose and Quinacridone Gold – can you spot them?

Painting this was a lot of fun, and a good learning experience for me! I highly recommend checking out the free tutorials on Art Tutor. You can check them out on their blog HERE, and their paid courses are HERE.  Of course, you can go to YouTube and find all sorts of tutorials! I find it nice to have a tutorial that takes you right from beginning to end.


Here is a picture of my piece, next to the reference photo.  I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment, and let me know what you think of my watercolour piece.

Line and Watercolour Wash


If you’re new to watercolour, or getting back into it, the important thing is to have fun! And if you get to a point in your project when you want to bin it – walk away, then come back with fresh eyes. It  helps!

I also have a contest running for the month of July, which is World Watercolour Month. Here’s how to enter:

First, create a watercolour project, using any type of watercolours paints you like, on any substrate. So you could be painting on watercolour paper, on Yupo, or a canvas.

Second, take a picture of your watercolour project!

Third, send me a photo of your project to ! Be sure that I can email you back at the email you’re using to send me the photo. I’d love to share pictures of the submissions, so please let me know in your email if I have  your consent to do that. I’ll be only posting them here on my blog, and will identify the artist by first name only.

Provide some details about your project, if you like. And I’d love to hear about how & when you started watercolouring. Maybe what are your favourite subjects to paint? Whatever info you’d like to share is great!  On August 1st, I’ll randomly select 1 project from all those received, and declare a winner!  If you’d like to share your submission on your social media platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc) please use the hashtag #thistledesignschallenge so I can find them!

The lucky person drawn will receive this gorgeous ART POUCH, from the Doodlewash World Watercolor Month Souvenir  Shop.

Ink and Watercolour Wash


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

8 thoughts on “Ink and Watercolour Wash

  1. Wow! This is really lovely, Deborah! I have a hard time leaving white space; you did a great job. (I like the green the way it is; it really makes the door stand out. JMO, though!)

  2. Deb, this is absolutely stunning. What a wonderful drawing and watercoloring job. I love doors and this is magnificent.

    1. You’re so kind, Jackie – thanks so much for your comment! Why is it that we’re drawn to doors? Maybe because of what might be on the other side? 🙂

  3. Hola, Deb! Beautiful painting! I think we like doors or, at least, I do because it is the “face”of the house. That’s why I love envelopes. It’s the hello or the face of the card. It’s an indicator of what’s inside. Friendly face, friend inside. THAT WAS DEEP! haha haha Only kidding!

  4. Wow Deb, this is fabulous. I came looking for cards done by you as I am missing so much, and saw this. So happy I came looking. It shows that you had fun, love it.

    1. Thanks so much, Kia! You are so good at watercolour painting, I appreciate any feedback from you. I do hope you’ll enter my watercolour contest!!

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