This past Wednesday, I shared some information about what’s happening right now in the craft/art world. One of those things is World Watercolor Month. It’s a yearly event, sponsored by Doodlewash, and is open for everyone to participate.
HISTORY OF WORLD WATERCOLOR MONTH
The idea behind this is two-fold; one, to get people participating, practicing and sharing their watercolour art. Second, and most importantly, it’s a charitable even to support Arts Education. Here’s a snippet, taken from the Doodlewash web site, about how World Watercolor Month came to be.
Charlie O’Shields, the creator of Doodlewash®, founded World Watercolor Month in 2016. His own love of the medium led to the creation of a blog and social artist movement dedicated to promoting and connecting the vast community of watercolor artists all over the world. After hosting a few early art challenges, celebrating various fun and delightfully obscure holidays, it became apparent that there wasn’t an official celebration of the medium we all love. Over 18,000 applications are submitted for “official days” each year and only 30 are added to the calendar so it was a long shot, but the registrars agreed with the cause and now it’s official! July is now and forever World Watercolor Month!
It’s a month to inspire people to paint with watercolor (watercolour, aquarelle) while raising awareness for the importance of art and creativity in the world. And anyone can join the celebration from master watercolorists to artists just starting out with watercolor! Simply tag any art that uses watercolors (or gouache) with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July! Try the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days, or simply post when you can! It’s just about maintaining a regular art practice and having fun! And, best of all, you’ll be part of raising awareness for children in need of art supplies and art education around the globe through our partnership with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!
To read more about World Watercolor Month, it’s amazing sponsors, and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation, please CLICK HERE .
It’s easy to join! You can simply share a piece of watercolor art that you admire by sharing it on social media with the hashtag #worldwatercolormonth. Or share your own watercolour art, using the same hashtag. It’s all about bringing awareness, and sharing! If you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can do the ultimate 31 Watercolor Paintings in 31 Days! Need more inspiration? Doodlewash has kindly provided daily prompts, to get you going!
You can follow the prompts each day, or just choose the ones that inspire you. Or don’t use them at all! Plus, you don’t have to post every day to participate – just get painting, and share when you can.
STAMPING PLUS WATERCOLOURS
Yes, I do switch between the spelling of ‘watercolour’. Because #worldwatercolormonth is ‘official’, I use that spelling for the name. But when I’m speaking about the art in general – I use the ‘Canadian’ spelling! Anyway – I thought I’d share my practice from yesterday!
I can’t draw, so I used a stamped image, and added watercolouring afterwards.
First, set up your watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Align your stamp – I used the Snowy Trails stamp from Penny Black. Pick up the stamp with the lid, and ink up just the foreground tress and fence with a medium brown ink. This is a large image stamp, and watercolour paper is textured, so inking and stamping more than once with the same ink is expected, for a good image.
Next, add a dark purple ink to the outer edges of the foreground trees and fence. Stamp down, and then repeat. This gives a darker shadow, and is a nice alternative to black. Now, ink up the evergreen trees in the background. You may need to use a combination of a small ink pad and a marker, to get the details of the smaller parts, between the trees. I use a lighter green in the middle of the trees, then add a darker green to the edges.
Once you’re happy with your stamped images, clean off the entire stamp, and then ink it up with Versamark ink. Stamp twice for full coverage, and then remove the watercolour panel from the stamp platform. Cover the image with clear embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. This step ensures that if your stamping ink is not waterproof, it will not smudge or run, when you add the watercolours. If you’ve used waterproof/archival inks, then you can skip this step.
Now you’re ready to start watercolouring! Prepare your work space, and get out your brushes, clean water and paints. I use Daniel Smith watercolours, and an Escoda Versatil #4 and a Winsor & Newton #8 round brushes. The grass is a combination of Green Apatite and Cascade Green; the sky is a wash of Cerulean Blue. Under the sky I add the glow of sun with Cadmium Yellow, and added more warmth with Quinacridone Gold.
Some of the trees are filled in with Raw Umber and Goethite. The path is a combination of Raw Umber, Goethite and a bit of Jane’s Gray. You can see that I have trimmed this panel down, or done anything else with it. Right now, it’s just my practice piece!
JOIN WORLD WATERCOLOR MONTH!
Whether you’re an experience artist, or like me and just learning, join in the fun! I really like that it gets me practicing with my watercolours, and I’ve even joined an online class! When you check out the Doodlewash site, be sure to check out the list of Artist Ambassadors, listed near the bottom of the page. These amazing artists have pledge to donate at least $1 of every class, painting and/or other product from their own sites during July 2019, to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation. That’s where I clicked to join!
Thanks for spending this time with me; I hope that I’ve encouraged you to either continue with your watercolouring, or to start something new! I’ve included some links below for products I’ve used, or you may need for your own art projects. Be sure to come back later today, when our Scrap ‘N Stamp Turnabout Blog Hop goes live (5 pm PST).!
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