World Watercolour Month – Final Week

Hi there, how are you?
This is the final week for world watercolour month 2018.

For details you can check out Mr Doodlewash’s page here, donations of art stuff’s and money can still be given through the links found there.

Throughout the month I had missed a few days but wanted to finish the challenge properly so I completed the last two or three at the beginning of August.

Lavender – I liked the idea of this one but the drawing let it down (more practice needed)

watercolour of lavender #worldwatercolourmonth

Lavender looking a little misty

Californian poppies – we we’re back from holiday and I was sure these would have all gone to seed but no! Amazingly they were still flowering away, I’ll save some seeds and hope for more next year.

Watercolour of californian poppies #worldwatercolourmonth

Californian poppies

Penguins – I had a random idea for penguins in my sketchbook as I knew that would be the theme for pinch punch post (a monthly twitter challenge )so I used it for both challenges, kind of a two-fer.

watercolour of penguins #worldwatercolourmonth

Humboldt penguins for pinch punch post and world watercolour month

Flamingos – it was our wedding anniversary so I wanted to paint something romantical to use on a card. I had a few ideas (see next two posts) I ended up using the flamingos because the shape of the necks resembled a heart.

card made with flamingos watercolour #worldwatercolourmonth

The card I made with the flamingos watercolour

Seahorses – I drew two (see #4 above) I kept it to three colours to stop it getting too muddy and painted it wet in wet. I love how the colours wicked into each other on this one.

watercolour of seahorses #worldwatercolourmonth

Two seahorses entwined

Puffins – I’ve wanted to draw puffins for a while and really enjoyed painting this one.

watercolour of puffins #worldwatercolourmonth

Puffins in love.

Pigeon – I had a picture left over for ideas and he was so cute. This was #32, I painted it while I was painting the puffins because I could see myself starting to fiddle and I didn’t want to spoil it so free extra pigeon hehe.

pigeon watercolour #worldwatercolourmonth

Quirky pigeon

So, world watercolour month has finished for another year and this time I managed all of it whoop whoop!
Looking back I can see some didn’t live up to the idea in my head, the idea was OK but the execution was poor.

Getting used to the paper was interesting; from week three I have been using cold press 100% cotton paper. It’s quite a leap and I think I will need a lot more practice with it before I feel comfortable using it.
I have some pages left in the little booklet I made and another empty one made up so I will persevere.

Things to work on: I need to work on colour mixing in general but particularly greens; I managed to make some real poke in the eye acid greens (not the effect I was going for).

Colours are brighter and clearer on this paper so I need to take note of that and learn to mute them down a bit in some places.

All in all I have enjoyed this challenge a lot; I can see arty improvements are being made slowly whoot!

Click on the links below to check out previous weeks
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Congratulations to everybody who took part in any way, more arting has to be a good thing and it was all for a good cause. Also I would like to thank every one for all of the support, encouragement and kindness along the way.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next one.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x


World Watercolour Month Fourth Week

And we’re back! Hi there, how are you?

Holidays over, the weather was fantastic and hot, very hot. We stayed in a small farm cottage for the week. There was a small garden with flowers, hollyhocks, sweet peas, also geese, goat’s chickens and two horses. The horses were also holidaying there.

We’ve seen monkey world, Stonehenge, castles, beaches, and investigated the small town of Shaftesbury (a lovely town with fantastic views over the local hills)

There are a few paintings missing from the week’s daily paintings. There wasn’t always time to get the paints out, too much gallivanting don’t cha know hehehe.

Kingfisher – love kingfishers and the photo looked so cute.

hummingbird sitting on a twig

Hummingbird sitting on a twig

sweet peas – the owner of our cottage filled a small vase with sweet peas so I had to try a painting.

watercolour painting of sweet peas

Watercolour painting of sweet peas

Goose – this is one of three geese that were wandering around the grounds.

watercolour painting of a goose

Watercolour painting of a goose

Daisies – at the edge of the paddock wild daisies were growing so I painted a few.

watercolour painting of daisies

Watercolour painting of daisies

Hollyhocks – these were growing around the house. In the evening before the sun set we sat in the garden drawing and painting

watercolour painting of hollyhocks

Watercolour painting of hollyhocks

I know the official challenge finishes in a few days but I plan on finishing the rest up next week, seems a shame not to complete the challenge.

We’re all back to normal now, lots to catch up on, the app on my ipod gave out after a couple of days so I haven’t been able to respond to comments or even see the amazing art your all producing. I’ll catch up over the next few days.

Want to know what #worldwatercolourmonth is all about click here to go to doodlewash’s page for details of what, why and where to donate if you want to.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

World Watercolour Month Third Week

Hi there, how are you?

It’s week three and still I’m going.

Wow what a week, we’ve been having our bathroom re-fitted, everything taken out and new put back in phew. Lots of noise and dust, nearly finished now then a weeks holiday, we’re going to need it.

Sunflower – at the zoo last week they had a lovely display of sunflowers so I sat for a few minutes and drew a few. When I got home I used my sketches as reference for a painting.

sunflower watercolour sunflower

Lady slipper orchid – last year we visited Kew Gardens, they had some beautiful orchids on display, I couldn’t draw them at the time so I took lots of photos. I liked the way this one turned out as I had managed to replicate the colours quite well.

lady-slipper orchid lady-slipper orchid

Dragonfly – I like dragonflies and it occurred to me that I had never drawn one.

dragonfly watercolour Dragonfly first colourway

Another dragonfly – I wanted to try some different colours, internet dragonflies come in so many colours it’s hard to choose just one.

dragonfly second colourway Dragonfly second colourway

Flamingos – painted from some photos I’d taken at the zoo.

flamingo first attempt Flamingo first attempt

Flamingos pt. two – I didn’t much like the colours in yesterdays version so I tried again, I also used different paper for this one. I think it’s a little less overworked.

flamingo second attempt flamingo second attempt

Duckling – saw this cute little duckling on an image search and decided to have a go at painting it.

duckling watercolour Duckling

The first half of this challenge I’ve been using student grade watercolour paper, it’s fine for painting on when you’re not doing anything too wet or washy. I like to use it with my Pentel brush pen, for pen and wash.

The paper I switched to after the first flamingo painting is 90lb (approx.200gsm) 100% cotton paper. It’s thin but holds up very well. Again it takes the paint and water very differently so I’m still getting used to it.

I’ve made a small  booklet of watercolour paper to take with me on holiday so I can hopefully keep up with the rest of the challenge.

I’m hoping to have some sort of internet whilst away if not I’ll keep going and catch up when I get back.

Thanks for the support and taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

World Watercolour Month Second Week

Hi there, how are you?

It’s the second week of World Watercolour Month; I’ve been doing small things on watercolour paper. Some things have been posted and some are shall we say “practice peaces”.  Which ever pile they go to they are all valuable in teaching me the qualities of this particular watercolour paper.

Pink sycamore seeds – plump pink seeds ripening on the tree. They’re really pretty at this stage, it’s funny it’s only since I’ve started drawing that I noticed them at all.

pink sycamore seeds

Pink sycamore seeds

Brown aged, sycamore seeds – these are the seeds I usually notice in late summer or autumn. I run around the garden picking them up so they don’t turn my little garden into a forest!

brown sycamore seeds

brown sycamore seeds, dry and ready to grow.

Rose hip – (Well that green was certainly a poke in the eye!) These are fat juicy hips of the Japanese Rose (Rosa Rugosa) growing wild in a car park near us.

rose hip (Rosa Rugosa)

Rose hip (Rosa Rugosa)

Ginkgo Balboa leaves – painted from a photo I had taken a few years ago. Ginkgo’s have very pretty leaves.

ginkgo leaves

Ginkgo leaves

Yellow rose bud – last year I had a small pot of tiny roses, they don’t normally last but this year one of them decoded to flower again, yay!

yellow rose bud

Yellow rose bud

Simple poppies – we have no poppies this year which is sad but I have lots of photos from last year. I tried to simplify them into a few simple brush strokes.

simple poppies

Simple poppies

Blossom – this is a random blossom from inside my head based on cherry or apple blossom, I wanted to try something with a background colour. It was mixed from turquoise and mauve watercolour and as the paint dried the colours split and granulated on the paper, interesting.

some kind of blossom

Some kind of blossom

I find I am quite slap dash with a paint brush, it’s necessary on my usual notebook paper because it sinks in fast, you have to keep the colour moving to stop the tide lines. The paper also pills with any amount of rubbing so no hanging about.

This is not the case on watercolour paper, I have longer to paint, lift and move paint, and it’s a very different experience.  I’m learning to slow down and use less water on the brush.

I’m enjoying this challenge, the biggest problem so far is figuring out what to paint.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

World Watercolour Month First Week

Hello people, how are you?

July 1st is the start of world watercolour month; I tried this challenge last year and just over half way through was stopped in my tracks by a broken arm ooof. This year I’m trying again. (Click here to go to doodlewash’s page for details of what, why and where to donate if you want to.)

Truth is I got off to an inauspicious start, instead of painting lovely pictures I sat and filled out a list of colours!

These moon Jellyfish after were fun to paint, I like the way it turned out

moon jellyfish watercolour for world watercolor month 2018

Moon jellyfish watercolour

Hibiscus flower, it became overworked very quickly! “ just need to put the brush down and back away slowly”

hibiscus flower watercolour

Hibiscus flower watercolour

More hibiscus flowers, broke out my very best Saunders Waterford paper for this one. I had been hoarding this tiny piece for ages. First try, ruined it completely ahhh! Turned it over and tried again this time just playing with brush strokes and shapes. This is my favourite so far, no pressure just playing about.

hibiscus flower watercolour play

Hibiscus flower watercolour play

Still playing with the hibiscus flowers. I had a theory that if I painted the same thing over and over I would eventually work it out and get better at it, meh. It was a little better than day two but still missing something.

watercolour of two hibiscus flowers

Watercolour of two hibiscus flowers


This is where I lose the plot and wonder why I’m doing this at all! I had been looking forward to this challenge for ages but I just wasn’t feeling it, then I realised I hadn’t set any parameters like I did in the Inktobers (e.g. use brush pen/dip-pen for all art works) it means that even if the art sucks I’m still working towards improving something. So instead of using my usual sketchbook (cartridge paper), all art is going to be painted on watercolour paper, it will help me to get used to how the water and paint reacts. It will maybe my new go-to paper?

Keep going:
This is my usual style of painting; it is on watercolour paper so everything reacted differently. It felt fresher and I really like the way the brush pen moves across this paper.

watercolour + pen hibiscus flower

Watercolour and brush pen hibiscus flower

There is a lone Californian poppy plant in the garden; it seeded itself from last year. I sat in the garden with my watercolour paper and painted it in the sunshine, lots of fun.

watercolour of Californian poppy

Watercolour of a Californian poppy

I think painting small things and just getting used to the supplies I have is going to build up some of my confidence and skills plus it will be the most fun way to continue.
I’ll post the next seven here next week or you can catch them daily on instagram here.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x

Keep Calm And Carry On 

Hi there, how are you?

A little watercolour of a daisy. Not beautifully formed but the best I can do at the moment.

We’re on holiday this week so this is a short one on my iPod, with borrowed wi-fi.

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time, have fun x

Daisy watercolour

Trying to carry on

#worldwatercolourmonth Week 3 – A Rather Abrupt End

#worldwatercolourmonth week 3

The last three of my watercolour paintings for #worldwatercolourmonth

Hi there, how are you?  Here are the last few paintings for #worldwatercolourmonth. What’s that you say? There are only 3 pictures! Surely there are seven days in a week?

Well yes, you would be right. I was happily painting along and the other half said “it’s a lovely day, let’s go for a walk” We did, and then this happened!!


It’s broken, in two places (because if you’re going to do a job do it right eh).

So endeth my drawing career for a while. The cast (it’s so purple I could hug myself hehe) comes off at the end of august! (no need to feel sorry for me I’m ok, just feeling very foolish right now.)

So to make up for the lack of actual paintings, something I did in my sketch book just before the Ooops.

pineapple sketch

A pineapple! I thought it would be nice to draw it before I cut it up to eat.

I really like how both the sketch and the colour turned out, it looks very pineappley. The thing at the side is one of the “scales?”(I’m not sure if that’s the right name for them. ) drawn slightly larger so I could see what I was drawing.

Above the pineapple is a small bramble leaf I had picked up on a previous walk, i drew it because I liked the colour and wanted to record the find in my sketch book.

So that was an eventful week.

NB: Want to know what World watercolor month is about
World Watercolor Month was founded as a charitable event supporting art education.
Please make a child’s dream come true by donating to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!
Check it out here at the Doodlewash site

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x

#worldwatercolourmonth Week 2

#worldwatercolourmonth week 2

Hi there, how are you?

I’ve been steadily plodding on through #worldwatercolourmonth set up by Mr. doodlewash . I’m feeling happier this week pushing through the doubting, gradually working out how everything works.

I seem to be painting mainly flowers; this is because they keep still as they’re being drawn!  I love hydrangea and have been trying to draw them for quite a while. They have been simplified a lot here which I am liking a lot.

If any one wants a better view they are on my instagram account fluff.n.nonsence (can you tell I’m rubbish at naming things?) and here are week 1 posts.

It’s interesting the colours I use most when they’re put together like this. I do have other colours buy these seem to be the ones calling to me at the moment.

Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x