The Bowerbird


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Metallic.

Did you know the Satin Bowerbird builds a nest-like ‘bower’ to attract mates, decorating it with all sorts of shiny objects, preferably blue to accentuate its own metallic blue color? Like the lyrebird, they are remarkable in their ability to reproduce the sound of machines, voices and other bird calls.

  • Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection Watercolor Paper
  • Aquafine Watercolor
  • Reference Photo by Holgi at Pixabay

September Doodlewash prompts

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The Heat of Lightning


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Lightning.

Did you know that lightning is 4-5 times hotter than the surface of the sun?

  • Hahnemühle hot press Harmony
  • Supervision Watercolors
  • Image inspiration – photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

September Doodlewash prompts

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Sea Star in a Tidal Pool


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Pebbles.

Did you know the pebbly bumps on top of a sea star are various kinds of growths that do various things like absorbing oxygen and cleaning the skin?

Thank you Val, for giving me permission use your fabulous photo for inspiration!

  • Hahnemühle hot press 300 lb The Collection watercolor paper
  • Supervision Watercolors

September Doodlewash prompts

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Book Review: One Little Ghost


One Little Ghost is the third in the ‘Once Upon a Time’ series, following ‘One Little Mouse’ and ‘One Little Dog’.  It has the same layout as the first two, a unique blend of activity book and story book.

Once again, the story follows a character – a friendly ghost, this time — who is looking for a friend and some help.

The entire story is written in rhyme, and is lavishly illustrated. 

What is most unique about this series is that it encourages the reader to take up pen, pencil, marker or watercolor brush and draw IN the book.  Every other page has a prompt to draw something from the story, and a white space to draw it in.

There is a place at the front of the book to test whatever tool you want to use and see if it goes through to the back of the paper. 

I used gel pen in the first book, and a watercolor marker in the second.  This time I went with colored pencil, technical pen, and light watercolor. I drew the images with pencil first. The paper took the pencil well, and allowed me to erase with no problem.

Before. and. . After

The paper is a bit smooth for colored pencil, but you can get layers, textures and good color, as you can see in these before and after scans.

The paper held up well for all three, though it did get a bit wavy from the watercolor. It barely shows though unless you are looking for it.

A delightful book for children and adults alike!

Drawn with technical pen, and colored with watercolors.

There is a place at the front of the book to test out your drawing tool to make sure it won’t bleed through

This series is fun, inspiring for the beginning artist and just awesome all around. You can find One Little Ghost on Amazon.

One Little Ghost in Paperback

One Little Ghost in Hardcover

Pillar Coral


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Underwater.

Did you know that corals communicate through chemicals, sound, and movement of their tentacles?

This is sort of a work in progress. The thing is I started it, and then lost interest. I’ll keep it around and one of these days, I might decide to work it some more, but who knows.

  • Hahnemühle rough watercolor postcard
  • Supervision Watercolors
  • Image inspiration – photo by Wikilmages on Unsplash

September Doodlewash prompts

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Colors in Flamingo


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Reflections.

Did you know there are rare flamingoes that stay white even when eating the correct diet? They aren’t albinos, but suffer from leucism, a lack of pigmentation. There has also been at least one known case of a black flamingo, which has melanism.

  • Hahnemühle Hot Press The Collection Watercolor paper
  • Supervision Watercolor
  • Image inspiration – photo by Schwoaze on Pixabay

September Doodlewash prompts

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Book Review -Harry Potter: Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna


Are you into Harry Potter or the Fantastic Beasts Wizarding World? Would you like to learn a little bit about watercolor?

Whether you fit into one or both of these categories, The Harry Potter Watercolor Magic: Flora and Fauna may be just the book for you. The book has thirty-two watercolor projects featuring characters from these films and books. Step-by-step instructions and pre-drawn sketches for you to paint on actual watercolor!

Interested? Learn more in my review at Doodlewash!

Coati


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Trees.

Did you know that Coatis give birth in trees, and that females within the band will take turns baby-sitting for one another?

  • Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor postcard
  • Zebra Zensations Technical Pen
  • Supervision Watercolors
  • Image inspiration – photo by ChristianeMm on Pixabay

September Doodlewash prompts

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African Pygmy Hedgehog


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Hedgehog.

Did you know there are 17 species of hedgehog, including the African Pygmy Hedgehog like this one?

  • Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media paper
  • Nicholson’s Peerless Watercolors
  • Image inspiration – photo by szabfer on Pixabay

September Doodlewash prompts

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Cheetah Cheats


#DoodlewashSeptember2022 prompt: Cat.

Did you know the cheetah, fastest animal in the world, is only active about 12% of their day? And those speedy sprints usually only last about 30 seconds! They much prefer to sneak up and surprise their prey.

  • Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard
  • Zebra Zensation Technical Pen
  • Aquafine Watercolor
  • Reference Photo by AnnyksPhotography at Pixabay

September Doodlewash prompts

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