Tutorial – How to Paint an Aurora Borealis in Watercolor


Learn how to paint an Aurora Borealis that almost paints itself. Interested? Check out my tutorial at Doodlewash!

The Tarsier


#doodlewashMarch2022: Bird’s Nest. Did you know the Tarsier is the only primate that is entirely carnivorous? Their diet consists of insects, lizards, snakes and birds. No fruit or foliage for these guys – but they’d raid a bird’s nest for the eggs in a flash! Hahnemühle hot press The Collection watercolor paper American Journey watercolorContinue reading “The Tarsier”

The Cactus Garden


#doodlewashMarch2022: Cactus. Did you know that the spines on a cactus replace leaves? There are several types of spines, including hooked, bristle, round, hair, needle, curved, awl and straight varieties. Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard Arteza gouache Pixabay photo reference courtesy of ustm66. March Doodlewash prompts Tools: To find a list of dealers, who carry HahnemühleContinue reading “The Cactus Garden”

The Candy Cane Snail


#doodlewashMarch2022: Snail Did you know that a snail has the most teeth of any animal? Some have over 20,000 teeth! No wonder they move so slow, having to lug all that dental work around. The Candy Cane Snail is a tree-living snail native to the Caribbean. Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media paper Zebra Pen Technical PenContinue reading “The Candy Cane Snail”

Sushi the Shoebill


#doodlewashFebruary2022 prompt: Sushi. Did you know there is a Shoebill Stork named Sushi, who lives in the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, who will let you pet him, provided you bow to him first. If you don’t bow, he will fly away and refuse to let you touch him! The Hahnemühle Grey Pad paper is actuallyContinue reading “Sushi the Shoebill”

Did you know that Hahnemühle …


… has a calendar competition every year? Here’s their blurb for this year: 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚘𝚙𝚒𝚌 𝚘𝚏 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟹 𝙷𝚊𝚑𝚗𝚎𝚖ü𝚑𝚕𝚎 𝙲𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚛 𝙿𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚙𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗? We know some of you are already waiting. This year’s theme is “𝙲𝚘𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙴𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚑”. The beauty of the earth in its breathtaking blaze of colours offers a variety ofContinue reading “Did you know that Hahnemühle …”

Bubbles the Hel Kitty from Beyond the Veil


#DoodlewashAugust2021 Prompt: Bubbles. #DoodlewashSeptember2021 Prompts: Kitty & Puppy. Four years ago, I did a weird little drawing that I called Creature from Beyond the Veil. Facebook brought it up as a memory. I always thought the crittur looked a lot like a rather friendly Hel Hound, and so I decided to do a Hel Kitty,Continue reading “Bubbles the Hel Kitty from Beyond the Veil”

Bug Weevil Scarab


Doodlewash August Prompt: Wheatfield. ‘Cause this is the kind of fellow that farmers don’t wanna see in their wheatfields! This was identified as a bug weevil scarab on the reference photo. Did you know there are over 97, 000 species of weevil, and around 30,000 scarab beetles. I couldn’t find anything about a weevil scarab,Continue reading “Bug Weevil Scarab”

Galactic Explosion


#Doodlewash Prompt: Planet. This is isn’t the prompt until the 22nd, but today was the second day of the Art Party weekend on Facebook, where there were free tutorials all day Saturday and Sunday. I watched Alice Hendon’s Galactic Explosion and this was my version from her tutorial. It was quick and easy, and greatContinue reading “Galactic Explosion”

Crathes Castle Topiary


#DoodlewashAugust2021 prompt: Castle. Did you know that topiary can be traced back to Julius Cesar, who made it all the rage? Of course, the Greeks, Chinese and Japanese were creating similar things before that under different names. I decided it had been a while since I did something entirely with pen and marker, and thisContinue reading “Crathes Castle Topiary”