Thanks to Charlie O'Shields at Doodlewash, July is now officially World Watercolor Month! In Charlie's words...
It’s a month to inspire people to paint with watercolor while raising awareness for the importance of art and creativity in the world.
I love this! Recently I was honored to be featured on Doodlewash, and I do consider it an honor because I applaud the philosophy behind the Doodlewash website. Encouraging others to embrace their naturally creative heart and bravely act on those longings is a huge goal at Scratchmade Journal, not only with watercolor but in other areas, as well.
Art is nothing more than creativity taking form. Because of this, all life should be viewed as art — not only singing, dancing, and painting but also healing, inventing, and the so-called simple acts of conversing, cooking, and swimming. When done for pleasure and expression, all are art.*
We homeschool, and I believe my calling as a teacher is to encourage my children to embrace the unique way God made them, to deeply explore the amazing world around them, and to work toward a greater good while loving others as themselves. Doing this is... art!
Art in its simplest and yet its most profound ideal is nothing more than exploration of the world around us and expression of what is within us. Our goal, as naturally created artists who love God, is to seek to express ourselves in the model of our Creator — in glorious and beautiful ways without forgetting to love and esteem others in the process.*
Not only has Charlie set up July as World Watercolor Month, but this year Doodlewash has also partnered with The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. This charity helps provide art education and materials to those who often do without. Dreaming Zebra also encourages these students to explore and develop their own uniquely creative heart. What a great way to love and build up others by supporting the arts!
And you can be a part of this too!
World Watercolor Month Challenge!
I've got an extremely busy July planned, but I'm joining in Doodlewash's challenge of painting 31 watercolors in 31 days. I would totally love it if you would join me in the challenge!
The paintings don't have to be anything complex or even more than a simple sketch or doodle. The point of this challenge is to have fun with watercolor!
If you love to watercolor but just can't do 31 paintings in 31 days, no problem! You can still join in celebrating World Watercolor Month by painting when you can. However, I'm going to strongly encourage you to be brave and post your watercolors on social media. Be sure to tag them with #WorldWatercolorMonth. I'll be following along, but I'd love to make sure I see what you create, so feel free to tag me also!
If you love watercolor but don't paint, July is a great month to give it a try. (You can read tips on getting started here.) You can also donate gently used or new art supplies to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. Charlie gives more details at his post here, or visit the Art Room Aid Project hosted by Dick Blick.
Spreading the love of creativity in this world just got a little bit easier. I really hope to see you in the field, and bring your watercolors!