World Watercolor Month


The creator of the popular blog Doodlewash, Charlie O’Shields launched World Watercolor Month to promote and connect the vast community of watercolor artists all over the world, and to do some good in the process. Whether you’re an accomplished painter or just starting out, you can join the fun.

Here are some ways to participate in World Watercolor Month:
• Try the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days. Need some inspiration? Try one or all of this year’s prompts.


• Post any art that uses watercolors (or gouache) on social media and tag it with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July. By doing so, you’ll help raise awareness for this year’s World Watercolor Month charitable partner — The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, an organization providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Reusable art and music supplies that would otherwise be discarded, along with new or unsold materials, are donated by individuals and businesses and matched to recipients who have requested those materials for arts education purposes in communities around the world.


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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


  1. I’m so glad you featured World Watercolor Month in the newsletter! It’s such a great event. Charlie O’Shields would be a wonderful person to profile for the newsletter as well; he has created such an amazing community for watercolor on Facebook and his Doodlewash site.


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