10 Watercolor Squares

I am experimenting with watercolor and gouache for my “Square-A-Day” project for July since it is World Watercolor Month at Doodlewash.com

Charlie at Doodlewash has excellent creative prompts for each day but I decided to go with the flow and allow my brush (or imagination) tell me what it wants to do!

Below are my first 10 watercolor squares for the first 10 days of July:

Perhaps my inspiration will spark an idea for your art too:

1. New watercolor brush – #4 Raphael Kolinsky from Blick. First expensive watercolor brush I have purchased. I like the fine tip for tiny details like the petals on my imaginary flowers. I used gouache and added a few details with a black Micron pen.

2. Used dip pen with Saji nib to draw my sunflower and colored it with watercolor. Inspired by Susan Feniak’s  post on July 2nd.

3. Painted background in watercolor – looks like summer colors to me! Drew leaf with black .01 and .03 Micron pens using inspiration from Peggy Dean’s book, “Botanical Line Drawing.”

4. 4th of July! Ate corn-on-cob for dinner. Started by painting paper yellow, drew corn with a black Micron pen by looking at an online image. Added a little watercolor to some of the kernels. The actual corn was delish!

5. FINALLY a sunny day at the lake! I splashed in the lake and watercolors on paper. πŸ™‚

6. Inspired by a pattern I saw in Uppercase Magazine. I painted in watercolor and added doodles with black Micron pen and a white Signo gel pen. This reminds me of summer camp and a badge earned… I never got to go to camp as a kid but I always thought it would be fun.

7. Eating creamsicle popsicles on a hot summer day! Watercolor and Signo white gel pen. It always amazes me how color and patterns takes me back in time…

8. Blueberries ripening in my yard. Love the sweetness of these blue gems! Messed up a little on the shading so added dots with a Micron pen.

9. Daddy Long-Legs – see my previous post. Nature inspires a lot of my art!

10. Wings from a Common Buckeye Butterfly – thanks Mike Powell for your awesome photo to inspire me on this one!

I hope you enjoyed reading what inspired me to create my first 10 watercolor squares!

I will post the rest of my squares at the end of July…

Happy Painting!

Cheers! πŸ™‚

22 responses to “10 Watercolor Squares

  1. I am amazed at the variety of sources that you use for inspiration. Your squares this month are a cool mixture of the abstract and the realistic, with wonderful colors and patterns. I really like the way that you don’t feel constrained to limit yourself to a single style or single set of subjects. (I am thrilled that one of my photos inspired a square–thanks for the shout out.)

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    • You are welcome, Mike! πŸ˜ƒ And thank you for your kind comments on my art! It is fun to experiment and I do love variety! It makes it more fun for me! πŸŽ¨πŸ‘
      BTW, Your photos are always inspiring to me! You are very talented. 😊


  2. Great variety Jill! This allows you to try different techniques as well as new art supplies. I’m all for that!

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  3. Looks like you’re having fun Jill! Here’s to WWM! Thanks for describing your process and inspirations!

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  4. I’m enjoying your ten squares immensely, there is inspiration everywhere!

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  5. Your butterfly is my favorite, but all are so good!

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  6. love them! can’t pick a fave…… well – maybe creamsicle πŸ™‚


  7. The summer squares are refreshing and colorful, Jill, and I enjoyed every one. Although I liked each one, the blueberries really grabbed me. And the corn, too. Corn is pretty complicated, I can imagine this took some time. Enjoyed hearing the details behind each one, too.

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  8. Great post, Jill! πŸ’šπŸŒΈ Love your squares, and hearing about your supplies and inspiration for each one.

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  9. Excellent prompt renderings – glad to have you playing along!

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