Monday, April 30, 2018

TA DA! I actually kept up with my daily sketches!

Here are all 30 of my daily sketches for DoodlewashApril2018. Despite a truly hectic teaching and personal schedule, I have managed to keep up through the last day! Actually, this has been my daily respite from all the other stuff I do, including a commission with a time crunch.
My accordion fold DIY sketchbook on Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper with front page folded over.

Day 2-14
This easy to make maze book was from an 18x24" sheet of Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper. I am using this opportunity to test out ink, watercolor pencil, Caran D'ache watercolor crayons and traditional watercolor on this paper. I am thinking about recommending it as an economical paper for beginning watercolor students. Nothing is as wonderful as professional quality Arches or Fabriano or Saunders Waterford, though.

I add each daily sketch where it seems to fit best.
Each day I look forward to adding the next prompt about childhood pastimes and favorite things. Tree climbing, tether ball (I ruled the playground on tether ball!) and bike riding were my sports.
Day 15-25
We made hundreds of oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies, but Oreos were the absolute best on a camping trip!
Day 23-29
With six kids and sometimes a dog or cat, my mom needed an aquarium like a hole in the head. (That was a phrase we heard from time to time.) So goldfish were cheap and we had them as long as we maintained the feeding and cleaning ourselves. We had funerals for departed goldfish in the Great Bowl of Porcelain. My favorite doll was a rubber baby doll with a china head and soft cuddly body, not Barbie.

Two things are missing on the TV because they were used as needed: aluminum foil for better reception on the "rabbit ears" antennae and the kid who was designated as remote control, getting up  to change channels and adjust the volume.

I see a lot of other people have their sketches in chronological order, date stamped and labeled, but after the first day, which I used as a teaching exercise, I just felt like letting the process flow along with the warm memories. It was fun, being like a kid again. I realize that I now have something even better than an old photo album to view and talk about with my children and grandchildren. I can't wait to see theirs.

Here are the daily prompts for April 2018. If you're wondering where the unicorn is, it's on the carousel. Even I knew there was no such thing as a real unicorn!


  1. These daily doodles were fun to watch! And hey, Canson XL 140 is the paper I've been using consistently in my DIY sketchbook the past several years! As you said, it's not ideal for real watercolor painting, but I've been happy with how well it holds up to every medium I've ever thrown at it, including water sprayed on liberally (which is my fave technique with watercolor pencils). And I can do repeated layers of watercolor pencil (dry pencil, water, wait for water to dry, repeat) without wearing down the surface. It's good value for the cost.

    - Tina

  2. I think this was a great way to do all the April sketches. With my long trip to Australia I decided to skip certain projects...but Ai am here and keeping up with my blog.