Tag: watercolor



This hen is clucking forward to attending her son’s special day today.
A miracle has happened after years of 2’s and 3’s he has lots of 4’s and A’s.
Academic achievement award.
Best strut on over,

Catherine >:;

Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

Just when I was whizzing through emails trying to find who it was who put acrylic on watercolor paper, I stumble across Laura putting acrylic and watercolors on watercolor paper. (I love that yellow!) I’m surrounded by adventurous artists!

So I had a little go at acrylics too and now I want to try it with watercolor too πŸ˜€
I really liked this but as soon as I started adding warm colors it changed completely.
Since this painting, I’ve noticed if I pick cool or warm first then just add small amounts of the opposite opposite and it doesn’t go too crazy.

You can go as crazy as you like at the weekend!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨


Tree #Naturedoodlewash

Here’s a quick tree done without a reference:


Someone did an amazing doodlewash of a tree the other day. Sorry I’ve forgotten who it was. Anyway I do have a reference photo of a great tree so soon I shall try it. This will do for today. Blame too much fun at the weekend and the quiche I’ve said I’ll make for a school lunch leaving do.

Who knows what rubbish I’ll churn when I’ve got the kids at home. In some ways I might havemore time. No more school runs.

I need to carve out some playtime for these bargains I got on Saturday on the way to the movies. Yay for Michaels!


Put some color in your day!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨




Can you tell I watched the video after I painted it? (Of course you can but you know what being a bit abstract could be my style.)Β πŸ˜‚

The video is super fast with no words (note to self for next video I make) so if you are new to water colors have a quick look and then have a go.

Did you see this quote from Peter Reynolds on Facebook the other day:


Catherine πŸŽ¨πŸ’™


Red Winged Blackbird


Here’s another creature we saw at Point Pelee. I think I made him look too cute and cuddly not at all like a blackbird.

And a simple attempt at a background. Baby steps hee hee.

An interesting fact about the red winged blackbird is that a flock of them can have as many as a million birds. Wow I hope they get on lol.

I might try a Canada goose tomorrow.

Does anyone fancy sketching or painting a sheep on Friday. I could collate them on the last Friday of the month and write a little story or poem to link them all together.

p.s. Tracy’s Calm Coloring Book is free as an ebook today and tomorrow.

Happy creating!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨


Willow Tree #NatureDoodlewash

Charlie has had another great idea for a month long event.

A nature doodlewash

So outside in the beautiful sunshine at my friend’s house I just did this willow tree using a brand new travel watercolor palette:


And this is what it is supposed to look like:


I’m going to keep this up for watercolor practise as much as I can. We have Phil’s brother and wife visiting at the weekend. I haven’t seen them in years it will be fun. Maybe I’ll doodlewash them 😝

Happy creating!

Catherine πŸŽ¨πŸ’™




Jellyfish made a wish
She didn’t want to sting.
Now enemies with clompy feet
They don’t feel a thing.

Catherine πŸŽ¨πŸ’™

Probably lots wrong with that, don’t check the meter!

It was fun doing that watercolor the other day because I didn’t know it was going to be a jellyfish.

Wouldn’t it be fun if once a week you painted a complete surprise instead of planning everything.

Happy creating!

Catherine πŸ’™πŸŽ¨


Rooftops at Menton




Macro & Doodlewash: Onion

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When Phil pulled this out of the drawer saying he thought we need to get more onions, I knew straight away I had to doodlewash it.


By next year I’ll be at advanced doodlewashing and then you might get some details 😜.

Join in Charlie’s food challenge before the end of May.

And here is a close up of the onion. I love the crunchy layers at the top. Not to eat just so you know πŸ˜†:


Have a great week everyone!

Catherine πŸŽ¨πŸ’™




Muskox and Fox


April is the most fun month in the blogosphere for poetry lovers. If you want to keep up with all the poetry shenanigans, Jama has a great round up as usual.

I love following the Progressive Poem which starts with the lovely Laura Purdie Salas.Β I’m going to skip over there next and read it.

Every Friday I shall combine a painting or two and make up a poem to go with them. I painted a Muskox and a fox this week so that’s a fun rhyme already. Let’s see…


Muskox and Fox


One beguiles

The other wiles

One Muskox

one fine fox

One odd pair of furry socks.


One slinks

and winks.

The otherΒ drinks

and thinks.

Not a pair of fine cuff links.


One is thin

One is fat

Both are quiet, that is that.


Catherine Johnson, 2016.



Well we’ve gone from on the side to trimmed on the edges. They are keeping me on my toes lol.

Have a great weekend!