Good morning everyone. This is a fun exercise I did in the tutorial by Charlie O’Shields in the Sketchbook Revival course by Karen Abend. And I tried to discover shapes in simple paint doodles, following the method described by Charlie. To be honest, it was easy to follow. First, scribble some marks with clean water on your brush, on watercolour paper. Most importantly, leave some blank spaces and don’t cover all the sheet. Next, quickly drop in some very wet paint and allow it to mingle. As you can probably tell, my paint blotches did start to dry a little. So I added more and ‘grew’ a few cauliflowers! But, it didn’t matter and just added to the design. When it’s thoroughly dry, take a bit of time to study it. Then pick out the outlines of anything you see in pen or fine marker. Just let your imagination go wild!
Actually, I did enjoy this playing with paint and ideas, and I felt it was a good antidote to worrying about all the sad things I hear on the news. So, if you want a little chuckle, have a look at the other daft doodles I produced.
Finally, here’s an example of a ten minute doodle (done last night). And this shows my usual method of doodling abstracts and how to discover shapes. In fact, I draw or paint colours and shapes at random and then develop it from there. In this case, first, chop courgettes for the dinner, then sit down with marker pens, oil pastels, a biro and tiny notebook!
7 Replies to “Discover Shapes in Paint Doodles”
Oh, so pretty! And fun!! Love this!🥰
Thank you, Robin! I thought this might appeal to you!
Nice one ☺️
Thank you so much, Priti!
I remember seeing some watercolours by Kurt Jackson where he deliberately created cauliflowers just above his skyline and they looked like clouds on the horizon. It impressed me and told me there was a purpose for most effects – even the bad ones.
Yes, I’ve seen one or two artists who use this style to create interest in watercolour. And I must admit it does appeal to me.