World Watercolor Month

July is World Watercolor Month, and we all know what that means. It means that we need to buy ourselves a new set of watercolors and produce art that truly reflects our soul. Although most people don’t realize it, watercolor is a masterful medium that can react differently depending on the canvas used.

Watercolors encourage people to look at the world differently and help us all discover our innate creativity. And because watercolor works best when applied with a slow, steady hand, it also encourages people to slow down as they strive for artistic excellence.

World Watercolor Month

World Watercolor Month was created in 2016 by Charlie O’Shields, the creator of Doodlewash. He established this month to encourage people to explore their artistic side and to use watercolor more. After all, watercolor can be used to create art that’s more magical than that created by other methods.

Some Interesting Facts About Watercolors

Now that we’ve discussed the purpose of World Watercolor Month, it’s time to turn our attention to learning more about watercolors. Below are some interesting and fun facts about watercolors that we learned during our research for this month. We would like to share them with the world.

  • Watercolor paint is a mix of gum arabic and natural or synthetic pigments.
  • Colors in watercolors are lightened by adding more water.
  • To mimic the color white in a watercolor painting, the paper is simply left unpainted.
  • There are generally two types of watercolors: Student and Artist.
  • Student watercolor is the lower quality, while Artist is the higher quality.
  • The colors between different brands of watercolors may vary slightly.
  • When used, watercolors will be about 50% lighter once they dry.
  • Watercolors are non-toxic and safe to use.
  • Watercolor paints have been used since the Stone Age.
  • Watercolors can be mixed with other painting media.
  • Heavyweight watercolor paper is the best surface for painting with watercolors.
  • Watercolors are available in liquids, tubes, and pans.

Observing World Watercolor Month

Although the main purpose of this month is to encourage people to paint with watercolors, it can be observed in other ways as well. For example, people can donate watercolor supplies to their local schools or volunteer to teach an art class. People can also share their watercolor pictures online using the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
July 1 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
July 1 Saturday
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