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Just Doodles: Making Marks in Watercolour

12 September 2019

Just Doodles: Making Marks in Watercolour


Every once in a while I need to pause and take a break … to stop over-thinking things and getting overwhelmed with the sheer immensity of it all. That’s when I pick up the brushes and just make marks on whatever paper lies close at hand. Allowing things to just flow out — and ending up being surprisingly pleased by the results, whether it be a chaotic riot of colours, or just simple shapes, probably indicative of my mental state at that moment …

Just Doodles 6 by Mariana:  floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 6 by Mariana: floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 1 by Mariana:  floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 1 by Mariana: floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 2 by Mariana:  floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 2 by Mariana: floatinglemonsart.com


These are a few of the older and more recent pages from the sketchok that have been subjected to splashes of paint. I don’t think or plan them out at all as I start, allowing everything to flow from paint pans to page. Having said that, once I’m really into it I do find myself hesitating before putting a new colour down and considering, very rapidly, colour and composition! Can’t be helped I suppose.

Sometimes sweetly simple (and slightly odd) shapes emerge …


Just Doodles 3 by Mariana:  floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 3 by Mariana: floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 4 by Mariana:  floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 4 by Mariana: floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 5 by Mariana:  floatinglemonsart.com

Just Doodles 5 by Mariana: floatinglemonsart.com


There’s something wonderfully satisfying about letting go of control and expectations, and just having fun, and I like the fact that there seems to be a bit of humour peeking through most of the doodles I look back on — perhaps I’ll survive after all! Grab yourself a piece of non-intimidating paper and whichever tools you prefer and try it out. Share the results! Enjoy.


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SUPPLIES I USED

  • Pink Pig A4 Eco Bockingford Watercolour Book - Black: UK

  • Citrus Book Bindery Lay-Flat French Bound Journal: UK

  • SCHMINCKE AKADEMIE® Aquarell watercolours: UK and USA

  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paints - 45 Half Pans: UK and USA

  • Escoda Joseph Zbukvic Mod. 8605 brushes: UK and USA

  • Mug from Anthropologie