Doodlewash: Creating an Online Watercolor Community


Charlie O’Shields loves watercolor painting, but this has not always been the case. He built his passion by creating an online group to inspire him. He achieved this through starting, where Charlie initially posted just his own art journal, before getting lonely and inviting friends to join him. The community now has thousands of members, and its success has led Charlie to start the podcast Sketching Stuff, publish books, and even create the annual World Watercolor Month in July. We talked to Charlie to learn more about building an online community from scratch.

How did you become interested in watercolor?

Back in July of 2015, my husband Philippe brought home a small student set of watercolor paints for something fun to do. I painted a tree that was next to our house. It was not an amazing painting by any stretch, but I was so thrilled…

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