21 Secrets: Watercolor Playground

I made this artwork a few weeks ago and haven't shared it with you. I made this while taking the 21 Secrets Watercolor Playground workshop with the fabulous Tammy Garcia.


Doodles inside a grid drawn with black marker, then painted with watercolors and white paint pen designs on top.

This artwork was my list of summer things to do.  Here's how we've come along..


  • Movie: Check!  Saw Monsters University.
  • Car & Bike wash:  Not yet
  • Camp fire:  Not yet, but probably when we go to Michigan for our vacation
  • Mini golf:  nope
  • Picnic:  kind of!  Does eating in our driveway count?
  • Icecream on Monona Terrace:  We went there and I ate lunch, no icecream.
  • Walk to the Library:  Check!  Several times.
  • Pick strawberries:  No, we missed that.
  • Zoo:  Check!
  • Paint:  Yes, of course.
  • Mallards baseball game:  Not yet
  • Summer festival:  We stopped by the Fete de Marquette for a short while.
  • Open gym:  Check!  I took Daria to the open gym at a gymnastic place.  She had a blast on the trampoline.
  • Amusement park:  We are planning on going tomorrow.
  • Blooming Butterflies:  Not yet.  That's a butterfly exhibit at our local flower garden.
  • Beach:  Yes, we went with friends one day.
  • Garage sales:  Check!  I am garage saled out.  I don't need any more stuff. 


I used mostly Sakura Koi watercolor paints, Caran dAche pastels and Portfolio watersoluble oil pastels.




I hope you all are having a great week!  It has been so nice outside this week and we are starting to get ready for our garage sale.  I am so ready to declutter!

I spent several hours at school yesterday hanging bulletin board displays and unpacking supplies to get ready for the year.  We start school in about a month now! 

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13 comments

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Like your list....and it's colorful bubbles. Glad the library was on there so many times. I used to take my son to the library all the time, he loved and still reads like crazy. Lovely grid. xox

janelydialoves said...

What a great idea - my children are just starting school summer hols here in the UK and I think I'm going to do this with them to capture our 'to do' lists. Thank you

Robin Panzer Art said...

Lovely, riotous colors, so lively! What a great Summer "To Do" list! You've reminded me that I've not done enough with my Summer and it is winding down fast! Today we go to the County Fair though, so that's a good start. Happy Paint Party Friday!

soulbrush said...

What a really fun post. Happy PPF

Netty said...

love your colourful doodles,Happy PPF, hugs Annette x

Kim said...

your doodles are so happy and fun! HPPF!

Linda said...

beautifully vibrant doodling art and what a fun summer list too!

Giggles said...

Love your list and gorgeous doodling....

Hugs Giggles

Faye said...

Your 21 secrets art is so beautiful. It looks like a gorgeous doodle quilt.

Tracy said...

Love those bright colours! Oh, by the way, your link doesn't work from Julie's link list. Just so you know...

Anne Manda said...

Love your doodles, such vibrant happy colors and the black accent makes them pop!

Kooky Makes said...

Gorgeous bright and happy pieces!

bellefrogworks said...

I love those happy water color pieces. They would look lovely framed and hung. At least you had a plan for the summer - I'm not very good at that. Things just crop up.