Fearless Friday, Ocean Creatures


I’m concentrating on watercolor this month, trying to keep up with the daily prompts

The World Watercolor Month prompt for July 10 was Ocean Creatures





I took my inspiration from this book my daughter gave me, Living Coastal, flipping through the pages and drawing what caught my eye with simple ink sketches

You can certainly draw in pencil first if it makes you more comfortable

Be sure to use waterproof {archival} ink pens or you will have a mess when you add watercolor

I recommend Micron pens with a variety of nib sizes like this affordable set here





It wasn’t long before the page was full





Time to start painting!





I experimented with different techniques, painting the seahorse with wet into wet, letting the green from the spiny head and the blues blend into each other


I painted the highlights on the crab shell with shades of yellow, then continued to add deeper shades of orange and a touch of red in the darkest areas





For the jellyfish I played around with different colors, blending and trying to create the translucency of it’s body





I continued to work on the creatures, one at a time, moving around the page





I didn’t linger anywhere too long, laying down color freely





“Ocean Creatures” 9″ x 12″ watercolor on paper


For the shell below, I did the opposite, starting with paint and ending with ink

I began with a quick and loose watercolor sketch





Then I deepened the shadows in the water





Then refined it with ink



“Shell on the Beach”  10″ x 8″ watercolor on paper




I like to work on a watercolor block, like Arches, but it is pricey, $1.70-$2.00 per 9″x 12″ sheet




For sketching and experimenting I bought this 2 pack, 32 pages each, Arteza watercolor pads from Amazon here

It’s about .50 per sheet and has a rough and a smooth side, so you can paint on either or both sides, but you do have to tape it down to keep in flat



It’s not too late to join the watercolor month this fun, even if you can’t paint everyday, just paint when you can

You can see my inspiration board here, and get the prompts from the sponsor Doodlewash here, or paint whatever you like

If you want to share on social media use #worldwatercolormonth


Draw, Paint, Create and be Fearless!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

32 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Ocean Creatures”
  1. Jenna, I love your ocean creatures and the shell on the beach. You are amazing with a brush, I am enjoying your watercolors on Instagram. Hopefully everything is ok on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Be safe❤️

    • thank you Pam! I came back to the “city” earlier this week and we secured everything last weekend so we’re not worried this time…but I guess this is the beginning of dreaded hurricane season…prayers for those in harms way, especially NOLA…

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    What a very inspiring collection of Ocean Creatures. You had so much fun!

  3. These are such fun, Jenna! So happy! I often will sketch in with a watercolor pencil in a light shade or one similar to the color I’m going for so the marks blend in well. These just make me smile.

  4. pattyanneart says:

    Oh, I love your ocean creatures, Jenna! 💙💚😀Beautiful line work and watercolor, all very inspiring.

  5. Michelle says:

    So pretty! I love the shell on the beach. The colors are perfect!

  6. Linda says:

    The ocean creative looks so sweet and colorful. Sea shells and critters. They would look awesome in my new pool cabana, Happy weekend Jenna.

  7. Jodi says:

    oh such beautiful fun!!!

  8. Jessica says:

    You have inspired me to paint!! Thank you!

  9. It’s always fun and interesting to see how other artists work. I’ve been resisting grabbing my ink pen, and trying to step out of my comfort zone. The creatures are delightful and full of fun!

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Great job! Love all your sea creatures. Especially love the sea shell! Both are really awesome. The right one is more defined, but I like the left one the best.

  11. Nancy says:

    Such beauty! You are quite amazing with your watercolor! The sea creatures are fabulous and the shell,is exquisite. Prayers for the gulf coast.

  12. Julie says:

    You have done some really nice sketches and watercolors of ocean creatures. It looks like a lot of fun!
    Have a nice week Jenna.

  13. Mary says:

    Love your watercolor ocean creatures Jenna! 🐠🦀🐚🐙🌊

  14. these are some lovely paintings you made. I love the shell and the jellyfish the most. Thanks for linking up this post with us at #OMGHWW

  15. I love your Fearless Friday series. Great work!

  16. Great colors and designs!

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