Join the World Watercolor Month for July 2016!


Join the World Watercolor Month for July 2016!

Watercolor what a fantastic tool!

Hello All,

I decided to join this fantastic challenge raised by Doodle Wash.

I love watercolors and as at least 97% of my sketches and doodles have some washes with watercolors I feel honored and having fun in following this great challenge.


What’s that probably you’re asking. It’s something good for the art, for the heart, for the soul and for the children.

Here from the site

It’s a month to inspire people to paint with watercolor while raising awareness for the importance of art and creativity in the world. And anyone can join the celebration from master watercolorists to artists just starting out with watercolor! Simply tag your watercolor art with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July! Try the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days, or simply post when you can!


More info on the official page here


About this challenge I will catch this chance as an excuse to use a new Stillman&Birn Sketchbook and this is another good point. Undecided if using a heavier S&B and which format but at least I will use it for sure!

So let’s do it!

I will be there on Instagram as @Mostho and on Twitter @SketchingMostho

My Donkey 

My Donkey 

Well today is one of the day when outside is hot like a phone dryer the sun is roasting and the office is just too okay to leave it. So I throw the donkey and all the keys of my car on my desktop and I started sketching.

I have to say that I was really inspired, it happens a very often when I sketch something or someone I love. Yes it’s an easy task.
During these days I’m using a lot the Noodlers 54th Massachussets. Perfectly waterproof on Fabriano Venezia paper is also very pleasant to the eye going to different shades of dark grey and dark greens.

Plus all the sketches made recently are made using my Aurora fountain pen what a fine nib. The nib is equivalent to Lamy EF NIB.

Have I ever wrote that I love the oriughness of Fabriano Venezia paper?

These relaxing moments 

These relaxing moments.

#worldwatercolormonth day 3

It does not happen so much time but when it happens it’s a miracle. We are at the beach at the babies are sleeping. So we took the chance to sketch draw listen music and even write. And she’s my wife.

So now the little friends of our babies are coming for play. Yes we’re on the beach and the peace is over…


Nature’s Perfection 

Nature’s Perfection.

We were finally relaxing at the beach and the water is crystal clear.  We were on the beach and my friend Fabio went out for some good snorkeling. He found this great and big sea shell. All of us were astonished, stunned. Admiring such piece of perfection as made by Mother Nature. The spiral made perfect like a fractal algorithm thought from a gifted scientist.

So Fabio found this great piece and I asked him to save for later sketching. Now babies are sleeping, I sketched, I posted and I’m very happy.

A Straight Razor 

A Straight Razor.

Starting the  #WorldWatercolorMonth with a straight razor. For this month I will use a Fabriano Venezia Sketchbook, my wife’s favorite. Still a wonderful sketchbook indeed

Yes probabaly seems strange to sketch a straight razor as for start but in my opinion everything is worth to be sketched and this one also has a meaning.

I’m also a strong advocate of wetshaving and so its natural to feel at home when sketching this very old piece of s=good steel. In these days where everything is disposable, often disposable where it’s not really necessary, I love to discover and rediscover these kind of things.

Wetshaving is culture. Yes it’s like talking  about drinking coke or a good wine. Unless someone has alcohol intolerance talking about wine is moreninteresting and healthy.

Technically speaking today I used a tool that I was not using since a loving time. My Aurora fountain pen loaded with Platinum Carbon Ink. The Fabriano Paper is a perfect match with it and so also the watercolor loved the rough texture of this page. Yes, now I remember why it’s a world favorite.

Drop cartridges go for wetshaving. It’s good for you, for your wallet and for the environment too

Nothing good today

Nothing good today I was not able to sketch nothing that good in my opinion.

I had also really not a good chance to do it, indeed. I was just arrived to the pavillion, and after a relaxing call with my wife I started pulling out all my minimal equipment.

I also decided to go for Fude pen, just to sketch per outlines even quicker.

Nope, today probably because it’s Monday I don’t felt the magic powder going through my pencil nor pen nor water brush.

And it’s a pity becasue I had in fornt of me interesting subject. I mean no way… to day no buono.

As I think in these (sad) moments to me: at least I was there and at the very least I sketched something.


A Very Warm Day a Quick Sketch

A Very Warm Day a Quick Sketch

Today is a crazy day speaking about weather.
The air is crazy hot and with humidity like the Victoria Lake. Almost I can’t breath. The colors are strange as the light is full of sand dust. Everything seems under a strange old style filter like the ones I use on the Iphone apps.

It’s really something incredible. Thermometric sticks to only 33C but the humidity is so high that I’m drinking not breathing. I feel very very hot, I can stay outside for few minutes.
I see even people playing in the basket playground near to me. Crazy people that stopped only after three minutes of first game: the hot shot given from the sky can be really harmful.

But I have some goals that keeps me to dare this hot weather and go out for a sketching


A thug one of the bigger ones was crossing the sea in front of me at the pavilion.
Sniped. In less than 10 minutes I washed these pages with watercolors and previously I dropped some loose outlines. I can’t dare that this is a proper sketch, whatever, I won at the end.


Well at least the sketching dries quicker.