It seems that doodling is all the rage in art circles these days. Everywhere I turn I see doodling workshops and doodling supplies and doodling books. Crazy right? I know, so I decided to try it out and see what all the fuss is about. Let me just tell you it is SO FUN! And the nice thing is that anyone can really do it. I mean, we all doodle right? Come on admit it, while you’re on the phone or in a boring meeting… you’re drawing circles and hearts and flowers. No art skills necessary. But I’m gonna show you how to crank it up just a notch.
The best part about doodling is that it doesn’t require fancy supplies. Just pen and paper. I started with a sharpie and a sketch book.
You can start with some basic freehand lines.
Then just start creating some simple patterns. Circles, lines, loops and arches.
Maybe even practice some basic shapes. They DO NOT have to be perfect. In fact, it adds to the beauty of it if they are a bit wonky.
Then just take them a bit bigger and start filling up a page.
Add lots of decoration: circles, spirals, loops, flowers, spinny things.
Then, just go crazy kids. The idea is to fill up the whole page.
And now for the fun part: color! You can use anything. I used colored pencils, but you could easily use markers or watercolor paints or even crayons. Whatever you have.
It takes a little while to get it all colored in but it’s kind of therapeutic. You could even do it while watching your favorite show (but not Mad Men, because you have to pay attention to every detail of that show! Greatest show ever.).
Here’s my final page.
And here’s another.
Doodling. Who knew?