Creative Everyday ~ Doodling

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?





  1. julie on June 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love your doodle ‘lesson’! It is great fun, I agree. It is good tolet your mind just wonder as you doodle. Thanks for shairing this… I need to get out my sketchbook and fill a page!

  2. suzi on June 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Wonderful post explaining how simple it is, yes anyone can do this but the hardest thing is to start and keep going to the edge of the page. Thanks for beautiful your images showing how. 🙂

  3. Michelle on June 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Love! I need to start more doodling!

  4. Shane on June 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I dawdle, is that the same thing? Btw, what you ‘doodled’ people would pay money for, what I would doodle, people would pay me to stop.

  5. Marcie on June 8, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Such an inspiring post! I’m a big doodler….but never thought to break it down and explain and teach in such simple basic steps! Wonderful work!!!

  6. Diane on June 8, 2012 at 11:56 am

    i love the soft had you used with you colored pencils. Great tutorial and reminder for anyone.

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