Inspired by a recent purchase of Doodling with Jim Henson (yet to arrive) and the arrival of a pack of sharpies and some fine black markers I am embarking to learn to doodle again. I remember whiling away the hours of boring classes doodling over the cover of my school diary.
So with that in mind I decided to spend a few hours tonight doodling. There are a couple of tricks to this.
Number one SWITCH OFF YOUR BRAIN!
Number two TRY AND NOT LIFT THE FINE MARKER OFF THE PAGE
Number three TRY AND CREATE SOME CLOSED ZONES
The first part may seem silly but in order to just have fun with doodling much like many creative endeavours you need to actually be purely in the moment.
The idea of this is just a bit of fun, it doesn’t have to be high art and the results will actually surprise you.
You start in the middle of your paper and work outwards, creating shapes from jagged edges to curls and swirls whatever takes your fancy. I tend to doodle around sort of circular to begin with till I start running out of room then expand out into the corners more. You can create big spaces and smaller spaces it all adds to the look. Not looking for perfection just free form randomness.
When you are done the true fun part begins take a pack of markers and start to colour. The reason I say create some ‘closed zones’ is that it makes colouring a lot easier than if you have the whole thing open I certainly could have used some more closed zones when I did this.
And here are the results of my Doodling for tonight. It took a while to colour but it is an awesome way to switch of your mind and relax.