This week’s technique requires you to RELAX, have FUN and not THINK or WORRY about whether you can doodle or not! That’s because the secret to doodling is…not thinking!!! Doodling is defined as drawings which come from the unconscious mind. This means there is not a lot of conscious thought that goes into how a doodle is created or looks…it is a free-flowing activity that flows from the brain to the hand and onto the paper without pre-planning. And more importantly, it is created without fear of it not looking good. I like to call it a “free-style collection of imperfect and random shapes” (note the word imperfect!!!). The beauty of doodling is in it’s imperfections…
Doodling may be difficult to imagine incorporating into your scrapbook pages because you probably like your pages to “look” a certain way…but the SECRET of doodling is allowing yourself NOT to think or worry about how your doodling will look. So how do you NOT think about what your doodles will look like? I suggest practicing doodling while you’re brain is somewhat distracted, i.e., watching TV or talking on the phone…this way you won’t be able to focus on drawing perfect circles, squares or loops. I doodled an entire background for a piece called “sweet dreams” while watching an episode of “Lost”…the doodling was effortless and I loved the results! The best way I can explain it is like this: In order to create freely, one must “think” less and “do” more.
-fine-tipped pen (Micron, Pitt Artists Pen, Sakura, etc.)
-Doodling Exercise Sheets (click on Exercises below and print out)
Each exercise sheet should only take you 1-2 minutes to complete (there are simple instructions and space to practice on each sheet) because doodling lines should be drawn quickly. The last page is a Doodling Grid for practicing all the lines and shapes on one sheet. Practice these Basic Doodling Lines and Shapes and next week I’ll demonstrate how to create designs with what you’ve learned.
If you’re feeling game, try a little experiment: Print out two sets of Exercise Sheets…complete one set in a quiet environment and complete the second set watching TV or talking on the phone. Which environment was easier for you to doodle? Which environment produced better doodling?
…Remember to post a link to your finished Grids; I’d love to see your doodles!