For My Doodle Challenged Friends


(disclaimer:  this article sounds really hilarious if you didn’t first read the Day 3 post on simple things.  It’s not a joke, someone really did make a comment about being doodling challenged.  But I own it, it IS funny!)

Back on Day 3 on Doodling, someone mentioned that they didn’t know how to doodle.  Do not feel embarrassed!  There was a time when doodling frustrated me too because I was trying to make it look perfect.  Doodling is not about perfection!  It’s about exploration.

The other roadblock I used to have about doodling was that normally I do not “think” in patterns.  I’m pretty basic, I am not usually drawn to pattern in my real life so I had a hard time coming up with patterns to fill in my doodles.  To be honest, I got over my freehand fears when I took Christy Tomlinson’s She Art & 3 Hearts classes because she actually has a short video on doodling.

But, if you need some help to get you started, here is a great “chart” of doodle-strokes I found here.  Here’s is what I would suggest:

Take a scrap of paper and draw 3 large freeform flowers, flowers so simple that it looks like a 2nd grader drew them.  Then draw simple outlines around the petals, following the same original lines.  Then begin to fill in and around the flowers with some of the doodle-parts you see on the chart.  Just keep adding layers inside and outside until you have filled in all the major blank spaces with markings.  If you have different size pens, use them intermittently.  If you have colored pens you would like to use, by all means go for it.

If you don’t consider yourself and “artist” but would like to perk up your creative mind, give this exercise a try!!

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