Do you doodle, but need inspiration?
I didn't know how to start doodling until I found a few very helpful tutorials and dove right in.
I found a few places that offered tutorials. I pinned some and I bookmarked a few others. I'll share some of my favorites in this post. You can also check my pinterest board (here).
This was the very first day I ever "officially" doodled:
|My First Doodles|
I used craft paper, a clip board, and a pencil. Then, I went over it with a sharpie. After that, markers. I loved it, but it took me forever. I was too worried about it being perfect.
At some point, I found Joanne Fink's tutorials (Zenspirations) on Sukura's website. and started using their Micron Pens. I bought a 5 pack set so that I could have variety, because there are many sizes available.
I love them. (You will find doodle tutorials in pdf form and videos at the above link.)
I used my clipboard and craft paper for a several weeks. Really, it was mostly for practice. I'd learn a new design, or create one, and "record" it on my clipboard as a reference. If I wanted to add some doodles to my art journals, I'd refer to my clipboard for ideas. (My memory isn't that great). At that point, my doodles still didn't flow. They were very practiced.
I bought it, knowing what I was going to do with it.
It was going to be my new Doodle Book.
Time to get rid of the clipboard.
It was also time for me to relax and just have fun doodling. Since I only paid .50 for the book, I wasn't concerned about wasting paper, or messing up.
Amazing what that little change in mindset did for my doodle time!
I found a blue Micron on clearance and a pack of similar pens (Zig) at another yard sale (cheap), so I wasn't concerned about using up my pens too quickly. I was free to doodle!
My Suggestions, Doodles, and Links
I created a Title Page.
Using a border first helps break up the page so it doesn't look so BIG and BLANK. Try it. It helps. Then, add words. After that, you can fill however you want.
I'll show you more of my pages, to give you other ideas about where to start, when you don't know what to doodle.
Break up the page into smaller sections.
Then, you can work in each section however you wish. These were actually some ideas I wanted to try before I used them on different art journal pages. (I still have some perfectionist issues with doodling.)
I found a technique called Repeat Pattern Stacks on The Rainbow Elephant. You've got to check out her blog and tutorials. Awesome stuff. This was the point where I started feeling more confident.
I broke the page up again and put a freestyle frame around it. That's another idea you can try.
Or you can fill the whole page.
I used some of my favorite designs on the heart page. A lot of them you can find on Tangle Patterns. They offer step-by-step doodle instructions. Great stuff. You'll want to break up your page into small sections for them, I'm sure.
I like to play with flowers, also.
Alisa Burke doodles beautiful flowers! She also has tutorials and on-line classes (not just for doodles). I love her work!
This last page isn't finished. I'll get back to it one day. That's another reason I like having a book just for my doodles. I don't have to finish a doodle until I'm ready.
I have other doodles in my book, some are done, some I need to get back to, one of them you can find by clicking here.
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