Although I love to draw and create – I often find myself being tight and restrictive, unable to loosen up. Not conducive to creating! I’ve found that warming up with doodling helps me to relax and often surprises me with new ideas. I’ve recently learned about the Index a Day Challenge on the Daisy Yellow Blog, in which you create a little piece of art each day on an index card! Index cards are so inexpensive and plentiful that there’s less pressure to create a wonderful result – the process of creating becomes the focus.
This is a great summer art challenge for the children in your life also! Information about the kids challenge can be found here. This 61 day challenge started June 1, but you can begin anytime after that, and share on the facebook page if you like. I know I always enjoy seeing others submissions.
If you’re looking to doodle, which is what I’m planning on, you might want to try these popular types of doodles:
Learn to create your own mandalas with this great tutorial from Art is Fun
Be inspired by the art of zentangling – a meditative drawing method. The patented method is created on 3.5″ squares, but you can make your own zentangle inspired creations in any size!
Strathmore has some wonderful downloadable patterns for meditative drawing to help get you started.
Index cards aren’t the only thing that is improved with doodle art. Check out what babalisme has done with recycled plastic bags and markers:
and why not doodle on stones to make into pretty paperweights? Magamerlina has some great tips about supplies:
I’ve been inspired with old book pages lately. I glue several together, then paint the surface with gesso, which allows the type to show through. It makes a charming background for simple drawings:
Tickle your creative spirit with doodle art, and make your world just a little cuter while you’re at it.