Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about something I’ve taken up since October last year. If you’ve been on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, you’ll know what I mean. I’m talking about the art of…
Ok, you probably guessed it from the title, but yes. I’m talking about the art of doodling today, and no I’m not going to talk about the process yet. I haven’t actually figured what it is yet, because I’m still just starting and learning how to doodle and draw, periodically.
You see, if you’ve read any of my social media posts, I’m also a freelance writer, so I have articles and projects I need to finish before I can actually take some time out to doodle and draw. However, that doesn’t stop me from trying, even late at night, when I sometimes post just after midnight, because I’ve had a lot to do during the day.
So, let’s talk about all things doodling, and why it’s a good idea everyone should at least try it out!
One of the basic reasons why I doodle is the fact that it’s art. Even if it is simple, doodles are their own forms of art, and yes, it might not be high class enough for collectors, but as long as I enjoy them, I doodle.
When it comes to doodling, it’s not about creating art for others to appreciate. It’s about creating art for yourself. Sometimes emotions can overwhelm me, especially when I’m stressed about projects I’m working on, and personal matters start to catch up with me, and the added pressure of my parents hanging over my head, trying to persuade me to get a job at a company somewhere. It’s exhausting, just keeping up.
So, what I do, other than knitting, crochet, and cross-stitch, is to doodle. I mostly doodle small things, like flowers, teacups, leaves and cacti, because they’re easy to do. Why? Because they don’t need to be accurate, or precise. Flowers are mostly symmetrical and are easy geometrical patterns, teacups are literally just half circles with wiggly lines to represent steam, leaves are, like flowers, geometric and symmetric, while cacti are oval shapes with lines sticking out of them.
This is why I like doodling these objects. They’re easy to do, and I don’t have to think too much, about placements and proportions. I can freestyle and still make it look like I’ve spent hours on it. Of course, I do hope that one day I can sit down at my desk and practice those tribal patterns, or doodle repeated patterns that require a little more thoughts. I mean, my Halloween doodles did take a bit of thought, and I did them while I was watching TV, during my downtime. So, doodles that take up more than half a page will be something that I need to build up to.
Ok, so I know I said earlier that some doodles do take some thought, but with quick and easy ones, you don’t really need to think about it. It’s mostly about creating lines and curves that make what you’ve drawn look like something.
So, for example, I drew a rose once, and although I haven’t practised it in a while, I do know that it only takes a few curves here and there and some lines to join them up. So, it’ll be easy to replicate. Another doodle that doesn’t require a lot of thought are branches of lavender or berries because you can easily rough it out. What I mean is, you can easily draw branches of lavender and berries, without really thinking about shape, because it’s literally just a bunch of lines overlapping each other with circles and triangles covering them.
Many times, I’ve found myself stressed throughout the day, and when I sit down to doodle, all I can really do are these branches or some leaves, and my stress is almost immediately relieved. Of course, it doesn’t happen as easily as when I knit and crochet (that discussion will be left for a different post), but it does help me out a little because I’m not so tense once I’ve completed a few doodles.
Again, if you’ve been keeping up with my social media, you’ll know that I’m also a fan of watercolours. I’m by no means a professional artist, but I do dabble in landscapes, in small flowers and scenes, and when I combine it with pen, it makes it look so much like I’ve spent a lot of time on it.
For example, I once created a scene where a brick fence blocked the view of a garden, and it’s one of my favourite, and best pieces. I wish I could recreate it, but I simply don’t have the time. Maybe over the weekend, I might try it again, but for now, I will always look back on that piece with pride, because it didn’t actually take too much time at all. Sure, it took a bit of thought, but if I can create a scene like that, I know I can probably do something a little more difficult, and I will try eventually once I find the time.
You Try It
Now, I’m not expecting you to create massive, or complicated doodles, I’m saying, create something simple and easy, so you don’t have to think about what you’re doing. Create doodles that you enjoy doing, and if they’re like mine, hey, maybe you can get inspired by my Instagram account, where I post up all my art pieces and other crafts.
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!