Doodle to De-Stress

February 8, 2016Allison Murray
Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

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Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

I’ve been pretty dang proud of myself as of late. My adult whole life I’ve been a stressed to the max worrywart. But I’m doing better. I’m not going to say I don’t totally wig sometimes because I’ve got anxiety and, unfortunately, I can’t just will that away. I wish I could. That would be awesome.

Instead I’m learning to let the little things go, I am prioritizing better so that I don’t put myself into a bind and I’m taking time to de-stress. My current indulgence for relaxing is doodling.

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I freaking love to doodle! I like it because it keeps my mind focused on this one thing at hand. And with just that one thing taking over there’s no room to worry about the things in life I need a break from, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. It’s amazing. Truly.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

So I decided that I wanted to invest on some good markers for my doodling to go above just sketching around on whatever paper is nearest to me with whatever drawing device I can find under the pile of crafting junk I have laying around. I went to Michael’s and purchased some Prismacolor fine point marker sets and I am in LOVE with them. And once I got crazy with the markers I went crazy going through the boxes of my craft stuff in the guest room until I found my Prismacolor colored pencils I bought last summer and tucked away. All of them are just the perfect thing for me to doodle and Zentangle and then color them in.

Now here’s what I have snagged from Michael’s last week to doodle with… the Prismacolor® Premier® Fine Line Color Marker Set and the Prismacolor® Premier® Fine Line Black Marker Set. And I pulled out my Prismacolor® Premier® Colored Pencil Set (12 count) from my packed away crafty stash.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

Now just because I want to doodle doesn’t mean I have a great idea of what I want to do. Sometimes I’ll google doodle or zentangle and see what pops up in the image search that looks lovely. I typically do this on my phone and I try to look really quickly and then start on my own without looking again. I don’t want to copy I just want to imitate the design I like so much. This is a great way to get going when I want to doodle but the creativity just ain’t happening.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

Sometimes I’ll create crazy shapes and then fill them in with all sorts of random patterns, including Zentangle® patterns.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

These dots and stripes are super easy to imitate. Draw vertical lines and then dots down every other line. Color in around the dots and then in the blank columns fill with horizontal lines.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

These pyramid shapes are super easy to do and can look awesomely dimensional if you start to play around with shading. Simply draw horizontal and vertical lines to make a bunch of squares. Draw a smaller square inside the center of each larger square. Draw an “X” behind each smaller square.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

A simple cross-hatch pattern is one of my favorites. All of the lines are a bit time consuming but I just LOVE the look! Draw a bunch of vertical lines and then cross with a bunch of horizontal ones. Boom!

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

Some days I’m not really interested in color so I’ll just doodle with a black marker and call it good. Here I drew squares around squares and then alternated cross-hatch and herringbone patterns drawn inside.

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

And I LOVE doodling with circles. Make the shape of something in black and then draw a whole bunch of black circles inside of that shape. Go around and fill in all the weird spaces in between the dots so that all you have are nice, clean circles. Go through and color the circles in randomly in appropriate colors!

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

And this guy is the first thing I drew with my markers. Now my goal has been to do 1 a day and so when I run out of time I leave it rather than stressing about it, because that would totally defeat the purpose here!

Draw a shape in black again but then fill the shape in with circles of color, filling in the weird shapes around to get nice, clean white circles. I alternated colors in a rainbow ombre type of thing and I LOVE this!

I also learned something from my art professor. I shared this pic on Instagram the day I did it and I couldn’t get a pic that wasn’t blurry to save my life. It turns out that I had created an optical illusion and my autofocus on my camera was having a hard time distinguishing what needed to be actually focused in on. I had to change my camera to manual focus to get a much better pic! The more you know!!!

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

I’ve always loved to doodle flowers and these are really simple. Draw a bunch of circles within circles and then draw patterns however you please in each. Surrounded with leaves and finished with a cross-hatch background and this is one of my faves!

I’ve been carrying my little sketch pad and markers everywhere with me. They went with Rob, Ollie and me to the veterinarian and I sat in the driver’s seat and waited this weekend while doodling instead of just staring off into space and it’s been great. I love how easy my Prismacolor® sets are to carry around and I’m definitely taking them all around :)

If you’re looking for a way to de-stress and take it easy I’ve got to say doodling is a fantastic way to pass the time and calm down, too. If you’re down be sure to get those fab Michael’s coupons online (there is an app so you can get them on your phone in-store when you forget to print them at home! It’s what I do!) or in your local paper. And if you want a bit of practice before you get down with the doodling, start out with coloring! Go here and select “free pages” and you’ll score some free downloads of Prismacolor® coloring pages! Boom!

Life hectic and stressful? Doodle to de-stress! It's fun, relaxing and can be very simple!

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Comments (3)

  • David

    February 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Very nice!

  • Kathi

    February 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Very nice article on doodling! I teach Do-Tangle classes in AZ and love to incorporate the use of color with black and white. My students love that it is so portable!

  • Mike

    February 14, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Oh Allison, I am SO with you when it comes to stress and worrying, believe me. Don’t let my online decorum fool you. I am at my best when I write out e-mails or posts on your and other people’s blogs. I am usually pretty calm when I am writing, which is how I can often come up with my witty sayings and all. ;) But at my worst, I totally freak out. I mean, really freak out. Sometimes it’s so bad that I pace around our apartment in a frenzy and I can’t sit still for the life of me. And don’t even get me started on how this affects things like my hands, which get all shaky when I’m nervous and I sometimes can’t even hold a fork or pencil fully. Dang, that’s annoying…

    And it’s not like I haven’t tried to deal with it through counseling and other means to help me calm down but to no avail. I think I’ve always been a bit of an anxious person, but for the last 10 years or so of my adult life, I think I’ve really gotten worse, you know? But life’s just like that; it just gets so stressful.

    And I’m feeling a bit stressed right now because I’m worried about a certain appointment that I have to attend to tomorrow with a dentist. And you know what that means… (du, du, dum! ~ scary sound effect inserted)

    But hey! I LOVE your doodles!!! Really, these are fantastic! :) And what a great way to de-stress. It’s funny. Here we are as adults with jobs, bills and other concerns of an adult life, and yet we go back to our childhoods by coloring, which calms us down! Is that totally freakin’ amazing or what?! I’ve been doing a lot of drawing lately myself (in the form of postcards) and also coloring in my adult coloring book, which is a great way to de-stress. Sometimes even trying to come up with new ideas for postcards can be kind of stressful (which defeats the whole purpose of doing it!) so sometimes just coloring alone is enough. No real thought needed! I even have a box of Crayola crayons that I bought from Hobby Lobby that’s exclusively used for coloring in my coloring book. I was totally stoked about it at first when I first bought them and I was doing a little every night. But then I started missing nights and wasn’t coloring and I could feel that anxiety start to creep its way back towards me again so I need to get back and color again.

    You know what’s ironic about all of this? I have friends who also speak of coloring as a way of relaxing on their respective blogs and I think that we can all agree on one thing: coloring is simply AWESOME!!! :) Keep doodling/coloring Allison!

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