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