Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Do You Doodle?

DID You Doodle?

Do You WANT to Doodle?

Doodling, sketching and journalling all have a long, respected history among artists and writers in particular.

More recently they have gained popularity with the "rest" of us, even being introduced in school to very young children as worthwhile practices. 
There are electronic games, iPhone, iPad and Android Aps for doodlers--a 21st Century addition.

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At the moment we are concentrating on doodling as more than an idle pastime but as a bona fide art form and a great "starter" for more studied/complex works.


Just plain fun!

It's definition   Doodle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia‎...............

A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes. no way "covers" what it has grown into in the past few years.

Spurred on by a doodle form known as "Zentangle" developed
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by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, doodling in all its incarnations has become mainstream. Their "doodle" version is described as: 

. . . an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

For our purposes we will look at many forms of doodling but if you have never experienced "Zentangl-ing" you can do no better than visit 

and immerse yourselves in the beauty and drama created ". . . one stroke at a time."

As Zentangle has progressed, so too, have the "rules." Patterns are named and many are copy righted. Instructors (Certified Zentangle Teachers) are available throughout the country (world, in fact) so serious exploration is definitely possible. 

Along with their own Zentangle book and many products to speed you on your Zentangle way there are many, many books teaching the technique. Some by CZTs and others by "imitators."
When we initiated an Amazon search, we were greeted with 15+ pages (25 items on each page) and stopped browsing at three dozen!!!

One of the advantages of Zentangle is that the technique can be "taught" while doodling as an "unconscious drawing" is personal  not replicable (even by its creator).

However the  uniqueness of the pure doodle is also one of its charms and advantages.

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Initially loving the creation of Zentangle type patterns, with the saturation level (and the rules imposed to "help") ggd found the process becoming the"needlepoint" of doodling. This is no way meant to be a negative comment.......for some needlepoint is relaxing (and creative) as an art form but this prompted us to look again at the more basic doodle forms. 

Others have as well..........Changing the Amazon Search from Zentangle to Doodle increased the results substantially.

Cloth, Paper, Scissors recently had this book on sale (sorry, the sale is over). Alicia Burke has an on-line class and.....though not technically "doodling" recently she featured some ball point pen sketches by her husband that are definitely worth taking a look at. A word about ball point pen sure it's permanent. You don't want to open your sketchbook one day to find a blank or faded out page!.....Take a look as his work. (Click on sample swatches.) The techniques are the same as other pen and ink and pencil renderings but the huge advantage is its availability! No putting off starting "until I get the right pen...or paper....or sketch book....."or whatever! As you can see, the lines and and patterns that are familiar to doodler practitioners are a part of the textures and shading details used traditionally. Andy's drawings apply them exceptionally well.


Whether you choose pen, pencil, color, black & white or electronic do doodle!

Besides the output (really interesting drawings, designs, patterns and decorative elements) doodling is credited with calming, tranquilizing effects as well as an aid memory, focus and concentration.

Almost as much fun as actually doodling, looking at the results is
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great fun.......but.......with the age of the Internet, there is so muchavailable, it's time a cup of tea, or coffee or other favorite beverage  ; )   and spend a little time browsing through these wonderful images.

Whew!!! Awesome, right?
A Huge Collection of Doodles from Individual Artists

These are not included to intimidate but to entertain.......and above all else, to establish that there is no right or wrong way to doodle.
It's important that you treat yourself to this lovely "recess" from stress and enjoy browsing these wonderful images in preparation for joining in tomorrow's project!

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Take some time to enjoy these examples..........and come back TOMORROW to join in the building of a ggd doodle.

Count on what should be a fun activity........but only join in.

One person has already signed up. Yay and thank you. 

Send us your name, email and snail mail information ASAP to establish your place "in line" for this project.
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Come back tomorrow......
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when more information                        
will be available             
and the project will START!