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Doodling Tips

Most of us loved doodling and colouring as kids - and it seems the love of it is being rekindled - the top 5 books being sold on Amazon at the moment are adult colouring books! And what a great thing that is - when you think of it most people relax these days by doing things on their phone or ipad (or similar device) which although is taking your mind off your day, isn’t giving your mind a rest.  Colouring and doodling allows your mind, and whole self to just relax, switch off, and go with the flow!


I’m not a colouring or doodling expert, (although I will recommend some who are to you) I just love doing it - and that’s the point of it! Colouring isn’t limited to your colouring books either. The shaped cards on our site lend themselves beautifully to be doodled over, and are a great way to have a relaxing evening resulting with a card to send at the end of it! You can use the designs in your books for inspiration.

What you need

Pens, a pencil, a rubber, paper - that’s it! It’s best if your pens are permanent (archival) ink so that they don’t bleed into your background. I like to brush or sponge Dylusions over my doodles, so to check how my pens would react and how colourfast they are, I did a little check page in my notebook.


My favourites are now the Pigma Micron pens which I have in 005, 03, 05, 08 and brush.  I use 03 to start my letter, and then thicken it up with the 05 and 08 where needed. I couldn’t be without my white Signo Uniball either, which now comes in a broad and thinner nib. It’s all down to personal preference, and using what you’ve got!


I love the Anita’s Clear Gloss, for covering parts of letters or shapes to protect them when I’m swiping ink around, and for keeping white in a picture too when sponging with ink.It gives a glossy raised look.  I have decanted some of  my Dylusions inks into water brushes, which is a great way to use them and keeps them handy and ready to go.


I have a small rough notebook which I collect doodles I have seen and liked so that I can use them in my own pieces. I’m sorry not to be able to give credit to whoever I copied these frames from - I just do a search for doodle on Pinterest and see what jumps out at me!


If you Google ‘doodle’ and select ‘images’ you will see loads to inspire you!  Two names who have really inspired my Doodling journey are Joanne Sharpe and Joanne Fink. Joanne Sharpe has some online courses on her website which I really enjoyed doing. They are great value for money - you can do them in your own time, and come with lots of video tutorials. If you Google ‘Joanne Sharpe’ and select images, you will see her lovely bright work.

Inspiration

Lettering

Rather than copying someone else’s lettering, it’s easier (and more individual) to adapt your own. Take time to play with your writing every day, and you will soon see it take form. Sometimes I just sit in an evening writing a quote out. I just roughly draw some pencil lines first.

Lines don’t have to be straight either!

The colouring pens I use don’t always come out the same colour as their lid, so I have made a chart of them so I can see quickly the colour I want. I have done this for my pencils too! Hey - I live alone now! I’ve got time to do these things!!!

The important thing is to have fun relaxing with it! We all have that voice in our head telling us how rubbish it looks! (Mine was very loudly critical of putting my own doodling fun here for you to see!) The trick is to ignore that voice and just enjoy the creating!

Have fun with it!

Tips